Hong Kong's largest and much-anticipated outdoor youth art event – Standard Chartered Arts in the Park 2021 is back! This year we present two days of live outdoor performances and a week-long programme of online activities – all inspired by the magical story of Peter Pan.
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Standard Chartered Arts in the Park 2021
Are you ready to embark on a fantasy adventure to the magical island of Neverland?
Hong Kong's largest and much-anticipated outdoor youth art event – Standard Chartered Arts in the Park is back! This year we present two days of live outdoor performances and a week-long programme of online activities – all inspired by the magical story of Peter Pan.
Now in its 21st year, the two-day carnival takes place on 6 and 7 November in the West Kowloon Cultural District – transforming the Art Park into a magical Neverland of Giant Puppet and Dramatic Costume Showcase, interactive arts stalls, stage performances, storytelling and lots more! There are also exhibitions showcasing around 9,000 pieces of dreamcatchers and hand-painted feathers resembling giant pairs of colourful wings, and a photo area for capturing fun moments with family and friends.
Between 1 and 5 November, in the run up to the showcase weekend, we present a week-long programme of online performances at www.scartsinthepark.com and arts activities to help children get creative at home with the family. Activities include storytelling theatre performances, a peg puppet parade, a crocodile paper sculpture craft, costume making demonstrations, dance performances, a cappella singing, and lots more!
Mark the dates in your diary and join Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, Wendy, Captain Hook and Tiger Lily for a wonderful adventure!
Standard Chartered Arts in the Park goes online for the first time on 2 November and presents seven days of exciting arts programmes and activities. The project also includes the brand-new AIP at Home Art Pack – a collection of creative activities complete with recorded narration and performance videos that help children flex their artistic muscles and relax and have fun while social distancing at home with the family.
This year, the inspiration comes from eleven classic fairy tales, featuring storytelling theatre performances, a finger puppet parade, dance performances, a Paper Imaginarium experience, a capella performances, an exhibition from the Emerging Artist Programme and more online.
Standard Chartered Arts in the Park is Hong Kong’s largest youth arts festival. Traditionally held outdoors with giant puppet parades and performances in Victoria Park and Causeway Bay, this year's festival has been specially devised to take place online. The project provides young people with exciting opportunities to enhance important life skills through the arts. Visit www.scartsinthepark.com for more details.
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Standard Chartered Arts in the Park 2019
In light of recent incidents and other unforeseeable circumstances, the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation (HKYAF) has decided to cancel the Standard Chartered Arts in the Park 2019 originally scheduled to take place in Causeway Bay on 9 and 10 November 2019. As one of Hong Kong’s largest outdoor youth arts festival, the event attracted over 190,000 visitors last year. The decision has been made in consideration of the safety of our participants and volunteers. Thank you for your kind understanding and support.
HISTORY OF STANDARD CHARTERED ARTS IN THE PARK MARDI GRAS
Standard Chartered Arts in the Park (AIP) is one of the city’s largest annual community arts event, held in November every year.
We are grateful for Standard Chartered Hong Kong’s unflailing support over the past 19 years.
Launched in 2001, Standard Chartered Arts in the Park Mardi Gras is an annual youth art education programme that lasts for six months and culminates in the two-day fiesta in November. Each year, over 3,500 young people from 200 schools and youth organisations participate in the event; their involvement ranges from developing original performance pieces to working with professional artists in schools to create parade and exhibition art. By providing these youngsters with exciting opportunities to develop skills in art, creativity, performance, team-building, and leadership, the programme is contributing to the long-term development of Hong Kong’s youth, as well as benefitting the community at large.
Since the first Mardi Gras event was first held at Stanley Plaza in 2001, the programme has developed into one of the most exciting youth art festivals in Hong Kong. The event moved from Stanley to Victoria Park in 2008, with the event being renamed Standard Chartered Arts in the Park Mardi Gras. In 2012, the Grand Finale Parade expanded out of the park and onto the streets of Causeway Bay, and in 2013 the very first illuminated Night Parade took place. The Mardi Gras is inspired by international arts festivals and carnivals such as London’s Notting Hill Carnival and Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro Carnival.