Community Arts and Culture in Urban Renewal
The URA believes that while improving the building condition and built environment remains an important part of urban renewal, the vision of urban renewal should embrace the concept of enhancing the quality of living of residents in old urban areas. In August 2011, the URA launched a strategic implementation framework for community arts and culture, aiming to integrate arts and cultural elements in urban renewal that would help underscore this vision.
The pilot action plan comprises five initiatives:
- Dedicated fund for arts and cultural activities in old urban areas.
- Work with local groups in organising arts and cultural programmes that are related to urban renewal.
- Fully utilise its venues and facilities, including the Oasis Gallery, its acquired and yet-to-be demolished premises.
- Encourage its joint venture partners to fully utilise public open spaces and malls for staging arts and cultural activities.
- Inject cultural elements into urban renewal projects.
(1) Arts and Cultural Partnership Programme in Old Urban Districts: Pilot Scheme
The URA introduces the "Arts and Cultural Partnership Programme in Old Urban Districts: Pilot Scheme" (ACPP) to provide financial support to local non-profit making organisations in organising arts and cultural programmes which are able to bring arts/culture to the local community, or bring the local community to the appreciation of arts/culture.
Completed programmes supported by the ACPP include:
- "Hip-hop and Beyond" & "Talk About Opera" by Hong Kong Arts Festival Society
- "Comix & the City Exhibition & Talk" by Hong Kong Arts Centre
- "Art in Local Community" by Heart to Art
- "Continue…" by Hong Kong MJ Michael Chan
- "Muse in Community" by Muse Motion
- "To Kwa Wan Community Video Project" by Film Culture Centre
- "Tea in Kowloon City 2012" by Creative Horizon
- "Revitalisation of To Kwa Wan Setting Off from Cattle Depot" by Kowloon Federation of Associations
- "'Our home - our story' Microfilm Project" by Hong Kong Film Art Association
- "Cantonese Opera Treasures at Yau Ma Tei" & "All About Verdi's Operas" by Hong Kong Arts Festival Society
- "The City's Many Faces" by Heart to Art
- "WDQN - Dance up the society (Training & Performance)" by City Contemporary Dance Company
- "18x24 Photo Adventure in Hong Kong" by Lumenvisum
- "KT Musical Play-ground" by Theatre Space
- "Sounds of Silk and Bamboo - A Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration" by CCC & Music Friends
- "Dancing Through Life" by Room 9 Dance Theatre
- "Tea in Kowloon City 2013: Spring and Autumn" by Creative Horizon
- "Art Culture in the City" by St. James' Settlement
- "The Investigation of Local Literature and Creative Writing Workshop" by Spicy Fish Cultural Production
- "A Cappella Community Project (Yau Tsim Mong)" by Yat Po Singers
- "Let's Art Together!" by Heart to Art
- "Muse in Community: Sham Shui Po" by Culture Workshop
- "Reading Hong Kong" by Hong Kong Arts Festival Society
- "Silver Jam" by The Silver Club
- "城市‧身體重建─「用身造心」" by Unlock Dancing Plaza
- "Water • Ink • City Impression" by Heart to Art
- "閱讀，從這一天開始" by Yazhou Zhoukan
- "Design Our Dream Park" by Hong Kong Public Space Initiative
- "Street Dance Carnival 2014-2015" by The Autistic Genius
- "Wu Dao Qing Nian 2015" by City Contemporary Dance Company
- "Puppet Made Easy in Central and Western District" by Hong Kong Arts Festival Society
- "Sketching on a Cultural Walk" by KUNST
- "Art is in the Air: Chapter 1" by Xzone
- "Play Art in KT" by HKYMCA Lok Wah Integrated Social Service Centre
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(2) Utilisation of URA venue for Community Arts/Cultural Programmes
No. 192 Prince Edward Road West
The New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (NLPRA) was awarded the licence to operate a ground floor shop for arts/cultural purpose in the URA's Prince Edward Road West/Yuen Ngai Street Heritage Preservation & Revitalisation Project from April 2012 to June 2015. Furnished with the classic "red-white-blue" fabric and themed on "Positive Hong Kong", the social enterprise "rwb 330" aimed at promoting positive thinking and providing job opportunities to people in recovery of mental illness. The shop had attracted around 150,000 visitors and offered over 200 workshops to the public.
No. 5 Wing Lee Street
Through an open proposal invitation process, the URA had engaged the Hong Kong Arts Centre to operate a two-year artist-in-residence programme at No. 5 Wing Lee Street in Sheung Wan under a licence agreement in August 2012. The programme provided residency for overseas artists for cultural and arts creation in Hong Kong while encouraging cultural exchanges between local arts groups with these overseas artists for inspiration and creative ideas. About 100 artists/arts groups from over 20 countries and different backgrounds such as movie, theatre and visual arts, had participated in this programme. The artworks created for the local community during their residency at Wing Lee Street including writing, paintings, videos, photography and multimedia works were showcased in the "Artist Home Base Finale Exhibition 2012-2014".