Autumn is the best season for being outdoors.
This November West Kowloon Nursery Park will be transfered into an open-air cinema and presenting two inspiring films based on the lives of great musical talents.
1. The Touch of Light (I), on 11 November, tells the story of how blind piano prodigy Huang Yu-siang from Taiwan overcame the odds to become a successful pianist.
2. The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, on 12 November, offers an intimate glimpse into the life of world-renowned Chinese-American cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and the musicians behind the international performance collective, the Silk Road Project.
Live music continues to form the heart of Freespace Happening. Partnering with Kwang Hwa Information and Culture Centre as part of the Taiwan Culture Festival, Sangpuy and ABAO (Aljenljeng) will bring you the best music of indigenous Taiwan. On stage will be lots of local favourites, including Teriver Cheung’s jazz quintet, featuring Grammy award-winning saxophonist Eric Marienthal, Jason Kui, Choi Sai-ho x Kenneth Tsang x Jing Wong and returning guests WAT DE FUNK.
- Literature-themed activities and workshops
Around the park you can join free literature-themed activities hosted by House of Hong Kong Literature, be part of an African drum-dance, quench your thirst at Mak’s Craft Beer Academy, browse the “Hoikokdaytan 2046” handicraft market and pop-up store, and take part in all kinds of DIY workshops, like making miniature lion dance heads and bamboo flower plaques, to learning how to create eco-enzymes to make your own organic detergents, fertilisers and pet shampoos!
On Sunday, there will be exciting WE Dance showcases and workshops, where you can learn Argentine Tango with Otrotango Dance Company. And, don’t forget, you also can buy copies of the first, limited-edition Freespace Mixtape Vol. 1 – with recordings by six of the local independent groups who took part in last season’s Freespace Happening.
So, bring your picnic mats and dancing shoes, and make the most of the great open spaces of the Nursery Park!
Credit: Image of Freespace Happening
West Kowloon Cultural District, Tsim Sha Tsui Kowloon, HK
How to get there?
West Kowloon Cultural District is located at the Yau Tsim Mong District and is bounded by Canton road in the east, the Western Harbour Crossing entrance and Austin Road in the north and Victoria Harbour in the west and south.
Getting here is simple as it is easily accessible by MTR, ferry, bus and road.
- Exit from MTR Kowloon Station Exit E4 or E5, walk through Nga Cheung road and cross the footbridge, you will reach West Kowloon Cultural District within 10 minutes.
- Exit from MTR Austin Station Exit D2, followed by a 20-minute walk to the West Kowloon Cultural District. However, due to road works around Austin Station, we strongly recommend you to choose other routes.
- KMB: Take bus route No. 215X, 261B, 281A or 215P and get off at the Austin Road West bus stops, followed by a 5-minute walk to the West Kowloon Cultural District; for route No. 8, 11, 280X or 203E, get off at the Nga Cheung Road bus stops, followed by a 10-minute walk to the West Kowloon Cultural District.
- Cross harbour bus (via Western Harbour Crossing): Take route No. 904, 905, 914, 930, 934, 935, 948,962B, 962X, 967, 968, 969, 970, 970X, 971or 973 and get off at the toll plaza bus stops of the Western Harbour Crossing, followed by a 5 - minute walk to reach the West Kowloon Cultural District.
- Green minibus: Take route No. 77M and get off at Austin Road West, followed by a 5-minute walk to reach the West Kowloon Cultural District; for route No. 26 or 74, get off at the Kowloon Station Public Transport Interchange, followed by a 15-minute walk to reach the West Kowloon Cultural District via MTR Kowloon Station or Lin Cheung Road.
- There is an hourly-rated carpark at the West Kowloon Cultural District. During the peak periods on weekends and holidays, visitors are suggested to use public transport or park your cars in nearby carparks (Kowloon MTR station or Elements).
- There is a designated drop-off point exclusively for taxies.