Excursions

Visit nurturing grounds of bottom-up change-in-action! This year, our Programme Partners will share on:

  • How to build systems for the incubation of creative neighbours
  • How to curate creative experiences in relation to social issues, and bring in a different angle to think and feel
  • Innovation in material culture

Notes:

  1. Pre-registration is required for all Excursions. Successful registrants should receive Info Packs of their selected Excursions via email before the Assembly of MaD Festival 2019. Please refer to the Info Pack for transportation guide and contact details of the respective MaD volunteer. Please arrange transportation on your own, plan ahead and make sure you can arrive at the meeting point in time.
  2. Due to limited space and manpower, all Excursions do NOT accept non-registered participants. Information of vacancies will be displayed at the Excursions booth of MaD Festival. Participants who have missed the online programme registration period or any participant interested may visit the booth on 12 Jan 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM in person.
  3. Those who have pre-registered online but have not received the info pack due to technical reasons may request for a hard copy at the Excursions Booth on 12 or 13 Jan.
  4. If you decide to give up your place after registration, please inform our staff members at the Excursion Booth by 12 Jan 2:00 PM. We will then give your place to another participant.

*The Excursion Booth is located at the Parade Ground of Tai Kwun, near to the participant registration booth.

Incubation of Creative Neighbours
From ME to WE: The stories of how we live as a community
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM | Language: CAN | Accessibility: Not recommended for electric wheelchair users due to venue limitations | Travel time to / from Tai Kwun by public transport: 25 mins
Host: Trial and Error Lab

Trial and Error Lab HK is a youth vocational development project organised by Breakthrough since 2016. They encourage young people to explore possibilities for their careers and the future of the city by providing a lively co-working space, relevant training and other innovative events.
Lesson learnt in the Viva Blue House Revitalisation Project
1:30 PM – 4:00 PM | Language: CAN | Accessibility: barrier-free | Travel time to / from Tai Kwun by public transport: 30 mins
Host: “Viva Blue House” Revitalisation Project

“Viva Blue House” Revitalisation Project (“Viva Blue House”) is the first project of its kind that embraces the mission on “retention of both the residents and the buildings”. The revitalised Blue House Cluster, located at Stone Nullah Lane in Wan Chai, consists of 3 Hong Kong-style tenement houses (or “Tong Lau” in Cantonese) constructed in the 20s, 30s and 50s respectively. Apart from creating a unique landmark by revitalisation of the architecture, “Viva Blue House” also aims to preserve the neighbours’ network. This heritage conservation project, by using a community-led, bottom-up and participatory approach, helps to maintain a sense of community in the old neighbourhood.
Rethinking hospitality: a home for purpose
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Language: ENG | Accessibility: barrier-free | Travel time to / from Tai Kwun by public transport: 25 mins
Host: Eaton Workshop

Eaton Workshop is a global purpose-driven company and creative lab at the intersection of culture, media, hospitality, wellness, and progressive social change. It is an inclusive gathering place for changemakers and creatives, a beacon for sustainability, a hub for impact initiatives, a healing center, and a media presence. Building a community with a shared ethos of caring for today’s world and conceiving of how we can make it better, Eaton forms connections through its physical spaces, as well as through digital storytelling and experiences. On this excursion participants will hear from the various departments at Eaton HK, from culture to sales and marketing, and will have the opportunity to engage with creatives and innovators hosted by Eaton HK’s in-house co-working space.
Local food, Fresh from Hong Kong
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM | Language: ENG / CAN / PTH | Accessibility: barrier-free | Travel time to / from Tai Kwun by public transport: 30 mins
Host: Portland Commons

The Portland Commons is a hub of change and exchange — join to learn about the policy debates related to agriculture in Hong Kong (yes, agriculture actually matters to a metropolitan city!), and get hands-on in a food workshop using local produce.
The Mills
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM | Language: CAN | Accessibility: barrier-free | Travel time to / from Tai Kwun by public transport: 60 mins
Host: The Mills

Nan Fung Textile was founded in the 1950s. The Nan Fung Group announced The Mills project in 2014 to transform and revitalize the company’s former textile factories into a destination for innovation, culture and learning. The Mills carries on the legacy of the textile industry with various arts and co-learning activities. Participants can learn about how The Mills strike a balance between commercial operation and community connections.
Curation of Creative Experiences
Walk the Songs of People: “Every Life Is A Song” Tour
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Language: CAN | Accessibility: There will be slopes and stairs. Not recommended for electric wheelchair users | Travel time to / from Tai Kwun by public transport: 25 mins
Host: Every Life Is A Song (ELIAS)

Every life deserves a song of their own. With this belief, singer-songwriter Vicky Fung and lyricist Chow Yu Fai launched the social enterprise “Every Life Is A Song” (ELIAS). Partnering with Tai Kwun for its first project, ELIAS recruited a group of young talents to make 10 songs for 10 seniors in the Central and Western District.

