" Fun in ICH " Series – October to December Events
Fringe Activities of "The Oral Legacies Series II: The Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Hong Kong" Exhibition
Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Lecture on Quanzhen Temples Taoist Ritual Music
Taoist Ritual Music is performed during Taoist ceremonies. The two main schools are the Orthodox Unity tradition (Zhengyi) and the Complete Perfection tradition (Quanzhen). In Hong Kong, Quanzhen Temples Taoist Ritual Music has developed into a style with local characteristics over the years, with the influence of other music. In this lecture, Master Leung Tak Wah, Chairman of the Hong Kong Taoist Association, will share his experience in the preservation and transmission of the Quanzhen Temples Taoist Ritual Music. The participants will also have the opportunity to enjoy the uniqueness of the culture of Taoist Ritual Music through the demonstration.
The belief that Wong Tai Sin will "grant every wish" is strongly rooted in the local community. Believers worship Wong Tai Sin by going to the temple or praying at home to ask for peace and well-being for the family. The Wong Tai Sin Temple is always full of incense burning under the management of the religious charitable organization Hong Kong Sik Sik Yuen. In addition to organizing temple fairs and lantern carnivals, the Temple is the only legal venue for Taoist wedding ceremonies in Hong Kong. In this tour of the Wong Tai Sin Temple, the participants will be guided by a Sik Sik Yuen docent to understand the history and architectural design of the Temple, as well as the beliefs and customs of the Wong Tai Sin, which principle is "to act benevolently and to teach benevolence".
Herbal tea ("leung cha" or "cooling tea") is a decoction of Chinese medicinal herbs and is considered to be a health drink. It is known to prevent excessive heat and dampness symptoms, to cool the body, and to prevent the common cold. It is made according to traditional Chinese medical theories, but is geared to the climate and natural environment of southern China. "Lui Seng Chun" was constructed in 1931 as a Chinese bone-setting medicine shop. The revitalized building is now a Chinese medicine clinic, which provides Chinese medical consultation services for the general public under the management of the School of Chinese Medicine of Hong Kong Baptist University. In this guided tour, the docent will guide participants around the Grade I monument building, to introduce the history of "Lui Seng Chun", the knowledge about herbal tea and the transmission of the making technique.
The art of Cantonese opera is originated from life. With exquisite performing skills, performers lead audience into the fictional world to witness the ups and downs experienced by the characters. The seemingly most natural movements on stage, including some prescribed performing routines, are practiced repeatedly by actors so that they can perform with apparent ease. In this lecture, young Cantonese opera actor and actress, Hong Hai and Xie Xiaoyu will demonstrate the ways of expressing the characters' feelings by virtual and stylised physical movements of Cantonese opera and traditional stage gestures.
Originating from the Pearl River Delta region of Guangdong province, the Taoist ritual tradition of the Zhengyi School (Orthodox Unity tradition) in Hong Kong is a representative school in the Taoism tradition. The Taoist priests of the Zhengyi School are commonly known as "nahm mouh" masters by the Guangdong people. They hold Taoist rituals for celebratory functions, funerals, burials, and jiao festivals. The Taoist ritual tradition of the Zhengyi school has a strict regimen for music, rhythm and chanting. Under the influence of vernacular music of the Guangdong region, the Taoist rituals of the Zhengyi school of Hong Kong would adopt the techniques of nanyin (southern tunes) – a unique feature that make the chanting of this regional sect stands out among the rest. In this lecture, Professor Lai Chi Tim will explain the origin and ritual tradition of the Zhengyi School in Hong Kong, and explore the inheritance of Taoist customs in the local Chinese society from the unique rituals tradition, ritual procedure, preserving and passing on of the Zhengyi School.
The makeup on the stage of Cantonese opera is ever-changing, actors looked more attractive and lively by employing "eyebrow lifting" (eyebrows with raised upward tip of the brows) technique. Dan (female roles) could even modifies the shape of face by adjusting the wigs. Cantonese opera makeup is actually a prescriptive art with exaggeration and symbolism. Different colours and facial patterns denote different features and appearance of specific characters. In the lecture, young Cantonese opera performer Paris Wong, a professional "Male Dan" of Cantonese opera in Hong Kong will introduce the makeup process of the Cantonese opera performers and share with audience the tips of stage makeup and the beauty of dressing up for the Cantonese opera.
Having a special cultural status in Chines art, guqin (seven-stringed plucked instrument) has a long history and qin players enjoy making one's own instrument. Qin making is a craft that starts with chopping and trimming a piece of wood, and requires different knowledge, including wood crafting, lacquer art, string tuning, calligraphy, and engraving, etc. Master Choi Chang Sau, a consummate devotee to the qin craftsmanship in Hong Kong, has been giving qin making classes since 1993. He keeps the tradition of making and playing one's own qin. As such, the tradition of making qin by the player becomes the characteristic of the Choi's arts of qin. This lecture will be given by the member of the Choi Chang Sau Qin Making Society who will share with participants the tools and procedure in qin making. Participants will have a chance to experience the making and playing of qin, and enjoying the music of the instrument.
Villages in the New Territories used to form alliances (also known as "Yeuk") so as to strengthen their powers and to provide mutual support. Located in the northeast of the New Territories, "Hing Chun Yeuk" was formed by seven Hakka villages. In order to give thanks and offerings to the patron deities, the villagers determined to organise the jiao festival every ten years. Organised for blessing the area with peace, the Jiao Festival of Hing Chun Yeuk has become one of the most significant festive events in the Sha Tau Kok area. During the festival, religious rituals are carried out to pacify the wandering ghosts and to express gratitude to the patron deities, auspicious unicorn dance and Cantonese opera are also performed. Nowadays, villagers who have moved out of the villages will take this opportunity to gather together and strengthen the relationships among themselves. In 2019, the Jiao Festival of Hing Chun Yeuk will be held in December. The speaker, Mr. Chau Hing Wah will explain the origin, the rituals and the practices of the Jiao Festival, so that audience will know more about the significance the Jiao Festival from historical and cultural perspectives.
Fee: Free admission
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