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Artists x Youngsters x Roald Dahl stories = The spectacular 2017 Arts in the Park

【Touch Arts Feature】The world of Roald Dahl’s playful and inventive children stories sparks our imagination. One can imagine how spectacular and delightful the carnival will be when the characters come to life!  Many of the mesmerising giant puppets, including Wilky Wonka from the popular story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, the Cloud Man, Augustus with a lollipop, the Roly Poly Bird and other characters will greet audience at the carnival to be held in Causeway Bay. 


Parades, performances and art stalls - journey into “The World of Roald Dahl”

The 2017 Arts in the Park carnival, organised by the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation, will be open to the public free of charge, in Causeway Bay on Nov 11-12 (Coming Sat and Sun). This year’s event will pay tribute to the renowned British children writer Roald Dahl with the theme “The World of Roald Dahl”.  Inspired by Roald Dahl’s stories, artists and youngsters work together to imagine and create giant puppets for parade and choreographed dance performances to bring delight to audience joining the art carnival.

Wendy Tsang, Director of the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation said, “We have the World of Roald Dahl as the theme for this year’s carnival because it is the 101st anniversary of his birthday, and his fascinating stories often feature protagonists who overcome adversity with their magical power. While these stories spark the imagination of youngsters in creating their art pieces, I hope it will also inspire them to be as brave and relentless when facing difficulties.”

All artworks by artists and youngsters are inspired by the five magical stories of Roald Dahl – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Enormous Crocodile, James and the Giant Peach, George’s Marvellous Medicine and Matilda. A series of art activities, including the mesmerising night parade and grand finale parade, plus the non-stop live stage performances and 18 face-painting and headwear arts stalls in the central lawn of the Victoria Park will bring audience to the fascinating world of Roald Dahl.


Let our young generation shine

Wendy Tsang also said, “Through this event Arts in the Park, we hope that the general public could appreciate the potential of our young generation. They have in fact put in a lot of effort and devotion to participate in making this large-scale carnival a reality. They have spent much time in creating the giant puppets and choreographing the live performances.”

“The attention-grabbing giant puppets up to 4-meter tall are co-created by professional artists and youngsters who participate in our project. The youngsters have to read the storybooks, appreciate the story background and characters of the protagonists, and then contribute in conceptualising the design and making the puppets. They have shown their passion and dedication in bringing these fascinating stories to life and staging the final artworks and performances in the coming carnival.”

For a delighting experience, come and enjoy the journey to the World of Roald Dahl packed with artworks and performances created by artists and youngsters during the past few months, on this coming weekend (Nov 11-12) in Victorial Park, Causeway Bay.


A spectacular carnival packed with playful activities

Arts in the Park hosts a range of free programmes that are open to all in November every year.  This year, in addition to the live storytelling performance preview already held early this month in shopping malls and Central MTR station, the most mesmerising carnival will debut this weekend. Details as follows:

 Programme Time  Content

Night Parade in Causeway Bay

(roundtrip from Hysan Avenue to Kai Chiu Road)

Nov 11 (Sat) 8:30pm-9:30pm

15 illuminated art pieces(7 giant puppets and original dance performances)

Grand Finale Parade 

(roundtrip from Central Lawn in Victoria Park to East Point Road)

Nov 12 (Sun)  3:00pm-4:00pm

A parade team of 600 youngsters presenting12 giant puppets up to 4-meter tall, parade costumes and rod puppets, plus Hat Parade of 10 imaginative tall headwear

Performances and art stalls in the central lawn of Victoria Park

Nov 11 (Sat) 10:00am-5:00pm


Nov 12 (Sun) 10:00am-around 4:00pm

-70 youth groups non-stop live stage performances

-18 art stalls: face-painting & making headwear

-African Drum Jam

-Live storytelling:

 1. Matilda: Matilda used her special talents to take control of her own destiny

2. Esio Trot: A charming romantic story sparked off by a tortoise

Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay

Nov 16 – 30, 2017

Exhibition of Hat Parade: the imaginative tall headwear created based on the story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will be showcased

*For updates on programme changes, please refer to the organiser Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation’s website/announcement

*To learn more about the inventive world of Roald Dahl, please visit the official website, which also carries information about the Museum of Roald Dahl