Singapore Celebrates Lighting with a Festival and an Exhibition

Since Singapore has been created over 200 years ago, light and lighting have always been a core issue in the city development. The first public lighting was already installed back to 1824 across the bridge linking North Bridge and South Bridge Roads. Coconut Oil lamps were used then. It was then followed by public lighting at Singapore old parliament.

Lighting has turned for a long time into special events and has been accompanying Singapore’s celebrations since colonial times. The crowning of King Georges VI and then Queen Elizabeth II; Independence celebration; 150th anniversary of Singapore were accompanied by special lighting all across town. A very interesting exhibition traces back the history of Singapore public light and lighting at Singapore City Gallery integrated at the Urban Redevelopment Authority.

Today, Singapore lighting is getting now sustainable by minimizing the energy use while using light as an attraction. Lighting is being now implemented by turning the city’s skyline into an open air show.

Singapore is indeed promoting lighting for now four years by organising “i Light Marina Bay”. Asia’s leading sustainable light art festival illuminates until the end of March Singapore’s iconic Marina Bay.

Themed ‘In Praise of Shadows’, the 2016 edition features 25 innovative and environmentally sustainable light art installations by creative talents from around the world. Through the use of intelligent lighting, the Marina Bay waterfront is transformed into a kaleidoscopic display of light, colour, shadows and play for locals and visitors to enjoy.

Organised by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), the fourth edition of the festival has rallied stakeholders around and beyond Marina Bay to pledge their support for the ‘Switch Off, Turn Up’ campaign, held in partnership with the World Wide Fund for Nature. Some 75 buildings pledged their support to the festival by switching off non-essential lighting and turn up air-conditioning temperatures throughout the festival period. The energy saved from the campaign will offset the power consumption of the light art installations at the festival.

To promote an environmentally-responsible behaviour for a sustainable future, the participating artists have incorporated the use of recyclable materials and adopted energy-efficient lighting technologies in the creation of their stunning light art installations. Every aspect of the festival will adopt a more effective and efficient management of resources to meet this commitment to the environment.


Beyond its spectacular showcase of visual art and urban space, the festival also offers a dynamic line-up of events and programmes over four weekends. With eclectic performances, outdoor dining options, engaging workshops and more, i Light Marina Bay 2016 presents a multi-sensory experience with something for all.

Singapore continues through exhibitions and art events to promote itself as ASEAN true cultural hub but also to promote initiative for a better environment. A good way to combine responsibility, sustainability, entertainment and tourism.

i Light Marina Bay 2016 opens from 4 to 27 March 2016, 7.30pm to 11pm daily with an extension to 12 midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, around the Marina Bay waterfront promenade. Admission is free. For more information, visit