journey of discovery about Hong Kong’s rich folk culture – part of Hong Kong’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Festival
FROM THURS 16 NOV TO SAT 25 NOV 2017
China Exchange, 32A Gerrard St, London W1D 6JA
In addition to its advanced modernisation, Hong Kong has many traditional folk cultures, including performing arts, social practices, rituals, festivals, food and traditional crafts, some of which date back to when Hong Kong was a fishing village. Many are not widely known, even in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong’s amazing intangible cultural heritage was on display at this special exhibition with workshops organised by Ming Ai (London) Institute, which marked the finale of Hong Kong’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Festival. It began with a festive and successful opening at China Exchange in London's Chinatown, with welcome remarks by representatives from the Ming-Ai (London) Institute, Hong Kong's Intangible Cultural Heritage Office, and Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, as well as dim sum generously provided by Dumplings' Lengend.
To kick off the exhibition, Hong Kong milk tea Master Mok Pui Ling and paper crafting Master Kenneth Mo Cheuk-kei flew from Hong Kong to lead workshops on their respective tades for local students and members the public. The second week saw free public dim sum (siu mai, cha sui bao, and ha gao) making workshops hosted and taught by chefs from Chinatown's Dumplings' Legend and Golden Dragon restaurants. The exhibition also featured a special lecture on Hong Kong's Intangible Cultural Heritage by the exhibition's co-curator, Hing Wah Chau, and ended with a talk on Cantonese Opera and powerful performance by Councilman Thomas Chan DL followed by a delicious dim sum dinner at Golden Dragon.
Throughout the exhibition, we also held an exciting competition to celebrate both Hong Kong and British intangible cultural heritage through photos taken in the UK that recall memories of Hong Kong. The competition ran from 21 Sep to 8 Nov 2017, the judge panel selected 10 best images for the public to vote for at the Hong Kong Intangible Cultural Heritage Exhibtion between 16 to 25 Nov 2017.
The event was supported by the Hong Kong’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Office, Lee Kum Kee (Europe) Ltd., Crowne Plaza London – the City, British Airways, The Good Earth, and Dumpling's Legend.