With the exhibition period till 19 August, ArtAlive@Park 2014 kicked off on 19 May at Central and Western District Promenade (Central Section). "ArtAlive@Park" is a large-scale public art project that sets to showcase young people's artistic talents in local parks. It also aims to make art accessible to all sectors of the community and to bring people to arts. For a period of three months, ArtAlive@Park 2014 has invited the schools of design of three local tertiary institutions to work as the artistic collaborators, who have designed 13 site-specific artworks. At the opening ceremony, it is our honour to have the officiating guests, team leaders, student artists and representatives from each institution, including Mrs. Betty Fung Ching Suk-yee, JP, Ex- Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Mr. Chan Hok-fung, Vice Chairman of the Central & Western District Council, Mrs. Avia Lai Wong Shuk-han, Deputy Secretary for Home Affairs, Prof. Cees de Bont, Dean of School of Design and Swire Chair Professor of Design of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Prof. Reggie Kwan, President of Caritas Bianchi College of Careers, Mr. Leslie Lu, Principal of Hong Kong Design Institute and Dr. Lesley Lau, Head of Art Promotion Office. The ceremony has attracted the public, and was widely covered by the media.
Moreover, HULU Culture, our programme collaborator, has invited various sectors of groups to present a series of special programmes accompanying the event. On 24 May, a local dance group, The Way We Dance, and two local bands, Supper Moment and KOLOR , have set aflame our passion of life through energetic music and rhythms of dance under the summer heat. Besides, in collaboration with Lawnmap Hong Kong, an outdoor barter event titled "Exchange Square on the Lawn" was held successfully on 14 June, 28 June and 12 July. Without the involvement of money as the medium of exchange, participants returned to the most primitive system of exchange. The process boosted the interaction among participants, bringing with unexpected and unique rewards. Last but not least, "Fun with Art", a children carnival arranged by Playright Children's Play Association, was held on 6 July and 20 July. Playright has designed eight booths with interactive games for the participating children to have fun at park. With the public's active support, ArtAlive@Park 2014 has come to an end successfully.