From literature stores and vintage shops to workshops, there’s an array of arts and culture waiting for your exploration at Wan Chai’s Foo Tak Building.
If you’re one of those people that are into things like digging around in bookstores, listening to live music or enjoying the arts, such as pottery making, then you should definitely pay a visit to the Foo Tak Building in Wan Chai. It’s described as the ultimate cultural hub in Hong Kong that facilitates the communication among authors, readers, scholars and simply art lovers. Whether you’re into low-brow arts or social studies, you won’t be disappointed by their welcoming vibes.
Foo Tak Building in Wan Chai
Managed by Art and Cultural Outreach on the 13/F, the Foo Tak Building has been collaborating with more than fifty cultural organisations and independent platforms and offering sponsored tenancy for studios and offices since 2003. Just note that not every unit is open to the public and some of them open at irregular hours, so make sure to get in touch with them before heading up for exhibitions or workshops.
The House of Hong Kong Literature
Since 2009, local writers and scholars have been advocating for the establishment of a representative Literature Unit in Hong Kong to assist with cultural exhibitions and research projects, as well as translation and publishing. The House of Hong Kong Literature was later founded to help promote literature events and facilitate cultural exchange between authors and readers. This group of people running this spot makes the actualisation of a Literature Museum of Hong Kong in the future possible, and we think that’s cool. This creative space is opened from 5 – 8 pm on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, so drop by and say hi.
The House of Hong Kong Literature, 1/F, Foo Tak Building, 365-367 Foo Tak Building, Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, p. 2333 6967, 香港灣仔軒尼詩道365-367號富德樓1樓香港文學館
Liber Research Community
Liber Research Community is an independent platform for scholars and critical thinkers to participate in curated courses and promote local research, regarding issues of land, agriculture, housing and Hong Kong’s relationship with China. They hope to nurture young minds with education on modern philosophy, political economy, social science, urban studies.
Liber Research Community, 2/F, Foo Tak Building, 365-367 Foo Tak Building, Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 香港灣仔軒尼詩道365-367號富德樓2樓本土研究社
God Dag (meaning Good Day in Norwegian) is a wondrous vintage shop started by two lovely girls. They sell a brilliant collection of handcrafted items and dainty vintage accessories sourced across the globe, including earrings, stationary, teacups and cutlery. The space also holds irregular exhibitions by collaborating with international artists. They hope to bring others joy and happiness through the simplicity of their products.
God Dag, 4/F, Foo Tak Building, 365-367 Foo Tak Building, Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 香港灣仔軒尼詩道365-367號富德樓4樓好日
Nomad Nomad is an experimental arts and culture space that was founded in 2014. It focuses on four major areas: experimental arts projects, market culture, artist exchange and independent production. It aims to question the idea of life and living through a diverse range of cultural activities, including workshops at the studio, handicraft markets, the vegan food and crafts festival Hong Kong Herbival, and Kowloon City Book Fair.
Nomad Nomad, 8/F, Foo Tak Building, 365-367 Foo Tak Building, Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 香港灣仔軒尼詩道365-367號富德樓8樓
Art and Cultural Outreach
Since 2003, Art and Cultural Outreach has been managing Foo Tak Building. It’s also an iconic independent bookstore in Hong Kong selling a wide range of alternative readings, including photography books, English literature, Chinese poems, children’s books; you’ll be amazed by some of their selections. Remember it’s closed on Mondays!
Art & Cultural Outreach, 14/F, Foo Tak Building, 365-367 Foo Tak Building, Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, p. 2893 4808, 香港灣仔軒尼詩道365-367號富德樓13樓艺鵠ACO