Is Hong Kong ready for a festival celebrating sexual pleasure?
Featuring a sensual dance, a porn film screening at a secret venue and a demonstration of the Japanese art of bondage, the Orgasmo festival is intended to get Hongkongers talking more about sex
Hong Kong’s first festival celebrating the orgasm will feature a pornographic film screening at a secret venue seating over 1,000 – conjuring up images of a hall full of grisly old men doing unspeakable things beneath their dirty raincoats.
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That’s precisely what it’s not intended to be. But the festival, Orgasmo, is all about sex. It starts with a demonstration on April 2 of shibari, the Japanese art of rope bondage, and reaches its climax on May 14 with the film screening, which will be preceded by a sensual dance performance choreographed by Hong Kong-based Alice Rensy.
The festival’s organiser, GOOOOOD Secrets – a group of young cultural enthusiasts who run offbeat events – says it hopes to bring back the glory days of Hong Kong porn cinemas, a time before the internet when film listings in newspapers were full of what Cantonese people call “salty flicks”.
(Even if those films were not great entertainment, their Chinese titles, with the most dreadful puns, certainly livened up the listings.)
In a statement announcing the event, GOOOOOD Secrets says: “On-screen nudity wasn’t a big deal back then, but most people nowadays consider Category III movies as outrageous. Who says movies about sex are not good ones? The time has come for us to open up the dialogue about sex.”
Tracy Wong, spokesperson for GOOOOOD Secrets, doesn’t think young people in Hong Kong are more prudish than older generations. “Hong Kong people have always been reticent when it comes to talking about sex,” she says, something she feels is a shame. The festival is intended as a counterpoint to the way most people consume internet porn today - alone.
The film that will be shown is Asian and “woman focused” — in other words, nothing like the sort of film that earned the old, and not very respectable, Yau Ma Tei Theatre its big following in the 1980s.
Tickets are on sale now (full price HK$200), with half the proceeds going to AIDS concern. For more information about Orgasmo, click here.