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March 21, 2019 Destination North Asia No Comments Email Email
This March the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) presents Hong Kong Arts Month. Expect everything from major international art shows, to countless local art exhibitions and one-of-a-kind street art installations dotted throughout the city.

To highlight these amazing events and to celebrate the diversity of the city’s art scene, HKTB has unveiled an art gallery with a twist – Hong Kong’s Arts Train. As the first of its kind, it’s a live art gallery on board an MTR train. Travelling through the cabins, visitors are transported through five themed zones inspired by local street art, traditional Chinese art and classical Western art. Visitors can immerse themselves in the exhibition using Augmented Reality (AR) and the face-swap function on their mobile devices.
Andrew Clark, Hong Kong Tourism Board’s Regional Director – Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific said “Hong Kong’s Arts Train is an inspiring and quirky way to experience the city’s vibrant creative culture by riding the MTR just like a local.”
5 Diverse Art Zones:
Hong Kong Neon Signs
Hong Kong wouldn’t be Hong Kong without neon signs. These distinctive arrays of tightly-packed electric typography and graphics capture the energy of the city in an organic art form unique to this frenetic metropolis. The neon gallery is inspired by the layered signage of bustling Nathan Road in the 70s and 80s. Quirky local catchphrases, such as ‘Don’t rush, just be fast’, add even more local culture to the mix. Simply use your phone to scan the AR code to bring the neon art to life.
The Porcelain Gallery 
The Porcelain Gallery on the Arts Train features some of Hong Kong’s most iconic scenic spots and biggest festivities. Activating the AR code with your phone will bring to life playfully animated scenes that include the Big Buddha, Lion Rock and a dragon boat race on Victoria Harbour.
The Portrait Gallery
Portraiture is one of the first and foremost forms of art. Portraits give us a reflection of their subject, they capture the emotion of the artist and they give us a glimpse back in time.
The Portrait Gallery aboard the Arts Train offers visitors an amazing collection of some of the finest Western and Eastern portraits in history, including The Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer, a self-portrait by Andy Warhol representing the Pop art era and a self-portrait of Frida Kahlo from the 1900s. Scan the AR code with your mobile device to see many of these portraits come alive.
Cantonese Opera
Throughout the Arts Train, you can come face-to-face with some of the most-loved characters of Cantonese Opera. Look out for the likes of the Monkey King, Princess Changping and Bao Qingtian. Fancy trying on the Cantonese Opera look? Simply activate the phone app with the face-swap function for a fun makeover.
Street Art
For Hong Kong Arts Month, the Hong Kong Tourism Board invited well-known Hong Kong street artists to contribute to the designs on the train cabins. A life-size iconic cityscape featuring old buildings by local artist Alex Croft was specially adapted for the MTR train.
The Arts Train also features commissioned work by Parents Parents – a creative collective established in Hong Kong in 2012 that have collaborated with some of the world’s leading brands.
Hong Kong Arts Month – Arts Train
Period: 7–27 March 2019
Venue: MTR Island Line (limited service hours)
Hong Kong Arts Month
Period: 1–31 March 2019

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