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"Fun in ICH" Series – 2021 

 

Talk cum Demonstration of Wood Carving Technique (Live Streaming)

In association with the Hong Kong Museum of History

 

Wood carving technique involves the art of wood engraving and wooden religious figure carving. The steps for making a wooden religious figure include selecting wood, chiselling the blank, carving the body, carving the head, drawing powder lines, carving decorative features and carving the appearance and colouring. It is not an easy task to carve a vivid religious figure. This talk will briefly explain the history and techniques of wood carving as well as its relationship with religious worship. The speaker will also share his personal experience in wood carving and demonstrate the techniques of carving a head figure of Kwan Kung (Kwan Tai), with a view to introducing the participants to the artistic and cultural values of this traditional craft.

 

Talk cum Demonstration of Wood Carving Technique Talk cum Demonstration of Wood Carving Technique

 

Date

28 February 2021 (Sunday)

Time

3:00 – 5:00 pm

Speaker

Master Siu Ping-keung (Veteran sculptor of wooden religious figure)

Programme Review

https://bit.ly/3cSbKBj


 

Talk on the Indigenous Languages and Folk Songs of Hong Kong (Live Streaming)

Co-organised by the Hong Kong Public Libraries

 

Before the 19th century, Hong Kong residents spoke six or seven indigenous languages, among which Wai Tau and Hakka were the most spoken dialects. The language cultures of these residents were different from those of the Cantonese immigrants who came to Hong Kong after the mid-19th century. With influences of economic development, urbanization, integration and other factors, the indigenous languages in Hong Kong have rapidly declined. This talk will give a brief introduction to Wai Tau and Hakka as well as the folk songs of these dialects.

 

Talk on the Indigenous Languages and Folk Songs of Hong Kong Talk on the Indigenous Languages and Folk Songs of Hong Kong

 

Date

6 March 2021 (Saturday)

Time

2:00 – 4:00 pm

Speaker

Professor Lau Chun-fat
(Vice Chairman of the Association for Conservation of Hong Kong Indigenous Languages)

Dr. Stephen Cheung
(Vice Chairman of the Association for Conservation of Hong Kong Indigenous Languages)

Programme Review

https://bit.ly/3dEF51i


 

Talk on "the Ordinary and Extraordinary of the Jiao Festivals in the New Territories of Hong Kong" (Hybrid Format)

In association with the Hong Kong Museum of History

 

This talk explores the universality, differences, and variability of Chinese folk religion, taking rituals in the Jiao Festivals held in different areas of Hong Kong before the 21st century as a starting point. The functions and symbolic meanings of the religious rituals have changed because of population changes in the local communities and urbanization, and they are constantly adjusted as a result of interpretations by different stakeholders. The talk provides an understanding of the interactive relationship between regular ritual arrangements and the negotiability of the stakeholders of the festival through long-term field studies of the Jiao Festivals.

 

Talk on "the Ordinary and Extraordinary of the Jiao Festivals in the New Territories of Hong Kong" Talk on "the Ordinary and Extraordinary of the Jiao Festivals in the New Territories of Hong Kong"

 

Date

25 April 2021 (Sunday)

Time

3:00 – 5:00 pm

Venue

Lecture Hall, G/F, Hong Kong Museum of History (100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui)

Speaker

Professor Choi Chi-cheung (Professor (Teaching) of the Department of History, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Programme Review

https://bit.ly/3xx35wl


 

Talk on "Hung Kuen in Hong Kong"

Co-organised by the Hong Kong Public Libraries

 

During the Second World War, northern and southern martial art styles entered Hong Kong one after the other. Hong Kong once became a major focal point where northern and southern martial arts converged and were even exported overseas. Hung Kuen, regarded as the leading martial art among the five sects in Guangdong, namely "Hung, Liu, Choi, Lee and Mok", is still practiced today by many people in Hong Kong and overseas, and also forms an important part of popular culture in Hong Kong. This talk will cover the stories behind the reshaping of Hung Kuen in Hong Kong in the 20th century and will acquaint participants with the characteristics and transmission of Hung Kuen.

