This is the first edition of The Works for the Year of the Tiger, and to help us get in the New Year mood, we begin with music. Three members of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Choo Boon-chong on dizi, Leung Yan-chiu on soprano sheng, and Chan Chi-yuk on qudi, perform for us “Pao Han Chuan”.
At this time of year, putting up Nianhua or New Year prints is a traditional way to chase away bad fortune and bring in good fortune for the coming months. At the OC Gallery in Olympian City, the Sino Group’s ‘Art in Hong Kong’ has joined forces with Hong Kong Open Printshop to welcome in the Year of the Tiger by exhibiting around 40 valuable New Year prints collected from various places in China.
Of course another major component of the new year celebrations is food. And some of that food can even be combined with artistic expression. As sculptors in candy and in chocolate reveal to us.
What’s a festive celebration without a show? Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” ballet, for example, is – for many – a cherished part of the Christmas season. At the Lunar New Year, people traditionally flocked to see Chinese opera performances. But one local choreographer had an alternative idea for a New Year performance: what if he combined East and West, mixed in a little local Hong Kong culture, and “The Nutcracker” became “The Firecracker”?
Finally, musician John Lee talks to us about his upcoming concert and gives us two performances showing the versatility of the frame drum.