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Southern District Tourism and Culture Festival 2013

The 2013 Southern District Tourism and Culture Festival will showcase an array of exciting events between this February and December, offering an opportunity for locals and visitors to experience the unique Southern District !

 

-       Winter Fiesta cum Opening Ceremony (Aberdeen, 7 - 9 February 2013)

-       “Love in Spring” Literature Gala at Sunset (23 March 2013) and Public Arts Exhibition in Repulse Bay (23 March to 22 April 2013)

-       Southern District Gourmet Tour (Various locations in the Southern District, March to December 2013)

-       Southern District Cantonese Opera Bamboo-Theatre Celebration and Community Parade (Ap Lei Chau Park Soccer Pitch, 29 – 31 March 2013; Wah Kwai Community Centre, 7 April 2013)

-       Hong Kong-San Francisco Ocean Film Festival cum Floating Art Exhibition (Stanley, 14 April 2013)

-       Repulse Bay Small Dragon Boat Races (Repulse Bay Beach, 14 April 2013)

-       The Hong Kong Jockey Club Community Arts Biennale: Pok Fu Lam Village (Pok Fu Lam Village, 20 April to 20 May 2013)

-       Aberdeen Dragon Boat Races (Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter, 12 June 2013)

-       Fishing Fair and In-depth Tour into Fishermen Culture (Aberdeen, mid-June to late July 2013)

-       Highlights for Water and Land Activities (Beaches and hiking trails in the Southern District, July to November 2013)

-       Mid-Autumn Fire Dragon Festival (Aberdeen and Pok Fu Lam Village, 19 September 2013)

-       Stanely International Beer Carnival (Stanley, 1, 6, 13 and 20 October 2013)

-       "Go Fly a Kite @ Cyberport" Kite Flying Community Art Event (Cyberport, 13 and 14 October 2013)

-       11th Hong Kong Martial Art Master Performance (Aberdeen Sports Centre, 1 December 2013)

-       Southern District Dragon and Lion Dance Carnival (Aberdeen, 8 December 2013)

-       Festive Lighting Decorations

-       Grand Closing Ceremony - Stanley Art Fun Day X Gourmet Fmaily Banquet (Stanley Plaza) (29 December 2013)




Winter Fiesta cum Opening Ceremony (Aberdeen, 7 - 9 February 2013)

Every year during the Winter Fiesta, distinctive Lunar New Year Fairs are organised at the promenade of Aberdeen for the local community to showcase their creativity and sell handmade or privately collected artworks.  The Winter Fiesta will be the opening event for the 2013 Southern District Tourism and Culture Festival. 

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“Love in Spring” Literature Gala at Sunset (23 March 2013) and Public Arts Exhibition in Repulse Bay (23 March to 22 April 2013)

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The landmarks of two renowned female Chinese writers, Eileen CHANG and XIAO Hong, featured by the Southern District Literary Trail landmarks will be constructed in Repulse Bay.  The construction works is expected to commence in 2013.  In this connection, the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation is commissioned to organise a public art project based on the work of two female writers and selected love poems from around the world.  The project artist, Ada Chan, will work with 15 participating teenagers to create and decorate bird sculptures inspired by the selected works of the female writers and excerpts of poems. The sculptures will be showcased for 30 days starting from 23 March 2013 on the beautiful beach at Repulse Bay and along the Seaview Promenade leading to Deep Water Bay.

 

A spectacular literature gala will be launched in the evening on the first day.  During the gala, famous poets and writers in Hong Kong are going to read love quotes at the sunset, telling the biography of Eileen CHANG and XIAO Hong and the stories of their coming to Hong Kong.  Moreover, an open-air cinema will be set up to showcase a short film about Eileen CHANG jointly presented by the Southern District Council and Hong Kong Film Archive.  Also, “Dancing Angels” founded by notable dancer Mr Andy WONG, will perform a modern dance based on the story of XIAO Hong – “All About Love”.  The audience may then enjoy live jazz in the starry night, and lovers may dance on the white sands of the Repulse Bay.


Southern District Gourmet Tour (Various locations in the Southern District, March to December 2013)

Gourmet KC, a famous gourmet and feast organiser, will take participants to different restaurants around the Southern District, including the staff canteen of Aberdeen Fish Market, the Chinese restaurant of the Chinese Cuisine Training Institute, the Tux (penguine) restaurant in Ocean Park, exotic western restaurants in Murray House at Stanley, etc.

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Southern District Cantonese Opera Bamboo-Theatre Celebration and Community Parade (Ap Lei Chau Park Soccer Pitch, 29 – 31 March 2013; Wah Kwai Community Centre, 7 April 2013)

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Majestic bamboo theatre will be erected in Ap Lei Chau for the performances of four fantastic Cantonese opera excerpts, resembling the old Hong Kong ways of living and atmosphere.  Subsequently, another opera excerpt will be staged at Wah Kwai Community Centre.  To deepen foreign visitors and the young audience’s understanding of this unique performance culture and the related traditions, as well as enhance their interest in this traditional genre of drama, bilingual programme booklets will be available for the first show.


