TEDxWanChaiSalon - Art: Who Cares?



Hong Kong’s dominance as an international art capital is undeniable. With the March madness of the Art Month which brings the likes of the biggest and most well-known art fairs, exhibitions and players to our town, the city becomes entrenched in a busy calendar of social events and in mingling with the whos-who of these affairs. But art exists in many different forms, from visual arts to performing arts, from education and learning to activism and self-expression. The strength and culture of an entire nation or civilisation rests upon how rich its art is, and how people utilise and perceive it.

On May 20th, 2017, we will explore the various shapes and forms in which art exists all around us, why it matters, and why we should all care. This 3-hour session will be a mix of live speakers and pre-recorded TED talks to offer a well-rounded, cross-industry understanding of art in today's world, and will also include performances and poetry from Peel Street Poetry.

This event will be a smaller, more intimate gathering of like-minded individuals. With limited tickets available, get yours before they are sold out!

Your ticket includes a drink and a free entry to the Affordable Art Fair (worth HK $120), being held at HKCEC from May 19-21. Learn more about the fair here.

Our Speakers

In addition to carefully curated TED talks, live speakers will include:

  • Rainbow Ho, Arts Therapist & Researcher: As Director of the Centre on Behavioral Health, Professor of the Department of Social Work and Social Administration, and Director of the Master of Social Sciences and Master in Expressive Arts Therapy programs in the University of Hong Kong, Rainbow is a registered arts therapist among other certifications, and has conducted several research projects related to creative and expressive arts therapy.
  • Sampson Wong, Art Activist & Urbanist: Sampson Wong is an artist, independent curator and academic in Hong Kong, whose creative and research interests include contemporary urbanism, activist art and social practice. He founded the Hong Kong Urban Laboratory in 2012, co-founded the emptyscape Art Festival (a triennial) in 2013, and has created the artworks Add Oil Machine, Countdown Machine and Broadcast Machine, all responding to Hong Kong's socio-political conditions, in collaboration with the Add Oil Team.
  • Danielle Leeann Chin, Creativity Catalyst: Danielle Leeann Chin is an independent Creative Events & Marketing Consultant and a Catalyst of Creativity at Mettā. She has worked across the wide spectrum of the art industry, organising events and art initiatives for artists like Simon Birch, startups, established organizations, and most recently, she was the VIP Events Manager for Art Basel in Hong Kong.

In addition to them, our performers include Tom Estes, a globally-acclaimed Live Art Performer with a robot that likes to paint, Janaia Joy, an amazing singing talent with a goosebump-inducing vocal range, and Vishal Nanda, a witty and masterful poet from the talented poetry collective - Peel Street Poetry.

Event Details

Date: May 20, 2017

Time: 3 - 6 pm

(This will be followed by a short networking session with our speakers and attendees)

Venue: Hall 3E South Concourse (right next to Hall 3E), Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, WanChai, Hong Kong

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