Singapore : Civic District Outdoor Festival – When Time Stood Still

I was at the Singapore Civic District Outdoor Festival on 12 Aug 2017 which took place at four of historical buildings : National Art Gallery Singapore, The Art House, Victoria Theatre & Asian Civilisations Museum.  The events only run for 2 weekends in the first two weeks of August.  I was glad to make it and experience the largest outdoor multimedia circuit on the last day of the event. The highlight of the Festival is a Projection Trail, with multimedia projections being mapped onto these historical buildings.  Various timing run from 8 pm – 11 pm.


Civic District Outdoor Festival

I noticed the whole area was being transformed into party ground and giant picnic areas.  Colorful lights illuminated the buildings.

Civic District Outdoor Festival

While waiting for the projection trails to start, I walked around to check out other activities in this outdoor festival.

Civic District Outdoor Festival

Hemera’s Feast

Hemera's Feast Civic District Outdoor Festival

Hemera’s Feast is a food streets at St Andrew Street, in front of the National Art Gallery.

Civic District Outdoor Festival

There are temporary long tables set up for the visitors to sit after having their food purchased from the stalls from Hemera’s Feast.

Civic District Outdoor Festival

I had some difficulties to pass through the Hemera’s Feast Food stalls as it was so crowded!  The queue for food stalls were very long.  Some of the stalls are Coco Loco, Courtyard Cafe, Kerbside Gourmet, Ninja Cut and many mores.

Civic District Outdoor Festival

Victoria Theatre

Finally managed to squeeze through the crowd and make it to Victoria Theatre.

Civic District Outdoor Festival

Over at the Victoria Theatre, there were other activities you can do.

Civic District Outdoor Festival

Be you own Picasso

You can buy an art pack and draw your masterpiece here, in front of the Victoria Theatre.

Civic District Outdoor Festival

Fun Pictures at Instant Photo Booth

There was long queue for photos booth too, not sure why people still need to take their pictures since we all have our camera in the phones.  May be because of the instant photo print given.  Hey, check out the happy Indians looking at their photo, I am sure they are very satisfied with their pictures.

Civic District Outdoor Festival

Such festival can’t be completed without alcohol.

Civic District Outdoor Festival

Giant Picnic Area

As I mentioned, this is a giant picnic area.  Families and friends all gathered at the open space lawn.  Some has brought along their mat and picnic baskets.

Civic District Outdoor Festival

Live Performance in front of the Victoria Theatre

Civic District Outdoor Festival

All waited patiently for the projection trails to start.

Civic District Outdoor Festival

That was Aether’s Art Market!

Civic District Outdoor Festival

Making my way back to Singapore Art Gallery as the projection trail will start soon.

Civic District Outdoor Festival

Sitting in front of the Singapore Art Gallery to watch “When Time Stood Still“. I managed to grab one of the best spot.

Civic District Outdoor Festival

The projection trail is a poetic and imaginative evocation of the festival’s theme “When Time Stood Still”, based on an original story by Chong Tze Chien.

Civic District Outdoor Festival

Story goes something like this : Hemera and her brother Aether are tasked with making sure the Cosmic Clock running so that The Eternal City stays awake.  But when they both fall asleep after eating too much, the Cosmic Clock stops and chaos occur.  The Eternal City grows dark and creatures start to emerge from the shadows. Aether is captured by a creature but Hemera managed to rescue her brother and rush back to restart the Cosmic Clock. Peace and order is restored!  Happy ending 🙂

Check out the video of :“When Time Stood Still”

Civic District Outdoor Festival

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