i-Dance Festival x 九龍城書節 Kowloon City Book Fair 「籌辦民間文化/藝術節 Organising Fringe Cultural/Art Festivals in Hong Kong」香港演藝學院《迴聲開壇》第四講 HKAPA "Echo" Sharing Series (4)
為什麼要搞一個「節」？Why would we organise a “festival”?
In fact, Hong Kong is never short of arts and cultural activities. Different people are organising different events. Yet, behind the flourishing scene are the challenges of how to gather like-minded people and participants, how to utilise the limited resources and time, and how to link up related activities in an organic way. The self-initiated arts and cultural activities in the community are facing various limitations, from capital, labour, resources to venues. What risks and opportunities are in store for them? In this sharing, we have invited two veteran arts and cultural festival organisers, who respectively coordinate “i-Dance Festival” and “Kowloon City Book Fair”, to share their experience.
馬才和 Victor Ma @ i-舞蹈節 i-Dance Festival
1995年創立舞團「多空間」，並擔任藝術總監。為香港演藝學院舞蹈學院首屆畢業生，畢業後隨即加入香港芭蕾舞團，至1990年重返演藝學院修讀戲劇。1996年獲亞洲文化協會利希慎獎學金，前往美國考察當代舞蹈及劇場，2002年獲香港藝術發展局列斯大學志奮領獎學金前往英國修讀表演研究碩士課程。曾為多個香港及國際藝術團體擔任編舞及形體設計，創作超過六十多部作品。重要作品包括《冇關係》、《不是雙人房》、《昏迷I及II》、《「舞」可能﹗？I — IV》、《緣舞場1 — 61》、《呼吸I及II》、《身體、空間與身份I — V》、《馬才和的舞蹈展覽I及II》、《反反覆覆》、《突然之間》及《追趕跑跳…轉》等。由2009年開始擔任i-舞蹈節（香港）之藝術總監及策劃人。
Ma founded Y-Space in 1995 and serves as its artistic director. He first graduated from the School of Dance of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and joined The Hong Kong Ballet upon graduation. He later resumed study at the School of Drama in 1990. He received the Asian Cultural Council Lee Hysan Foundation Fellowship in 1996 to conduct research on dance and theatre in the United States. In 2002, he further received the Hong Kong Arts Development Council-University of Leeds-Chevening Scholarships for a Master’s degree programme in Performance Studies in the UK. As a choreographer with over 60 creations, he has also been a movement director for various local and international companies. His major works include None of Your Business, Not a Double Room, Unconscious I & II, Dance “In” Possible!? I - V, Improvisation Land Series 1 - 62, Air and Breath I & II, Body, I.D. & Space I - V, Victor Ma's Dance Exhibition I & II, RE/evolution, Suddenly, On and On and Turn Turn Turn…etc. He has been the Artistic Director and Curator of i-Dance (Hong Kong) since 2009.
i-舞蹈節 i-Dance Festival
i-舞蹈節於 2004 年由一眾香港獨立現代舞工作者籌辦，及至 2009 年由「多空間」接手主辨，期望透過i-舞蹈節來喚起群衆對當代舞及新舞蹈的關注。
i-Dance Festival was first organised by a group of independent artists in 2004. Since 2009, Y-Space took over the presentation of the i-Dance Festival, hoping to raise public awareness on contemporary dance.
The “i” in the name encompasses various meanings: Independent, Improvisation, Innovation, International, Interact and Interlink.
蔡芷筠 Ger Choi @九龍城書節 Kowloon City Book Fair
Multi-faceted social participant (Performing Art, Design and Education). Since 2003, Choi has been engaging in Performing Art. She has been invited to perform in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. In 2006, she initiated “Art Action to Conserve the Star Ferry Clock Tower”. In 2010, she was elected as the Chairperson for Arts Education and a committee member for the Hong Kong Arts Development as a “post-80s arts enthusiast”. Choi has been a guest lecturer at the School of Design of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the artistic director of House News. Choi is currently the Assistant Principal of HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity.
九龍城書節 Kowloon City Book Fair
Since its launch in 2009, Kowloon City Book Fair has been basing in HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity to unceasingly advocate an independent, self-initiated and self-assisted book fair for the community. The Book Fair has been offering creative and visionary groups/ organisations with the opportunities to showcase or take initiatives. In its eighth anniversary in 2016, the Book Fair was centred on books with its theme “One Book, One World”. This further opened up its platform to enable book dealers to organise different activities and try out alternative collaboration possibilities.