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6 Things Not To Miss at British Council's Art and Science Festival – SPARK

By Sarah Moran 2 January 2019
British Council's festival that celebrates creativity and innovation across the arts, sciences, and education – SPARK: the Science and Art of Creativity – will be coming to Hong Kong for the first time later this January. Taking place over the course of one weekend on January 18 to 20, the programme ranges from an array of marquee art and science blended performances, inspiring and educational talks, immersive audience engagement pieces, and much more. With over 30 activities to choose from, we take a look at some of the not-to-miss highlights that will have you on the edge of your seats.

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Virtual Time Travel

The NVIDIA Joint-Lab on Mixed Reality programme at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China will showcase full virtual environments during the SPARK festival using a combination of cutting-edge photogrammetry techniques and 3D reconstruction processes. This virtual and augmented reality project, Virtual Time Travel, will allow visitors to travel back in time, and visit ancient Chinese heritage sites as well as handle objects from hundreds to thousands of years ago. When: January 19, (10.15am - 5pm) Where: Prison Yard, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central How much: Free Registration required: No Click here for more information.

Ignite the SPARK!

Outdoor arts fanatics and winners of the UK Outdoor Event of the Year Award 2016 – Walk the Plank – will ignite your imagination and explore the science and art of combustion through their fire drawing performance, Ignite the SPARK!. The group will be delivering fire drawing workshops to a private group of Hong Kong youngsters over two days during the SPARK festival, and at the end of the second day, the drawings will be ignited outdoors for the public to watch and enjoy. When: January 19, (7pm - 7.45pm) Where: The Warehouse, 116 Aberdeen Main Road, Aberdeen Age group: 8+ Registration required: Yes Click here for more information.

The Moment

As part of the festival, the University of Nottingham is inviting all to participate in its “brain-controlled” dystopian sci-fi thriller, The Moment, made of three interlinking narratives. A NeuroSky headset will be used to detect participants’ EEG brainwaves, which affects the film’s edit, sound mix and narrative, and two lucky SPARK participants will be selected at each session to create their own live version of the movie from over 18 billion possible narrative combinations. When: January 18 & 20, (3.30pm - 5pm / 7pm - 8.15pm) Where: JC Cube Auditorium, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central Age group: 12+ (children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult) Registration required: Yes. Click here for more information.

Neon Spark with Faye Wei Wei

Phillips auction house has joined hands with the British Council to sponsor the creation of Neon Spark – a unique programme that brings alive the art of Hong Kong's iconic neon sign-making. An artwork conceived and designed by British Chinese artist Faye Wei Wei, who was named ‘One to Watch’ by British Vogue in 2018 and known for her romantic, large-scale canvases, will be fabricated by one of the last Hong Kong neon light masters and exhibited at Tai Kwun for the duration of SPARK. When: January 18 - January 20, (10am - 8pm) Where: SPARK Hub, Parade Ground, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central Age group: All ages Registration required: No Click here for more information.

Cellular Dynamics

Cellular Dynamics blends cutting-edge biological research with live musical performance in this piano recital that takes audiences on a journey of musical and scientific discovery about the fundamental processes within living cells. Pianist Linda Yim will perform the music of Philip Glass, Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel and others, while bioscientist Dan Lloyd will accompany the performance by directing a projection of spectacular research-derived image and video in order to deepen our understanding of cell division, ageing, neurodegeneration, and infection. When: January 19 & 20, (1.15pm - 2.15pm /3.30pm - 4.30pm) Where: JC Cube Auditorium, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central Age group: 12+ Registration required: Yes Click here for more information.

CoLab Journeys

Colab Journey is a first-of-its-kind collaboration of contemporary dance, music, and voice that narrates the story of a journey like no other. Over the course of one week, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance will be working together with students from Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts to create a unique and experimental dance piece that will be performed at the SPARK festival. The stunning dance performance will be accompanied by originally composed music using a soundscape from the voices of the participants and an array of musical genres such as Chinese Opera, folk, and jazz. When: January  18 - 20, (times vary) Where: Parade Ground, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central Age group: All ages Registration required: No Click here for more information.
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Sarah Moran

Staff writer

Born and raised in Hong Kong to expat parents, Sarah grew up as your typical third-culture kid, caught between two worlds. As someone who is nosy (or just curious) and loves the written word, there was never any other career that appealed to her as much as journalism. When she’s not busy on her mission to find the line between not enough coffee and too much coffee, you can find her exploring the city or getting stuck in a good book.