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ENCORE!

1 May - 18 August

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As Tai Kwun turns six years old, we reflect on the thousands of events, exhibitions, and performances hosted since 2018. The one constant feature and source of inspiration that has continually filled Tai Kwun with energy in that time is you. The people of Hong Kong have come in their millions, returning again and again, to experience our ever-changing programmes. Traditionally, an encore is called for at the end of a great performance.

Together, Tai Kwun and HKJC will continue to delight, inspire, and enlighten all with a vibrant line-up of shows, exhibitions, events, and new experiences that will appeal to first-time visitors, art aficionados, and anyone fascinated by history and heritage. You’ll find a major contemporary exhibition by a truly global figure alongside a new series of tours with a focus on architectural features. The vast, welcoming Parade Ground will be enlivened by a spectacular French physical theatre. While conservation talks and world-class chamber music can be found in the exquisite intimacy of JC Cube.

It’s your Tai Kwun and now it’s time for your Encore!

MYRIAD AMAZING MOMENTS MADE AT TAI KWUN

Engaging art and cultural programmes specially curated for you. Join the Architectural Legacy: Guided Tour to discover Tai Kwun’s rich architectural assets. Visit hidden locations, rarely open to the public, with the Hidden Spaces Tour. Tai Kwun Conversations: Chinese Cultural Heritage Series will introduce you to recent conservation projects in China. And, in a first for Hong Kong, there’s a major survey of Bruce Nauman, one of the most influential artists working today.

ARCHITECTURAL LEGACY: GUIDED TOUR

This special guided tour explores Tai Kwun’s rich architectural heritage. You’ll get to know how individual structures and original elements embrace diverse traditions. Investigate how materiality and craftsmanship reflect the technological and cultural significance of the heritage site.

Date 23 May – 30 June, 2024 Time 2pm
Venue Site-wide

HIDDEN SPACES TOUR

Date 25 – 26 May, 2024
Time Cantonese: 12pm, 1:30pm, 2:15pm, 3:45pm, 4:30pm;

English: 11:15am, 3pm;
Putonghua: 12:45pm Venue Site-wide

Discover and experience hidden, historical spaces. Often off-limits, you’ll climb the concealed stairs that used to bring defendants from underground holding cells to the courtroom. Enter thick-walled prison chambers that have been transformed into backstage dressing rooms, and follow the subterranean tunnel to a secret air raid shelter. Garner insights into the historic functions and adaptive reuse of the heritage site.

TAI KWUN CONVERSATIONS: CHINESE CULTURAL HERITAGE SERIES – INTERPRETATION AND USES OF HERITAGE IN URBAN AND RURAL CHINA

The second session of Tai Kwun Conversations: Chinese Cultural Heritage Series presents “Interpretation and Uses of Heritage in Urban and Rural China” by Dr. Kuanghan Li, Regional Representative (China) of World Monuments Fund. Joining the conversation will be Prof. Richard Engelhardt, former UNESCO Regional Advisor for Culture in Asia and the Pacific.

In the context of mass-urbanization, widening urban-rural disparity, and an aggressive campaign to integrate tourism and culture, what are the strategies and case studies for integrating urban and rural heritage into the wider goal of sustainable development in contemporary China through interpretation and uses of cultural resources? This programme offers insights on recent developments in China’s heritage conservation and management.

Date 20 May, 2024 Time 7pm – 8:30pm Venue JC Cube

BRUCE NAUMAN

One of the most influential artists working today, US-born Bruce Nauman experiments with the artistic languages of photography, performance, sculpture and video. Curated in collaboration with the Bruce Nauman Studio, based on works from the Pinault Collection and Philadelphia Museum of Art, with loans from Tate, Museum of Modern Art (New York), and the Sonnabend Foundation, the exhibition covers the artist’s career, and is the first of its kind in Hong Kong.

Date 15 May – 18 August, 2024 Time 11am – 7pm (Tue – Sun) Venue JC Contemporary Ticketing

Of course, it wouldn’t be an Encore! without a curtain call and an eclectic mix of enduring favourites amongst the new attractions.

  • Tai Kwun’s popular Heritage Exhibitions of Victoria Prison, and daily Guided and Self-guided Tours continue.
  • There’s Tai Kwun Conversations on Bruce Nauman (15 May), and Bruce Nauman Guided Tour: Who’s Next (25, 26 May).
  • Performing Arts hit the boards in the form of Movie Steps (15, 19, 26 May), and our Neon Connection still shines until April 2025.

    JOCKEY CLUB MUSICUS HERITAGE STORIES: THE ART OF REJUVENATION by MUSICUS SOCIETY
    The acclaimed ECO is the most recorded chamber orchestra in the world, breathing new life into classic works. Concertos by C.P.E. Bach and J.S. Bach feature Musicus Artistic Director and cellist Trey Lee and violinist Aaron Chan in respective concerts. For The Art of Rejuvenation, Hong Kong new media artist Phoebe Hui is commissioned to create a new artwork that celebrates the intersection of old and new.

    FRENCH RENDEZVOUS@TAIKWUN: MÖBIUS IN MAY
    Presented by French May Arts Festival and Exclusive sponsored by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. French Rendezvous@Taikwun: Möbius in May is an exploration of the outer confines of acrobatics, inspired by the phenomenon of murmuration. In nature, this ‘choreography’ of hundreds of starlings in flight is so well-timed and so dense that it sometimes eclipses the sun – even if just for an instant.

    Möbius in May is an extract from Möbius—the fifth creative production from the French contemporary circus company, Compagnie XY.

ABOUT THE ARTIST / ORGANISER

Tai Kwun is Hong Kong’s beating cultural heart, enabled by The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) in partnership with the Hong Kong SAR Government. A vibrant, welcoming space that brings people together, Tai Kwun is committed to inspiring the community through arts, culture and heritage. Located in the heart of Central, Hong Kong, Tai Kwun brings creative energy into our city by providing the people of Hong Kong with access to a variety of immersive, world-class experiences. It is open for all members of our community to enjoy, nurturing appreciation for arts, heritage and culture.

Tai Kwun supports youth in our community with the skills and development opportunities needed to thrive in the creative industries. Together with HKJC, Tai Kwun aspires to contribute to a culturally vibrant Hong Kong, amplifying the city’s role as a thriving arts and cultural hub in the region and the global arena.

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