On 8 and 9 September, Freespace Happening, our free outdoor music and arts event, returns at its permanent site in the brand new West Kowloon Art Park.

Music is at the heart of Freespace Happening. Whether you’re into electro or acoustic, rock or dance – there’s something for everyone. The weekend features bass-heavy electro Gravity Alterstra, indie-folk rockers Esimorp, alternative groove-funk band Site Access, singer-songwriter MUKZI, experimental street musician Li Daiguo from China and Hong Kong singer-songwriter, drummer and guitarist Jun Kung with his full band. We also have a lineup of great acts coming together for special crossover performances: folk duet The Black Sheepee are on stage with The Afternoon Tea performing ambient electronica, and zheng player Bou Kwan Ying and composer REBEARTH join hands to create an electro mix of traditional Chinese tunes.

This year, Freespace Happening is about our connection with the city’s space. The Hong Kong Bird Watching Society presents fun activities and handicraft workshops to raise awareness about Hong Kong’s endangered yellow-breasted bunting, and the House of Hong Kong Literature joins us with the “Reading on the Grass” bookcrossing and the popular “Literature Gachapon” capsule vending with small, poem-inspired charms for you to take home.

Plus, our new handicraft market, “a nice market” – organised by the team behind art and craft space “a nice place to” – takes you on a green journey with all kinds of original, sustainable local designs and green alternatives.

You can also join our WE Dance performances and workshops exploring the rich traditions of Indonesian dance and exciting contemporary interpretations, make life-size paper headdresses in our xiqu workshop, and take part in games hosted by the pet-sitting team of Senior CID that will help you learn useful tips on pet care.

So, bring your friends and pets and join us at Freespace Happening for a summer weekend of music, literature, dance, market and special green events!

Before you come, don’t forget to download our updated Freespace Happening app that lets you check out what’s on at our handicraft market and listen to great music any time you want on the new Music Player!

Date

Time

Venue

8 September 2018 (Saturday)

2:00pm–9:00pm

West Kowloon Art Park

9 September 2018 (Sunday)

2:00pm–8:00pm

Free admission
Registration applicable to selected workshops

Upcoming Freespace Happening events
14 October 2018 (Sunday)
11 November 2018 (Sunday)
8–9 December 2018 (Saturday & Sunday)
13 January 2019 (Sunday)
10 February 2019 (Sunday)
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.

Want to perform at Freespace Happening or have ideas for collaborations?
Fill in this form and send it with the required attachments to freespacehappening@wkcda.hk.

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.

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

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