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"Arrival of the Newly-Weds" Programme Series

Special programmes in association with the exhibition "The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Ceremony and Celebration – The Grand Weddings of the Qing Emperors"

In support of the exhibition "Ceremony and Celebration – The Grand Weddings of the Qing Emperors", Hong Kong Heritage Museum is organising a series of special programmes to share the exciting atmosphere of wedding ceremonies. Through these events and activities, we also aim to raise public awareness of the importance of maintaining family harmony. The contents are divided into six main categories: (1) a variety show, titled "Arrival of the Newly-Weds", (2) "1+1 Cultural Couples Programmes 2016/17", including fantastic programmes on wedding planning, bridal costumes, home decorations for new couples, love and care cultural tours and interactive workshops, (3) a series of talks on marriage customs, (4) theatre weekend programmes, (5) social harmony project and (6) guided tours of the exhibition.

So for lovers and friends who are interested in learning more about marriage customs, history and culture, this is an opportunity not to be missed!

 

Unless otherwise stated, all special programmes are conducted in Cantonese and are free of charge. Programmes are subject to change without prior notice. For the special arrangements under inclement weather conditions, please click here for details. For enquiries, please call 2180 8260.

"Arrival of the Newly-Weds" – A Variety Show

The exhibition will coincide with multiple local and Western holidays, including Christmas, New Year, Chinese New Year, the Lantern Festival and Valentine's Day. The museum is pleased to celebrate these important days with the public. We hope to generate more fun for all by organising "Arrival of the Newly-Weds" performance to share the joy of wedding celebrations, including the grand wedding of the Qing Dynasty emperor, with celebratory remarks from newly-weds of some ethnic groups in Hong Kong. This show will display a variety of wedding dresses of Qing Emperor Guangxu and the Empress and ethnic groups living in Hong Kong. Their wedding traditions will also be introduced. There will be interactive sessions in addition to dancing and other performing elements to give the participants a better understanding of the exhibition's features.

Date 2 January 2017 (Monday) / 11 February 2017 (Saturday)
Time 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Venue Lobby, G/F
Enrolment Please meet in the lobby to join the programme.
 

1+1 Cultural Couples Programmes 2016/17

Hong Kong is such a busy city that people spend less and less time with their families. In order to help strengthen family harmony, in conjunction with this exhibition, the museum is re-launching the "1+1 Cultural Couples Programme". We invite couples to come to the museum and participate in specially arranged cultural and arts programmes, and to leave tokens of their love in the museum!

The "1+1" programme includes love and care cultural tours, relationship workshops, sharing sessions and senior citizen programmes, which allow young lovers, married couples, elderly couples and other interested parties to both celebrate the good times and enhance their emotional relationship.

(1) "One-stop Wedding Advice" Sharing Series

i) The Most Gorgeous Bride: "Deconstructing Bridal Gowns, Accessories and Looks"

Having a stylish, elegant bridal gown with a perfectly designed image is the dream of every bride-to-be. "Fashion Design" is one of the promotion areas of Hong Kong Heritage Museum. We have invited a professional wedding stylist to introduce the keys to creating a gorgeous bridal image. Starting with wedding costumes from both East and West, the wedding stylist will share how to select Chinese- and Western-style bridal gowns; how to create different hairstyles; how to mix and match Chinese and Western accessories; and new trends in bridal gowns. This programme will feature live presentations by professional make-up artists and models, who will be directed by a wedding stylist as they present several impressive bridal styles.

Date 22 January 2017 (Sunday)
Time 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Venue Seminar Room, G/F
Speaker Ms Ki (Wedding stylist)
Enrolment A maximum of 60 participants on a first-come-first-served basis.
To register, please complete the application form for Education and Extension Programmes (apply online / download the form), or call 2180 8260.
Twenty places will be reserved for walk-in visitors on a first-come-first-served basis. Please sign up at the entrance of the Seminar Room on the G/F 15 minutes before the programme starts.

* The successful applicants should arrive at the Seminar Room on the G/F no later than five minutes after the programme commences; otherwise, the reserved seats will be released to walk-in visitors waiting for admission.

ii) Talk on Interior Design: "Home for New Couples"

In a compact city like Hong Kong, most residential units are so small that every corner can be seen at a glance. How can a new couple make use of every bit of space in their new home? They need to solve various problems, such as preparation before ordering furniture, and arranging the layout to fit all the items they want. The museum turns design concepts into reality for you. We have invited a professional interior designer to help solve such problems and help you create a beautiful sweet home.

