Hong Kong x Finland
Creative Meeting Point is an artist exchange and collaboration program between Finland and Hong Kong in 2016-2019.
Long-term residency gives space for depth and produces lasting results – Sari Palmgren’s blog, June 2018
Peek into the Hong Kong x Finland projects – July -August 2017
New residency exchange between Hong Kong and Finland started – January 2017.
Creative Meeting Point: Hong Kong x Finland 2016–2019 supports artistic work and artistic development and helps the emergence of co-productions between Hong Kong and Finland. The aim is to create connections on a broader basis between the Finnish and Hong Kong dance scenes, job opportunities and connections for dance artists and partnerships and capacity building for organisations.
The collaboration program is between West Kowloon Cultural District and Dance Info Finland, Zodiak – Center for New Dance and Dance House Helsinki. Dance Info Finland acts the coordinator of the Finnish partners.
The cultural complex of West Kowloon Cultural District is being built in the Hong Kong Victoria Harbour. A house for dance and theatre (Lyric Theatre Complex) and an indoor and outdoor performance space (Freespace) is being built, with the Lyric Theatre Complex scheduled to open in 2021. The collaboration with Finland is the first international agreement of West Kowloon.
Three dance artists from Finland and three from Hong Kong have been selected to take part in the program. The Finnish artists are Carl Knif, Linda Martikainen and Sari Palmgren. The Hong Kong artists are Justyne Li Sze-yeung, Wayson Poon Wai-shun and Ivy Tsui Yik-chit.
The first residency period was in December 2016 in Helsinki and the second in March 2017 in Hong Kong. According to current plans six residency periods in total will be arranged in 2017 and 2018. The next residency period is in July-August in Finland and besides the working period in Helsinki will also include a visit to Full Moon Dance Festival.
Manager of international affairs Katarina Lindholm, email@example.com