The campaign aims to raise Hong Kong’s international profile by providing in-depth community arts and cultural tours, as well as interactive art tech experiences, to encourage both locals and visitors to rediscover the city from a cultural standpoint.
West Kowloon Neighbourhood
The West Kowloon neighbourhood, located on the Kowloon peninsula, embodies the rich offerings of traditional local culture and world-class arts. Jordan and Yau Ma Tei are home to a diverse range of cutting-edge arts, traditional craftsmanship, and the fusion of such traditions and innovations – the ideal showcase of local talent’s never-ending creativity.
The West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) on the Victoria Harbour waterfront is home to one of the world’s largest and most ambitious cultural projects. M+ and Hong Kong Palace Museums are the most recent additions to the city’s world-class offerings of local and international arts.
World-Class Arts Museums(M+)
M+ is Asia’s first global museum of contemporary visual culture and one of the world’s largest museums of modern and contemporary visual culture. It opened in November and features approximately 1,500 works drawn from the M+ Collections in a 17,000 square metre exhibition space that spans 33 exhibition halls and other display spaces throughout the museum. With its 65-meter M+ Facade visible from Hong Kong Island, the M+ building is one of Hong Kong’s most iconic landmarks and the city’s newest must-see attraction.
Hong Kong Palace Museum
The Hong Kong Palace Museum aspires to be one of the world’s leading cultural institutions dedicated to the study and appreciation of Chinese art and culture, while also promoting global civilisational dialogue through international partnerships. It will present the finest objects from the Palace Museum and other important cultural institutions around the world, embracing new curatorial approaches and offering a Hong Kong perspective and a global vision.
Arts & Culture in the Neighbourhood (Tung Nam Lou)
Tung Nam Lou is a heritage building in Yau Ma Tei that has been converted into a boutique art hotel. It was once a neighbourhood seafood restaurant before becoming an office building and, finally, a hotel that promotes arts and culture. Visitors’ senses are stimulated in unexpected ways by the avant-garde experiential art. Everyone can take an active role in feeling and creating art on their own by better understanding the local creative minds.
Sindart, a store that sells traditional embroidered shoes since 1958, has given traditional Chinese footwear new life. Miru Wong, the third-generation owner, inherited her grandfather’s delicate embroidery skills and continues to add new twists to these silk-brocade slippers. Non-traditional motifs and patterns, as well as new footwear such as flats and heels on top of traditional slippers, are a hit with the younger generation.
Biu Kee Mahjong
Uncle King of Biu Kee Mahjong is one of the few masters in Hong Kong who still hand-carve mahjong tiles. Mahjong is a deeply rooted Chinese tradition that is traditionally played at family gatherings and during important festivals such as Chinese New Year. Uncle King has been a true master of the craft for over 5 decades, deftly etching symbols and numbers onto the smooth faces of the bare tiles before bringing them to life with colours. He also creates personalised tiles with anything from names to cartoon characters.
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