The Civic District Festival is an inaugural outdoor festival that celebrates the stunning Civic District of Singapore. Known as the historic birthplace of modern Singapore, the Civic District area encompassing Empress Place and St Andrew’s Road, has been transformed into an arts and cultural precinct. It is today home to a number of national, civic, arts and cultural institutions that are housed in some of the most notable and historically significant heritage buildings, including the National Gallery Singapore (former Supreme Court and City Hall buildings), Asian Civilisations Museum (former Empress Place Building), the Arts House (former Old Parliament House) and Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall.
Carrying the theme of When Time Stood Still, the Festival’s main attraction is a Projection Trail, with multimedia projections being mapped onto some of the most beautiful heritage buildings located within the Civic district, including the entire facade of the National Gallery, front facade of the Arts House, facade and interior of the Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall, as well as the annexe wing facade of Asian Civilisations Museum. The Civic District Outdoor Festival is a family-friendly event, with dedicated activities for children and the young at heart.
The creative content and technical direction for the façade projection features an all Singapore team led by Creative Director, Beatrice Chia and Technical Director, Kenny Wong. The story of “Hemera’s Dream” is an original work commissioned by Civic District Festival 2017. It is written by Chong Tze Chien, with Brian Gothong Tan as the Façade Multimedia Designer, Don Richmond as Composer (Sound) and Jeffrey Yue as Sound Designer.
Spearheaded by National Gallery Singapore, we are working closely with other Civic District cultural institutions namely, the Arts House, Victoria Theatre & Victoria Concert Hall and Asian Civilisations Museum to extend the art experience beyond the institutions into the Civic District precinct.
These timeless building sites and monuments, which collectively cover almost 200 years of Singapore's history and architectural heritage, from the colonial period through World War II right up to independence, now showcase the artistic and creative expressions of our culture, which are enjoyed by Singaporeans from all walks of life, as well as visitors from abroad. With this context in mind, this inaugural precinct-wide outdoor festival aims to transform the experience of the Civic District by night, for people to experience Singapore’s creative and artistic expressions in the heart of the city. The festival will complement the range of programmes offered within the key cultural institutions in the Civic District, and extend the art experience beyond the walls of these cultural institutions and into the Civic District precinct.