Tightrope performances, movie under the stars, amazing light shows—the Singapore River Fest is back

For a small country like ours, Singapore’s festival scene is definitely alive and well, with events ranging from major gastronomic events like the Savour and the upcoming Singapore Restaurant Week and music festivals like Ultra and Laneway Festival to artsy ones like the Singapore Night Festival and Singapore International Photography Festival. To add to the burgeoning list, there’s going to be a festival along the Singapore River happening on Nov 4-5.

The Singapore River Festival returns with a whole slew of activities and experiences across Clarke Quay, Boat Quay and Robertson Quay, opening with a tightrope performance by French performance group Underclouds Cie, where they will combine tightrope acrobatics, music and multimedia projects to tell the story of the Singapore River and its connection to the past and present to the community.

Also returning along with the festival is the Singapore River (SR) Signatures, an award given to some of the best dishes from restaurants along the River. This year’s 21 winners were picked by chefs Anthony Yeoh (Cocotte), Bjorn Shen (Artichoke), Cheryl Koh (Tarte by Cheryl Koh) and Nixon Low (former executive chef of Portico Restaurants). Some of these restaurants will have special promotions during the two-day festival you can look out for.

Other highlights include a Silent Disco at Clarke Quay’s Fountain Square; a street carnival at Boat Quay that’ll see a cool light installation and other street art performances, live performances by local musicians, a market and workshops; and an outdoor cinema and fitness workshops like Barre Bootcamp and Pound Workshop at Robertson Quay.

It’s mostly a free-for-all festival, with the exception of some workshops and activities. For more info, click here.