As a prelude to its official opening in Spring 2019, the Centre for Heritage, Arts & Textile (CHAT, Hong Kong) opens its doors to the public with the special event ‘CHAT GO! Let’s Build a Textile Village’. The unique programme takes place from 28 July to 19 August 2018 with a wide range of initiatives dedicated to the topic of textile tradition in the Hong Kong area. The festival is the third edition of CHAT scheduled art activities, offered since 2016: after the “Warm Up” and “Set up” phases, the 2018 edition is a call to the action.
The activities are divided into four series, which involve actively the visitors in production and creative workshops, artists’ talks and film screenings, all hosted in CHAT of The Mills, a complex of former cotton spinning mills of Nan Fung Textiles Limited. The exhibiting area partly recreates a ‘Textile Village’ that brings together communities, artists and crafters, and is divided into five zones, one of which has been redesigned by Assemble, the winner of 2015 Turner Prize. The programme is further enriched by the traditional performance of the ‘fire dragon dance’, inspired by Hong Kong dragon traditional shows.
In curator Mr. Him Lo‘s words, the aim is to invite people to experience the legend of Hong Kong textile industry in the past and its significance for the present society and to spread stronger connections between visitors, artists and stakeholders from all around the world, in the optic of future collaborations and partnerships with the wider Hong Kong communities.
CHAT GO! Let’s Build a Textile Village
July 28 – August 19, 2018
Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile (CHAT), Hong Kong
- Dragon Dance performance, Courtesy of Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile (CHAT)