Global traditions on parade in the park

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 11 November, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 11 November, 2009, 12:00am

It's time for some fun with the arts again. Standard Chartered Arts in the Park Mardi Gras 2009 will take place at Victoria Park this weekend. Organised by the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation, the annual event brings a variety of arty activities to the park for the public's enjoyment.

After last year's success of a giant puppet version of Gulliver's Travels, this year's event will again feature some of the giant creations. They will appear in a parade inspired by celebrations from India, the Middle East, Japan, Africa and Hong Kong.

The Indian-inspired puppet is a replica of the sun god worshipped during the harvest festival, known as Pongal.

Students from LST Wong Chung Ming Secondary School created the puppet, which is made up of seven horses pulling the sun god.

Lo Cheuk-man, a Form Four student, created one of the horses. He said every horse had its own character and his job was to make sure the character would come across.

'I decorated the horse's eyes with distinctive colours to convey its emotions,' he says.

'Last year I made a giant cake puppet, so being in charge of making a horse this year was much more challenging.'

This is the second year in a row that Cheuk-man has taken part in Arts in the Park. 'I was amazed by the number of people that turned up last year. The atmosphere was great, and I'm looking forward to this year's event,' he says.

About 2,500 young people will be involved in making the dramatic costumes, giant puppets and flags for the event and take part in the parade dances. There will also be free art stalls, and performances by 60 youth groups.

Arts in the Park Mardi Gras 2009 starts at 10am on Saturday and Sunday on the park's central lawn