On Sunday 10 February, celebrate the first weekend of the Year of the Pig with live music, dance, fun workshops and more at Freespace Happening in the West Kowloon Art Park.
This month’s music stage promises a local music extravaganza with a feast of great sounds from Hong Kong. Bringing math rock with a local twist, we have all-female foursome GDJYB plus experimental band tfvsjs. Also in the line-up are dreamy electronica duo Yeung Tung & Marstn, traditional instrumental ensemble The Gong Strikes One, rockers Milkmouth, Chonotenki, plus composer Joyce Tang and a band of contemporary musicians with soundscapes inspired by the mix of urban and natural sounds of 300-year-old Shalowan village on Lantau. Not to be missed is Solar Sound System, this month teaming up with local radio station and streaming platform, Fauve Radio, for a special livestreaming of new DJ sets.
WE Dance looks to Taiwan with TAI Body Theatre. Founded by indigenous Truku artist Watan Tusi, the troupe present a workshop and contemporary performance inspired by indigenous dance and music from Taiwan.
To get creative, or to make a special gift for Valentine’s Day, come along to the Stone Painting Workshop and Valentine Bouquet Binding Workshop at our regular handicraft market presented by “a nice place to”. Over at The House of Hong Kong Literature, you can drop in for a “Personality Reading” and take a short quiz to uncover your hidden traits, cosy up on the lawn with an adopted or borrowed book at the Reading on the Grass book-crossing, or pick up a poetry-inspired charm at the Literature Gachapon capsule vending machine.
For little ones and nature fans the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society present stories and a drawing session to learn about local endangered species and the importance of fish ponds. And for pet lovers, the pet-sitting team of Senior CID host the game “Match Me If You Can” where you can learn about pet breeds and useful tips on pet care.
And don’t forget, for a handy digital guide to the event, download our Freespace Happening app – featuring programme line-up, schedule and interactive map – or join our Facebook event page for updates as they're announced!
10 February 2018 (Sunday)
West Kowloon Art Park
Registration applicable to selected workshops
Upcoming Freespace Happening events
9–10 March 2019 (Saturday & Sunday)
Freespace Happening is West Kowloon Cultural District’s regular free outdoor event. Between August 2015 and March 2018, Freespace Happening attracted over 170,000 visitors to West Kowloon.
Calling handicraft makers
Freespace Happening features a regular handicraft market where makers can showcase and sell their unique, original work. If you are interested in running your own stall at Freespace Happening, please fill in the application form here.
Can’t wait for the next event?
Freespace Mixtape Vol. 1, a recording featuring the creative results of the cross-genre musical collaborations initiated by Freespace Happening, is available for sale. Find out more here. To hear the bands talk about their experience, watch our short video interviews. Freespace Mixtape Vol. 2 is currently in the making – stay tuned for more information!
“Of Pastures Wild and Wide”, our new publication featuring works by 24 major Hong Kong writers inspired by the plants cultivated at West Kowloon, is now available in major bookstores around town. Produced in collaboration with The House of Hong Kong Literature, “Of Pastures Wild and Wide” is available in Chinese only.
Poem of the Season: Responding to this season’s theme, “Stories of our space”, local poet Law Kwai Cheung penned a speci al Freespace Happening poem. Click here for the poem, analysis and author’s bio. Available in Chinese only.
And don’t forget, West Kowloon remains open all year round. Head over any time to relax on the grass with friends, family and pets, ride a bike, enjoy a picnic, watch sunsets or just lie back and look at the stars. See opening arrangements
WE Dance Collaborating Partners