A Visit to the Ko Shan Cantonese Opera Theatre / 高山劇場 with Hong Kong Sacred Spaces

A Visit to the Ko Shan Cantonese Opera Theatre / 高山劇場 with Hong Kong Sacred Spaces

I’ve been trying to learn about Cantonese Opera / 粵劇 ever since I moved to Hong Kong. Of all the artistic endeavors that are unique to South China, none evokes such a strong opinion. Cantonese Opera is often overshadowed by its aristocratic Beijing /京剧 cousin or the “Grande Dame” of Chinese Opera Kunqu 崑曲.  Cantonese Opera with its fantastical makeup and acrobatics can seem to some garish and unrefined. Yet what is less controversial about it is its importance to Cantonese Society itself. It is the glue that connects the past to modern life. It does this through festivals, in theatres performances, on late night television and over the crackle of an old speaker during a lonely late-night taxi ride through Wan Chai. The lamentations of the Faa Daan / 花旦 (young female character) and the fierce roar of the Mou Sang / 武生 (warrior) are, I’m told, the heart and soul of Guangdong.

The Ko Shan Theatre and the New Wing Cantonese Opera Education and Information Centre remains one of this City’s premier Cantonese Opera performance spaces.

If you’re in Hong Kong why not come along with Hong Kong Sacred Spaces on Saturday 12 May 2018 at 1:45 PM in the afternoon for a FREE English tour of the Ko Shan Theatre and the Centre. You’ll surely learn more about Cantonese Opera and who knows, you might even (heaven forbid) catch the Opera Bug!

There are several buses that stop along both Chatham and Ko Shan Roads running parallel to the Ko Shan Theatre. Please check specific bus schedules for details: 5, 5A, 5P, 11, 14, 26, 28, 93K, 101, 107, 108, 111, 116, A22 and 28MS. We’ll meet at the park directly in front of the theatre.

-Photo from the Ko Shan Website.

Visit the Kowloon Mosque

Visit the Kowloon Mosque

In an effort to continue to see the many sacred spaces that Hong Kong has the Hong Kong Sacred Spaces  Group is honored to have been invited to visit the Kowloon Mosque and Islamic Centre.

Please be part of a unique cultural exchange with a visit to the Kowloon Mosque and Islamic Centre on Nathan Road in Tsim Sha Tsui. We have secured a one hour tour through the Mosque and other facilities that will be conducted in English and will cover the over 100-year history of the Mosque and the local Community in Hong Kong.

Although not the first, Kowloon Mosque and Islamic Centre is the biggest mosque in Hong Kong and can accommodate 3,500 people during daily prayer services.

This is an amazing opportunity to see the inside of this august establishment. Do not miss this opportunity! A few things of note from the Mosque Offices.  All visitors must be properly dressed that will not offend sanctity of the Mosque.   Also,  All visits to the Kowloon Mosque & Islamic Centre are FREE OF CHARGE but we appreciate donations. If you have any questions please contact me and I will endeavor to get them answered.

Meetup:
If you’d like to come please RSVP here.  We should meet at the steps to the left just outside MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit A1 Kowloon Park at 10:00 AM PROMPTLY as we will go into the Mosque as a group.

Upcoming Jao Tsung-I Academy Event

Upcoming Jao Tsung-I Academy Event

Built on the site of the former Lai Chi Kok Hospital, 荔枝角醫院 in Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon, the Jao Tsung-I Academy is an award winning redevelopment and cultural space named in honor of Master Jao Tsung-I 饒宗頤.  For those of you who aren’t familiar Master Jao is a master scholar, poet, and calligrapher of world renown.  香港 (HK) Sacred Spaces will spend a few hours at the Academy and enjoy an English language tour of the facilities and then we’ll get a chance to relax in the garden area.

The following is a collection of links and maps that will help you orient yourself on the upcoming visit.

The Jao Tsung-I website is a good place to start especially if you’re interested in reading about the history of the site.  You’ll also get to review menus for the onsite restaurants and other details about what’s on offer.

Visitor map
Jao Tsung-I Facility Map

 

If you’re interested in coming with the group, click here to RSVP.