Date
17 October 2017
Visitors to Sam Tung Uk Museum can enjoy a performance of Hakka mountain songs on Saturday. Photo: internet
Visitors to Sam Tung Uk Museum can enjoy a performance of Hakka mountain songs on Saturday. Photo: internet

Visitors to museum can learn to sing Hakka mountain songs

Those who enjoy Hakka mountain songs will be able to listen to them performed live between 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday.

The Hong Kong Intangible Cultural Heritage Center is holding a fun day to highlight the city’s most important intangible cultural heritages at Sam Tung Uk Museum in Tsuen Wan.

Ho Wing-tze, director of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Office, which was set up a year ago, said the center has invited two indigenous Hakka villagers to hold workshops for visitors about how to sing the traditional mountain songs.

The center may also provide workshops covering other Hakka folk songs, a Hong Kong Economic Journal report quoted Ho as saying.

Hong Kong’s top 10 intangible cultural heritages will be featured: Cantonese opera, herbal tea, the Cheung Chau Bun Festival, the Tai O dragon boat water parade, the Yu Lan Ghost Festival of the Hong Kong Chiu Chow community, the Tai Hang fire dragon dance, arts of the guqin (a seven-string Chinese musical instrument), the Quanzhen temples’ Taoist ritual music, the Hakka unicorn dance of Hang Hau, and Wong Tai Sin beliefs and customs.

Visitors will be able to try on Cantonese opera make-up and costumes, and make paper-crafted Hakka unicorns and cha kwo, a Hakka snack.

At 3 p.m. on Saturday, the center, set up to promote traditional cultural heritages, will hold its opening ceremony. 

Ho said the center will continue to gather information about the city’s 480 intangible cultural heritages and compile a directory for further promotional activities.

Translation by Chloe Chow

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