Design District Hong Kong (#ddHK) celebrates authentic culture and creativity by spicing up our city with design. Locals and tourists are invited to explore creative works in the streets and experience a unique “Heung Gong Dei” (vernacular name of “Hong Kong”). The name “Heung Gong Dei” is an embodiment of our collective local identity and affection for this piece of land, which is made possible by the contribution and perspiration of every Hong Kong citizen.
#ddHK’s vision is to create an “open-air design district gallery” in Wan Chai and Sham Shui Po, where public design works can be found all across the areas during the 3-year project period. These works will appear at different spots and change from time to time. They are the epitome of community collaborations, social conversations and participatory design. These original multidisciplinary designs, traditional craftworks and authentic street events will link up and elevate the tourist attractions and landmarks in the neighbourhood. They will enrich the daily experience of locals and tourists with a fresh take on local history and creativity.
In the first year (2018/19), #ddHK took the old Wan Chai coastline back in the 1840s as the starting point. From south to north, west to east, design works were installed all across Wan Chai, collating a love letter for the city “Connected City: A Love Letter to Hong Kong”. The scattering works formed a poetic visual vanish point showcasing the evolution of Hong Kong’s urban landscape. In the second year (2019/20), #ddHK is focusing on pop culture under the theme “Pop! Get Inspired at Every Turn”. Visitors can savour the surprises and inspirations in streets and alleys. Tourists and locals can also follow the specially planned self-guided routes and explore this “open-air design district gallery”.
Design District Hong Kong (#ddHK) is a 3-year (2018 onwards) Creative Tourism Project presented by Tourism Commission, organised by Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC) and with Hong Kong Comics & Animation Federation (for programme or work related to local comic only) as strategic partner. Under this year’s theme “Pop! Get Inspired at Every Turn”, we are drawing inspiration from Hong Kong Ani-com and the city’s East-meets-West popular culture. We are transforming Wan Chai into a large fun-filled playspace, while different spots in the community will become amusement facilities for all. Tourists and locals can also follow the brand new self-guided route and “hop on” the Ani-com tram for a fun-filled urban exploration journey.
To review our pervious deliverables, please check with: http://www.designdistrict.hk/2018-2019
#ddPlace (Wan Chai)
#ddMotions (Wan Chai and Sham Shui Po)
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