Night of good fun and crazy crowds

Night of good fun and crazy crowds
MoonGrazing by OICsingapore on the facade of the National Museum of Singapore. The installation is part of the Singapore Night Festival 2013.

The Singapore Night Festival closed its sixth edition last Saturday to mixed reviews.

While festivalgoers enjoyed the diverse programme, the number of attendees and the expanse of the festival arena made it difficult for visitors to catch all the events, even if they went on multiple nights.

This year's festival venues stretched from Plaza Singapura to Raffles City, and included Waterloo Street, Queen Street and Armenian Street. There were almost 80 free events, including traditional and contemporary music performances, film screenings and interactive art events.

More than 10,000 people crowded around the National Museum's facade and on the corner of the Singapore Management University (SMU) Green across Stamford Road each night to catch the festival's highlight performances by French acrobatics troupe Compagnie Retouramont and Singaporean illusionists JC Sum and Magic Babe Ning.

This meant that some festivalgoers, such as financial consultant Chen Xueyi, 25, found it difficult to watch the acts. "I wish they had a more elevated stage because I could hardly see the performers. I left halfway through and went to see the bands at SMU."

Others, like Mr Ezra Nicholas, 28, who attended the festival with his wife Tanni Tang, 28, saw the crowds and turned away.

"The crowd in front of the National Museum was so big, it was crazy and hectic, so we never made it there. I wish the festival was longer so that we had more time to get to all the performances, which were really spread out this year," he says.

The couple also had trouble getting home after the festival, as bus and train operating times were not extended to coincide with the festival's hours from 7pm to 2am.

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