Explore the hidden narratives of Sai Kung’s islands through art and culture. The Sai Kung Hoi Arts Festival celebrates the splendour of Hong Kong’s islands while showcasing the boundless creativity of artists and the dialogues between researchers and islanders.
Sai Kung Hoi Arts Festival is back for its second edition, set to enchant visitors from November 15, 2023, to January 14, 2024. This festival, organised by the Tourism Commission, curated by One Bite Design Studio, and supported by the Hong Kong Geopark, blends art, culture, and exploration into a captivating experience.
Building on its success from the previous year, the festival has expanded to encompass four islands: Yim Tin Tsai, Sharp Island (retaining eight artworks from the first event), and newcomers Kau Sai Chau and High Island. Eight additional installations, inspired by conversations, stories, and materials from the Sai Kung islands, now adorn these picturesque landscapes, offering visitors a fresh perspective on this natural gem. Moreover, free guided tours, brimming with island tales, will be available daily excluding Mondays designated as “self-exploration days.”
To enrich the festival further, over 90 free public programmes, including workshops, performances, experiences, and talks, will be held on Fridays, weekends, and public holidays. A diverse range of activities for all, community involvement will be a core aspect of the festival.
The theme for this year’s event, “再島敘 Joy Again, Stories,” aims to foster joy and deepen the connection between the community, Sai Kung, and its visitors.
“Joy Again, Stories: Dashing Through Weather’s Lapse,” created by One Bite and research group The Moving Atlas, will welcome visitors at Sai Kung Waterfront Park. This installation, outlining the ocean’s topography and the surrounding islands, showcases a unique collaboration highlighting the festival’s dedication to fostering cooperation between different creative entities.
Another joint venture between research group Fragrant Village and artist Napp Studio will bring artwork to High Island. The pair worked closely with villagers during the creation process, collecting stories through interviews and casual conversations. These narratives serve as the foundation for their artworks, offering a deeper layer of connection to the islands.
Alan Cheung from the curatorial team expressed the festival’s vision: “From islands to people, we hope to bring visitors all joy again through stories.”