Push for local flavour at arts hub

PUBLISHED : Monday, 09 November, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 09 November, 2009, 12:00am

Hong Kong's unique characteristics and traditional Chinese art forms should be emphasised in both the design and content of the future West Kowloon Cultural District, the second public forum on the arts hub heard yesterday.

More than 200 people attended the forum at the Hong Kong Arts Centre, where representatives of the three planning teams - Foster + Partners, the Office for Metropolitan Architecture and Rocco Design Architects - discussed and debated proposals for the arts hub.

Colin Ward of Foster + Partners stressed the importance of making the arts hub a truly Hong Kong project, while audience member Douglas White, a marketing executive, asked how the city's street cafes or dai pai dong and wet markets could be preserved or presented. Rocco Yim Sen-kee of Rocco Design Architects pointed out that one need not focus only on the past, but should also look to the future when highlighting the uniqueness of the city.

A number of audience members suggested an area dedicated to traditional art forms such as dough figure sculpturing and martial arts.

Representatives of the Literary Museum Initiative, which has been pressing for a literature museum, asked why only a few people from the city's literary scene had been included in the list of stakeholders.

Tang Siu-wa, an editor of local literary magazine Fleurs des Lettres, suggested a focus group meeting with local writers and literature critics - a proposal that found wide support in the audience.

The consultation panel chairman, Stephen Cheung Yan-leung, welcomed the heated discussion and promised to reflect the views to the board of the authority.

The third public forum will be held at Tai Po Civic Centre on December 6.