Labels:events,Free things to do,Outdoor fun
The Singapore River Festival has been moved forward this year, from September to June. This is good news for families with children as it will fall during the local school holidays and will also complement The Great Singapore Sale, Singapore Arts Festival and the upcoming Singapore Food Festival. The festival will run from 19th June- 27th June, 2009 and the whole of Singapore River, from Robertson Quay to Boat Quay will be involved.
Here are some of the highlights of the festival:
19 to 27 June 2009 (7.30 pm-8.30pm)
Robertson Quay, Clarke Quay and Boat Quay
Every night from 7.30-8pm there will be a floating parade with the last of Singapore's traditional bumboats decorated with beautiful lanterns recreate Singapore's past and pay tribute to the people who worked the river. The boats will head from Robertson Quay upriver to Boat Quay so there will be plenty of space to view the spectacle.
The boats will showcase samsui women at work, rickshaw pullers, a traditional Chinese Opera stage, vanishing trades and street hawkers, and will ply down the river nightly. Three-dimensional, three-storey high scenes of a fishing village and trading port with coolies and traders will be also featured on two bumboats docked at Boat Quay.
19 to 21 and 26 to 27 June 2009 (8.30 pm-9.30pm)
On the weekends there will be a performance of River Romance Dance Musical along the UOB Promenade. The performance features a beautiful love story between a Nonya maiden and a coolie, set amidst the hustle and bustle of Singapore River’s flourishing trading port. This is a spectacular water and land celebration of Singapore River’s historic trading port and the people who lived and worked along this epic waterway.
On the River – Cruising to Music
Cruising down the Singapore River takes on a new twist during the Singapore River Festival with the HIPPO River Show – a musical performance on board the HIPPO River Cruises. Enjoy a 30-minute cruise down the river while listening to the soothing sounds of a string quartet or the guzheng.
Empress Place - For the Love of Art, Music and Culture
Jazz by the River: An Evening of Cuban Jazz at ACM Green, part of The Original Bacardi Mojito Fiesta, provides soul food together with Campfire, an outdoor dance marathon.
Milestones: Heritage Musical Festival and Flea Market, a music festival at Timbre@The Arts House which pays tribute to the Singapore bands harking from the 70s to the present. Browse through vintage items and unusual knick knacks at the vintage flea market by the river promenade of Empress Place before a late night visit to “The Kangxi Emperor: Treasures from the Forbidden City” exhibition at ACM.
ACM green. For one night only (19 June), the stately façade of the museum will be transformed into a thrilling canvas of lights and moving imagery!
Special Performances at Central, 27 June (9.30-10.30pm)
Read Bridge Spectacular, 19-27 June
Witness history in the making at Central with a record-breaking mega illusion show The Impossible Record: 2 Illusionists, 5 Minutes, 1 World Record, or take in the nightly visual spectaculars aerial performances and exotic dance acts at the Read Bridge Spectacular. Top off the evening with a sampling of one of the 20 Mojito varieties being offered at participating outlets at Clarke Quay as part of Singapore’s first The Original Bacardi Mojito Fiesta.
Boat Quay - Themed Party Experiences
Times and Dates TBA
The colours and thrills of the circus rolls into town with the Singapore River Circus Pop Series which will transform Boat Quay into a huge circus-themed party with performers, glowsticks, candy floss and other signature delights of the Big Top.
Robertson Quay - Chill by the River
Chill out at Robertson Quay’s Food and Wine Festival before you party the night away at the Singapore River Circus Pop Series.
In conjunction with the Great Singapore Sale, shopaholics will also find irresistible one-for-one festival treats at Central and great deals at the many dining establishments along the river.
Singapore River Festival Party Boat
Complimentary weekend river taxi ride onboard the (available on a first-come, first-served basis) offered hourly from 7pm to 9.30pm at Raffles’ Landing Site, Boat Quay Jetty and Liang Court Jetty, and weekend shuttle bus service from Orchard Road to Clarke Quay on the Singapore River Festival Bus, together with the many free-admission Festival events make the Festival affordable and accessible.