Hong Kong Intangible Cultural Heritage – Exhibition on Traditional Craftsmanship of Lantern Making
The Luck-Bringing Rabbit Lanterns to Celebrate the New Year
Date: 12 January - 7 February 2023
Time: 6 pm to 11 pm
Venue: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza
To celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Rabbit and happy family reunions, the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) Office has invited Master Hui Ka-hung, who has over 30-year experience in paper-crafting to craft a variety of magnificent lanterns. Little rabbits dressed in cheongsam will offer you hot dim sum and New Year snacks, while spirited dancing lions with New Year flowers will celebrate the New Year with you, presenting you with a dazzling and joyful display of festive lanterns.
While admiring the lanterns, the public will also be able to appreciate the traditional craftsmanship of the paper crafting. The paper crafting master used strips of bamboo, tissue paper and fabric to craft the lanterns in four traditional steps of paper crafting, including frame creation, paper mounting, painting decorative patterns and attaching accessories. First, the master will create the skeleton of the model out of strips of bamboo. After strips of tissue paper have been used to fasten together the bamboo strips at the joints, glue will be applied to keep them in place. Afterwards, fabric will be mounted on the skeleton. Painted patterns or calligraphic artwork will be added along with further decorations as a final touch for the lanterns.