Sai Kung Hoi Arts Festival blends nature and art on Sai Kung Hoi

The Sai Kung Hoi Arts Festival (the Arts Festival) is a three-year arts project organised by Tourism Commission, supported by Hong Kong Geopark and curated by One Bite Design Studio. The first year of the Arts Festival is held from 16 Nov. 2022 to 15 January 2023.

What is the Sai Kung Hoi Arts Festival?

To leverage the successful integration of arts with the island under the first edition the Yim Tin Tsai Arts Festival, the Arts Festival will extend to the vast Sai Kung Hoi, with Yim Tin Tsai as the centre and reaching out to Sharp Island, Kau Sai Chau and High Island. Through the Arts Festival, themed as “Joy Again, Isle”, visitors would meet and experience the healing power of arts through visits to the isles; and enjoy the fun of art tour through island hopping.

The focus of each year’s Arts Festival is on artworks creation, responding to topics such as villagers’ stories, rural-urban balance, nature conservation, cultural inheritance, religion and culture, supplemented by guided tours and programmes. The Arts Festival offers a new perspective for visitors to explore the isles, a chance to explore and reflect on one’s relationship with the nature, and an experience of the unique Hong Kong culture of the isles.

The Arts Festival kicked off in Yim Tin Tsai, a place with Catholic and Hakka culture, and Sharp Island, a place with special landforms. Nine groups of local artists have been invited to create multidisciplinary nine artworks – six in Yim Tin Tsai and three in Sharp Island – and involve villagers during the process to reflect local life stories and the natural environment.

What are the artworks at Sai Kung Hoi Arts Festival?

Homeward Voyage by Margaret Chu

Artist Margaret Chu designs an art installation in the form of a small boat combined with doves. The artwork expresses God’s blessing on the villagers for their safe return to home.

Water Dragon by Joseph Chan

Kinetic artist Joseph Chan creates the “Water Dragon”, utilising aesthetics and mechanical designs, to enable the old vital tool “dragon spine water wheel” to reappear in the saltpans.

Moonrise in Daylight by Breakthrough Art Studio

Responding to the nature and landforms, weaving artists Breakthrough Art Studio choose the tombolo to house their work “Moonrise in Daylight”, which aims to interpret the delicate relationship between humans and time through the natural landscape and flow of the tide.

A Grand Pineapple Bun Tour – Maoshan Connie & St. James’ Creation

As one of the geosites of Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark, one of the special features of Sharp Island is the tombolo that emerges at low tide and the unique Pineapple Bun Rocks.

Illustrator Maoshan Connie collaborates with ceramics studio St. James’ Creation to create “A Grand Pineapple Bun Tour”, which is a series of 10 ceramic art pieces placed along the Sharp Island Country Trail, linking the Pineapple Bun Rocks on Sharp Island with traditional food. Maoshan also creates a Sharp Island pineapple bun story map according to the landscape.