The occasional breeze did nothing to tame the humidity, but that did not stop crowds from descending on the Bugis and Bras Basah areas last Friday and Saturday nights for the opening weekend of the Singapore Night Festival.
The festival, which is in its sixth year, is the biggest so far, stretching from Plaza Singapura to Raffles City and from Waterloo and Armenian streets to Fort Canning Park.
Close to 80 free events, from dance performances and art installations to film screenings, have been lined up for last weekend and this Friday and Saturday, from 7pm to 2am.
Last weekend, more than 250 people, including security officers, were deployed to manage the crowd.
One of the most sardine-packed spots on the opening weekend was at the front lawn of the National Museum of Singapore, which featured three shows - two by French aerial dance group Compagnie Retouramont and one by the fire-twirling and acrobatic home-grown group Starlight Alchemy, from 8.15 to 9pm.
As early as 5.30pm last Saturday, some people, including a woman in a wheelchair, had already arrived.
Families and friends laid out mats and picnic boxes on the lawn, while photography enthusiasts set up their big cameras and tripods and parked them at strategic spots.
Business executive Lincoln Lim, 40, was there at 7.30pm with seven friends who were photography buffs, specifically to catch the Starlight Alchemy performance at 8.45pm.