Hong Kong-San Francisco Ocean Film Festival cum Floating Art Exhibition (Stanley, 14 April 2013)

The Southern District is endowed with many beautiful beaches in the territory, and it is our responsibility to conserve this natural asset for the future generations.  To achieve this end, the organiser will partner with the Ocean Recovery Alliance to launch the Hong Kong-San Francisco Ocean Film Festival 2013 this spring.  The event will feature a series of ocean and environment conservations films at various cinemas in Hong Kong.  What’s more, a special showing would be launched in Stanley Plaza under The Link Management Limited, and floating art pieces would be showcased on the sea opposite to the Bar Street in Stanley, with a view to arousing public awareness in marine conservation.  In addition, Hong Kong Shark Foundation will display art exhibits on shark preservation along the promenade to Stanley Plaza on the same day.

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Repulse Bay Small Dragon Boat Races (Repulse Bay Beach, 14 April 2013)

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Dragon boat rowing during Tuen Ng Festival is known to the world as an international sport, attracting the participation of many large corporations.  A small dragon boat event will be specially staged in Repulse Bay this year.  Members of the public as well as professional rowers are welcome to join this traditional sport, while enjoying the unique ambience of Repulse Bay at the same time.




The Hong Kong Jockey Club Community Arts Biennale: Pok Fu Lam Village (Pok Fu Lam Village, 20 April to 20 May 2013)

Funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust and organised by Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation, this wonderful art event celebrates four local communities by showcasing community-related artworks created by a hundred or so of young people and local artists.

 

One of the four communities included in the project, and one of the exhibition venues, is Pok Fu Lam Village. As part of the project, participants will research the historic and cultural background of the village and create meaningful, community-related work through various creation processes.

 

During the exhibition period, eight sets of artwork will be installed at different places around the village.  Free guided tours and visual art workshop sponsored by the 2013 Southern District Tourism and Culture Festival Organising Committee will be arranged to share the ideas behind the art pieces and to let public have more in-depth understanding of the history of Pok Fu Lam Village. Participants can also create their own art pieces in the workshop.

 

Exhibition period: 20 April to 20 May 2013

Weekend guided tours and workshops:

Date: 20, 21, 27 and 28 April 2013; 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19 May, 2013

Time: 11:00a.m.–12:30p.m. and 2:00p.m.–3:30p.m.

Registration Hotline: 2877 2779




Aberdeen Dragon Boat Races (Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter, 12 June 2013)

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The Aberdeen Dragon Boat Races, one of the most traditional dragon boat competitions in Hong Kong, has been a highly popular annual event among the Chinese and international communities.  To tie in with the Southern District Tourism and Culture Festival, the Aberdeen Dragon Boat Races will feature special competition events this year.  In addition, pre-race training programmes will be organised to allow rookies to get a taste of the dragon boat sport.  What’s more, on the day of Tuen Ng Festival, the organiser will hold a cultural exhibition to showcase the traditional facets of the Festival and dragon boat races, and set up Chinese handicraft and snack booths along the promenade.




Fishing Fair and In-depth Tour into Fishermen Culture (Aberdeen, mid-June to late July 2013)

We shall present an in-depth tour into the fishermen culture through “Fisherman Apprentice Workshop” hosted by experienced fishermen and renowned gourmet(s), participants can: (a) learn how to distinguish fresh catch from the sea against those being farmed, and select seafood of best quality, then go select seafood for their lunch in Ap Lei Chau Market; (b) experience the work of fishermen and feast on what they capture from the sea right away; and (c) learn to make their own processed seafood such as salty fresh fish, sun-dried squids and hand-beaten fish balls.

 

After the talks and the treats, participants will certainly have a chance to purchase some quality seafood items in Aberdeen!  The first large-scale fishing fair in Hong Kong will be organised at the promenade of Aberdeen for two days.  Both locals and tourists can purchase directly from the fishermen various items of fresh and processed seafood, authentic snacks as well as souvenirs.  Amongst all, the renowned Aberdeen specialty, hand-beaten fish-balls and local sun-dried fish maw not to be missed!

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Highlights for Water and Land Activities (Beaches and hiking trails in the Southern District, July to November 2013)

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With the long shoreline and abundant green areas and hills, the Southern District attracts a lot of visitors.  To further promote land and water sports, various water sports events will be held at various bathing beaches in the Southern District from late summer through autumn, including the cross-harbour swimming events from Big Wave Bay to Rocky Bay, Shek O Wan, and from Stanley to Repulse Bay; the 1st Hong Kong Southern District Beach Games & International Beach Water Polo Tournament at Repulse Bay; Kids Ocean Day in Repulse Bay to convey message of protecting the ocean to the young generations; and a sand sculpture competition in Shek O and so on.

