Asia’s leading sustainable light art festival is not to be missed

Asia’s leading sustainable light art festival i Light Marina Bay is back with a bang in its fourth edition this year, with the theme “In Praise Of Shadows”. Organised and presented by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), the festival showcases visual art and urban space.

Here are 8 reasons why the popular i Light Marina Bay 2016 is the festival you must attend.

1. It’s comparable to the light festivals in Sydney and Lyon

Too busy to visit the lights famous for illuminating Sydney and Lyon? You can now do it at the comfort of your home country, and you won’t regret one bit.

Just check out what’s in stores for you around the Marina Bay waterfront.

Angels Of Freedom features five sets of huge and colourful wings compelling visitors to interact with the symbolic angels. Behind this photo-worthy installation lies a deeper meaning — it aims to remind visitors of who they really are and to always stay connected to their loved ones and people who matter.

By OGE Group, Gaston Zahr and Merav Eitan (Germany & Israel)
Photo courtesy of i Light Marina Bay 

Presented previously at Vivid Sydney, Light Origami is a vibrant domed-shaped structure that compels audiences to explore reality in a giant 3D kaleidoscope. Constructed by more than 320 origami shapes made from aluminium composite panels, be enthralled by the changing spectrums of light projected within the space.

By KAZ Shirane (Japan)
Photo courtesy of Destination NSW

Through these installations, you’ll definitely see Marina Bay in a different light (pun intended).

Also, seize this opportunity to get that Instagram-worthy shot that’s bound to chalk up dozens of likes.

2. Make your wish come true at the Marine Constellations

Photo courtesy of i Light Marina Bay

Our city might be surrounded by light pollution, but fret not.

At Marine Constellations, beams of lasers link Marina Bay’s skyline to form a new constellation for visitors to trace the cityscape.

That’s not all – you are welcomed to make a wish for your beloved ones at In this joint initiative, the messages made will be sent along with a photo of the star every time a camera set up by artists in Chiang Mai captures a shooting star.

And don’t forget to look out for the shooting stars in the Bay.

3. It has something for everyone 

Apart from light installations, there’s also a stellar line-up of over 40 events and programmes – including carnivals, flea markets, workshops, family-friendly activities and dining options – so there’ll always be something for you to do.

On weekends, be entertained by music performances and have a picnic with gourmet specialties from food trucks while soaking yourself in a kaleidoscope of colours.

4. It’s environmentally friendly

Have a good time at the festival without feeling guilty about inflicting damage on the environment.

The light art installations might be a sight to behold, but you’ll be surprised by how environmentally friendly they are. Local and international artists have incorporated sustainable elements into their design, including the use of energy-efficient lighting technologies and the use of recyclable materials.

Besides, energy savings from the ‘Switch Off, Turn Up’ campaign will be powering the festival. Participating stakeholders and building owners around the Bay and beyond are encouraged to switch off non-essential lighting, as well as turn up air-conditioning temperatures during the period of the festival.

Photo courtesy of i Light Marina Bay

In 2014, the Switch off, Turn up campaign achieved energy savings of 268,890 kWh, which is enough to provide electricity for 1024 4-room HDB flats for a 3-week period!

In addition, in line with i Light Marina Bay’s sustainability campaign, Philips Lighting will offer a one-for-one exchange for your used incandescent bulbs during the festival.

To be eligible for the exchange, simply bring your used bulb to Information Kiosk B (located near Marina Bay Sands) and get a longer lasting and energy saving LED light bulb in return.

5. Free audio guided tour

Don’t worry if you find these installations too abstract for your interpretation – this year’s free audio-guided tour can help you have a better understanding of the individual installations.

How this works: Simply download the guide via the app VoiceMap, and start at the Bayfront South Jetty (i Light Marina Bay 2016 – South Guide) or near the left end of the Esplanade Theatres on the Bay (i Light Marina Bay 2016 – North Guide) if you are facing the Bay. The app will detect your location and automatically play the audio introducing the various installations at those locations.

6. First Festival Village

Featured for the first time in the festival’s history, a Festival Village at the Promontory @ Marina Bay will be home to pop-up dining concepts by Haagen Dazs and Harry’s, and will also serve as a hub for festival-goers.

7. Exclusive promotions and menus for festival-goers

i Light Marina Bay has teamed up with several dining partners and the ArtScience Museum to provide exclusive promotions and menus for festival-goers. This can only mean one thing – discounts! #cheapthrills

Some of the participating restaurants include Long Chim, Carnivore, Harry’s, Overeasy and more.

8. The light art festival is well loved

First held in 2010 as a biennial event, the light art festival aims to promote sustainability and reinforce Marina Bay’s position as a sustainable precinct. The festival’s first three editions had been met with overwhelming response – i Light Marina Bay 2014 attracted a total of 685,000 international and local visitors over the course of the three-week period.

It will become an annual event starting this year.

i Light Marina Bay will be running for three weeks

i Light Marina Bay is a testament to how our very own light art festival is comparable to established light festivals overseas, so be sure to head down on 4 – 27 March. From art to food, there’s surely something for every one of all ages. This is one festival you’ll not want to miss. Admission is free.

For more information, head to You can also follow them on social media at Facebook and Instagram, or stalk the hashtag #ilightmarinabay. Do also look out for the festival contests on their Facebook and Instagram pages!

This post was brought to you by i Light Marina Bay.


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