We have all seen stock images of Marina Bay, but what about its electrifying light shows that wash over the city when the sun goes down? These futuristic laser shows were part of a nightly light-and-sound show presented by Marina Bay Sands in 2012, to the delight of tourists, locals, and photographers.
Nicknamed ‘Spectra’, this newly-added light show consists of colourful light projections on mists, which are artfully choreographed to a relaxing orchestral soundtrack produced by Singaporean music producer Kenn C. Each show lasts for 15 minutes, so get ready to be wowed (and brave the crowd).
During large-scale events like New Year’s Day and National Day, the sky lights up with an elaborate firework display – a customary and visual treat to celebrate special national occasions. While the costs of fireworks are rarely disclosed, mega-events like the National Day in 2016 took place to the tune of $39.4 million, driving some locals to question if the grand display is even worth it at all.
While Marina Bay is a perfect location for fireworks and lasers, others opt for a more subdued approach, designing light installations that use the city as a canvas. Singapore hosts large-scale art festivals like i Light Marina Bay, which invites local and international artists to showcase their work and light up the city.
Not to be forgotten, Sentosa also has its fair share of light attractions which take place every night. If you happen to be in Siloso Beach and spot fireworks at night, those could be part of the Wings of Time, a ticketed show that mixes water, light, and sound to create a complete magical experience.
Another novel light show worth seeing is the ‘Crane Dance’, where two mechanical cranes share the tale of love and transforms into birds midway through. Catch the show at the Waterfront every day at 8pm (admission is free).