Hong Kong – the perfect canvas for an artsy business events experience
Art has the power to inspire, spark conversations and break down cultural barriers – so it’s emerging as an incredibly effective way to stimulate new ideas and build stronger connections between colleagues and business partners.
Hong Kong, with its rich palette of cultural, architectural and gastronomic diversity, is the favoured choice of savvy meetings and incentives planners looking to use art, in all its forms, to create memorable event experiences.
From trading to making great art
Hong Kong has long been known as one of the world’s biggest arts trading centres, underpinned by the city’s efficient business and legal infrastructure, its international status as well as its proximity to the vast mainland China market.
The city continues to attract international auction houses, art fairs and galleries looking to tap into both the home-grown and international arts scene flourishing here. The preservation of Hong Kong’s cultural heritage, from architecture to traditional arts and crafts, also offers creative meeting options for planners.
Year-round arts happenings in Hong Kong
Every year, Hong Kong, the dynamic Arts Capital of Asia, plays host to some of the biggest arts events in the world, most notably Art Basel in May, which attracts over 100 leading galleries globally. It’s a graphic illustration of Hong Kong’s undeniable arts credentials and, right now, its stringent and seamless hygiene controls.
In May alone, the city is pulsating with multiple unmissable arts events – and we’re not just talking about traditional fairs. There’s street art, festivals, independent film, live drama and dance.
For planners, Hong Kong’s year-round arts calendar means there are endless opportunities to coincide meetings and incentive trips with world-class arts and entertainment options, so delegates can let their hair down and paint the town red!
‘Meet’ your artsy side with truly unique venues
Hosting an art-themed social event, surrounded by the vibes of contemporary Asian masters, thought-provoking installations or ancient cultural artefacts, can be a truly memorable experience. Whitestone Gallery and Tang Contemporary Art offer sophisticated space in Hong Kong’s Central district, while purpose built ArtisTree can accommodate as many as 300 for customised corporate functions.
Tai Kwun, the restored former Central police station, magistracy and prison, is a living heritage site which offers a glimpse into Hong Kong’s colonial past as well as unique meeting spaces from the purpose-built JC cube to creative laundry steps, or even contemporary restaurants spilling onto the vast open-air prison yard.
Another nearby heritage project, PMQ, formerly the Police Married Quarters, is a hive of creative energy as it houses more than 100 local “create-prenuers” who regularly display their work at their studios or in pop-up stores. It also offers unique venues for creative events from formal exhibitions to cocktail parties, right in SoHo, Central.
Overlooking Hong Kong’s spectacular harbour, the West Kowloon Cultural District features a range of fascinating venues, including the Xiqu Centre celebrating all the colour and drama of Chinese opera and the Tea House for a traditional Chinese theatre experience. By year-end it will also be home to M+, the first global museum of contemporary visual culture in Asia.
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Bond your team with hand-painted mahjong tiles and porcelain, only in Hong Kong
You don’t have to travel too far into the back alleys of Hong Kong to find remarkable authentic experiences. Here are just a few examples of uniquely themed team building activities you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
While mahjong is a very popular pastime in Hong Kong, with some locals playing all weekend, the traditional art of hand-painting mahjong tiles is also making a comeback thanks to the likes of Master Cheung Shun King, or Uncle King as he is more commonly known, at Biu Kee Mahjong in Jordan. He still hand makes entire sets using a method passed down through many generations of his family and is more than happy to demonstrate his skills – and hold workshops – for curious groups who come to visit.
Another intangible Hong Kong heritage asset is the traditional craftsmanship of Guangcai, the hand-painting of porcelain. As the last remaining hand-painted porcelain manufacturers in the city, Yuet Tung China Works offers tailored porcelain painting workshops for vintage lovers.