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A new online exhibition is running until June 30th celebrating Hong Kong’s neon sign heritage. Check out the M+ documentary below…
Diana Jou and Lara Day of the Wall Street Journal have produced a new 15-minute documentary about the Kowloon Walled City. Once the densest place on Earth, the colourful, maze-like hotbed of of ‘crime, grime, commerce and hope’ was torn down 20 years ago…
The duo are planning an expanded, follow-up edition…
Do you have to be Welsh to join your choir?
Nigel: Certainly not, no! We have a fairly small percentage of Welsh people in our choir – the rest of us come from all over the place. From England, Scotland, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
Would you let a girl in? What if she was a really good baritone?
Simon: No, you have to be male – that’s the only condition!
What is the history of Welsh Male Voice Choirs? Is it something to do with mining and Margaret Thatcher?
Nigel: It’s a bit to do with Margaret Thatcher I think, but they were going long before she had a go at them.
Simon: It’s certainly to do with mining and the traditions of the valley – every Welsh village had a pit, a chapel, a pub and a choir in the old days. Most of the mines have closed, and you could blame Margaret Thatcher partly for that but the choirs are still going. Not just in Wales but all over the world. To our knowledge, we’re the only one in Asia.
So a choir was set up in the seventies in Hong Kong – do they tend to be a thing in ex-British colonial states?
Simon: Yeah, I think it probably is a colonial thing. Though, not necessary, as we occasionally go to festivals – we sung at the Royal Albert Hall and you actually get Welsh Choirs coming from places like Slovenia, which is extraordinary but it happens. But the Hong Kong Welsh Male Voice choir was formed by a group of Welsh expats in 1978, so we’re just over 35 years old. Originally it was just Welsh – it was a small group just formed to perform at the St David’s Ball that year. But it’s grown since them to around 65 members from about a dozen nationalities.
HK Fan Zone – a new event to compliment the Rugby 7s – is now in full swing each night at the New Central Harbourfront park…
The atmosphere and set-up is tantamount to a mini-Clockenflap – with food stalls, kids areas and some acts, such as 2 Many DJs and De La Soul, making a welcome return to the city. There are also fun fair-style games, bean bags and large screens to catch the rugby action throughout the weekend.
For years, Canadian Hong Kong resident Akin Jeje has hosted the Peel Street Poets open-mic events. The gatherings are held each Wednesday from 8pm at Peel Fresco Lounge. Jeje is also a regular performer at Hong Kong’s monthly Poetry OutLoud events.
Today, he shares his favourite Hong Kong-related political poems, starting with a piece entitled ‘Chop’ about the attack on ex-Ming Pao editor, Kevin Lau. ‘Oppression is Naturalized’ tackles the issue of domestic workers in Hong Kong whilst ‘Twenty Four Years Later’ reflects on the annual Tiananmen Square vigil held in Victoria Park.
A chop, here in Greater China, is an emblem, carved in either icy stone, stern wood or delicate ivory. It is steeped in cloying black or scorching red ink before its indelible stamp.
Its mark is that of a company, an organization, a government or some other such institution. It emblazons the pride, spirit and convictions of the given institution.
On Kevin Lau Chun-to’s streaked and bloodied back last week, there were several.
Ric Tse has recreated some iconic, political and historical Hong Kong scenes with Lego…
‘Legography’ is viewable at ‘Picture This‘ gallery in Central.
See also: Tsim Sha Tsui in Lego.
Hong Kongers came together last weekend in this tribute to Pharrell William’s ‘Happy’ music video…
It was shot over two days at iconic Hong Kong hotspots such as Mongkok, the Yau Ma Tei Fruit Market, West Kowloon Waterfront, Causeway Bay, Happy Valley and TST.
The ‘making of’ from the Wall Street Journal…
The Fung Brothers’ latest video is a tribute to Hong Kong food (and includes a parody of the infamous ‘slapping’ video)…
External video links and original clips relating to HK…
In a new twist on urban art, local textile artist Esther Poon has been ‘yarn-bombing’ parts of Hong Kong…
See more of her urban knitting work on her FB page.
Apple Daily feature (in Chinese)…
She is not the first to attack the city with wool. American globe-trotting yarn-bomber Magda Sayeg left her mark on Kowloon in 2012…
Though some of Sunday’s events were cancelled due to rain, HK’s second Free Space Festival still attracted hoards of Hong Kongers braving the drizzle to enjoy the crafts stalls, music and dance performances. The two day event was held at West Kowloon Cultural District, concluding three weeks of back-to-back festivals. Click here for shots from last year’s festivities.
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