The tour will take you to the places behind several of these songs, guided by their respective songwriters who will be sharing their story and creative process.
From Weaving to Connecting
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Language: CAN / ENG | Accessibility: barrier-free | Travel time to / from Tai Kwun by public transport: 30 mins
Host: i-dArt

Every human being is born with the right to appreciate and to create art. The focus of art appreciation should be placed on the power of an artwork, instead of the intelligence or physical ability of the creator. Holding this belif, i-dArt connects people with different abilities and encourage them to participate in art, so as to promote social inclusion.

Just like other types of creative art, there is a lot of possibilities in weaving — weaved art can appear neat and rhythmic, or unrestrained and full of life. In this Excursion, weavers from i-dArt and participants will take turns to weave. This is going to be an unpredictable, co-created artpiece embedded with various kinds of working method. Participants can work on the finished piece further to transform it into small decorative sourvenir. Come and appreciate different kinds of beautify, and embrace different kinds of art!
Big Mag Club – Ageing in Hong Kong
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Language: CAN / PTH | Accessibility: barrier-free | Travel time to / from Tai Kwun by public transport: 30 mins
Host: Big Silver

Founded in 2015, Big Silver seeks to mobilise our society to continuously innovate, experiment on and refine solutions related to ageing through solutions journalism. Not only publishing the BIG MAG monthly magazine that covers ageing, illness and dying with a soft and easy approach, Big Silver also facilitates online discussions through Facebook as well as organises community activities, such as the Big Class, Dementia Café for carers, cross-sector and cross-generation Big Kitchen etc.
Rediscovering Sham Shui Po
Session 1: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM; Session 2: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Language: CAN / ENG / PTH | Accessibility: barrier-free | Travel time to / from Tai Kwun by public transport: 35 mins
Host: Kaifong Tour

Everyone is a part of the community. If you look closely, there can be lots of fun and joy in your neighbourhood. Sham Shui Po is a bustling old district. Behind of hustle and bustle, more and more creative small shop spring up in Sham Shui Po, and the old district is getting enlivened by the burgeoning handicraft and art spaces. Follow the “kaifong (“neighbours in a community” in Cantonese)” docents to explore the energetic side of Sham Shui Po.
Innovation in Material Culture
Placemaking through Play
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Language: CAN / ENG | Accessibility: barrier-free | Travel time to / from Tai Kwun by public transport: 40 mins
Host: Play Depot

Play Depot is an open-for-all community playground based in the Cattle Depot Artist Village in To Kwa Wan, a former industrial district in Hong Kong. Founded by a group of artists, art managers and academics in 2016 in response to the changing landscape and demographics of the urban environment, Play Depot aims to encourage social interaction and creative play among local residents; enhance social engagement among themselves and with the public realm at large; build a platform for all people regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, income and educational backgrounds to share the joy of creativity through play. In this Excursion, you will discover the culture, characteristics and history of To Kwa Wan and try to create playthings by reusing waste materials.
REAL THING MAKERS ALL WE ARE
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Language: CAN / ENG | Accessibility: barrier-free | Travel time to / from Tai Kwun by public transport: 40 mins
Host: Wheel Thing Makers

Wheel Thing Makers is a knowledge exchange platform and makers organisation. It combines creativity, applied technology and social innovation, and focuses on the creation of self-driven and power-assisted devices. WTM believes that active implementation of community projects is the only way to stimulate social innovation, and that through creating "socially driven wheel things", social resources can be used more effectively, thereby improving lives. By taking the initiative to connect neighbours within the community, and disseminating the knowledge of bike creation, WTM hopes to encourage more people to dedicate themselves to innovating society and life improvement.
Neon light walking tour in Yau Tsim Mong
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Language: CAN / ENG | Accessibility: barrier-free | Travel time to / from Tai Kwun by public transport: 25 mins
Host: Brian KWOK

Hong Kong won its name as the “Pearl of the Orient” for its spectacular night view. However, with the implementation of a new law for unauthorised signboards by the Buildings Department, many neon signs have been taken down in recent years. Participants will walk around the Yau Tsim Mong District to see the remaining neon signs. Through appreciating the designs and craftsmanship of neon signs, they will understand the socio-cultural and historical significance of these urban objects, and how they play a role in defining the sense of place of a locality by carrying textual and visual information.
More Than Wood
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Language: CAN | Accessibility: barrier-free | Travel time to / from Tai Kwun by public transport: 40 mins
Host: Coutou Woodworking Studio

Coutou Woodworking Studio is a platform for carpenters and woodworking enthusiasts to exchange knowledge of culture, tradition, technique and pedagogy of woodworking. They believe that woodworking is more than learning about traditional joinery — by working on joints and structures, one gets to train his/her 3-dimensional thinking skill. Carpenters, with years of experience, are like walking encyclopedias. When you learn about trees and wood, you also learn about the ecology of Hong Kong. One does not learn woodworking just to become a carpenter. More importantly, one learns about life by working with hands, understand and experience the world in a different way.
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