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The Hakka Unicorn Dance in Hang Hau in Sai Kung

The Hakka Unicorn Dance in Hang Hau in Sai Kung

Date: 2021/9/25 (Saturday)
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Venue: Hong Kong Central Library (Lecture Theatre, G/F)
Speaker: Prof. LIU Tik-sang
Organiser: Hong Kong Public Libraries
Remarks: Talk conducted in Cantonese. Free admission. First come, first served.
(Video Recording URL www.hkpl.gov.hk/HkmHakkaUnicornDance would be available for access from 11 March 2022 7:00 p.m.)
Enquiry: 2921 0388 (Mon to Fri: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm; 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm, except public holidays)

As the Hakka people believe that the Chinese unicorn, the qilin, is an auspicious animal that can ward off evil and bring good luck, unicorn dance is a key element in festive celebrations and religious ceremonies. Unicorn dance is performed by two dancers against percussion music, and etiquette is the essence of dancers’ postures and movements. Some unicorn dance teams have their own sequence of movements and music features. Comprised of villagers, unicorn dance teams serve the rural communities and perform the function of promoting social cohesion. In this talk, participants will learn about the traditions of Hakka unicorn dance in Hang Hau, Sai Kung.