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Art Central: A Guide to Family Friendly Activities at Central Harbourfront

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Let’s get arty!

It’s back, mamas! From 21st to 25th March, Art Central Harbourfront will be the place for you and fam if you’re looking to delve into the world of art. Perfect for nurturing that artistic side in your kiddo, as there will be numerous family-friendly workshops to let their creative spirits flow. The activities offered promote art education and engagement for all. So grab the gang and head over to Central Harbourfront for activities ranging from live sketching, to lantern making to music composition and everything in between! Let’s not forget, some of Hong Kong’s best street foods will be on hand to fill you up after a fun day of activities! Here’s what’s in store at this year’s Art Central…

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Sovereign Workshops

This year the Sovereign Art Foundation will be setting up a booth to recreate the lantern shops seen along Queen’s Road West. Colourful original prints will line the wall, and little knick-knacks (like lanterns and incense sticks) will be available purchase. Kiddos will also have the opportunity to decorate lanterns and hang them up in the booth, which will create an installation in itself throughout the course of the fair. We love that our kids can tap into Hong Kong’s roots and recreate all the historic shops, especially now that they’re starting to disappear.


United Overseas Bank (UOB) Workshops

UOB is this year’s Art Central lead sponsor, and it will be hosting a series of workshops for underprivileged kids and their families with a focus on art, children and education. These workshops will be organised with the Cultural Journalism Campus and will consist of activities like a calligraphy Easter greeting workshop (ages 9 – 12), a live sketching workshop (ages 13 – 17), and live outdoor mural painting workshop (open to all ages). Yes, please!

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Interactive Installation X Swarovski

For the third-time, Swarovski will be back at the Art Central scene, this year with Sharevi, an interactive sound installation by London-based Japanese artist Yuri Suzuki. Sharevi is a mechanical crystallophone (similar to a xylophone) that translates crystal vibrations into pure sounds. You can stop by to enjoy original compositions by Suzuki, as well as let yourself or your little maestro express musical talents with your own original compositions.

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Performances X 4A

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is a renowned independent not-for-profit organisation based in Sydney. It will feature a series of diverse and compelling works that will surely start some interesting conversations between you and your teens. This year it’s offering performances like Face-o-mat by Tobias Gutmann, which can be described as a hybrid between the artist and an analog machine. The Red Chador by Anida Yoeu Ali, offers an exploration to the global agitator’s thematic interest in using religious aesthetics to provoke ideas of otherness. If you’re looking to expand your theatre repertoire or introduce your teens to the art of theatre than this is the perfect place to check out.

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Projects Sector

Though this may not be as interactive as the rest of the fair, there will be an area set up with different art displays by six different international artists. A particularly interesting one that the whole family will enjoy is Hannah Quinlavan’s work. This exhibition consists of two stages. The first will take place before the fair, where the artist will install the mesh of wire and nylon, and the second half will occur throughout the fair. This is when families can see the magic happen with a salt component in order to intervene in the rhythms of urban life and capture the dynamism of the fair. Sounds like a transformative time, mamas!

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Street Food

Embracing the world of art can really work up an appetite! Families will love the diversity offered this year from Hong Kong favourites like Aloha, Bread and Beast, Brickhouse, Beef & Liberty, Initial, Mrs. Pound, Teakha and Fernet Hunter. Whether you’re looking to immerse yourself in authentic Mexican treats or nibble on Hawaiian poke creations, there is bound to be something everyone in the family will enjoy. You can also stop by pop-up shop restaurant Le Marche by Michelin-starred Chef Phillipe Orrico, which will take you on a French culinary adventure offering up an al fresco style setting with both on-the-go and heartier meal options.

Win a Year’s Supply of Mumm Champagne

Don’t worry mamas, we haven’t forgotten about you! This year you have the opportunity to win a year’s supply of Mumm Champagne. For more information, check out its Facebook page here. Everyone is a winner in our books, so even if you don’t win the year’s supply, you can still stop by the Mumm Champagne bar to fuel the fair. Anytime we can sip on a glass of champagne is a win for us!

Featured image sourced via Art Central Facebook, images #1-6 sourced via Art Central, image #7 via Mumm Champagne Facebook

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