Hong Kong’s first festival celebrating creativity across the arts, sciences and education, SPARK: The Science and Art of Creativity, is now open to the public. The highly anticipated Festival of Ideas, which is taking place at Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts in Central until 20 January, features more than 30 events presented by over 50 major creative and education partners from the UK and Hong Kong.
Providing a platform for cultural exchange through a carefully curated selection of interactive experiences, provocative performances, stimulating talks and other innovative happenings, SPARK welcomes artists, scientists and academics from a variety of UK and Hong Kong institutions. These include University of the Arts London, the British Library, London Metropolitan University, the Natural History Museum, the University of Glasgow, Hong Kong Science Museum, the Hong Kong Design Institute, Hong Kong Design Centre and many more.
Events have been organised into four themes – Creative Cities, Art meets Science, Altered Realities and Future Skills – and include everything from eye-popping live science experiments and state-of-the-art multimedia workshops to an exploration of Chinese heritage sites that uses Augmented and Virtual Reality to simulate time travel.
The festival is designed to inspire people of all ages, but is particularly aimed at those under 30. It is completely free and open to the public, although some events require pre-booking. Attendees can register for a number of events now at www.britishcouncil.hk/en/spark and new events are being added regularly. Registration will remain open until the final day of the festival, 20 January.