Re-imagine the night at Singapore Night Festival 2019 as the Bras Basah.Bugis district transforms into an ethereal wonderland over two weekends this August. Watch the façade of iconic landmarks spring to life in brilliance, familiar spaces surprise with artistic expressions, and animated storytellers enchant the crowd. Promising something for everyone, one can look forward to an exciting line-up of arts, heritage and cultural experiences brought together by partners and stakeholders in the district.
Jane’s Tours bring you a unique opportunity to retrace the steps of the Armenians of Singapore, who were among the earliest merchants and traders to arrive in Singapore after it became a British trading port in 1819.
Between 1820 and 2000, fewer than 700 Armenians have ever lived in Singapore, forming one of the country's smallest minorities. Nevertheless, this close-knit community has left behind a legacy incommensurate with their numbers. Along with the Church of St. Gregory the Illuminator (known to most as the Armenian Church), there are many reminders of their presence including the Raffles Hotel, Stamford House, the Straits Times newspaper and Singapore’s national flower.
Come with us to explore the places, personalities and stories of this small but fascinating community. You will learn about the finest hoteliers in all of Southeast Asia, the Armenian's connection with the Freemasons, and the creator of our national flower.
We will visit the Armenian Church (the oldest church in Singapore) and its Memorial Garden. Next we'll stroll along the newly pedestrianised Armenian Street Park and have the opportunity to visit the newly curated Armenian Heritage Gallery. It's the first museum of its kind that explores the journey and achievements of the Armenian Communities in Asia from the early days of settlement through to the present day.
Our tour will then take a break at the new Mason's Table restaurant inside the historic Masonic Hall where we will meet Dr. Nadia Wright, author of "The Armenians of Singapore, a Short History" for a discussion and Q&A. Nadia's book will be available for purchase and she will be honoured to sign one for you!
Nadia is a historian living in Melbourne, Australia and is of Armenian heritage. Her research focuses on the Armenians in Southeast Asia as well as the founding of Singapore. She is the author of "Respected Citizens: The History of the Armenians in Singapore and Malaysia," "William Farquhar and Singapore: Stepping out from Raffles’ Shadow," and "The Armenians of Penang." She also co-authored "Vanda Miss Joaquim: Singapore’s National Flower" and "The Legacy of Agnes & Ridley," and has published a variety of other scholarly articles.
The Trustees and Governing Board of the Singapore Armenian Church are pleased to share the good news that Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has confirmed his upcoming official visit to Singapore from 07-09 July 2019. He will be accompanied by his wife Mrs. Anna Hakobyan and several key Ministers in the Armenian Government.
The Prime Minister and his wife, along with Senior Minister of State Dr. Koh Poh Koon, will be witness to the Unveiling Ceremony of the Vanda Miss Joaquim Orchid Statue in the Botanic Garden on Armenian Street. Following this, the Prime Minister and his wife will be led on a private tour of the Armenian Church, the Memorial Garden and the Armenian Heritage Gallery. The Prime Minister will then lay flowers at the Memorial Khachkar and address and meet the community during a reception to be held in honour of his visit to Singapore.
The event will be held on the grounds of the Singapore Armenian Church at 60 Hill Street - all guests are requested to arrive by 4:30pm sharp. The event is open to all Armenians living in Singapore and around the region.
Every August, the Singapore Night Festival transforms the Bras Basah.Bugis precinct into a midsummer’s celebration of sorts.
The Singapore Night Festival features a theme each year, and previous editions have showcased international acts such as the spectacular Globe by Close-Act Theatre (2017), the spellbinding Gardens of Angels by Theater Tol (2015), and the dazzling Fuerzabruta by Ozono Producciones (2012), where an aerial dancer sprinkles confetti while gyrating to live music.
The signature highlight of the festival are the interactive light installations that turn the facades of the National Museum of Singapore and the Singapore Art Museum into ephemeral works of wonder. Night owls will enjoy the many events held late into the night at cultural institutions such as the National Museum of Singapore, the Peranakan Museum, Singapore Art Museum, The Substation and more. Festival goers will get to immerse themselves too in the various street and music performances, by local and international artists, all playing their original works. If you’re in town, don’t miss your chance to see Singapore’s heritage, arts and culture in an entirely different light from 17 – 25 Aug 2018, 7.30pm – 12mn daily. Performance nights from 23 – 25 Aug. For more information visit: http://nightfestival.sg/about