Date 18 February 2017 (Saturday)
Time 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Venue Seminar Room, G/F
Speaker Ms Konie Lam (Interior designer)
Enrolment A maximum of 80 participants on a first-come-first-served basis.
To register, please complete the application form for Education and Extension Programmes (apply online / download the form), or call 2180 8260.

* The successful applicants should arrive at the Seminar Room on the G/F no later than five minutes after the programme commences; otherwise, the reserved seats will be released to walk-in visitors waiting for admission.

iii) "Chinese Wedding Chaperone: All Aspects of a Chinese Wedding" Sharing Session

In ancient times, traditional weddings had to follow the so-called "Three Letters and Six Rites". Today, many couples still prefer Chinese-style weddings. A traditional Chinese wedding involves many complicated rites and taboos. Every procedure has specific implications and allusions, so a Chinese wedding chaperone must be consulted. This is a traditional occupation. In the past, the wedding chaperone had to serve as the bride's "big sister", taking care of and accompanying the bride; today, the modern wedding chaperone serves as a coordinator and even master of ceremonies at a Chinese wedding. We have invited a speaker with years of experience as a Chinese wedding chaperone to introduce the "Three Letters and Six Rites" of a traditional Chinese wedding. This workshop explores the history and evolution of Chinese weddings, and analyses the traditional rites adapted to modern Chinese weddings, including the taboos of betrothal, bed setting, and the departure and arrival of the bride. A simple demonstration will give those attending a better picture of the rites of a traditional Chinese wedding.

Date 25 February 2017 (Saturday)
Time 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Venue Seminar Room, G/F
Speaker Ms Eva Tsui (Modern Chinese wedding chaperone)
Enrolment A maximum of 80 participants on a first-come-first-served basis.
Enrolment starts on 1 December 2016 (Thursday). To register, please call 2180 8260.

* The successful applicants should arrive at the Seminar Room on the G/F no later than five minutes after the programme commences; otherwise, the reserved seats will be released to walk-in visitors waiting for admission.

 

(2) "Heart-to-Heart – Love Link" Chinese Knotting Workshop

Knotting is a traditional Chinese folk art with a long history. Small knots were made to convey messages of love and good wishes.

The museum will organise a Chinese knotting workshop in the upcoming Chinese New Year period. Married couples will be invited to participate in the workshop and learn the basic techniques of traditional Chinese knotting from the instructor. The participants will make their own interlinking knots, which imply good fortune, along with other knots to express love, and offer them to friends and family members.

Date 12 February 2017 (Sunday)
Time 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Venue Education Studio, G/F
Instructor Ms Cheung Po Yin (Knotting expert)
Target Visitors aged 16 or above
The participants' children aged 4-9 can join "The Blessing of Love" Special Programme for Children.
Fee HK$90 (Adult); HK$45 (Concession for full-time students and senior citizens aged 60 or above)
Enrolment A maximum of 12 couples per session on a first-come-first-served basis. To register, please complete the application form for Education and Extension Programmes (apply online / download the form)
Enrolment starts on 1 December 2016 (Thursday).
Application Deadline 16 January 2017 (Monday)

(3) "The Blessing of Love" -
A Special Programme for Children of Couples Enrolled in the "Heart-to-Heart – Love Link" Chinese Knotting Workshop

Besides enjoying the happiness of the couple's world, participants in the "1+1 Cultural Couples Programmes" can bring their young children to the museum. Hong Kong Heritage Museum will take care of the children of couples participating in the above workshop, offering them a special programme called "The Blessing of Love", conducted by docents and museum ambassadors. While their parents are learning how to make handicrafts, the children can explore new ideas in the Children's Discovery Gallery.

Date & Time 12 February 2017 (Sunday) 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Venue Children's Discovery Gallery, G/F
Instructor Docents / Museum Ambassadors
Target Children aged 4-9 of couples enrolled in the "Heart-to-Heart – Love Link" Chinese Knotting Workshop
Enrolment A maximum of 15 participants per session on a first-come-first-served basis. Couples enrolled in the "Heart-to-Heart – Love Link" Chinese Knotting Workshop may apply for this programme on behalf of their children aged 4-9.
Application Deadline 6 February 2017 (Monday)

(4) Touring Historical Sites with your Romantic Partner

Among the most popular activities for couples and lovers are: eating out, going to the movies and shopping. For something different, in tandem with this exhibition, the museum has specially designed two cultural tours, and will invite married couples, lovers and others who are interested in escaping from the bustling urban area to visit some local historical sites. The participants will have the opportunity to enjoy the peaceful environment and natural scenery in the countryside, while strengthening their interpersonal bonds by touring together.

