The much anticipated second edition of the Sai Kung Hoi Arts Festival is set to captivate visitors from November 15, 2023 to January 14, 2024. Organised by the Tourism Commission, curated by One Bite Design Studio, and supported by the Hong Kong Geopark, this three-year festival provides visitors with an immersive experience integrating art, culture, and exploration.
The Sai Kung Hoi Arts Festival has expanded its reach from two islands (i.e. Yim Tin Tsai and Sharp Island) last year to four islands (adding Kau Sai Chau and High Island) this year, some of which had limited access for the public previously. A total of 18 artworks (one in Sai Kung, eight in Yim Tin Tsai, three in Sharp Island, three in Kau Sai Chau and three in High Island) will adorn the nooks and crannies of the islands, making the festival a perfect way for visitors to re-encounter the well-loved natural gem of Sai Kung. Eight artworks on Yim Tin Tsai and Sharp Island are fondly retained from the first event, some with evolved presentations. The remaining ten artworks are newly installed, and are inspired by conversations, stories, and materials derived from the Sai Kung islands, making them channels of communication of the hidden narratives of the land. In addition, more than 400 free guided tours with different themes to provide in-depth stories about the islands will be held daily, except all Mondays which are “self-exploration days”. There will also be more than 90 free public programmes spanning workshops, performances, experiences, and talks on Fridays, weekends, and public holidays, ensuring a variety of activities for everyone to enjoy. Most importantly, the programmes celebrate a high level of community involvement which is core to the festival.
This year’s festival theme, “再島敘 Joy Again, Stories”, offers a sense of joy and a deepened relationship among the community, the land of Sai Kung, and visitors. Visitors will be welcomed by Joy Again, Stories: Dashing Through Weather’s Lapse by onebite and The Moving Atlas, an installation outlining the topography of the ocean and islands around Sai Kung, at Sai Kung Waterfront Park. This artwork also shows a collaboration between a research group (The Moving Atlas) and an artist (One Bite Design Studio) to co-design artwork. Together with another research group (Fragrant Village) and an artist (Napp Studio) who have created artwork to be placed in High Island, the curator has fostered collaboration of these two pairs to document the ever-growing relationships and further explored stories behind the mesmerising islands. Both research groups have worked very closely with the villagers during the creation process to collect stories through interviews and casual chats. The stories collected were shared with the artist groups and later became the bedrock of these artworks.
The Sai Kung Hoi Arts Festival invites locals and tourists to embark on a reflective journey through art, nature, and culture. This unique journey celebrates the beauty of Hong Kong’s islands while showcasing the boundless creativity of artists and the dialogues between researchers and the islanders.