Hong Kong’s cultural heritage and artistic talent on show at the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Hong Kong’s intangible cultural heritage and artistic talent will be on prominent display at this year’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington D.C. from June 25-29 and July 2-6.

The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage has commissioned a giant flower plaque, or fa paai (花牌), for this year’s festival as part of its focus on China under the theme “Tradition and the Art of Living”.

The flower plaque – measuring 112-feet (40.2m) wide and 34-foot (10.2m) high – is one of the largest structures ever built for a Folklife Festival. It comprises more than 2,000 bamboo poles and wooden logs, as well as dozens of colorfully decorated panels.

The plaque was designed by leading Hong Kong artist Danny Yung of Zuni Icosahedron (Zuni) and built by craftsmen from the Wing Kei Flower Store Ltd, in collaboration with the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA).

The plaque was inspired by the "West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre" and is a playful combination of traditional and contemporary art blending cultural heritage, collective creativity and artistic exchange.

About the festival

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is an international exposition of living cultural heritage annually produced outdoors on the National Mall of the United States in Washington, D.C., by the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

The Festival takes place for two weeks every summer overlapping the Fourth of July holiday. It is an educational presentation that features community-based cultural exemplars. Free to the public each Festival typically draws more than one million visitors.

Initiated in 1967, the Festival has become a national and international model of a research-based presentation of contemporary living cultural traditions. Over the years, it has brought more than twenty-three thousand musicians, artists, performers, craftspeople, workers, cooks, storytellers, and others to the National Mall to demonstrate the skills, knowledge, and aesthetics that embody the creative vitality of community-based traditions.

25-29 June, 2-6 July

11am - 5:30pm

National Mall, Washington, D.C, USA



Watch the video to know more about the Making of the Bamboo Flower Plaque:

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