[sponsored] West Kowloon Cultural District‘s regular free outdoor event – Freespace Happening – returns on Sunday with a Korean twist. The popular arts event is set to take place on October 14 at West Kowloon Art Park and is supported by the Korean Cultural Center in Hong Kong.
Gracing the Freespace Happening stage is acoustic Korean singer-songwriter Gonne Choi as headliner, Hong Kong-British pop artist Emmy The Great, local classical string ensemble Strings Armata, ONE Harmony Drumming Factory & Friends and three-piece rock band Mocking Bullets. To wrap up the evening, there will be a feast of world-class jazz, including special guest jazz masters Eugene Pao, Ted Lo and friends.
WE Dance sessions hosted by Hyeon Lee and the Alan & Becky Dance Group will also present workshops on ancient traditional Korean folk dance Ganggangsullae, incorporating dancing and singing.
The event will have a handicraft market, holding two creative workshops – Handmade Clay Pot Design Workshop and the Natural Anti-Mosquito Brick & Deodorant Stick Workshop – where you can learn how to make your own practical environmentally friendly gift items.
The Hong Kong Bird Watching Society will also present workshops on the art of making fishnet bags and how to throw a cast net, with information about the importance of local fishponds as a habitat for the endangered black-faced spoonbill. If pet care is your passion, local pet sitting organisation Senior CID invites you to join their workshop on looking after your furry friends. The House of Hong Kong Literature returns with their popular fortune-telling booth, where you can have your questions answered by literary experts, accompanied by the “Reading on the Grass” book-crossing, where you can sit and dive into a good book.
Freespace Happening is an outdoor music and arts event organised by the West Kowloon Cultural District every second weekend of each month, from September 2018 to March 2019. This season’s theme is “Stories of our space,” featuring a range of activities designed to inspire a new appreciation and fresh perspective on the vibrant mix of communities and the natural environment of Hong Kong.
Between August 2015 and March 2018, Freespace Happening attracted over 170,000 visitors to West Kowloon. After three years at the West Kowloon Nursery Park, the event is settling down in its new permanent home – the Art Park. This season of Freespace Happening also serves as a prelude to the opening of a permanent Freespace building next year.
Date: Sunday, October 14, 2018.
Venue: West Kowloon Art Park.
Entry: Free (registration applicable to selected workshops)..
Upcoming Freespace Happening events:
- November 11, 2018
- December 8 to 9, 2018
- January 13, 2019
- February 10, 2019
- March 9 to 10, 2019
The event also welcomes handicraft makers to showcase and sell their original work. Those interested in running their own stall at the event must fill in an application form online.
If you can’t wait for the next Freespace Happening event, a recorded mixtape of cross-genre music collaborations – Freespace Mixtape Vol. 1 – is available to buy, along with short videos. Freespace Mixtape Vol. 2 is currently in production.
Event organisers have reminded visitors that West Kowloon remains open for outings, picnics and bike rides all year round. Further information on opening arrangements can be found online.
More information can be found on the West Kowloon Cultural District website.