Upcoming festivals in Hong Kong: from eco films to the environment to celebrating womanhood
- Festivals look at ecology, equality, the environment and empowering women
- Events include workshops, performances, screenings, readings and dancing
Hong Kong Eco Film Festival
The green carpet will roll out this weekend for the first Hong Kong Eco Film Festival (HKEFF) at The Hive in Sheung Wan on the western side of Hong Kong Island. Organised by Conservation International and The Nature Conservancy, it will screen The Gateway Bug, a film about feeding humanity and Soul of the Elephant, an award-winning film that explores the lifelong bonds of elephants.
The highlight is the premiere of Plastic Soup, a short film created by the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation.
“Film is a powerful medium to reach a wide audience,” says Cynthia Chow, HKEFF organiser. “We hope to share these impactful stories with Hong Kong plus offer ‘take away ideas’ via mini workshops.”
The latter include a mini garden workshop by Rooftop Republic, while LIVIN Farms is helping people jump on the edible insect bandwagon with a workshop on how to farm your own edible bugs.
Human Progress Festival
Issues from equality to the environment are under the spotlight at this weekend’s Hong Kong Human Progress festival at Eaton HK hotel in Jordan. Founded by Hong Kong-born activist Katherine Lo, the Eaton HK is a hotel chain that makes space available to artists and social activists.
Festival workshops cover financial literacy, sustainable fashion and vegetarian cooking. There will be film screenings, art shows, yoga and meditation classes, as well as readings of children’s books that were banned in Hong Kong in June this year due to their depiction of same-sex parents. Among the musical groups playing are Hong Kong’s Mothgown and post-punk outfit NYPD.
The Garden Gathering
The fourth Garden Gathering, a three-day outdoor camping event for women and children, will be held at Sai Yuen Farm on Cheung Chau island from December 7 to 9. This year’s event features more than 70 sessions, including tai-chi, gong bath meditation, and workshops covering macramé, Japanese lantern making, breathing techniques, permaculture and Chinese medicine.
A seven-year-old will lead a sound-healing workshop. Ex-Beyoncé guitarist Bibi is part of the music line-up. And get ready to dance – classes cover chakra dancing and Butoh, a form of Japanese dancing that combines theatre.