LIFE & FAMILY
ARTS The arts are a major focus of the Tai Kwun project, and the plan is to present a rich schedule of exhibitions, performances, activities and information sessions. The art exhibition space, JC Contemporary, houses a not-for-profit art centre dedicated to presenting contemporary exhibitions and programmes in Hong
LIFESTYLE Tai Kwun is also poised to become a go-to destination for dining with some of the city’s restaurant power-players establishing a presence. Visitors will find a variety of offerings with bars, local food and high-end restaurants. Dining Concepts has added to its impressive roster of fantastical venues with Dragonfly, another collab with designer Ashley Sutton. The boutique cocktail lounge will feature art, blown glass and bespoke cocktails. OLD BAILEY Old Bailey is the first new restaurant in two years for Jia Group. It will showcase Jiangnan cuisine, which has a sweeter palate and clean, light flavours, to promote the diversity and authenticity of regional Chinese cooking. Aqua Group is opening two restaurants and a bar in Tai Kwun. The Chinese Library will have a menu drawing on different regional Chinese cuisines, while Statement restaurant will showcase innovative British dining. The Dispensary is a lounge bar that will link the two venues. The three spaces were designed by AB Concept. LOCATION Tai Kwun’s site is bordered on three sides by Old Bailey Street, Hollywood Road and Arbuthnot Road, while Chancery Lane runs along the southern (upper) prison wall. Its address is 10 Hollywood Road and there are five gates open to the public: Bauhinia House Gate (which has barrier-free access), Footbridge Gate, Blue Gate, Old Bailey Gate and Pottinger Gate. The site is open from 11am to 11pm and the Visitor Centre from 11am to 8pm. THE CHINESE LIBRARY, STATEMENT AND THE DISPENSARY Highlights DRAGONFLY
Kong. It will host six to eight exhibitions each year. Tai Kwun’s performing arts programmes will utilise indoor and outdoor spaces, with venues including the JC Cube, the Laundry Steps, the Prison Yard and the Parade Ground being used for theatre, music, dance and film. Highlights 100 FACES OF TAI KWUN 11am-8pm, daily until 2 September One of the inaugural exhibitions is 100 Faces of Tai Kwun , which consists of 100 stories collected from 100 kaifongs (local neighbours) and friends to explore the history of the Central Police Station compound and the intricate relationships of the neighbourhood. HERITAGE STORYTELLING SPACES 11am-8pm, daily Find out more about Tai Kwun’s history at eight designated storytelling spaces. Featured stories include that of the Police Station and details about life in Victoria Prison.
SUNDAY MOVIES 11am & 3pm, Sundays
Tai Kwun’s Sunday Movie Series will see free film screenings once a week in the semi-outdoor Laundry Steps. Films will be a combination of features and shorts, curated in collaboration with the Hong Kong International Film Festival.
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