Neon Lights 2016

Wandering artists, circus and comedy acts

Neon Lights' varied arts programme has expanded this year to include a fifth element called Neon Nooks.

Unlike the existing four programmes - spoken word, street culture, alternative entertainment and children's workshops - which are each held at a separate stage, the multi-disciplinary acts under Neon Nooks will take place all over the sprawling festival grounds at Fort Canning Park.

Look out for a 3m-tall LED-lit tree sculpture that responds to music and interacts with festivalgoers or the New Stream Brass Band, a New Orleans-style brass band which will rove around the park.

The idea behind the new addition is to "activate the nooks and crannies" of the "gorgeous space", says the festival's arts director and producer Jennifer Jennings.

Ms May Leong, one of the directors of Neon Lights, the company behind the festival, adds that Neon Nooks is a way for people to engage "not just in specific tents or stages, but also treat the festival like a playground where there is no demarcation between audience and artists".

Meanwhile, spoken word artists such as two-time winner of the National Poetry Slam championship Shivram Gopinath will wax lyrical at The Rocking Horse.

At Club Minky, a wacky programme of circus, cabaret and comedy acts, British neo-cabaret duo Bourgeois & Maurice will entertain visitors with their outlandish costumes and witty tunes on current world affairs.

Find out more about Singapore's underground scene at The Nest and catch a punk musical performed by members of the subculture.

Dub and reggae legend Mad Professor and British electronic act Gold Panda are the main acts at Easy Street, a stage focusing on street culture.

There will be a silent disco there too, where partygoers groove to music heard through headphones.

Gurveen Kaur

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 18, 2016, with the headline 'Wandering artists, circus and comedy acts'. Subscribe