Hong Kong Intangible Cultural Heritage – Exhibition on Traditional Craftsmanship of Lantern Making
Date: 14-18 September 2016 (Wednesday to Sunday)
Time: 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm (6:30 pm - 12:00 midnight on 15 September)
Venue: Pitch No. 4, Victoria Park, Hong Kong
Lanterns are closely related to traditional Chinese culture and customs. In festive occasions such as the Spring Lantern Festival and Mid-Autumn Festival, hanging lanterns and ribbons have always been part of the celebration. The paper crafting techniques used in creating lanterns are not only an intangible cultural heritage of Hong Kong, but also a craft that is artistically and historically significant. To celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival of 2016, the Intangible Cultural Heritage Office (ICHO) has designed a large-scale lantern installation – a cubic wooden frame with 64 lanterns hanging on it. Visitors can enjoy walking under these lanterns to appreciate the exquisite craftsmanship of local masters up close. On the four sides of the wooden frame are four styles of lanterns, namely vertical palace lanterns, convex palace lanterns, concave palace lanterns and lotus lanterns. At each of the four corners of the cube, a large palace lantern is placed. The full set of flower-lanterns is vibrant, colourful and glamourous – a true visual feast to delight visitors.