Launched in 2019, the West Kowloon Young Fellows Scheme (Performing Arts) supports the development of original initiatives that promote audience building and community engagement.
In this sharing session, Bonnie Chan Yuen-yan, one of our 2019 awardees, talks about the practice and findings of her project “Little Bean – Cantonese is Fun!”. Presented in collaboration with experienced arts education and language-learning facilitators, the project provides Cantonese-language drama and music workshops that help non-Chinese speaking children aged three to eight enhance their language proficiency through a fun arts-learning experience. Through these workshops, the project aims to establish closer ties with minority communities and engage them in local arts and cultural activities.
Bonnie will also share thoughts on how the project can be further developed to promote social inclusion and cultural diversity.
16 December 2019 (Monday)
Seminar Hall, 2/F, Xiqu Centre
Bonnie Chan Yuen-yan
Free admission. Limited capacity on a first come, first served basis. Please register online in advance.
Ms Chan (852) 2200 0812, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cantonese audio description and Hong Kong sign language interpretation are available on request with at least 14 days’ advance notice. Wheelchair accessible seats and companion seats are available on a first come, first served basis. Please request with at least 4 days’ advance notice.
Adverse Weather Arrangements:
If a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is in force three hours before the start of the event, the event will be cancelled.
Bonnie is a theatre maker, researcher, educator and the co-founder and co-artistic director of Little Bean Theatre (London), an organisation catering for Cantonese-speaking children and families in the UK. She has toured Little Bean Theatre performances in schools and community centres that support non-Chinese speaking students in Hong Kong. Her research interest covers theatre and education as well as community cultural development. She is also an experienced Cantonese teacher.
Bonnie received her MA in Theatre Criticism and Dramaturgy at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London and received an MA in East-West Drama from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She worked in the Literary Department of the Royal Shakespeare Company on the Chinese Classics Translation Project. Between 2004 and 2015, she was a core member of FM Theatre Power. She has also worked with a number of other Hong Kong-based theatre groups. Bonnie has worked as Senior Researcher in the Performing Arts Department at West Kowloon Cultural District and as Research Executive in the Cantonese Opera Education Research and Promotion Project in the University of Hong Kong.
Her theatre works and academic papers on community theatre and related topics have been presented in international arts festivals and conferences in several countries, including Taiwan, Korea, Bangladesh, Singapore, Portugal, France, the UK and the Netherlands. Bonnie received an HSBC scholarship for an internship in off-West End venues in London (2007). She was the guest curator of the International Community Arts Festival in Rotterdam in 2017.