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Jockey Club “Project Silver”– Intergenerational Arts Project “Every Note Counts”: Seeking Volunteer Musicians

Music has the power to heal and inspire. If you are a musician or singer keen to share your passion for music with the community, join us and support our volunteer programme Every Note Counts! Every Note Counts is part of the Jockey Club Project Silver Intergenerational Arts Project designed to bridge the generation gap and inspire creative ageing through the arts. The volunteer programme shares the pleasure of music and companionship with elderly citizens, taking music performances into community centres or the homes of those unable to attend events independently. We are now seeking volunteer soloists or groups to conduct visits in August 2022. Selected volunteers will be divided into small teams of two to four and join between one and three community centre or home visits. Before the visits, in July or August, volunteers will also have two training sessions with professional music instructors. If in-person visits cannot take place due to social distancing measures, the performances will be filmed. Applications open until 19 June 2022. During this period, we will conduct a rolling admission process, with online interviews taking place until the quota is reached. Don’t miss this chance to make a difference and bring joy to the elderly with music! Remarks: - Participants are required to bring their own instruments and equipment, including music stands. - Due to space limitations in homes and centres, only groups of four or less and acoustic or unplugged portable instruments can be accommodated. - Most visiting sessions take place during weekday in August or Saturday mornings and afternoons. Volunteers are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from each visit. - Volunteers are responsible for arranging their own rehearsals. HKYAF will also provide two music performance training sessions before the first visit. Vaccine Pass All service centre visitors need to follow official vaccination guidelines: - Children aged 12 to 17 must have received at least 2 vaccinations (third dose should be administered within 6 months of second dose). - Those aged 18 and above must have received 3 vaccinations. - Exemptions will be given to those with proof of valid medical reasons. - Volunteers may need to obtain COVID-19 test results within 7 days of each visit, or on the day of the visit, if required by individual institutions. *Vaccine pass is subject to policy changes. Audition Process Complete the online application form and submit a two- to three-minute video* of yourself / your band performing and a 30-second self-introduction. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an online interview with our HKYAF team to help us get to know each other. ​*Please provide a sharable link for your submitted video (YouTube, Google Drive, Dropbox) and name the video with your full name.
Visual Arts

HK Urban Canvas 2022 – Guided Cultural Tour

All HK Urban Canvas 2022 guided cultural tours are full. Thank you for your support. Looking for something fun to do at the weekend? Join us on our HK Urban Canvas 2022 guided cultural tours and explore colourful new street art in Hong Kong! The tours take place between May and July, and offer four routes in three of Hong Kong’s busiest neighbourhoods – Jordan, Quarry Bay and Shau Kei Wan. In Jordan there are two tours exploring different aspects of neighbourhood: “Hong Kong’s traditional arts and crafts” and “‘Little Nepal’ – The Nepali community in Jordan”. In Quarry Bay you can learn about the history and transformation of old Hong Kong on the tour “Quarry Bay: From industrial hub to commercial and residential area”. And in Shau Kei Wan, you can explore the neighbourhoods fishing village roots with “Traces of a former fishing community”. ​This year’s tours are presented in collaboration with the staff of social enterprise Kai Fong Tour, who help participants explore the shutter artworks created by local artists, share the stories behind the artworks, and introduce local cultural spots and communities. The tours are open to everyone. Pre-registration is required. Stay tuned for updates on our website and Facebook page (@HKUrbanCanvas). Jordan Route 1: Hong Kong’s traditional arts and crafts (FULL) Nestled between the bustling neighbourhoods of Tsim Sha Tsui and Yau Ma Tei, Jordan might at first glance appear relatively quiet and unremarkable. But if you stroll through the side streets and take a closer look, you can find lots of hidden gems – like an acclaimed knife sharpening master, a century-old shop selling fermented bean curd and a long-established jade market. There are also plenty of great old-style places to eat or to buy interesting clothing and groceries. Our docent will lead the public to walk along Temple Street, Shanghai Street and Canton Road, visit the shutter artworks and cultural spots in the area, and learn about local traditional crafts. If you’re looking for a mix of traditional crafts and a close-knit community, Jordan is a great place to explore. Date: May 28, 29; June 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 Time: 12nn & 2:30 pm Language: Cantonese Duration: Around 1.5 hour Jordan Route 2: “Little Nepal” – The Nepali community in Jordan (FULL) The area of Jordan around Temple Street, Shanghai Street, Reclamation Street and Battery Street is sometimes known as “Little Nepal”. Here, side by side with traditional local businesses, you can find lots of small Nepali shops, food stalls and restaurants. Many of the Nepali who live in this area are descendants of Gurkha soldiers. While most members of Hong Kong’s Nepali community speak fluent Cantonese and consider themselves local, they still maintain aspects of Nepali life in the food they eat, the clothes they wear or the festivals they celebrate. Our docent will lead the participants to roam around the Nepalese communities, explore the shutter artworks, and visit local Nepalese shops and the gathering places of ethnic minorities. Date: May 28, 29; June 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 Time: 12nn & 2:30 pm Language: Cantonese Duration: Approx. 1.5 hour Quarry Bay: From industrial hub to commercial and residential area (FULL) In the 1880s, Quarry Bay was the largest industrial area on Hong Kong Island. It was also home to the Taikoo Dockyard and Sugar Refinery, both of which were owned by Butterfield & Swire. To provide accommodation for the large numbers of workers, the company set up a dormitory complex on the summit of Mount Parker, with health care, education and recreation facilities. They also developed a cable car system – the first ever in Hong Kong – to transport staff up and down the steep hill to and from work. Today, while the dockyard and refinery may have been closed, Quarry Bay remains a bustling hub with busy commercial and residential areas. Our docent will lead the participants to explore the history and transformation of Quarry Bay, and visit the Swire Archives. The staff of the Swire Archives will introduce the precious historical relics of the corporate, recalling our collective memories of Hong Kong. Come and join us! Date: June 4, 18 Time: 10am, 11am, 1pm & 2pm Language: Cantonese Duration: Approx. 2 hour Shau Kei Wan: Traces of a former fishing community (FULL) Located in the east of Hong Kong Island, Shau Kei Wan gets its name – winnowing basket bay – from the coastline shape of the curved bay now known as Aldrich Bay. In the 1700s, fishing and seafaring families started to make their homes here as the bay provided natural shelter from storms. Over time, the area was urbanised and many of the shipyards and fishing-related stores disappeared. But traces of the former fishing community can still be found in the temples and shrines dotted around the neighbourhood and in some of the existing traditional businesses. Our docent will lead the participants to explore the stories of neighbourhood shops and the strong social ties in the community. Date: June 5, 11, 12, 19, 25, 26; July 2, 3 Time: 2:30 pm Language: Cantonese Duration: Approx. 2 hour
Visual Arts

