Talk on "Cheung Chau Jiao Festival" and Behind-the-Scene Look of the Piu Sik Floats
To drive out epidemics and to pray for peace and safety, the Cheung Chau Jiao Festival has been held on every year during the fourth lunar month without interruption for over a century. The annual Jiao Festival is a cradle of colourful customs, folk arts and performances, ranging from the crafting of paper effigies, floats, bun towers, the making of peaceful buns, to unicorn dance, shengongxi (thanksgiving plays), Taoist music and various ritual offerings.
But while you enjoy the thrill of the "bun scramble" and the spectacle of the colourful floats, wouldn't you be interested to know the meaning behind the Jiao Festival and the secret behind the production process of its unique floats?
Come join this programme and you will have your answers. You will visit a kaifong association which is participating in the piu sik parade. There you will take a literal "insiders' look" at how a float is set up. The master craftsman will also let you in on his secret of keeping the dressed-up child actor "afloat". Our curator will also take you to the Pak Tai Temple and to the main event venue, where you will experience the living heritage from both historical and cultural perspectives.
Date: 2 May 2017 (Tuesday)
Time: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm (in Cheung Chau)
Guide: Mr. Chau Hing-wah (Curator, Intangible Cultural Heritage Office)
Assembly Time: 8:35 am (Please be on time, as latecomers will miss the group's departure)
Assembly Point: Central Ferry Piers – Pier 5 (Cheung Chau ferry pier)
Take ordinary ferry, departure time: 9:00 am, estimated journey time: 55-60 minutes
*Fares are at the participant's own expense
Dismissal Point: Cheung Chau
Application Deadline: 25 April 2017 (Tuesday) 5:00 pm
Enrolment: A maximum of 30 participants on a first-come-first-served basis.
To register, please call 2446 2187/ 2499 6400 or complete the application form and fax to 2413 9271.