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Where to celebrate Xmas?

Christmas Town in West Kowloon District A festive atmosphere is taking over the West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong’s world-class art and culture hub! Come celebrate the holiday season with your loved ones at the cheerful Christmas Town that features a towering Christmas tree and enchanting festive displays. Decorated with charming ornaments and garlands, the giant tree is surrounded by numerous smaller Christmas trees. Enjoy the blissful and wondrous ambience at this delightful time of year! Date: 25 November 2022 – 1 January 2023Time: 25 November – 21 December 2022  5pm – 11pm  (Monday to Friday)11am – 11pm (Saturday and Sunday)22 December 2022 – 1 January 2023* 11am – 11pm*The operation time of 24, 25 & 31 December will be extended to 1amVenue: Harbourside Lawn West, West Kowloon Cultural District, Kowloon    Free Admission >>>Details: https://bit.ly/3hivAe0 (Information source: Official website of Hong Kong Tourism Board)   Simple Gifts of Joy Light Show The Simple Gifts of Joy journey begins at Parade Ground: at the centre is the soaring, beautifully adorned Christmas tree that will become a festive Hong Kong icon. Every evening, the tree will glow with a magical light show, creating a special atmosphere across the space. The historic buildings surrounding Parade Ground will also come alive with a symphony of dramatic lighting. Date: 1 December 2022 - 2 January 2023Time: Every half an hour from 6pm – 9:30pm (The light show may be cancelled without prior notice due to the on-site performances)Venue: Parade Ground, Tai Kwon    Free Admission >>>Details: https://bit.ly/3uJ1ALo (Information source: Facebook page of Tai Kwun)   Ngong Ping Glamping Christmas Village Every Christmas, families, friends and relatives go on a landmark tour to enjoy the festive atmosphere. From 25 November 2022 to 2 January 2023, Ngong Ping Village will be transformed into “Ngong Ping Glamping Christmas Village” with a Christmas-themed caravan, European-inspired chalets and lovely snowmen to give guests a taste of the outdoor Christmas glamping atmosphere. Christmas-themed caravan and European- inspired chalet The Christmas-themed caravan is decorated with cute gingerbread men and Christmas decorations to add to the Christmas spirit. Guests can also go inside the caravan and get creative with their IG-able pictures. The European-style chalets with camping chairs and cute snowmen add to the outdoor Christmas atmosphere. Date: 25 November 2022 - 2 January 2023 >>>Details: https://bit.ly/3Plqt9o (Information source: Official website of Ngong Ping 360) YS School-Cultural Festival “Matsuri” or ”festival” means celebration, School Cultural Festival refers to student-led celebration, unleashing their strengths and charismas to the public in a variety of ways. “Dimension” means “space”. “Two-dimensional culture” refers to a variety of visual products and “three-dimensional” refers to life in the real world. Youth Square will organise the first ‘YS School-Cultural Festival’ in mid-December. With the theme of “Gathering of Dreams in N-Dimensions”, youngsters are encouraged to follow their passions and live their dreams. Bringing together the elements of street dance, anime, cosplay, and figurine exhibition, the festival provides a platform for youngsters to freely express their enthusiasm in two-dimensional art, and additionally demonstrate their talents and dedication in the three-dimensional space. It opens up an exciting world for the new generation to pursue their dreams in infinite dimensions. Date: 17 December 2022 – 16 January 2023Time: 11am – 8pmVenue: Youth Square (near Exit A, Chai Wan MTR Station)    Free Admission >>>Details: https://bit.ly/3VYyR1b (Information source: Official website of Youth Square)  

“Hong Kong Palace Museum Student Ambassador Programme” newly launched for application

The Hong Kong Palace Museum (HKPM) announces the launch of the “Hong Kong Palace Museum Student Ambassador Programme” today. The programme will recruit 100 local tertiary and secondary students and provide them with a series of learning workshops and practical sessions. The programme aims to cultivate the interest in and knowledge of the historical artifacts, as well as the museum industry amongst the younger generation, echoing HKPM’s vision in nurturing arts and cultural talents and museum professionals in Hong Kong. A series of creative learning activities The “Hong Kong Palace Museum Student Ambassador Programme” offers a series of creative learning activities including lectures about Palace Museum culture, artmaking and conservation workshops, docent training, and visits to the HKPM. Students will have the opportunity to study up close the treasures on view at the HKPM and investigate their historical and cultural significance. What’s more, they will be able to apply what they have learnt through serving as the Museum’s docents. Student Ambassador’s Responsibilities Upon completion of the programme, students will be officially recognised as “Hong Kong Palace Museum Student Ambassador”, introducing treasures to the public from the youth perspective and will enjoy privileges such as participating in the HKPM’s educational activities and behind-the-scene events. Outstanding students will be given a one-year HKPM Friends – Youth membership, with unlimited free admission to all thematic exhibitions. Two phases for the eight-month programme Participants will be recruited in two phases for the eight-month programme. Phase 1 welcomes applications from tertiary students from now until 18 December 2022, while Phase 2 will be open to secondary students. 30 tertiary students and 70 secondary students in total will be selected. Applicants who have successfully submitted their applications may be invited to attend group interviews by email or by phone. Results will be announced in the first quarter of 2023. For more information about the programme, please refer to HKPM's website. Should you have any queries, please email hkpm.learning@hkpm.org.hk.

