Sunday 20 January 2019

SPARK: The Science and Art of Creativity – Hong Kong’s first festival celebrating creativity across the arts, sciences and education – came to a close this evening (Sunday), attracting over 10,000 visitors at Tai Kwun from 18-20 January. The inaugural Festival of Ideas was packed with fascinating interactive events, compelling performances and thought-provoking talks at Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts and other select locations across Hong Kong island. 

Organised by the British Council, SPARK brought together over 200 artists, scientists and academics from Hong Kong and the UK from over 50 arts and education organisations presenting 37 events in a vibrant platform for cultural exchange. 

SPARK’s diverse programme of events gave visitors the opportunity to make music with lasers, discover the power of their voice, travel through time and see a tornado live on stage.

SPARK celebrates creativity across the arts, sciences and education, and offers a platform for cultural exchange between the UK and Hong Kong. The festival was completely free and open to the public, with the majority of events designed to inspire people of all ages, but especially those under 30. Download the programme pdf here.

Please find photos, videos, press releases and further information on SPARK in the press pack.


About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. They work with over 100 countries in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. In 2018, they reached over 75 million people directly and 758 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications. They make a positive contribution to the countries they work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. Founded in 1934, they are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. They receive 15 per cent core funding grant from the UK government. They have been working with Hong Kong since 1948. SPARK is the culmination of activities to mark their 70th anniversary, which they celebrated in 2018, commemorating 70 years of cultural relations and exchange between the UK and Hong Kong.