Southeast Asia’s leading sustainable light art festival is back to illuminate the Lion City’s nightscape with radiant works of art from all across the globe.

First held in 2010, i Light Singapore is an annual celebration that brings people from all walks of life together by shining a light on art and sustainability. This year’s bicentennial edition promises to be a visual extravaganza, with the overarching theme—Bridges of Time—and over 30-free-to-public installations.

A journey of light, space and time
2018 iLight Marina Bay Street nightview shot of installation Elements of Life

This year’s festival marks a special occasion for the nation, with the Singapore Bicentennial commemoration looking back on seven centuries of heritage, from its 14th-century status as an ancient port of call named Temasek to the turning point of 1819, which marked the arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles on Singapore’s shores.

While i Light Singapore is traditionally held in Marina Bay, this year’s special bicentennial edition will see an expanded presence across the city, with art installations lighting up the Civic District, the Singapore River and Raffles Terrace in Fort Canning Park.

As the anchor event of the Singapore Bicentennial commemoration, the festival will feature an immersive, multimedia float show, aptly taking place on the historic Singapore River. An immersive spectacle of light, sound and water, this poetic landscape of sculptures and fountains will beckon visitors to explore Singapore’s evolution from fishing village to global metropolis.

Fantastic artists and where to find them
City Gazing Singapore installation, i Light Singapore 2019

This year’s festival theme—Bridges of Time—invites visitors to explore connections across space and time. Artists and festival-goers will engage with the Lion City’s history, and its connection with the rest of the globe over the last 700 years.

Visitors can expect a visual extravaganza at the festival, which recorded 249 art proposal submissions from 36 countries across the globe. Highlights include City Gazing Singapore, an installation by Dutch artists Mingus Vogel and Justin Bruns that suspends a breathtaking map of Singapore over The Lawn@Marina Bay.

The festival also welcomes back Singaporean industrial designer Lee Yun Qin, whose 2017 installation, Moonflower, employed 800 solar-powered LED bulbs to turn the Bay area into a luminous garden. Yun’s new work for the bicentennial edition—titled The Rainbow Connection—features a kaleidoscope of solar light modules, powered by solar energy and made from upcycled materials. The latter comprises of 800 used cookie tins, designed by members of the public over 12 pre-festival workshops.

A platform for budding artists

Besides showcasing works of brilliance from veteran artists, i Light Singapore – Bicentennial Edition will serve as a platform for students and young artists to display their creativity and craftsmanship.

This year’s festival will mark the launch of the inaugural i Light Student Award, which showcases the best sustainable light art installations from students across the globe. The top five entries were picked from 48 submissions, involving 115 students spread across nine countries, including Singapore and China.