Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Obvious Place

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I went to the Hong Kong Arts Centre (HKAC) on Chinese Valentines' Day to watch the musical Table for Two. My drama buddy, Audrey, was unfortunately detained by Japanese bankers at work, so I was left with two hours on hand to explore HKAC alone.

I usually come to HKAC to watch drama performances, so it has been ages since I last wandered through the building leisurely. I've always knew HKAC has a diverse range to offer, from arts courses to street music, but what I didn't know was the amount of artwork they had displayed in the premises.

Art Habitat

It looks kind of weird to see a bedroom in the middle of the staircase, but it's actually a display room for art loan. In HKAC, you can borrow art the way you borrow books. Artwork by graduates are available on loan, and all you have to do is browse through the booklet next to the "bedroom" to decide on what you'd fancy borrowing.

Taking Off

This looks like travelling back in time, when Kai Tak International Airport was still running. But nope, it's just an amazing installation art piece, utilizing the clear windows of the HKAC and the footbridge. It brings back fond memories of flying from Kowloon City.

Designer Toilets

I didn't expect myself to say this, but definitely check out the toilets. Every toilet in the building is ultra chic, and I especially love these ceramic sculptures of bathroom utensils.

Eat Drink Man Woman

Audrey arrived just in time for our musical, which is a crossover between two famous drama groups in town, Trinity Theatre and Kearen Pang Production. Both drama groups are famous for accurately depicting post-80 Hong Kongers mindset, and Table for Two was no different. It is a comedy which attempts to display the fear of commitment amongst local young couples. The plot is linked by different types of food, so make sure you eat something before you go in, because it makes the place smell really good.

If you want to know more about the HKAC, you can join their free Guided Tour.

hkCultureGeek, Gillian Chu, is a Hong Kong raised Canadian who enjoys exploring the secret cultural spots around town.

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