A centre for young people in Chai Wan is bending its own rules and encouraging audiences to bring food into a concert hall where it is usually banned.
People attending two charity concerts at Youth Square this month, titled "Music for Food, Music for Good", are being asked to donate packaged food for underprivileged people.
On top of the donation, organisers are giving all proceeds to Operation Santa Claus to help disabled people, children with special educational needs and others. And with a theme of compassion, the first concert, held last Thursday, featured a pair of visually impaired performers.
"It was my first time performing the songs I had written in a proper setting," blind singer-songwriter Christina Wong Ming-yan, 35, said. The concert served as a platform encouraging performers to take to the stage with their own works, Wong said. "It gave me more confidence to know people liked my music."
She sang two songs, and was accompanied on one by visually impaired pianist Winner Hsu, who flew in from Taiwan. Wong said they prepared for the concert on Skype.
Wong's optic nerves were infected when she was a baby and had lost her sight completely by the age of eight. Through her songs, she hopes to inspire others and promote social inclusion.
"Music was like a friend of mine that kept me company after I lost my vision," she said.
The second concert, on December 29, will give young local bands the chance to show off their skills on a proper stage.
"We usually perform on small stages, such as outside shopping malls or vacant spaces surrounded by buildings," said Form Three pupil Yip Wai-yin, who plays the keyboard with her school band, Music Life. "Most of the people were not really there to watch us," she said of her previous gigs. "This time it will be more professional."
Another band performing that day is ZOOOOOM, which usually plays in the streets of Causeway Bay and Mong Kok. Police have sometimes asked them to move on after complaints. "Playing in the streets is the fastest way for more people to get to know us," drummer Vincent Tam King-wah, 25, said.
The Checker band, formed by a group who took part in musical workshops at Youth Square, usually plays songs about injustice. Band member Eric Poon Sze-yuen, 21, said: "Playing to raise funds for charity adds meaning to our performance."
The concerts are organised by Youth Square, a government project to provide a venue in Chai Wan for a variety of youth development activities. It is managed and operated by New World Facilities Management on a non-profit-making basis.
Operation Santa Claus is a charity drive jointly organised by the South China Morning Post and RTHK.
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