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Performing Arts

#BetheChange: Breathe

Do you know there are five main types of gynaecological cancers: cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal and vulvar? #BetheChange: Breathe is a dance film that celebrates the female body. Created in collaboration with The Karen Leung Foundation (KLF) – an organisation that raises awareness of gynaecological cancer – the film is directed by Lindsey McAlister, the founder of HKYAF, and assistant director YAFie Athena Chan, and features solos, duets and group movements devised and performed by nine young women after being inspired by a variety of visual stimuli on the theme. Through physical theatre, movement and dance, the film explores the emotional toll that cancer can take on a person’s mental wellbeing, and the importance of prevention and support. #BeTheChange is a dance and spoken word film series created by HKYAF that encourages young people to address social issues that impact them through the arts. Breathe is created in partnership with Miller Performing Arts and supported by KLF, an organisation that makes an impact by raising awareness about gynaecological cancers, educating the local community to promote prevention and early detection, and ensuring that women in treatment have access to optimal care. To achieve its objectives, KLF collaborates with the local and international medical community, as well as other NGO’s committed to improving women’s health. The Foundation was founded in 2013 with a vision to save lives by reducing the impact of gynaecological cancer. After conducting an initial in-depth community assessment, the Foundation works daily to address the unmet needs of the Hong Kong community. In 2014, KLF launched initial programs and services aimed at increasing awareness of gynaecological cancer, promoting prevention of cervical cancer and supporting women in treatment. Youth dancers: Amelie Shih Creamy So 蘇亭尹 Emily Lu 呂穎妍 Hannah Ward Keira Elliott 小琦 Kiele Tang 鄧䁱殷 Scotia Edwards Tianna Tsang 曾閱澄 Tracy Lam 林佩詩
Visual Arts


The Hong Kong Jockey Club Community Project Grant: stART Up Community Arts Project 2022: Cantonese Idioms Illustration Teacher Workshop

If you speak Cantonese, chances are you know the saying: “hugging the Buddha’s leg in an emergency” (臨急抱佛腳 / lam gap bou fat goek) meaning “seeking help at the last moment”. Like this one, many Cantonese idioms blend folk wisdom with a hint of sarcasm and suggest comic visual images. Join us in January to find out more and explore the humorous visual possibilities of idioms. In this fun teachers’ workshop, artist Candice Keung takes inspiration from local advertising designs from the 1970s and 1980s and illustrator Ah To’s comic books “The Great Canton and Hong Kong Proverbs” and “Cantonese.jpg”, and guides primary and secondary school teachers to create illustrations of Cantonese idioms. The workshop is part of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Community Project Grant: stART Up Community Arts Project 2022 organised by HKYAF and funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. This free-of-charge workshop is designed to help primary and secondary school teachers pass on new skills and enhance young people’s understanding and appreciation of traditional Cantonese idioms and local Cantonese culture. Completed student artwork will be collected and featured in a public exhibition in mid-March 2022. If you are interested in taking part, please fill in the online reform before 15 December 2021. Successful registration will be confirmed by email. Limited quota, first come, first served.
Visual Arts

23-29/11/2021, 06-12/12/2021

Jockey Club “Project Silver” Intergenerational Arts Project 2021 – Outreach Art Programme: The Joyful Studio

All of us love taking photos, but how many of us still print them out? In the past, everyone kept photo albums that were full of memories and fun to look at. This winter, as part of Jockey Club “Project Silver” Intergenerational Arts Project, HKYAF collaborates with OHH Dear Communications to launch The Joyful Studio and provide photo retouching and photography services for the elderly. Working with a professional photographer and a vintage photo studio setup, senior citizens are invited to take part in a fun portrait photoshoot that captures their personalities and tells a story about their lives. Photos can be taken alone or with family and friends and are printed out and shared immediately after the shoot. The project also provides free photo retouching and reprinting services to bring favourite worn images back to life. These can be black-and-white photos transformed with colour or faded and discoloured photos made to look vibrant and new again.  Photo Retouching Session Monday to Friday: 10am – 6pm Saturday to Sunday: 11am – 7pm Photography Session Friday to Sunday: 2pm – 5pm
Performing Arts

Miller Performing Arts: #BetheChange: Tipping the Scales

"In recent years, researchers estimate a pangolin was poached every 21 minutes to fuel the illegal trade in Hong Kong alone. Globally, a pangolin is poached from the wild every 5 minutes." #BetheChange: Tipping the Scales is a dance film that explores the plight of pangolins through creative movement. Created by Lindsey McAlister (Director) and Alicia Tang (Assistant Director), the film featured 11 young dancers and choreographers aged between 7 and 14 years old. Over a six-week period, the young performers were given a variety of stimuli on the theme and were encouraged to develop their choreographic skills to create short vignettes of solos, duets and group movement pieces. The process was a highly creative and unique experience with the older dancers mentoring the younger, less experienced dancers. #BeTheChange is a dance and spoken word film series created by Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation (HKYAF) and encourages young people to address social issues that impact them through the arts. Tipping the Scales is created in partnership with Miller Performing Arts and supported by ADM Capital Foundation (ADMCF)'s Wildlife Programme. ADMCF is an environmental NGO working towards a sustainable future, protecting biodiversity and combatting the illegal wildlife trade in Hong Kong through research, incubating initiatives and raising awareness. They are currently seeking support for a critical legislative amendment that will see wildlife crime finally treated as an organised and serious criminal offence, taking the fight to those driving pangolins to extinction. Sign the petition and help us fight against illegal wildlife trading:  Dancers Anabelle Fong Amelie Andrea Shih Caitlyn Tang Ezha Oswin Ines Ivart Isabelle Young Jo Wong Kate Suen Karin Shigiya Maeve Spangfort Noelle Maiko Hime Dino
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