Introduction

Performing Arts Education Centre
Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
The second Performing Arts Marathon
@Sham Shui Po

The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts has always endeavored to promote performing arts in the community by holding outreach activities of different kinds. Through engaging in performing arts, we believe that personal growth can be achieved and the local cultural life be enriched and enhanced.

In 2011, the first Performing Arts Marathon @Sham Shui Po project organized by the Performing Arts Education Centre from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts ('the Academy') was held successfully under the auspices of Bloomberg and support of the Education Bureau, Sham Shui Po District Council, Sham Shui Po District Office of the Home Affairs Department, Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Social Welfare Department, Sham Shui Po School Liaison Committee and JCCAC. Acknowledged by the UNESCO for Research in Local Cultures and Creativity in Education as a 'Star Projects/Programs(SPP)' and receiving the 2012 Hong Kong Development Silver Award for Arts Education (Non-School Division) by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, this project is highly regarded by schools and community.

In 2013, the Centre once again secures sponsorship from Bloomberg to hold the second Performing Arts Marathon @ Sham Shui Po, aiming to bring arts to the neighborhood and highlight that arts education be centred on daily life.

Why Choosing Sham Shui Po?

Sham Shui Po is a special district. It is the first one which has witnessed the completion of both public housing and large-scale private estates, while also being the earliest industrial and commercial centre. Lately, as the economy underwent transition and residents of different races and classes came to settle in Sham Shui Po, we see how a unique culture has been formed in the district under such a transformation. With the opening of Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre and, in the future, the completion of the West Kowloon Cultural District, the demand for arts and performance in the district is evident.

Students and citizens can join activities of this program freely.

Activity Timetable

Date Activities Details
First Phase
October 2013 'Arts on the Doorstep' Artist-in-residence at Schools Along with the 'Artist-in-residence' at schools, a one-day, whole-school performing arts event is organized at four participating schools in Sham Shui Po (Nam Wah Catholic Secondary School, St. Margaret's Co-educational English Secondary School, Chan Shu Kui Memorial School and Ying Wa Girls' School). Each school’s hall is transformed into theatre, classrooms into rehearsal studios, and playground into stage. Through performances, performing arts workshops and improvisational shows related to 'The Butterfly Lovers', resident artists consolidate students’ and teachers’ knowledge in performing arts, so as to broaden their horizons and give them inspirations. This aims to make performing arts more accessible by lowering the threshold for the arts and promoting an artistic atmosphere in schools and in the community.

Adopting 'The Butterfly Lovers' as the theme

'The Butterfly Lovers' is a well-known traditional legend. It has been adapted into different art forms such as Chinese opera, dance, music, film and drama. A story with abundant details, it touches on multiple aspects such as tradition and innovation, love and relationship, gender and identity, equality and discrimination, as well as social culture and family. Adopting 'The Butterfly Lovers' as a theme, our event shall feature a distinctive focus to link up different art forms and activities.
Second Phase
November 2013 to February 2014 'Stride Forward' Performing Arts Workshop The program recruits 30 students from each participating school. Professional tutors guide discussions 'in the eyes of arts' on topics, such as tradition and innovation, man-and-woman relationship and romance, gender and identity, equality and discrimination, learning and heritage, institution and family, and social culture and campus life. Apart from taking part in the workshops at school, students have the opportunity to go on field trips in the community.

Meanwhile, the program collaborates with social welfare organization (Hong Kong Federation of Women's Centres) to organize performing arts workshops in the community.

23 February 2014 'Unframing Arts' Day Camp Participants from schools and community take part in a day camp on the campus of Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA). Participants get the chance to learn on-site at professional performing venues and exchange their learning experience.
Third Phase
5-7 and 10-14 March 2014(weekdays) 'Step Out Arts' Marathon on Campus This phase take places on the 'Arts Mobile', where participating schools and organizations present their final performances. HKAPA students and performing artists are also invited to create the 'Mobile Stage' to bring different genres of performing arts performances to the schools in the district.

8-9 and 15-16 March 2014(weekends) 'Step Out Arts' Marathon in the Community On the day of performance, the 'Arts Mobile' visits various public spaces and venues (e.g. parks and housing estates) in the district at different time slots. HKAPA students, performing artists, and participating students and community groups create the 'Mobile Stage' collaboratively, bringing different genres of performing arts to the community.