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.

Traditional xiqu headdresses are often decorated with kingfisher feathers not just because of the beautiful bright blue colour, but also to symbolise the high social status of the characters. In this fun, free workshop, local artists Kong Hoi-kan and Ng Sze-yu demonstrate how to use ribbons to imitate the effect of kingfisher feathers and help you discover fun facts about the symbolic role of garments and head pieces in xiqu performances.

19 May 2019 (Sunday)

3:00pm – 5:00pm

Atrium, Xiqu Centre

Kong Hoi-kanNg Sze-yu

Free admission. Tickets and registration not required.


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:
The workshop will be cancelled if a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is in force at/after 11am on the day of the event.

Ms Wong (852) 2200 0807,

About Tutors:

Kong Hoi-kan

Kong Hoi-kan received a BA in Visual Arts from the Hong Kong Baptist University and an MA in Cultural Management from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Currently a tutor at the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, he was also a recipient of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council’s 2017 “Grant for Emerging Artists”.

Ng Sze-yu

After 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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