HK Urban Canvas 2022 – Mobile Application

In late May, we launch the latest edition of the HK Urban Canvas mobile app – featuring four new cultural tour routes in Jordan, Shau Kei Wan and Quarry Bay, and 21 new shutter artworks highlighting neighbourhood stories! ​ The app includes an augmented reality (AR) function that allows you to view the artworks on your smartphone whenever you wish – even when the shops are open and the shutter art is not visible! You can also take “selfies” with the virtual artworks and share them with friends on social media, check the location of 83 shutter artworks, read about the artistic concepts behind each work, discover exciting neighbourhood stories, and follow 14 suggested cultural tour routes – each supported by GPS to make it easy to locate checkpoints. The updated HK Urban Canvas mobile app is available for free download from the App Store and Google Play!
Performing Arts

Recruiting Professional Costume Designers (Project-based)

If you are a costume designer looking for a stage to showcase your work and a chance to engage with the community, join us and bring stories to life through creative costumes! We are now seeking professional costume designers with a passion for creating work for theatrical performances, outdoor carnival events and short films. Participants will work alongside professional choreographers, directors and artists on community projects and performances with both youth and community groups. ​If you are interested to join us, please email your resume and a portfolio (5 to 10 works) or website link to Potential applicants will be invited to meet the HKYAF team and explore collaboration opportunities.

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The Hong Kong Jockey Club Community Project Grant: stART Up Community Arts Project 2022 - I Am…

 I Am… "I Am..." , as part of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Community Project Grant: stART Up Community Arts Project 2022 , explores mother language and identity through music, dance, drama and arts and crafts videos. The works include I Am… , Playwriting Programme: Story Weavers, Ink in Motion, I Am… Calligraphy Portrait Creation and WhatsApp Slang Stickers. Watch the entire series here or scroll down to explore the video playlists by category. "I Am..."  The "I Am..." Spoken Word x Dance Short Film Series celebrates the significance of our mother tongue. Over a three-month period, a group of HKYAF talents worked with professional writer Becky Baker, choreographer Nikki Cheung, and filmmakers Annie Yan and Eugene Wong to create nine spoken-word pieces exploring the relationship between our mother tongue and our self-identity. Playwriting Programme: Story Weaves​ In the Playwriting Programme: Story Weaves, a talented group of HKYAF youth playwrights worked with experienced scriptwriter Melody Yuen to craft their own short skits celebrating the diversity of Cantonese slang. Three of the resulting skits – Peter, The Sun is Going to Set and David Hockney– were also filmed. Let’s take a look at the amazing work of our young writers now!  Ink in Motion In our Ink in Motion workshops, young HKYAF talents worked with experienced writer and poet Kenneth Tsang to craft original poems based on themes of identity and mother tongues. The poems were interpreted by a group of HKYAF dancers, who were guided by professional choreographer Emily Lui, videographer Ifan Yu and animator Nico Cheung to create three ink-inspired dance videos, incorporating elements of Chinese calligraphy into the dance moves. I Am… Calligraphy Portrait Creation I Am… Calligraphy Portrait Creation is a self-exploration activity. Simply download the worksheet and explore your personality, personal attributes, hobbies and dreams. Once you have the words that describe you, artist Marka Mak will show you how to create a self-portrait by transforming these words with different colours, forms and shapes. WhatsApp Slang Stickers ​Cantonese slang moves fast-changing in response to popular culture, current events and trends. Taking inspiration from popular expressions derived from movies, TV series and online memes, graphic designer Eden Fong has created a series of WhatsApp Slang Stickers. Don’t “Zi fei” (line your own pockets) – download the stickers for free and share them with your non-Cantonese-speaking friends! The stickers are available in Chinese and English.
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