Singapore River Festival to be held Sep 7-Oct 1; features live music, light displays, workshops

Animal adoption drives and food tours are included in the line-up of programmes.

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Published: 31 August 2023, 6:34 PM

Live music, light displays, workshops and more will be featured at this year’s run of the Singapore River Festival (SRF) from Sep 7 to Oct 1.

Organised by place manager of the Singapore River precinct, Singapore River One (SRO), the event is held annually to celebrate Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay as one river.

Here is what visitors can expect from the programme:

1. Rhythm of the River

One of the highlights at SRF is titled Rhythm of the River, where artists will showcase live musical and stunt performances.

Local musicians Flame of the Forest and Caroline in the Sun will perform on Read Bridge, playing instrumental world music and alternative rock music respectively.

Fiery displays will also be featured by social circus Bornfire at Clarke Quay Central. Percussion band Samba Masala will make their way around Riverside Point and Read Bridge with a roving drum performance.


Bornfire (left) and Samba Masala (right) are some performers who will showcase their live acts at Rhythm of the River. PHOTO CREDIT: SINGAPORE RIVER FESTIVAL


Both Caroline in the Sun and Bornfire will take the stage on Sep 7 and 8, while Flame of the Forest will perform on Sep 7 and Samba Masla on Sep 8 only.

2. Street Beats

Street Beats will feature several DJs performing live sets. This highlight will take place on Sep 8 and 9, and the live sets are split into two stages – the Nomad Stage and Electronica Stage.


Street Beats will start at 8pm on Sep 8 and 4pm on Sep 9. PHOTO CREDIT: SINGAPORE RIVER FESTIVAL


Taking the Nomad Stage from 8pm on Sep 8 are DJs Nez Senja, Arms1, HeavyItch and Joshua P. This stage will showcase global and regional music that represents the diversity of the Singapore diaspora.

Ice Cream Sundays, Strange Weather, Darker Than Wax are DJs that will be paired with live musicians FZPZ, Matthias and Kaye respectively to perform at the Electronica Stage from 4pm on Sep 9.

3. Moonlight Fiesta

Located at Robertson Walk, the programme line-up for the Moonlight Fiesta includes workshops, performances and a lantern walk to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival.

Interested participants can attend a window paint art, bear pour keychain and lantern making workshop at a registration fee of $5 per workshop. Each registrant will receive a $5 Frasers gift card.

Ventriloquism specialist Explorer Joe will perform a puppet show from 7pm to 7.30pm, followed by a showcase by magician Mr Tall from 7.30pm to 8pm.


The bear pour workshop (left) and lantern making workshop (right) requires visitors to pay a $5 registration fee. PHOTO CREDIT: SINGAPORE RIVER FESTIVAL


A registration fee for the lantern walk is priced at $5. Attendees may redeem a goodie bag that consists of a lantern kit and a $5 Frasers gift card. The walk will start at 8pm on Sep 16.

All activities except for the lantern walk will be held from Sep 16 to 17 at various time slots.

4. Purrfect Day to Night Out

From Sep 23 to 24, activities including an adoption drive, a pet merchandise bazaar, talks by animal experts and musical performances will be held at the Fountain Square of CQ @ Clarke Quay.

A Best Dressed competition will take place on Sep 23, with prizes to be won for the pet in the most stylish outfit.

Educational talks by experts including Dr Sara Lam, Dr Suria Fabbri and Dr Francis Cabana will be held, surrounding topics like spotting early signs of pain in dogs and understanding pet food labels.


The pet adoption drives will be held on both days from 12pm to 5pm. PHOTO CREDIT: SINGAPORE RIVER FESTIVAL


To conclude Purrfect Day to Night Out, musicians Harmon-ee and Jason Yu will perform on Sep 23 and 24.

5. Light Up on Bridges

Light installations on Cavenagh Bridge, Read Bridge and Alkaff Bridge will be displayed throughout the event.

According to SRF, Light Up on Bridges is inspired by the dreams of Singaporeans. Each bridge represents a different dream: Future Progression, Lively Ensemble, and Garden City.

Visitors can stop by for photo opportunities and to enjoy the ambience along the Singapore River.

6. Singapore River Signatures

A food tour – Tales and Tastes of Singapore River – will be held to discover the local and international delights at Clarke Quay on Sep 10, 17, 24 and Oct 1. Registration fees are priced at $49 per pax.


Registrants for the food tour will receive a $10 voucher to return to any of the restaurants visited during the tour. PHOTO CREDIT: SINGAPORE RIVER FESTIVAL


Workshops for making pasta, mille crepe cakes and latte art are also available for $150, $68 and $25 per person respectively. They will be held at various locations throughout Sep 7 to Oct 1.

More information about the event can be found via SRF’s website.

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