A recent study at the University of Illinois revealed that there is a correlation between Arts and Altruism. According to the study, people who partake in arts, that is as a maker or a viewer, are more civically engaged. Interesting read.
You can find a link to the whole article below.
I hope you didn't miss the opening of the Paralympic Games yesterday.
If you thought you saw courage, strength & determination at the Olympic Games, you ain't seen nothing yet. Let the most exciting Games commence!
Below you can find a compilation of the highlights of the opening ceremony.
But also, have a quick read on the Guardian website, Richard Willliams very eloquently touched the essence of what these Games are about. You can find the article here.
Arts in the Park is an amazing Community Arts Event in Victoria Park and we are very much looking forward to this year's edition in November. All weekend there will be loads of art activities, including a fabulous, colourful parade, a sun dance, vibrant art stalls and a medley of dance performances.
They are now looking for volunteers for a variety of jobs. If you are interested, please check out Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation facebook page for more information or go to their website www.hkyaf.com
It is going to be fun!
The Open Architecture Challenge is a competition organised by Architecture for Humanity. The winner of the Founders' Award went to Paicho Huts. A transformation of an IDP (internally displaced people’s) camp in Gulu, Uganda will now be used as a community hub for local people.
We got this article from the dezeen website, please click here.
You can also read more on the Architecture for Humanity website.
Anthony might have Autism but what is more important he also has his own delivery company...with a smile! If only we had an Anthony in Hong Kong, he would be hired on the spot!
Mark Nepo has survived cancer several times now. He has written about his experience extensively and Surviving has made me crazy is the latest book of poetry dealing with the invasive illness in his life.
James Owens wrote an interesting book review about Nepo's work of which I want to share the first paragraph with you here, the rest of the review you can find on the website , by clicking here.
It makes perfect sense that there should be kinship between poetry and healing. Poetry can grow from the deepest places in the self, and those same recesses will be affected by the experience of any serious illness, such as the bouts with cancer that have given shape and purpose to the writing and teaching of Mark Nepo, author of Surviving Has Made Me Crazy. We may sometimes forget the essential nature of this connection, with the contemporary Western world´s focus on the physical aspects of disease, its causes and cure, but some other cultures have always known the power of words that touch the core of an afflicted person through ritual and incantation, through sacred text and prayer. Christians remember this connection when they speak of Christ both as The Word and as The Great Physician, and there are similar instances in other traditions. While Nepo never slights the importance of medical and scientific knowledge, his poems push forward to a wider understanding that can only be called spiritual.
More about the book and some excerpts, you can find on Nepo's website by clicking here.
In Switzerland they host a yearly International Festival of Humour. They are looking for drawings, murals and caricatures of the Bolivian socialist movement. Any images are welcome and will be displayed at an exhibition in Bern from 16 until 26 October 2012.
Anyone who can help get in contact through the website www.festinhumour.org. Please note the website is only in French or Spanish.
Wanchai Visual Archive is packing out with a strong exhibition again. Marco du Mutiis explores the concept of controlling the transient and the ephemeral in particular with respect to time.
With it two participatory workshops are organised. We checked out the first one yesterday and it was excellent. The second one will be held next Saturday 12 August 2012, 3.00-6.00pm at Wanchai Visual Archive. It is completely free and not to be missed.
For more information, please visit www.visualarchive.hk or find them on Facebook.
There you go, therapy does not have to be boring!
Taken from the Reuters website, please click here.
As part of the Arts Xperience, Hong Kong Arts Centre has organised a free performing arts programme, every third Thursday of the month called Art @ Lunch.
First gig will be on 16 August 2012 at the Hong Kong Arts Centre, 1.00-1.50pm.
Not to be missed!
For more information, please click here.
Tell me and I will forget;
show me and I may remember;
involve me and I will understand.
Old Chinese Proverb