 

What’s more, a 8-kilometre Southern District Shore Run would be organised for runners; local hiking experts will be invited to organise adventure training for young people; Southern District Eco Tour would be arranged for locals and tourists to explore country trails in the Southern District, and learn more about Hong Kong’s ecology and flora along the way.

 




Mid-Autumn Fire Dragon Festival (Aberdeen and Pok Fu Lam Village, 19 September 2013)

On the night of the Mid-Autumn Festival when the moon is at its fullest, the fire dragon bristled with burning joss sticks pays homage at the Earth God altar and the Li Ling Divine pagoda in Pok Fu Lam Village.  After that, it dances its way to the Waterfall Bay, where it submerges into the sea to symbolise the “dragon’s return to the sea”.

 

To celebrate the Southern District Tourism and Culture Festival, the organiser will arrange for a spectacular with “seven stars accompanying the moon”.  Five small fire dragons will parade around Aberdeen, and then they will follow the traditional lantern team formed by children and young people to Pok Fu Lam Village.  At the same time, two small fire dragons will move around the village to bring bliss to villagers.  Finally, the seven small dragons would join the large dragon at the village entrance in a long parade setting off to the Waterfall Bay for a final ceremony of submersion into the sea.

 

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Stanley International Beer Carnival (Stanley, 1, 6, 13 and 20 October 2013)

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Every year, there are various activities to celebrate Oktoberfest in Hong Kong.  An international beerfest will be staged in Stanley for both locals and tourists to experience the beer culture of different countries.  The first event will be the “Chinese Beer Carnival” held on the National Day.  In the following three weekends,  participants can experience the fantastic world of beer as we shall feature beers from Continental Europe, Southeast Asia and South America.  To boost the carnival atmosphere, there will be different fun activities in Stanley, including waiter sprint and relay, beer drinking contest and feature performances.

 

On the other hand, a local artist will be invited to lead students and residents in the district to create commemorative beer mugs from recycled wine bottles collected from operators in Stanley.  These beer mugs will be distributed for free to the first group of participants on the four events days. Other participants may purchase the creative mugs which are all unique to enjoy beers around the world, and at the same time help preserve the environment.



"Go Fly a Kite @ Cyberport" Kite Flying Community Art Event (Cyberport, 13 & 14 October 2013)

The making and flying of kites is a fun traditional activity for people of all ages. In collaboration with Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation, we shall present an exciting kite-related event featuring activities such as kite-flying demonstrations by a professional overseas team, wind sock and kite-making workshops, free kite rental, and a story- telling corner. The event will take place in the lawn area of Cyberport. In addition, a variety of kites from the city of Weifang, China, which has long been famous of kite-making will be displayed inside the mall of Cyberport.

 

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11th Hong Kong Martial Art Master Performance (Aberdeen Sports Centre, 1 December 2013)

Martial art is an important part of the Chinese traditional culture.  The organiser will hold the 11th Hong Kong Martial Art Master Performance in collaboration with the Southern District Martial Art Association.  The event will serve as a platform for more than 60 members from various martial art clubs to showcase their technique and exchange experiences, while the audience may learn the origin, development and history of martial art.  The masters will also demonstrate some simple yet practical self-defense tactics.





Southern District Dragon and Lion Dance Carnival (Aberdeen, 8 December 2013)

Today, lion dance has developed as a traditional art blended with sports with a wide variety of schools and categories.  The International Lion Dance Competition is initiated by lion dance organisations in the Southern District, and its qualifying and final competitions will be held in late November 2013.  The champion will join overseas teams in staging a demonstration competition in early December 2013, which is to be hosted outdoor for the first time ever.  World-class lion dancers all over the world will gather at the promenade of Aberdeen to showcase their splendid performance with their unique skills and movements.

 

Guided tours will be provided on competition days.  Docents will explain the history, skills, origin, rules and etiquette of lion dance as well as the workmanship of the lions.  They will also tell the audience about the differences of various kinds of lion dances, from the outlook to the movements, and guide the audience on how to appreciate lion dance.

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Festive Lighting Decorations and Grand Closing Ceremony (Stanley Plaza) (29 December 2013)

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The 2013 Christmas and Lunar New Year festive lighting decorations will have a different mode from the past.  Alongside the lighting chains which can be seen everywhere, there will be flower plaques creating an overwhelming festive ambience with strong traditional flavor, and the Southern District will be adorned into a one-of-a-kind cultural artistic area.  Starting from December 2013, large flower plaques with light bulbs installed will be erected in various locations in the district, extending good wishes to the residents.

 

Moreover, a grand closing ceremony - Stanley Art Fun Day X Gourmet Fmaily Banquet will be held on 29 December 2013 in Stanley Plaza under The Link Management Limited, with entertaining stalls and performances.  On that night, delicious pun choi (“basin feast”) of authentic fishing harbour flavor for the old and the young will be organised, encouraging families to bring with them their elderly to enjoy the delicious all-in-a-basin meal with unique fishing harbour flavor.  Families with five generations participating all together will be treated two tables of free banquet.