Some of the most eye-catching elements of xiqu performances are the elaborate costumes and headdresses. Inspired by traditional designs and craftsmanship, they are worn to reflect the social status and personalities of the characters on stage.

In this fun, free workshop, local artists Kong Hoi-kan and Ng Sze-yu guide participants to create a simple xiqu-inspired brooch using colourful sequins. Exploring the inspiration behind the design, the artists also share their insight into how traditional designs and technniques are transformed to create lightweight stage costumes, and the symbolic role of garments and head pieces in xiqu performances.


15 November 2020 (Sunday)


Atrium, Xiqu Centre

Kong Hoi-kan Thomas, Ng Sze-yu

Free admission. Tickets and registration not required.

Ms Wong (852) 2200 0807,

For the safety of participants, visitors, artists and staff, please note the following health precautions:

  • Please bring your own mask and wear it at all times in the venue.
  • Temperature checks will be carried out before admission. Visitors showing a temperature of 37.5°C or above will not be able to participate.
  • If you have travelled outside of Hong Kong in the past 14 days or are wearing a home quarantine tracking wristband, please wait until your quarantine period is over before visiting West Kowloon.
  • Special Arrangements in Response to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Accessibility Services:
Cantonese audio description and Hong Kong sign language interpretation are available upon request with at least 14 days’ advance notice.

Adverse Weather Arrangements:
If a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is in force three hours before the start of the event, the event will be cancelled.

About the Tutors:

Kong Hoi-kan Thomas

Kong Hoi-kan ThomasKong Hoi-kan, Thomas received his BA in Visual Arts at the Hong Kong Baptist University and MA in Cultural Management at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Once an art administrator in a non-government organisation promoting Cantonese opera, Kong now works full-time as a Chinese art artist. His works, taking Han culture as basis and humanistic values as direction, have been collected by corporate and individual collectors. He has also been supported by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and other social organisations to present exhibitions. Kong continues to host workshops, talks and art demonstrations at different commercial entities and universities.

Ng Sze-yu

Ng Sze-yuAfter graduating from the Hong Kong Baptist University with a BA in Visual Arts, Ng Sze-yu began her career with an apprenticeship in traditional jewellery.

In 2018, Ng took part in the designer-in-residency programme at the Hong Kong jewellery-making company Loupe, and set up her own brand and studio “Jewellers’ Tavern” at JCCAC. She was a recipient of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council’s 2017 “Grant for Emerging Artists”. 

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