The Standard Chartered Arts in the Park will return to Victoria Park in Causeway Bay on December 2 and 3, 2023. The annual event will feature stage performances, workshops, an art showcase and a procession featuring giant puppets, which will include a pufferfish adorned with vibrant Mexican-inspired patterns, a gorilla showcasing colours inspired by African tribal art, and a monochromatic flying dinosaur fossil — which will be 3.5 metres high.
The two-day carnival, which is free to enter, will also have a variety of other events at the Central Lawn in Victoria Park. They include stage performances in Cantonese and English, workshops for live story-telling, African Drum Jams and art stalls, and an art showcase featuring 6,000 artworks.
Arts in the Park draws inspiration from the Saint-Saëns’ composition The Carnival of the Animals. It was first held in 2001 at Stanley Plaza and grew to become the largest outdoor youth arts festival in Hong Kong. The event then moved to Victoria Park in 2008, and the puppet parade route would also include the streets of Causeway Bay.
Each year, more than 3,500 young people and local and overseas organisations come together to produce vibrant costumes and giant puppets for the festival’s iconic street parades, as well as a kaleidoscope of stage performances and art stalls
Image credits: Standard Chartered Arts in the Park