Autumn is the best season for being outdoors. So, this November we are transforming the West Kowloon Nursery Park into an open-air cinema and presenting two inspiring films based on the lives of great musical talents. The Touch of Light (I), on 11 November, tells the story of how blind piano prodigy Huang Yu-siang from Taiwan overcame the odds to become a successful pianist. The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, on 12 November, offers an intimate glimpse into the life of world-renowned Chinese-American cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and the musicians behind the international performance collective, the Silk Road Project.

Live music continues to form the heart of Freespace Happening. Partnering with Kwang Hwa Information and Culture Centre as part of the Taiwan Culture Festival, Sangpuy and ABAO (Aljenljeng) will bring you the best music of indigenous Taiwan. On stage we have lots of local favourites, including Teriver Cheung’s jazz quintet, featuring Grammy award-winning saxophonist Eric Marienthal, Jason Kui, Choi Sai-ho x Kenneth Tsang x Jing Wong and returning guests WAT DE FUNK.

Around the park you can join free literature-themed activities hosted by House of Hong Kong Literature, be part of an African drum-dance, quench your thirst at Mak’s Craft Beer Academy, browse the “Hoikokdaytan 2046” handicraft market and pop-up store, and take part in all kinds of DIY workshops, like making miniature lion dance heads and bamboo flower plaques, to learning how to create eco-enzymes to make your own organic detergents, fertilisers and pet shampoos!

Plus, on Sunday, we have exciting WE Dance showcases and workshops, where you can learn Argentine Tango with our partner Otrotango Dance Company. And, don’t forget, we will also be selling copies of our first, limited-edition Freespace Mixtape Vol. 1 – with recordings by six of the local independent groups who took part in last season’s Freespace Happening.

So, bring your picnic mats and dancing shoes, and make the most of the great open spaces of the Nursery Park!

Date and time:
11 November 2017 (Saturday), 2:00pm–10:10pm
12 November 2017 (Sunday), 2:00pm–10:00pm

Venue:
Nursery Park, West Kowloon Cultural District

Free admission
Registration applicable to selected workshops

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Events take place every second weekend of each month. Applications now open for Hoikokdaytan 2046 market stalls. And don’t forget to download our mobile app for updates as they’re announced.

Artists’ Application:
If you are interested in performing at Freespace Happening, please fill in the form and return it to freespacehappening@wkcda.hk.

About Freespace Happening:
Between August 2015 and March 2017, Freespace Happening attracted over 120,000 visitors to West Kowloon Nursery Park with a fun variety of free outdoor music and art activities. Our current season runs from September 2017 to March 2018 and offers audiences a mix of music, dance, street performances, markets, workshops and more. Events take place every second weekend of each month.

Upcoming Freespace Happening Events:
10 December 2017 2:00pm – 7:00pm
14 January 2018 2:00pm – 7:00pm
11 February 2018 2:00pm – 7:00pm
10 March 2018 2:00pm – 10:30pm
11 March 2018 2:00pm – 7:00pm

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