Host: Kung Yung Koon-Shabnam
When we speak of Kwai Chung, keywords like “industry” or “factory” pop up in our minds. Besides factories, there is also a vibrant South Asian community in Kwai Chung, and its history can be traced back to the 1970s. If you would like to learn more about the culture of ethnic minorities in Hong Kong, Kwai Chung is the place to go!
Led by a South Asian tour guide, the tour will introduce you to South Asian cultures. You will catch a glimpse of the daily life of this community through visits to a South Asian restaurant, grocery shops and a barbershop.
Host: Portland Commons
Portland Commons is a sharing space focusing on food, environment and education. Collaborators gather here to promote the development of cooperative movement through the “common ownership” of open space, and the practices of “community supported everything”. Apart from learning about Portland Commons, participants will also join a healthy food workshop and a community guided tour.
Host: Arts Accessibility Scheme, Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong
Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong (ADAHK) is an NGO dedicated to the mission of “Arts are for Everyone.” It promotes equal opportunity for people with disabilities to access, participate and excel in the arts. The Open Studio in ADAHK will introduce participants to the concept of arts accessibility and give them an opportunity to experience the arts through different senses. You will be inspired to see arts creation in an inclusive light.
Host: St. James’ Settlement Jockey Club Upcycling Centre
As a pilot project, Upcycling Centre serves as an open platform to engage rehabilitation members, local designers, organizations and the general public to join hands for environmental protection in a new way. Upcycling converts waste materials into new ones or products of better quality with higher environmental value. The Centre started operation in November 2015. People with disabilities are equipped with knowledge and skills to produce upcycled products. They also host upcycling workshops to so that more people can better understand them as well as Vocational Rehabilitation Services.
Host: Walk in Hong Kong
State Theatre is a landmark in North Point and an important part of Hong Kong's art, culture and history. Last year, Walk In Hong Kong launched the "Save Our State" campaign, which successfully secured the State Theatre as a Grade 1 Historic Building, designating it as a building that should be preserved with every possible effort. In this tour, you will examine this hidden gem and appreciate its uniqueness, as well as learn about the controversies related to its conservation.
The amount of waste generated in Hong Kong every day is unbelievable and is way beyond what our far-from-perfect recycling system can handle. What if we make use of the conveniently-located refuse collection points in every district, and transform them into multi-purpose community resource management centres? Would that open up an entirely new possibility for Hong Kong’s waste and resource management system?
Initiated by a group of Yuen Long residents, “Waste-no-Mall” pops up on a regular basis in the district. Through activities like freecycling, food sharing and upcycling workshops, the group advocates the transformation of refuse collection points into one-stop community spaces for sharing and exchange. Join the Excursion and try out different roles in this civic environmental action!
Participants will be assigned different roles and will help operate Waste-no-Mall
Host: Human IP
The highly compact city of Hong Kong possesses a surprisingly large number of flora species. Different flowers can be appreciated throughout the year. Flowers have always been an important part of human history, culture and everyday life. Join Human, a writer and illustrator, in discovering interesting trees and flowers in urban havens and making artworks with plants.
Please bring your own rain gear, drinking water and mosquito repellent
Host: Hong Kong Neighbirdhood
City dwellers often think that nature is far away, but in fact, many birds have adapted to the urban environment and become our neighbours. With the support of “Jockey Club Make a Difference School Accumulator Scheme,” Hong Kong Neighbirdhood has been organizing bird watching tours in different communities since 2016. Through interesting exercises, this excursion will let you learn about the characteristics, sounds, habits of different bird species, as well as basic bird watching techniques. Join to gain new understanding of our urban ecology!
Hosts: Light Be, LAI Wing-fung@HOUR25 Production
Originally a factory’s staff quarters (built in the 1960s), the building of "Sham Tseng Light Housing" had been left idle for years. In 2014, Light Be, a social enterprise, started to revitalize the derelict building into a social housing facility. Despite various challenges, the project was completed in two years with extensive support from the civil society. The short-term social housing model of “Light Home” is adopted in Sham Tseng Light Housing, and Light Be has taken a step further to introduce community building programmes. Young architects, including HOUR25 Production, were invited to design the public spaces of the building to create an inspiring and supportive living environment for the tenants.
Sham Tseng Light Housing is a residential building. Please be considerate and keep your voice down when you visit.
Host: RTC Gaia School
What is creativity? "Creativity" is now the buzzword everywhere, but few people seriously think about what it means. Just like the roots of a tree, education plays a fundamental role in nurturing creativity. So what are the fundamental elements in creative education? For Gaia School, the answer is nature, humanism and autonomous learning. There, creative education is not a particular form—it is in the everyday, and can be found everywhere. In this short journey, you will gain insights to the roots of creativity.
Little Green Feet started out as an online platform for parents looking for communal spaces for parenting. Eventually, its members went offline and became community organizers, mustering resources in communities for spatial experiments. Pakho Store is located in the Tuen Mun, where families from nearby districts took the initiative to convert a closed-down store into a communal space for parents and their children.
Host: Ching Chun Warehouse
Ching Chun Warehouse has established itself at Thirteen Streets, To Kwa Wan, as a self-supporting entity that brings traditional craftsmanship into the community. As community builders, the team ask what “made in Hong Kong” means through activities and exploration of open space. They run Thirteen Street tours and craft workshops as a means for participants to understand the relationship between community and craftsmanship.