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i Light Marina Bay Festival Returns on March 6

Asia’s Leading Sustainable Light Art Festival returns this year to Singapore for its sixth instalment starting March 6 up to April 1. However, this year, the light art displays will be spread out further and cover the area from Marina Bay up to the Esplanade Park in Civic District.

There will be 22 brilliant light art display installations coming from 14 participating countries, which include Singapore. Spanish art collective Luzinterruptus’ Transistible Plastic is among one of the highlights of the festival which will be set up under the Esplanade Bridge. The artwork is made of 20,000 recycled plastic bottle containers, all combined to produce rows of revolving panels which spectators can pass through.

Asia’s Leading Sustainable Light Art Festival: i Light Marina Bay 2018 Kicks Off on March 6

Other creations include Australian light art studio amigo and amigo’s “Octopoda”, an engaging structural piece resembling an octopus with eight tentacle-like percussion ensemble to be set up in front of Marina Bay Event Square and New Zealander Jamie Boynton’s Whareatua, a collection of inner-glowing giant mushrooms which are set to light up Marina Boulevard.

Homegrown talents which include Singaporean architect BP Loh and his Milk Bottle Cows and six other works from students coming from Raffles College of Higher Education, Nanyang Polytechnic, Nanyang Technological University, School of the Arts, and LASALLE College of the Arts will also be featured at the festival.

According to Festival and URA (place management) director, Mr. Jason Chen, the i Light Marina Bay Festival has become one of the country’s signature events, which draw in different kinds of people from all walks of life from all over the world adding vibrancy to the upbeat and metropolitan district.

Of note, there will be four festival hubs this year, including a brand new pop-up lifestyle bar, ILLUMI, which offers cosy space highlighted by fixtures made of recycled plastic tanks. Making their return to the festival is the well-received family go-to hub, the Art Zoo Inflatable Park, and the metropolitan lifestyle park, GastroBeats. The on-going Prudential Marina Bay Carnival completes the list of festival hubs for this year’s edition.

The festivities are not only art-centred, as there will be a “party run” dubbed as the ILLUMU fest run wherein participants race through various zones while being splashed and sprayed with “glow water”. This fun event is slated on 31 March.

As the event is founded on the cause of promoting sustainability, the organizers shared that they will continue to use this platform to encourage private organisations within the area to address energy-saving issues. There will be a series of workshops and talks to be held during the festival for this purpose. Moreover, the festival will join the lights-out campaign for the island-wide Earth Hour scheduled on March 24.

For more information on the event, check out the festival’s official website.



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