Thursday 03 November 2022
  • The British Council’s ‘Re-stART’ programme has provided access and opportunities for marginalised young people in Hong Kong to re-skill in arts practice and re-connect to the community through the arts.
  • Teams of young people have trained and learnt from professionals and community members to create original short films, learning technical and problem-solving skills and developing their creative potential.
  • Five short films developed by the participants will be showcased on the British Council’s Hong Kong channels. 

The British Council is celebrating the work from their pioneering programme, Re-stART, which is making positive change for young people in Hong Kong.

The programme was delivered outside the formal education system, bringing together small groups of young people to train in filmmaking through local community groups. The young participants worked with a range of professionals to create and produce the original short films – from film practitioners, arts educators, teachers, to youth and social workers.

‘For some young people, access to and engagement with arts can be difficult. Re-stART has given young people in Hong Kong the opportunity to develop their skills by engaging with an art form,’ said Susannah Morley, Director, British Council in Hong Kong. ‘The programme has not only provided access and exposure to art practice and training but has provided opportunities for young people to acquire important life skills.

The British Council connected UK and Hong Kong-based experts to develop a curriculum with local community leaders, who have been trained to deliver the project to young people in their communities. These local community leaders then localised and adapted the curriculum to support young participants in engaging with their peers and local community groups, developing competencies for success at work, in education and in self-development. 

The short films highlight topical social issues – from understanding family dynamics, to returning to normal life post pandemic, to examining depression and mental health.

To celebrate the conclusion of the 18-month project, participants and community members attended a celebration event at the Eaton Hong Kong on 27 October, which included a screening of excerpts from the short films produced, a session to share the creative journey of participants and a roundtable discussion with representatives from partnering organisations. 

Notes to Editor

About Re-stART

Re-stART stands for Re-connecting & Re-skilling Societies Through the Arts. The programme brought trainers from both Hong Kong and the UK together with small groups of young people to learn how to develop creative projects that highlight topical social issues and influence positive change. The participants have created and produced five original short films, learning technical and problem-solving skills and developing their creative potential over an 18-month time period.



About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We support peace and prosperity by building connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and countries worldwide. We uniquely combine the UK’s deep expertise in arts and culture, education and the English language, our global presence and relationships in over 100 countries, our unparalleled access to young people and influencers and our creative sparkle. In 2021–22 we reached 650 million people. We have been in Hong Kong since 1948. Every year, we reach out to thousands of students, educators, policymakers, academics, researchers, creatives and entrepreneurs in Hong Kong.