M+ Internship Programme (Application deadline is 9 July)

M+ offers internships to graduates and emerging professionals with intakes in January and July every year. The year-long internship is full-time and paid. M+ seeks creative and driven individuals who are interested in working in a collaborative environment where their voices and decisions will make a lasting impact.The interns are mentored by key museum staff from teams across M+, including Curatorial, Digital, Learning and Interpretation, Collection and Exhibition, and Museum Operations. In addition to gaining valuable insight into museum work, interns have the opportunity to grow their professional network from attending meetings, workshops, and off-site visits.If you are looking to pursue a career in museums or the cultural field, or want to learn more about twentieth- and twenty-first-century visual culture, M+ encourages you to apply.EligibilityGraduates with less than two years of work experience are welcome to apply for this programme. Successful applicants are selected based on their interest, academic training, professional experience, and departmental need. Previous museum experience is not required.Currently, the programme is only open to permanent residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Interns who have previously participated in the programme may not reapply.How to ApplyThe application deadline is 9 July 2023. The next intake will take place from July 2023 to July 2024. Please visit the website of M+ for more details.  

Visitors are required to purchase tickets for M+ exhibitions after 12 Nov 2022

M+ in Hong Kong's West Kowloon Cultural District is Asia's first global museum of visual culture and is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday..Purchase tickets after 11 NovStarting from Saturday, 12 November 2022, visitors are required to purchase tickets for General Admission and for the Special Exhibition. Please visit the M+ website 'Ticket Information' for pricing and other details. Online ticket purchase links will become available for the public from 10:00 on Thursday, 13 October 2022.Special exhibition Yayoi Kusama: 1945 to NowM+ Members and Patrons can enjoy a wide range of exclusive benefits and priority booking from Thursday, 29 September 2022 to the special exhibition Yayoi Kusama: 1945 to Now. Please visit the M+ website 'M+ Members and Patrons' for details.Opening HoursTuesdays to Thursdays and weekends: 10:00–18:00Fridays: 10:00–22:00Mondays: Closed Last admission time is thirty minutes before closingTips for Visiting- Backpacks and suitcases are not permitted in the galleries. All bulky items must be checked at the cloakroom on B1 or lockers on B1 and G. Baby strollers and wheelchairs are welcome and are available to borrow on a first-come, first-served basis.- Visitors are welcome to take photographs at M+, but please remember to turn off the flash. Filming is permitted only in some areas. Please check gallery signs or ask M+ staff before taking a video.- Please be respectful to other visitors and M+ staff.- Smoking, including the use of e-cigarettes, is not allowed.- To ensure the safety of the museum's collection, food and drink are not allowed in the galleries.- Please help take care of the objects on view in the museum. Do not touch the works on display.- The museum welcome visitors accompanied by their trained service animals, but pets and other animals are not permitted in M+.- To ensure everyone's safety, all visitors must undergo a security check before entering or within the M+ building.

Why West Kowloon is perfect for pets

Hong Kong pet lovers are no strangers to the frustration of finding pet-friendly public parks. Fortunately, the past few years have seen more pet-friendly spaces crop up across the city, with West Kowloon becoming one of the most popular hangout spots for pet owners and their furry companions.Why West Kowloon is perfect for petsWest Kowloon offers parking and a spacious drop-off area that will allow your four-legged friends to get on and off vehicles with ease. Featuring sprawling open spaces, West Kowloon's pet-friendly Art Park, Nursery Park and Waterfront Promenade allow pet owners to exercise their pets and mingle with other pet parents in the comfort of an seaside urban oasis.Dog owners will find our Pet Zone especially appealing — this is the only area in West Kowloon that allows pets to roam freely without leashes. Waste bins and a water tap for pets are also available to make cleaning up after and caring for your pet a breeze.Stomach rumbling after a long game of fetch? Grab a bite at one of the Art Park restaurants, or head straight to the pet-friendly cafe Hooman which serves "hooman" food, and treats for your pup and offers a sweeping view of the Victoria Harbour that both of you can enjoy. (The photos and the text are provided by West Kowloon Cultural District)

