Festival makes waves on the waterfront

PUBLISHED : Monday, 12 December, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 12 December, 2011, 12:00am


Clockenflap has again proven that Hong Kong can host a significant outdoor festival of music and arts.

As the event wrapped up last night, organisers estimated that 18,000 people had attended the free event over the two days.

'We proved that there is a hunger for it. The atmosphere was incredible,' Michael Hill, one of the event's directors, said.

The festival was held for the first time on the West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade, after two years at Cyberport.

The crowd listened under sunny skies to a mix of local and international indie acts such as Santigold, Bombay Bicycle Club and Noughts & Exes.

Short movies were shown under a giant black tent, and graffiti artists from the collective Start from Zero painted a mural.

Rebecca Rice, who went both days, said the event was 'cooler' than she had expected. 'The organisation was very professional,' the 25-year-old Englishwoman said.

But the festival was not without glitches. On Saturday afternoon, the food stands briefly ran out of electricity for cooking. And architect Florence Ma Hoi-yan, 36, said the signs pointing the way to the venue from Kowloon MTR station were a bit confusing. 'But it is a good start; we should have more events like this in Hong Kong,' she said.

The crowd was an even mix of locals and foreigners, and many seemed to be happy with the venue, overlooking Victoria Harbour. 'We would like more space, but the location is perfect,' Hill said.

'We can turn Clockenflap into an iconic Hong Kong festival. We have the backdrop and the noise is under control.'

It might be held on the Waterfront Promenade again next year, but organisers would have to work that out with the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, he said.