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SPARK: Celebrating Inclusion in Hong Kong and the UK

For one weekend in January 2019, the Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts in the heart of Hong Kong was transformed. SPARK: The Science and Art of Creativity, Hong Kong’s first Festival of Ideas had landed, organised by the British Council and attracting over 14,000 visitors over the course of three days.

At the heart of SPARK was a celebration of creativity across the arts, sciences and education, with interactive experiences, provocative performances and stimulating talks. The British Council worked together with over 200 partners artists, scientists and academics from Hong Kong and the UK from over 50 arts and education organisations. These included University of the Arts London, the British Library, London Metropolitan University, the Natural History Museum, the University of Glasgow, Hong Kong Science Museum, the Hong Kong Design Institute, Hong Kong Design Centre and many more. 37 events were presented in a vibrant platform for cultural exchange, with a Schools’ Outreach programme running alongside the main events and best of all, it was all FREE! 

The inaugural SPARK marked the 70th anniversary of the British Council in Hong Kong, celebrating 70 years of cultural relations and exchange between the UK and Hong Kong, while also looking forward to a shared future through creativity and innovation.

Creativity is one of the core British Council values that underpins everything the organisation does. Planning for the next edition of SPARK in Hong Kong is centred around another theme that is central to the work of the British Council: inclusion. Ahead of the next SPARK, the British Council in Hong Kong is keen to hear from organisations who are interested in participating and presenting work on this theme.