Community Outreach

Pier Windows: Hong Kong

Community Outreach

A number of outreach projects, many of which were specifically designed to support efforts to reach new and underserved audiences, were scheduled in order to build public dialogue and expand opportunities for community engagement.

Community Outreach Projects with Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong (ADAHK) and the YMCA of HK (CSW Centre)

Story Cloth in Performance Workshop with ADAHK

In this workshop series, we explored how to tell our stories about our histories, ghosts, water, and the marvelous through the creation of a visual/theater approach that we call “story cloths in performance.” There are many traditions of story cloths in Asia that focus on preserving a community’s history. In this workshop we created our own approach to making story cloths, as visual artifacts, using a range of materials. We will also explored what our stories look like in a choice of dance, acting, storytelling, singing, sound art, and/or signing.

Workshop participants joined in as participants in a showing of both the visual and performance work at Pier Windows, at Kwun Tong Ferry Pier, at 13:00 on Nov. 2, 2014.
The purpose of this workshop was to promote inclusive arts practices that broaden the range of artistic contributions to the Pier Windows performance series at Kwun Tong Ferry Pier from Oct. 29- Nov. 2, 2014.

As a part of that outreach effort, Lee Hin, one of ADA Angels of the Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong, was invited to participate in Ghosts and Wanderers, the opening night performance- a musical theater work that involves dancers, singers and musicians from Hong Kong, India, and the US. This work focuses on naam yam, a Chinese song form, often sung by bling singers, and connects to related musical traditions in India and the US.
Mr. Hin performed the lead role in Ghosts and Wanderers.

Traveling Stories Workshop: YMCA of HK (CSW Centre)

The Multicultural Team
 YMCA of HK (CSW Centre) collaborated with the creative team from On the Edge of the Pier: An International Cultural Engagement Project, on a story collecting and performance project.

The project was designed to learn more about the general histories of specific South Asian, Chinese, and American communities and how they have influenced contemporary Hong Kong. The project involve collecting specific cultural stories about ghosts, water, and the marvelous.

This project involved three phases: collecting stories, a theatre and arts workshop series, and a performance and arts showing as part of Pier Windows, a five-day performance series, at Kwun Tong Pier at 13:00 PM on November 1, 2014.

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