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The Singapore River comes alive!

By Miranda TanEvents - 23 June 2010 9:00 AM | Updated 16 September 2010

The Singapore River comes alive!

The Singapore River Festival is back again for its third year!

Transforming into a stream of celebrations to mark the river’s rich history and modern significance, there’ll be plenty of activities from June 25 to July 3 spanning Boat Quay, Clarke Quay, Robertson Quay and Empress Place.

Expect spectacular live performances, a unique boat-ride down memory lane, and plenty more all happening on or along the Singapore River. We’ve put together what you shouldn’t miss from the Singapore River Festival.



As the highlight event of the River Festival, Air, takes performance to a new height – literally! Mixing both aerial and aquatic together in a theatrical setting, you’ll be dazzled by the dazzling choreography, whimsical characters and acrobatics. Air pays tribute to the life-giving nature of the Singapore River and will be staged above the river between Central and Clarke Quay.

June 25 to 27 at 7.30pm and 10pm. Free access.


Seeing the river flow along is like watching a perfect dance, and that’s what Fountain of Fantasy at Central’s River Promenade is about. This ‘human fountain’ dance extravaganza is sure to impress with its graceful interpretation of the magic and poetry of water.

June 25 to 27, July 1 to 4, please check timings. Free access.

For those who love to mix history and art, you’ll want to check out Pulse. An interactive audio-visual feast, it celebrates the river and its role in Singapore’s transformation, and even how the river might look like in the future.

June 18 to July 3. Free access.


For families

Bring the family for a walk down memory lane with the Singapore River Childhood Memories with five specially transformed traditional bumboats to whimsical larger-than-life playthings from the past. Expect a colourful parade of fascinating bumboat floats like Chinese wooden clogs, horse racing calendars and more. And on weekends, local award-winning dance company Fireflys will be performing on the bumboats for the first time. Definitely one to share with the children.

June 25 to July 3, 8pm to 9pm. Free access.

For a unique step back into history, get on board the Sailing Past – Reliving the River cruise with Awang, a satay seller and Yu Hua, a popular courtesan and songstress, who will take you on a journey through the Singapore River circa 1930. It’s a unique interactive experience which will leave you looking at the river with a totally new perspective!


For a romantic date

Relax by the river at Robertson Quay for Singapore’s second Wine and Jazz festival. For a nominal fee of just $25, you get to sample varieties of fine wines, while chilling out to the tunes of some of the top jazz acts in the region including Jeremy Monteiro, Stephen Francis and Mario Serio.

July 2 to 3, 5pm to 11pm. SGD25 nett (1 day)


For buddies

Grab your buddies for a night out at the newest pubbing experience in town! The HIPPO Party Hopper is the first floating pub in Singapore and makes its debut at the Singapore River Festival. The cover charge even allows you unlimited hop-on and hop-off stops along the river. Or check out Boat Quay because Heineken is going to make some wishes come true. In a month-long drink promotion called Make A Wish, customers who order a bucket of five beers get a chance to win from three wishes ranging from 24 cases of Heineken, $2000 travel vouchers or a brewery tour for 10 friends. Cheers!

June 2 to July 2. Terms and conditions apply.


For the audiophiles

For a chance to enjoy and explore the best of Asia’s talents through different genres, KinestAsia will be showcased on three different stages – the River Promenade at [email protected] Arts House, the ACM Green at the Asian Civilisations Museum, and Earshot Café at the Arts House. There’ll be plenty of rock, jazz, Indie and even traditional music, all live! It’s also your chance to have a wander through the Asian Civilisations Museum with their free late night admission from 5pm to 1am during KinestAsia.

June 25 – 26, from 8pm onwards, and July 2 – 3 from 7pm onwards. Free access.


Oh to live the sweet life! La Dolce Vita (which means, the sweet life) takes all the best of gourmet food, fabulous fashion, and exclusive parties happening at Clarke Quay. There’s the Latino Salsa Thursday with live Latin music, Salsa dancers and when you’re hungry, plenty of fiery spicy Latin food.

July 1, 7.30pm – 10.30pm 


For the fashionistas

Even though it’s all about the Singapore River, that doesn’t mean you can’t be fashionable at the same time. Clarke Quay is presenting Fashion Rocks Clarke Quay! There’ll be plenty of runway shows to see the latest trends and even an exclusive invite-only after-party on the Read Bridge.

July 2, 8pm – midnight. Free access to runway shows, after-party is invite only.


When it’s all about to wind down, The Singapore River Festival goes out with a bang at the Fashion Rocks Clarke Quay Singapore River Festival 2010 Closing Party, which includes a series of runway shows featuring the best of international and local fashion labels. Come dressed in your most stylish outfit and you may win prizes.

July 2, 8pm – midnight. Free access.