Singapore bicentennial: An island's journey

Arts and culture highlights

Many of the bicentennial events are extensions of already existing calendar attractions, or spins on planned events. With plenty of exhibitions and shows, the year will be jam-packed with offerings. Senior culture correspondent Ong Sor Fern picks some of the highlights.

Starting the year on a bright note is the i Light Singapore festival, which will officially kick off the commemoration on Jan 28. This year's event, on till Feb 24, is a bicentennial edition offering additional light installations beyond its traditional Marina Bay area venue. The festival's 33 artworks all follow the bicentennial theme of Bridges Of Time, quite literally too in the case of six works which will be installed at the bridges spanning the Singapore River.

Singapore art duo Perception3 and artist Michael Lee collaborated on a piece for Cavenagh Bridge which features two lines of text made with LED neon rope. One side of the bridge will feature the phrase "Where do stories begin" and the other side, "Where do stories end". Perception3's Regina de Rozario says the lines, seen against the backdrop of the city, are "prompts for questioning and reflection – a sort of ‘reframing' of how we might usually see and appreciate our skyline, and all the narratives of how we got to this point".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 27, 2019, with the headline 'Arts and culture highlights'. Subscribe