 

Talk on "Hung Kuen in Hong Kong" Talk on "Hung Kuen in Hong Kong"

 

Date 16 May 2021 (Sunday)

Time

2:00 – 4:00 pm

Venue

Extension Activities Room, Kowloon Public Library (5 Pui Ching Road, Kowloon)

Speaker 

Professor Mak King-sang (Adjunct Professor of the Department of History, Hong Kong Baptist University)


 

Talk on "The Connection between Hong Kong Cantonese Opera Costumes and Contemporary Art"

Cantonese opera is Hong Kong's precious world-class intangible cultural heritage, and the techniques used to make Cantonese opera costumes are also one of our local intangible cultural heritage items. The glorious history of Cantonese opera and the costume-making industry in post-war Hong Kong is also worthy to be remembered. The Cantonese opera costumes were modelled after the clothing of the Song and Ming dynasties. Over the years, with the development of Cantonese opera, the design concept and the use of materials of the costumes have been integrating old and new. This talk introduces the history, the main costume-making techniques, and the art and cultural value of Cantonese opera costumes.

 

Talk on "The Connection between Hong Kong Cantonese Opera Costumes and Contemporary Art" Talk on "The Connection between Hong Kong Cantonese Opera Costumes and Contemporary Art"

 

Date

22 May 2021 (Saturday)

Time

3:00 – 5:00 pm

Venue 

Seminar Room, G/F, Hong Kong Heritage Museum (1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin)

Speaker

Ms JC Jessie (Research-based interdisciplinary art practitioner)


 

Talk cum Demonstration on Guangcai Making Technique

In association with the Hong Kong Museum of History

 

The Canton Famille Rose Porcelain, also known as Guangcai, refers to the craftworks painted with patterns on white porcelain and then fired. The making process involves drawing encircling lines and outlines, painting with colours and glost firing. The making of guangcai porcelains requires continuous practices and extreme concentration, so as to master one or more patterns. In this talk, Mrs. Betty Ho will introduce the history, the equipment required and different patterns of guangcai. Besides, with demonstration by Mr Cheung Kam-ping, participants will have a better understanding of this craftsmanship and the way to appreciate the beauty.

 

Talk cum Demonstration on Guangcai Making Technique Talk cum Demonstration on Guangcai Making Technique
Hand-painted by Mr Cheung Kam-ping and his collection  Hand-painted by Mrs Betty Ho and her collection

 

Date

6 June 2021 (Sunday)

Time

3:00 – 5:00 pm

Venue

Lecture Hall, G/F, Hong Kong Museum of History (100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui)

Speaker

Mrs. Betty Ho (Chairman of The Hong Kong Ceramics Research Society and porcelain painting artist)

Mr Cheung Kam-ping (Renowned porcelain painting master)


 

Talk on "The Past and Present of the Yu Lan Festival of the Chiu Chow Community" (Hybrid Format)

In association with the Hong Kong Museum of History

 

The Yu Lan Festival of the Chiu Chow Community is a traditional activity organised by convention. It can be seen as a presentation of traditional customs in modern society. Following improvements in social stability and advances in scientific knowledge, today's younger generations have different impressions of the festival. This talk explores the traditional ideas behind the Yu Lan Festival, the relationship between the festival and modern life, and ways to pass on the Yu Lan Festival traditions, which emphasise filial piety, giving alms and doing good deeds.
 
Talk on "The Past and Present of the Yu Lan Festival of the Chiu Chow Community" Talk on "The Past and Present of the Yu Lan Festival of the Chiu Chow Community"
 

Date

22 August 2021 (Sunday)

Time

3:00 – 5:00 pm

Venue

Lecture Hall, G/F, Hong Kong Museum of History (100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui)

Speaker

Mr Anven Wu (Vice Chairman of Yu Lan Festival Safeguard Committee, Federation of Hong Kong Chiu Chow Community Organizations)

Programme Review

 https://bit.ly/3zeQOx8

 

 

Talk on "The History, Culture and Conservation of Sam Tung Uk in Tsuen Wan" (Hybrid Format)

The Sam Tung Uk Museum was originally a 200-year-old Hakka walled house, founded by the Chan clan in Tsuen Wan. It was declared a monument in 1981. In 2016, the museum turned to be a centre for display and promotion of the intangible cultural heritage (ICH) of Hong Kong as well. This talk introduces the origin of the Chan clan, the founding of Sam Tung Uk and its architectural form and structure. It also covers the connections between the museum and the ICH of the Chinese community in the New Territories, thus providing the participants with a comprehensive understanding of this cultural venue, which blends tangible and intangible cultural heritage.

