Marina Bay Sands to launch new Spectra water show via Aussie experience agency Imagination

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Screen Shot 2017-05-30 at 7.10.46 am.jpgMarina Bay Sands is set to unveil an entertainment experience with a new, state-of-the-art light and water show, Spectra, on 2 June, created by Australian-based experience agency, Imagination.

Imagination is behind some of the most definitive shows in Australia, including Sydney New Year’s Eve, the city’s official celebrations and biggest public event.

Screen Shot 2017-05-30 at 7.10.59 am.jpgThe city skyline will glimmer with a kaleidoscope of colours and spectacular lights each night with Spectra, a free-to-public outdoor light and water show displayed over the water at the Event Plaza along the promenade.


Combining an array of state-of-the-art lasers, lighting, water effects and projections, the show promises to be a multimedia Screen Shot 2017-05-30 at 7.11.21 am.jpgextravaganza set to an orchestral soundtrack composed by award-winning local music producer Kenn C. At the heart of the performance lies a bespoke, 12-metre tall double-laminated glass-and-stainless-steel prism that bursts into life throughout the show.

Says George Tanasijevich, president and chief executive officer of Marina Bay Sands: “Marina Bay Sands is pleased to unveil its new light and water show, Spectra, a stunning multimedia experience that uses unprecedented levels of technology to transform the skyline of Marina Bay every night and enhance Singapore’s urban landscape. This new show has given us the opportunity to work with homegrown talent and global creative artists to produce an experience that is compelling from start to finish. It shows our commitment to continually reinvest and refresh our entertainment offerings, to draw new and repeat visitors to our integrated resort.”


The world-first production, which took two years to create, is designed to take viewers on a four-act journey, beginning with Singapore’s origins as a cultural melting pot, and ending with a glimpse into its future as a global city and beacon of innovation. Key to this narrative is a selection of innovative water fountain technologies, including pyramids, gyroscopic arcs and straight jets, as well as lava and mist effects, many of which create a canvas for vibrant projections.

Spectra features state-of-the-art technology to create a myriad of laser, light and water movements


Says Antony Gowthorp, managing director, Imagination Australia: “Working with Marina Bay Sands on a project of this cultural scale has been an incredibly rewarding experience and we couldn’t be happier with the results. Using creativity and technology to enhance the impact and liveability of spaces is a great fit for Imagination’s expertise in experience strategy and design. To do this kind of place-making work, you need the right mix of creative muscle and technical know-how.”


The show will also boast specially developed underwater LED fixtures that allow lights to show perfect whites and richer colour hues. Other state-of-the-art technology used in Spectra include a synchronization software called timecode, which enables the soundtrack to trigger, down to the millisecond, all of the lasers, lighting, projections and water effects in harmony each time.

The show is also energy-efficient – besides the use of energy-saving LED lights, the production’s water effects are powered using water from the bay, which is filtered and recycled with each performance.


Spectra takes the place of the Wonder Full light and water show, which ended a successful six-year run in April this year. The new show will perform twice every night (Sunday to Thursday) at 8pm and 9pm, with a third show added at 10pm on Friday and Saturday. It can be viewed 50 meters across the waterfront promenade, complementing the stunning nightscape of Marina Bay.