The Fringe Club is hoping that an excavation will help raise students' interest in local history. The project is part of the City Fringe Festival, an annual arts event, which will be held from January 13 to 29. The 150-year-old club premises on Lower Albert Road, Central, was once a Dairy Farm warehouse where ice and dairy products were stored. And some members suspect that there is a hidden ice vault in its basement. Fringe artistic director Benny Chia asked a team of consultants to scan the floor of the venue's pottery workshop, using the latest ground-penetrating radar, last month. But nothing showed up. It is said that the mystery room could be near the kitchen of the Foreign Correspondents' Club, which is next to the Fringe Club. After failing to get the building's construction plans, the club has been trying to contact ex-Dairy Farm staff to gather information. It is also planning to advertise to find people who know about the venue's history. 'Hong Kong's ice used to arrive by steamship from Shanghai and was stored at the old Dairy Farm building,' said Mr Chia. 'The building used to represent a boundary between the overcrowded, mainly Chinese residences beyond Wyndham Street and towards Sheung Wan, and the less-crowded, mostly expatriate enclave that stretched up to The Peak. 'It provided a viable link between the local and expatriate communities.' On January 29, a group of students aged between 12 and 14 will join a creative workshop on the building's history. 'They will take part in research and use their family history to look for the buried ice vault,' said project co-ordinator Michele Chui. 'We are inviting schools to participate, while interested individuals can also contact us.' Besides the workshop, there will be a panel discussion, 'Memories & The City', featuring an architecture professor, a structural engineer, a historian and a documentary maker. 'Today's youth are too caught up in cyberspace and modern media to care about local history,' Mr Chia said. 'I am sure there are not too many people who know there are rivers, secret tunnels and even a lake under the surface of Central.' As part of the festival, students from the School of Creative Media at City University will stage a multimedia show at the club's Roof Garden on January 19 and 26. The West Kowloon Cultural District project is another highlight of the festival. An exhibition of some architectural designs rejected by the government will be held from January 11 to 15. 'Spotlight on Seoul' will take a look at Korean pop culture through talks and an exhibition. Yeung Wai-mei and Abby Chan Man-yee, also known as McMuiMui Dansemble, will perform a dance about two Chinese girls in search of their roots. Three shows are scheduled from January 27 to 29 at 8pm. To find out more about the City Fringe Festival, visit www.hkfringeclub.com . To register for the workshop on January 29, call Michele Chui on 2525 4416.