 
Talk on "The History, Culture and Conservation of Sam Tung Uk in Tsuen Wan" Talk on "The History, Culture and Conservation of Sam Tung Uk in Tsuen Wan"

 

Date

12 September 2021 (Sunday)

Time

3:00 – 5:00 pm

Venue

Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre (Kowloon Park, Haiphong Road, Tsim Sha Tsui)

Speaker

Professor Siu Kwok-kin (Director of the Centre for Hong Kong History and Culture Studies, Chu Hai College of Higher Education)

Programme Review

https://bit.ly/3I5ZZFd

 

 

Talk cum Demonstration on Guangdong Hand Puppet Cantonese Opera (Live Streaming)

Guangdong hand puppet Cantonese opera is one of the oldest forms of puppetry. Hand puppetry has thrived in Hong Kong in the early 20th century. Nowadays, hand puppet Cantonese Opera is mainly performed in the Jiao Festival or at a rehabilitation ceremony of a temple after renovation to entertain and offer thanks to the deities. This talk covers the history of Guangdong hand puppet Cantonese opera, its development in Hong Kong, the structure and manipulation techniques of the puppets etc., and includes a demonstration of Guangdong hand puppet Cantonese opera by veteran puppeteers.
 
Talk cum Demonstration on Guangdong Hand Puppet Cantonese Opera (Live Streaming) Talk cum Demonstration on Guangdong Hand Puppet Cantonese Opera (Live Streaming)

 

Date

7 November 2021 (Sunday)

Time

3:00 – 4:30 pm

Speaker

Master Chan Kam-to (Veteran puppeteer)

Programme Review

https://bit.ly/3FfDuev

 

 

Talk on "Kwan Tai Belief and Customs in Hong Kong" (Hybrid Format)

Co-organised by Po Leung Kuk Museum
 
There are nearly 40 temples in Hong Kong having Kwan Tai (also known as Guangong and Kwan Ti) as their main deity for worship. To know more about the belief and customs of the deity in the city, one needs not only to observe the Man Mo Temple and Hip Tin Kung; but also Taoist temples and organisations dedicated to Kwan Tai, including the Po Leung Kuk. The establishment of Kwan Tai temples and Kwan Tai belief are closely related to the economy of the community, education, festivals and rituals. Kwan Tai festival was inscribed onto the Intangible Cultural Heritage Inventory of Hong Kong. This talk is quite special that participants will be given to learn Kwan Tai belief and customs of Hong Kong in front of the Kwan Tai painting in Kwan Ti Hall.
 
 
Talk on "Kwan Tai Belief and Customs in Hong Kong" Talk on "Kwan Tai Belief and Customs in Hong Kong"

 

Date

27 November 2021 (Saturday)

Time

3:00 – 5:00 pm

Venue

Kwan Ti Hall, Po Leung Kuk Museum (66 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay)

Speaker

Professor YAU Chi-on (Deputy Director of the Centre for Hong Kong History and Culture Studies, Chu Hai College of Higher Education)

Programme Review

https://bit.ly/3yWk8sV

 

Talk on "Chinese Almanac: The Effective Ways to Use Tung Shing" (Hybrid Format)

In association with the Hong Kong Museum of History
 

The Chinese almanac is a collective term for the formulation of dates and time; it used to be regarded as a representation of the authority of the emperors. The almanac that is still used today is also known as Tung Shing (The Book of Everything) in Guangdong. Along with the yangli (solar calendar), yinli (lunar calendar), the Twenty-Four Solar Terms, and traditional Chinese festivals, Tung Shing comprises auspicious and inauspicious events formulated by the operation of Yin and Yang and the Five Elements, and the Spring Ox Picture and Dimu Jing (The Book of Mother Earth). The almanac was regarded as a vital reference for agricultural production in ancient times. Nowadays, it serves as an important reference for picking auspicious dates for various events. This talk invites you to decode the almanac, the age-old reference of daily life and the culture of date selection.

 

Talk on "Chinese Almanac: The Effective Ways to Use Tung Shing" (Hybrid Format) Talk on "Chinese Almanac: The Effective Ways to Use Tung Shing" (Hybrid Format)

 

Date

19 December 2021 (Sunday)

Time

3:00 – 5:00 pm

Venue

Lecture Hall, G/F, Hong Kong Museum of History (100 Chatham Road, Tsim Sha Tsui)

Speaker

Ms Choi Hing-wah (Seasoned Editor of Chinese Almanac)  

Programme Review https://bit.ly/3HaMcMc