If you have been to Singapore, you would know that the city’s night scene is something to experience for its colourful events, lively streets, and the people’s passion for fun and celebration.
And as the country’s most iconic street, the Orchard Road, transitions to becoming a more vibrant and relevant destination not only for tourists but also for locals, new facets and dimensions are expected to be incorporated in this effort by authorities and stakeholders from this point on.
‘Night at Orchard’ Draws Around 8,500 Guests on Opening Weekend
In line with this, tents and colourful light decorations filled up the pedestrian strip that stretches from Ion Orchard to Ngee Ann City to introduce a series of monthly weekend events stating Friday (May 3), as shared in a report by the Straits Times.
According to its organiser, Orchard Road Business Association (ORBA), over 8,500 guests attended the first edition of Night At Orchard.
There were over 30 pop-up stores offering local fashion, five food trucks, and live acts set up along the bustling strip. The event will run from 5pm to 10pm on Saturday (May 4) and the next day.
The weekend night event is part of an eight-month long initiative to revitalise Orchard Road and showcase fashion, arts, street food, drinks, and music with a different theme every month.
For the remaining seven editions, the roving event will be set up at different spots of the shopping strip.
And while locations have yet to be decided, the programme line-up may be curated based on upcoming special occasions such as National Day, the Singapore Grand Prix, and Christmas, as shared by the ORBA.
The initiative comes as larger plans are set in the pipeline to transform the 2.4km stretch into a more lively and green street.
In January, government agencies announced that new retail concepts, attractions, entertainment, and events will be introduced to Tanglin, Somerset, Orchard, and Dhoby Ghaut to strengthen Orchard Road’s position as a lifestyle destination.
In line with this, part of the strip may also be dedicated for car-free green spaces at the Istana Park, Dhoby Ghaut Green, and the open space at Plaza Singapura.
As the initiative rolls out into full maturity by next year, hopefully, Singapore’s Orchard Road will once again take on its position as one of the iconic roads in the region where culture, art, retail, and fashion combine.