Singapore to host own version of "Night at the Museum"

Thu Jun 18, 2009 11:56pm EDT
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By Candida Ng

SINGAPORE (Reuters Life!) - Do museum exhibits really come to life at night?

Art-lovers and film buffs alike will get to compare real life with the reel comedy "Night at the Museum" when three Singapore museums keep their doors open into the small hours of the morning as part of the city-state's upcoming Night Festival in July.

Into its second year, the weekend-long event aims to bring life and vibrancy into nocturnal Singapore and bring the arts closer to the masses in a more interactive and intimate manner.

"Singaporeans love to hang out at night. It makes sense as it's much cooler and more relaxed," explained Lee Chor Lin, director of the National Museum of Singapore.

This year's event in the tropical Southeast Asian country has been scaled down from the inaugural festival last year which spanned two weekends, a casualty of the global downturn.

With half the budget compared to its predecessor, organizers decided to focus on promoting local acts.

Opening the festival is Bersama Hijau, featuring more than 80 dancers and performers in a multicultural showcase mixing different genres of dance, music and theater.

Dancers twirling four-meter-long silk ribbons to Japanese taiko drum music will mix with the crowd, who will also be entertained by fire-twirlers and performers of Kathakali, a classical form of Indian dance theater.   Continued...