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First ever large-scale Hong Kong design exhibition in Chicago opens




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October 10, 2017 - The Chicago edition of the “Confluence · 20+ Creative Ecologies of Hong Kong” exhibition opened today (October 13, Chicago time) till November 4, with the timely news that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government would accord due importance to the promotion of design and devote more resources to its development.

Addressing the opening ceremony, the Director of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York (HKETONY), Ms Joanne Chu said the Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam had announced that funding of US$128 million would be injected into the CreateSmart Initiative, which aims to nurture young talents and encourage projects that promote Hong Kong designers and brands.

The government will also provide more resources to the Hong Kong Design Centre to implement measures to reinforce Hong Kong’s status as a city of design excellence in Asia and foster closer links between Hong Kong’s design industry and other design cities overseas to open up new markets for Hong Kong.

Presented by the Hong Kong Design Centre, “Confluence · 20+” is a roving exhibition featuring signature works by 20 outstanding designers. The exhibition series is sponsored by Create Hong Kong and supported by HKETONY to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR. It had sojourned to Milan, Hong Kong and Seoul earlier this year.

The Chicago exhibition will be the biggest and most engaging, allowing visitors to explore Hong Kong’s dynamic creative ecologies. Workshops and activities by participating designers include a multi-sensory experience of “Hong Kong style” tea ceremony, a furniture wall and play lab for visitors to experiment with compact living space, bamboo bundling craft, upcycling of disposable cutlery, photoshoot with heritage costumes and ceramics workshops.

Ms Chu said she hoped this exhibition will herald more collaboration between the two cities in the future.

During her visit to Chicago, Ms Chu also met with interlocutors in Chicago, including World Business Chicago, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Millennium Park Foundation and Hong Kong Business Association of the Midwest.

The Chicago edition of the "Confluence · 20+ Creative Ecologies of Hong Kong" exhibition opened in Chicago on October 13. Photo shows Hong Kong artist Freeman Lau (first right); the Director of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York, Ms Joanne Chu (second right); the Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Mr Mark Kelly (third right); the Chinese Consul General to Chicago, Mr Hong Lei (fourth right); the Chairman of Hong Kong Design Centre, Professor Eric Yim (fifth right); Confluence · 20+ curator Ms Amy Chow (seventh right); and the Executive Director of Chicago Design Museum, Mr Tanner Woodford (eighth right) toasting to a successful Confluence 20+ exhibition.
The Chicago edition of the "Confluence · 20+ Creative Ecologies of Hong Kong" exhibition opened in Chicago on October 13. Photo shows Hong Kong artist Freeman Lau (first right); the Director of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York, Ms Joanne Chu (second right); the Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Mr Mark Kelly (third right); the Chinese Consul General to Chicago, Mr Hong Lei (fourth right); the Chairman of Hong Kong Design Centre, Professor Eric Yim (fifth right); Confluence · 20+ curator Ms Amy Chow (seventh right); and the Executive Director of Chicago Design Museum, Mr Tanner Woodford (eighth right) toasting to a successful Confluence 20+ exhibition.

 


The Director of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York, Ms Joanne Chu (second left); the Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Mr Mark Kelly (second right) and the Chinese Consul General to Chicago, Mr Hong Lei (first left) appreciated the design pieces presented by the participating designers, accompanied by Confluence•20+ curator Amy Chow (first right).

 

 

 

The Director of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York, Ms Joanne Chu (fourth left) pictured with guests and participating designers at the opening ceremony of "Confluence‧20+ Creative Ecologies of Hong Kong" exhibition in Chicago.
The Director of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York, Ms Joanne Chu (fourth left) pictured with guests and participating designers at the opening ceremony of "Confluence‧20+ Creative Ecologies of Hong Kong" exhibition in Chicago.

 

The Chicago edition of Confluence•20+ exhibition offers a multi-sensory experience of “Hong Kong Style” tea ceremony.
The Chicago edition of Confluence•20+ exhibition offers a multi-sensory experience of “Hong Kong Style” tea ceremony.



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