Tour A: Tai O

Located on the west coast of Lantau Island, Tai O is remote from the city and moves at a much slower pace, thus retaining its features as a traditional fishing village unchanged over hundreds of years. Walking through this simple village, you can still see traditional stilt houses, ancient sites of former salt pans, hundred-year-old temples, and a boundary tablet in the mountain. In addition to introducing the history and culture of Tai O, the instructor will escort the group up a hill for a panoramic view of Tai O, and conclude the romantic tour as the sun sets.

Tour B: Mui Wo

Mui Wo, on the east coast of Lantau Island, was a populated area even in the Southern Song Dynasty. Today, it retains the laidback style of a traditional village, and is home to many sites of historic interest. The tour participants will visit the Stone House of the Yuen Family, a Qing Dynasty watch house, Luk Tei Tong, Tai Tei Tong, Pak Ngan Heung, the Man Mo Temple, the Silver Mine Waterfall and the Silver Mine Cave, and listen to legends and stories about the sites of interest.

Date Tour A: 15 January 2017 (Sunday)
Tour B: 18 February 2017 (Saturday)
Time Tour A: 1:00 pm – 7:45 pm
Tour B: 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Assembly
Point
Hong Kong Heritage Museum (Tour A)
Tung Chung MTR Station (Tour B)
Assembly
Time
Tour A: 12:50 pm Tour B: 1:45 pm
Destination Tour A: Tai O, Tour B: Mui Wo
Dismissal
Point
Tung Chung or Tsing Yi and Tai Wai MTR Stations
Instructor Mr Ng Kwok Cheong (Local history researcher, docent)
Target Visitors aged 18 or above
Fee HK$110 (Tour A), HK$55 (Tour B)(Adult); HK$55 (Tour A), HK$27.5 (Tour B) (Concession for full-time students and senior citizens aged 60 or above)
Enrolment A maximum of 12 couples per tour on a first-come-first-served basis. To register, please complete the application form for Education and Extension Programmes (apply online / download the form)
This programme is closed for enrolment. Please call 2180 8260 to enquire about any remaining places.
Remark The museum will provide shuttle bus service from the assembly point to the destination and dismissal point. Please note that the tour route may be altered depending on the circumstances.

"Grand Royal Weddings" Talk Series
Talk II: The Royal Weddings of the Qing Emperors

"The Grand Royal Weddings" refer to the weddings of four emperors in the Qing Dynasty: Shunzhi, Kangxi, Tongzhi and Guangxu. The weddings involved politics and were considered one of the major celebrations of the nation, featuring grand and extravagant procedures showcasing the extreme luxury of royal traditions. Expert scholars from The Palace Museum will discuss the details of the "Grand Royal Weddings".

 

Date 26 February 2017 (Sunday)
Time 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Venue Seminar Room, G/F
Speaker Ms Guan Xueling (Research Fellow, Department of Palace Life and Imperial Ritual, The Palace Museum)
Mr Liu Zhenghong (Associate Research Fellow, Department of Palace Life and Imperial Ritual, The Palace Museum)
Enrolment A maximum of 80 participants on a first-come-first-served basis.
To register, please call 2180 8260.

* The successful applicants should arrive at the Seminar Room on the G/F no later than five minutes after the programme commences; otherwise, the reserved seats will be released to walk-in visitors waiting for admission.
Remark This programme will be conducted in Putonghua.

 

 

 

"Prosperity Brought by the Dragon and the Phoenix" Weekend Programmes at the Theatre

The museum will invite Cantonese Opera troupes to perform shows related to royal marriage and love, allowing the audience to revisit fond memories of these love stories.

Date 3 December 2016 – 18 February 2017 (Every Saturday)
Venue Theatre, 1/F
Performing arts group Cantonese Opera troupes
Enrolment A maximum of 300 participants per session on a first-come-first-served basis. Admission slips will be distributed at the G/F lobby of the museum on the day of the performance from 10am onwards.
Remark Due to programme scheduling, Cantonese opera excerpts performances will be suspended on 7 January and 14 January 2017.

 

 

Social Harmony Project

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Guided Tours

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