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Subject Talk Series on "Fun in ICH"

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The "Fun in ICH" event series aims to enhance the public's understanding and awareness of intangible cultural heritage through promotional activities

Past Activities

Hung Kuen in Hong Kong
Date: 2021/5/16 (Sunday)
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Venue: Kowloon Public Library (Extension Activities Room)
Description: During the Second World War, northern and southern martial art styles entered Hong Kong one after the other. Hong Kong once became a major focal point where northern and southern martial arts converged and were even exported overseas. Hung Kuen, regarded as the leading martial art among the five sects in Guangdong, namely “Hung, Liu, Choi, Lee and Mok”, is still practiced today by many people in Hong Kong and overseas, and also forms an important part of popular culture in Hong Kong. This lecture will talk about the stories behind the reshaping of Hung Kuen in Hong Kong in the 20th century and will acquaint participants with the characteristics and transmission of Hung Kuen.
Indigenous Languages and Folk Songs of Hong Kong (Online Talk)
Date: 2021/3/6 (Saturday)
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Venue: Sha Tin Public Library (Extension Activities Room)
Description: Before the 19th century, Hong Kong residents spoke six or seven indigenous languages, among which Wai Tau and Hakka were the most spoken dialects. The language cultures of these residents were different from those of the Cantonese immigrants who came to Hong Kong after the mid-19th century. With influences of economic development, urbanization, integration and other factors, the indigenous languages in Hong Kong have rapidly declined and are now critically endangered. This lecture will give a brief introduction to Wai Tau and Hakka as well as the folk songs of these dialects.
Explore Intangible Cultural Heritage from Old Photographs (Online Talk)
Date: 2020/12/12 (Saturday)
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 noon
Description: Intangible culture heritage is people-oriented. Although Hong Kong is a very small place, it is home to a variety of ICH items which feature their own characteristics and are closely related to the daily lives of local people, such as dialects, performing arts, traditional festivals, knowledge about nature and the universe, food production and craftsmanship, etc. This lecture will explore ICH items based on viewing old photographs of Hong Kong, in order to enhance participants’ awareness and understanding of ICH items and the history of Hong Kong.
Return to Voices and Sounds: the Ways to Appreciate Guangdong Nanyin (Full)
Date: 2020/11/14 (Saturday)
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 noon
Venue: Tsuen Wan Public Library (Extension Activities Room)
Description: Nanyin is a type of narrative song art that has been popular in Cantonese-speaking regions since the Mid-Qing dynasty. Its lyrics structure is relatively fixed, and can also be applied to other Guangdong folk art forms by making some modifications. When appreciating nanyin, one should listen carefully to vocal styles and the instrumental accompaniments so as to experience the authentic charm. This lecture attempts to guide audiences towards appreciating all different singing styles used by the nanyin singers while getting rid of visual constraints, regaining a sense of hearing, identifying ancient and modern elements and slowing things down to enjoy life.
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