The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) joins hand with District Council to commence the ‘Crossover Lab Initiative’ to showcase the distinctive arts and culture of each district using the Nursery Park in the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) as the platform.  The three pilot programmes will be taken forward in collaboration with Yau Tsim Mong District Council, Kwai Tsing District Council and Wan Chai District Council.  Each event will be implemented with an NGO or Art Group as programme partner to encourage wide participation by the local community in arts and culture.

The three pilot programmes under this initiative, namely ‘Playing Around Yau Tsim Mong Street Corners @ West Kowloon’, ‘Kwai Tsing Daily @ West Kowloon’ and ‘Experience Wan Chai @ West Kowloon’ coordinated by HULU Culture, Make A Difference Institute and Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation, will be held on 15 January, 26 February and 19 March 2017 respectively.  To achieve the vision of WKCD in developing an integrated arts and cultural district, audience will be offered a wonderful experience of the multicultural Hong Kong where East-meets-West and Modernity-meets-Tradition by various activities including stage performance, handicraft workshop, bazaar, landmark art installation, family game, interactive storytelling, photo exhibition and street gourmet that will bring to WKCD the local atmosphere as well as lovers of arts, culture, handcraft and local nostalgia.

Highlighting the district’s historical and cultural aspects, the first programme ‘Playing Around Yau Tsim Mong Street Corners @ West Kowloon’ features art installation of mah-jong tiles objects d’art and 3D paper local landmarks – Clock Tower, Yau Ma Tei Police Station and “pai dong” or stalls at Ladies’ Market in Mong Kok area, and stage performance of oldies and local dancing.  Upcoming next ‘Kwai Tsing Daily @ West Kowloon’ promotes and extends the event through two pre-event workshops ‘Kwai Tsing Stories’ and ‘Flash Mob Theatre’, and a free community paper to publish stories gathered from the district.  The finale ‘Experience Wan Chai @ West Kowloon’ fosters the exchange between NGO or Art Group which performance, booth and workshop will be coordinated in a 1+1 partnership for martial art, juggling, craftsmanship of fire dragon, and interactive graffiti creation. 

WKCDA’s Chairman of the Consultation Panel Professor John Leong Chi-yan, said, “The Consultation Panel agreed to co-organise ‘Crossover Lab Initiative’ with District Council in early 2016 aiming to facilitate co-operation with art providers through an NGO or Art Group partnership.  We wish the pre-event workshop and engagement will enhance the connectivity and the sustainability of local art and culture in a community.”

WKCDA’s Chief Executive Officer Mr Duncan Pescod, said, “Dedicated to become a new vibrant cultural quarter, WKCD and its Nursery Park will be the showcase of a multicultural and multifaceted Hong Kong demonstrating its distinctive characteristic through diversified art form and creation on stage.”

‘Crossover Lab Initiative’ is a series of free events co-organised by West Kowloon Cultural District Authority and District Councils which welcome public participation.  Further details are listed as below.

‘Crossover Lab Initiative’ Programme Schedule

Programme

Date & Time

Co-organiser

Programme Partner

Programme Highlight

Playing Around Yau Tsim Mong Street Corners @ West Kowloon

15 Jan 2017 (Sunday)

10:30-17:30

Yau Tsim Mong District Council

HULU Culture

·       Art Installation

·       Traditional Handcraft Workshop

·       Creative Art Booth

·       Interactive Storytelling Zone

·       YTM Theatre

·       Local Market

·       Big Stage Performance

Kwai Tsing Daily @ West Kowloon

26 Feb 2017

(Sunday)

12:00-17:00

Kwai Tsing District Council

Make A Difference Institute

·       Kwai Tsing Stories

·       Flash Mob Theatre

·       Master Workshop

·       Sports Day

·       The Fair

·       Open Stage

·       The Potluck

·       Mini Container Terminals

·       Photo Exhibition

Experience Wan Chai @ West Kowloon

19 Mar 2017

(Sunday)

12:00-18:00

Wan Chai District Council

Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation

·       Cultural Experience  (Storytelling & Craftsmanship of fire dragon)

·       Stage Performance & Food Stalls

·       Performing Arts  (Martial Arts & Theatre Workshop)

·       Photo Backdrop

·       Graffiti Creation

Remarks

About West Kowloon Cultural District

Located on Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour, the West Kowloon Cultural District is one of the largest cultural projects in the world. Its vision is to create a vibrant new cultural quarter for Hong Kong. With a complex of theatres, performance spaces, and M+, the West Kowloon Cultural District will produce and host world-class exhibitions, performances, and cultural events, as well as provide 23 hectares of public open space, including a two kilometre waterfront promenade.

Programme Partner:

HULU Culture (Yau Tsim Mong District)

HULU Culture is a Hong Kong non-profit organisation to promote local culture and pay keen and dedicated attention to encourage a diversified development of local culture. It believes that through the participation and sharing of people from different social strata, through a convergence of the community, and through the provision of opportunities for people to use their talents, the development of social culture in Hong Kong can be advanced.

Make A Difference Institute (Kwai Tsing District)

Founded in 2009, MaD (Make a Difference) inspires and empowers young people all over Asia to come up with creative responses to our time's challenges. It has evolved as a collaborative platform of creative changemakers that works at the intersection of creativity, entrepreneurship, innovation and discovery to bring about positive changes in Asia, and supports the growth of a vibrant creative ecology, and values cross-sector synergy and co-creation opportunities, empathetic collaboration and sustainable practices.

Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation (Wan Chai District)

Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation (YAF) is a charity that provides access to high quality, non-competitive free-of-charge arts experiences for all young people aged 5 to 25. Established in 1993 by Lindsey McAlister OBE, JP, YAF organises inclusive and inspirational projects that reach out to youngsters of all cultures, backgrounds, languages and abilities, and actively creates opportunities for those who are disadvantaged and underprivileged.