Enjoy a fun-packed weekend of live music, movie screenings, art-making and more at Freespace Happening on 8 and 9 December at the West Kowloon Art Park.
This month, for our first-ever screening on the facade of our new Freespace venue – opening next year – we present two films that arts enthusiasts are sure to adore. Faces Places, a collaboration by iconic French New Wave director Agnes Varda and hip street artist JR, follows the unlikely but perfectly matched pair around the French countryside as they meet with strangers, listen to their stories, and celebrate them with larger than life photographic murals. The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble, by Oscar-winning director Morgan Neville, tells the compelling story of the Silk Road Ensemble, an international music collective established in 2010 by the world-famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
Our wonderfully eclectic live music line-up includes jazz fusion singer Gili Yalo from Israel, Hong Kong’s Sensi Lion, TMG The Majestic G, Shumking Manion, Café 852 (with live tango dance performance), The Red Stripes, 22Cats and Empty tomb. Singer-songwriter Subyub Lee also teams up with guitarist Tsui Chin Hung and a group of brass musicians for a cross-genre set. Not to be missed is the solar and human kinetic energy-powered SolarSoundSystem, back with a completely new DJ line-up.
Take a break from the stress of city life by bringing your loved one along to a Nice Partner Yoga Workshop, or prepare for the festive season by creating your own decorative wreath at the DIY Xmas Wreath Workshop. You can also join the House of Hong Kong Literature for the crowd-pleasing Divination by Poetry, and after having your fortune read donate a book and adopt a new one at the Reading on the Grass book-crossing or drop by the Literature Gachapon capsule vending machine to take home a poetry-inspired charm.
Want to learn more about the different birds around us in our city? Join the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society for stories and games that also offer insight into local endangered species.
At WE Dance you can join workshops on Cambodian classical dance led by Cambodian dance artist Narim Nam, or watch a presentation of her latest work Shoes, a contemporary interpretation of the ancient dance form.
You can also test your crafting skills at The Arts With the Disabled Association Hong Kong workshop on making Christmas-themed ceramic seals, or join our Xiqu Handicraft Workshop and create a name card case decorated with an image of your favourite role in xiqu.
And, not to forget our four-legged friends, if you’re a dog lover or you’re coming with your pet, bring them along and learn about dog adoption at Hong Kong Dog Rescue.
To find out more, download our Freespace Happening app, a perfect digital guide to the event, featuring programme line-up, schedule and interactive map, or join our Facebook event page for updates as they're announced!
8 December 2018 (Saturday)
West Kowloon Art Park
9 December 2018 (Sunday)
Registration applicable to selected workshops
Upcoming Freespace Happening events
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.
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 special 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
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