Public Programmes (October – December)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: Family of Haute Couture: Cheung Sui-fatAn introduction to a family haute couture established by Cheung Sui-fat and the development of tailor-made fashion in Hong Kong. (approx. 10 min)
Friday: "Dear John..." Images of HK in the 1920s (in Cantonese)An exhibition of images of Hong Kong in the 1920s on old postcards. (approx. 20 min)
Talk: Supreme Style – Fashion and Image Design by Eddie Lau
In association with the exhibition “他 Fashion 傳奇 Eddie Lau 她 Image 百變 劉培基”
The pre-eminent name in the field of fashion design in Hong Kong, Eddie Lau established a series of personal brands in the local and international markets, designed fashions and styles for celebrities and developed corporate images and uniforms for leading companies. We have invited Eddie to the museum to share with us his ideas and his experience in fashion and image design. Don’t miss this fabulous chance to learn from the master himself!
"Best Wishes for the Family: Traditional Chinese Woodblock Prints from the Collections of the Heritage Museum" Lecture Series
In association with the exhibition "Best Wishes for the Family: Traditional Chinese Woodblock Prints from the Collections of the Heritage Museum"
(1) Daoism and the Cult of Beidi
Local temples in China serve a variety of purposes: venues for religious worship and rituals, they also play host to festive jiao performances, opera shows, processions and parades, and they thus provide an arena for integrating and unifying local culture with communal life. In Guangzhou area, many village temples from the Ming/Qing period are dedicated to Beidi (also known as Zhenwu or Xuantian Shangdi), making the worship of this god one of the major cults in the Pearl River Delta.
Beidi was an expressive symbol of imperial might in the Ming dynasty, and some academics argue that the prevalence of the cult in the Pearl River Delta represented an extension of state standardisation. The speaker counters this interpretation by highlighting how the Beidi Cult in the Pearl River Delta is closely affined to the dissemination of ritual texts and talismans related to Beidi in the Daoist tradition.
(2) Daoist Prints: The Interaction between Scriptural Images, Texts and Rituals
This talk discusses the visual representations, purposes and functions of frontispieces and other illustrations in Daoist scriptures, especially those found in rare and illuminated editions of important works such as the Scripture of the Jade Emperor and the Book of the Jade Pivot. Were these images printed to decorate the scripture and explain the text? Or did they serve as a means of expressing reverence to the gods and obtaining their goodwill? What functions, if any, did these images serve in Daoist rituals? Through a parallel study of the images and texts of Daoist scriptures and the rituals they are associated with, the talk sets out to find some answers to these questions.
“The Legend of Silk and Wood: A Hong Kong Qin Story” Talk Series
In association with the exhibition “The Legend of Silk and Wood: A Hong Kong Qin Story”
(1) The Art of Qin-Making and Lacquering
Qin is basically made of wood and lacquer - the resin from Lacquer Tree. While the choice and craft of wood mostly determines an instrument’s quality, the lacquer layer can improve the sound and has sustained some thousand-year-old instruments. Our speakers are delighted to share with you the ancient art of qin-making and lacquering, which they learned from their Master.
(2) The Making and Physics of Qin Strings
Qin players past and present have never overlooked the importance of strings, because even the finest instrument has to be paired with good strings to become expressive. Our speakers, who are devotees of the subject, will explain the making of traditional silk strings and discuss how physical properties of the strings affect the tone.