Running with Hong Kong's nightscape as your backdrop

Running outdoors is getting "trendy". Many people have become more conscious of their health and developed an appetite for running, not in the gym on a treadmill, but outdoors, whatever the weather. Well, if running is your thing, there is no better place than in the Art Park with the harbour and lights of Hong Kong as a backdrop.Running outdoors in the summer months puts a heavy demand on your physical strength and endurance. That is great for burning off those calories, but you also need to watch out for the dangers of the strong sun, heatstroke and dehydration. So, we recommend running during the evening when it is not only cooler but also allows you to appreciate Hong Kong’s stunning nightscape. It’s also easier to establish a habit of regular running three or four times a week if you run in the evening. When people new to running think about running at night, they might be concerned about seeing the route ahead and being seen by traffic if they run near roads. But running round the West Kowloon Art Park means no traffic, well-lit paths and flat pavements (just watch those curbs!). If you set off early enough you’ll also be treated to one of the best sunset views in the city.If you are more of the more spontaneous kind and don’t come prepared, don’t worry, there are vending machines on the promenade with water and sports drinks. If you are the kind of person who thinks a good run deserves a good reward afterwards, there are plenty of places to eat too. And if the run tires you out too much you can get revitalised just by looking at the lights of Hong Kong and reminding yourself that you are looking at one of the greatest views in the world.  (The photos and the text are provided by West Kowloon Cultural District)

Three IG spots you absolutely cannot miss in West Kowloon

West Kowloon’s stand-out architecture and location on Victoria Harbour makes it the perfect place to get some great instagrammable photos. There is plenty to see, so go ahead, take the perfect photo and share it with the world! Xiqu CentreBy blending traditional and contemporary elements, the Xiqu Centre's award-winning architectural design reflects the evolving nature of Chinese opera. The Xiqu Centre facade, made up of over 10,000 curved metal fins, is a perfect background from every angle. Inside, the Xiqu Centre atrium provides a hugely popular backdrop for photos. Whether looking up from the ground level at the stunning roof or looking down from one of the balconies at the podium and steps, every angle provides an Instagram-worthy opportunity that will be guaranteed to get plenty of 'likes'. Art Park Want to catch the most glorious Hong Kong sunset? The Art Park is one of the city’s premier spots to view the spectacular colours of the magic hour as the sun sets over Victoria Harbour. It’s a view that never gets old, and every sunset reveals something new. The Competition Pavilion “Growing Up” Located on the West Kowloon waterfront promenade, the Competition Pavilion “Growing Up” is one of the most Instagrammable spots in our city. Its symmetrical design, timber columns, and stepped seating area provide the perfect backdrop for stylish pictures. Share your photos by tagging @westkowloon. (The photos and the text are provided by West Kowloon Cultural District)

Hong Kong's brand new museum of visual culture—Opening of M+

M+, Asia’s first global museum of contemporary visual culture in the West Kowloon Cultural District (West Kowloon), opens to the public on 12 November 2021! All visitors will enjoy free admission to M+ exhibitions (except for special exhibitions, events and cinema screenings) in the first twelve months after the opening date. So dear all art lovers, make sure you don’t miss it! Exhibitions M+’s opening displays will include six thematic exhibitions drawn from different areas of strength in the M+ Collections, featuring in total around 1,500 visual artworks, moving image works, design objects, architectural projects, and archival items from M+ Collections, which the museum has been building since 2012. Let’s take a look at the virtual tour of M+ beforehand!   Online Reservations To ensure smooth admission of visitors, online reservations for timed admission to M+ will be available. Reservations for admission in the first two weeks, from 12 to 28 November 2021, can be made from 5 November 2021 at 10am on the West Kowloon website, M+ website, or through the ‘West Kowloon Cultural District’ mobile application. Registration for a series of public opening programmes can also be made on M+ website and ‘West Kowloon Cultural District’ mobile application. In anticipation of a large number of visitors during the initial period after the opening, it is strongly recommended that all visitors should make reservations ahead of their visits! For details on M+’s registration arrangements, opening hours and opening programmes, please visit the M+ website or call the hotline at 2200 0217