Public Programmes (January – March)Unless otherwise stated, all special programmes are conducted in Cantonese and are free of charge. A separate ticket is required for admission to museum exhibitions. For the special arrangements under inclement weather conditions, please click here for details. For enquiries, please call 2180 8260.
Go Culture Go Go!Take a break and enjoy some leisurely lunchtime art, history and culture at the museum! This coming season, we will be screening two video programmes on themes related to the museum's current exhibitions.
Monday: Lineage ActivitiesAn introduction to the Spring Ancestral Worship, the Lantern Lighting Ceremony and the Autumn Ancestral Worship in the New Territories. (approx. 10 min)
Friday: Chao Shao-an: Master of the Lingnan SchoolAn introduction to the Lingnan Art Studio and the life and personal experiences of Professor Chao Shao-an. (approx. 13 min)
Full Guide to the Chinese Almanac
Special Programme for the Lunar New Year
Since ancient times, the Chinese have held important events on auspicious days: whether they are performing sacrificial rituals, starting school, getting married, moving house, opening a business, renovating a home or holding a funeral, they consult the Chinese almanac in order to select a favourable day for the occasion to ensure good fortune and protect against disaster. This custom reflects their belief that success is achieved by understanding themselves and the outside world. With the Lunar New Year approaching, the museum has invited a Chinese almanac master to talk about the history of the almanac and the meaning of the ‘Picture of the Spring Ox’, the heavenly stems and earthly branches, yin and yang and the five elements, the daily dos and don'ts and the 24 solar terms, and to give tips on how to incorporate the wisdom of the almanac into our everyday lives. Sign up now for an auspicious future!
Sounds in the Grass – Ink Painting Demonstration
In association with the exhibition “Sounds in the Grass: Selected Works of Insects by Chao Shao-an”
Drawing their inspiration from nature, the artists of the Lingnan School of Painting incorporate Western painting techniques and their own observations and artistic styles into their works. A veteran of the Lingnan School of Painting and a student of master Chao Shao-an, Henry Wo Yue-kee uses diffusion rendering techniques to depict flowers, birds, animals and landscapes in beautiful colours and elegant lines. In this seminar, the artist demonstrates his style of painting flowers and insects, offering participants a rare opportunity to appreciate the art of the artist in action.
“The Legend of Silk and Wood: A Hong Kong Qin Story” Programme Series
In association with the exhibition “The Legend of Silk and Wood: A Hong Kong Qin Story”
(1) In Quest for the Evolution of Ancient Qins
The qin took on its present form in the Tang Dynasty (AD 618 – 907), but similar plucked string instruments of various designs have been unearthed from tombs dating from earlier eras. Our speaker will discuss the possible evolution of these qins with examples from ancient times.
(2) A Brief Introduction to Different Designs of the Qin
The qin comes in many designs – in the shape of a plantain leaf or even a cloud for example – and its parts conceal their practical functions behind poetic names such as “dragon pond” (longchi) and “phoenix pool” (fengzhao), “mount” (yueshan) and “goose feet” (yanzu). Our speaker introduces the various qin designs and the fascinating components that make up this traditional stringed instrument.
Creating a qin for one’s own use has long been a traditional practice of qin musicians due in part to the fact that it was very difficult to own a qin in ancient times. As a result, making one’s own instrument was a practical necessity. To be able to generate amazing sounds from a qin made by one’s own hands, and to gain the appreciation of an audience that is equally passionate about the musicality of the instrument has always been one of the biggest joys for qin musicians and qin makers alike. The students of Choi Chang-sau have inherited this tradition from their teacher. They hope to share their joy through the qins created by Master Choi and themselves, so that everyone can appreciate the pristine sounds of this historic musical instrument.