10th November 2023 – (Hong Kong) The much-anticipated Standard Chartered Arts in the Park festival is set to make a triumphant return to Victoria Park, Causeway Bay, on the 2nd and 3rd of December. This iconic annual outdoor youth arts festival and puppet parade promises a vibrant celebration of art and culture, featuring a captivating array of colourful creatures and artistic styles from around the world. Prepare to be enthralled by the magical atmosphere and join in the festivities!
The festival draws inspiration from Saint-Saëns’ beloved composition, The Carnival of the Animals. Over the course of two days, visitors will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a world of wonder and creativity, completely free of charge. The highlight of the event is the spectacular giant puppet parade, where larger-than-life puppet creations will come to life in a mesmerising procession. Among the featured puppets are a pufferfish adorned with vibrant Mexican-inspired patterns, a gorilla showcasing colours inspired by African tribal art, a flamingo embellished with intricate Asian paper folk art designs, a metallic cyberpunk-style mantis, and a monochromatic flying dinosaur fossil. These larger-than-life puppets, standing at an impressive 3.5 meters tall, are sure to leave audiences in awe.
In addition to the enchanting puppet parade, the festival offers a wide range of activities and attractions for visitors of all ages. Prepare to be dazzled by costumed stilt walkers as they gracefully navigate the park, adding an extra touch of magic to the proceedings. Interactive art stalls will allow attendees to unleash their own creativity and engage in hands-on artistic experiences. Storytelling sessions will captivate young and old alike, transporting listeners to fantastical realms through the power of words. African drum jamming sessions will provide a rhythmic backdrop, infusing the atmosphere with energy and excitement. Furthermore, an exhibition featuring an impressive collection of 6,000 artworks will be on display, showcasing the diverse talents of local artists. Finally, don’t miss the opportunity to meet and greet the giant puppets up close, allowing for a truly immersive and interactive experience.
Mark your calendars and prepare for a weekend of visual and sensorial art experiences that will delight and inspire. The Standard Chartered Arts in the Park festival promises to be a celebration of creativity, culture, and community. Join us in Victoria Park as we come together to revel in the magic of the Carnival of the Animals, witness the awe-inspiring giant puppets, and create lasting memories. This is an event not to be missed!