Walking through the Wan Chai Police station for my first time last year during Detour; I still vividly remember several of the pieces that were showcased within the jail cells of the historical venue. It was a true blend between incorporating new works by local artists with the organic architecture that has been standing there throughout years of our time. This year; the broad feeling maintains with a new theme “DETOUR MATTERS – From Microtopias to Social Innovation” which oversees a total of 5 static sites and 4 mobile spaces that is scattered around for engagement in the Hong Kong Island.
With such an ambitious approach this year, the art vibe is no longer restrained from being experienced only through entering a door, but through entering life; whether on the trams that we all take or by walking pass through that familiar bridge which crosses The Central Oasis in Central. Apart from the supreme penetration this program has implanted around the city, it is also lasting for a total of 10 days; with workshops, shows, an eight- hour- non- stop seminar with other forms of entertainment all happening around the area. Featuring a total of over 10 local and international designers; this annual event is inevitably one that cannot be missed.
Meaning “small places in the city where something quite unique and unexpected might happen and occur”; this year’s selection of works will fall under this umbrella of concept. Apart from the visually engaging works on display; a fashion show incorporating Belgian fashion heritages with Hong Kong ideas will also be happening at The Hennessy. Wooshing Machine will be performing throughout the program, and different issues in the local community will be addressed in the 5 sites including also PMQ (Plateau 4, the former Police Married Quarters) and Oi! in North Point with site specific characteristics.
On DETOUR Eatery, new added wooden chairs and tables are placed within the vehicle for people to enjoy their own brought meal in designated spots or consume the food being served on the tram. Running for an approximately 50 minutes via The Hennessy on the way, the experience hopefully allows people to slow down and interact with other individuals over having a meal on the tram.
Especially appealing to the public including myself would definitely be the 4 themed trams that will be driving through the Shek Tong Tsui Tram Terminus to the Shau Kei Wan Tram Terminus. Including the DETOUR Eatery, the DETOUR Classroom, the DETOUR Black Box and the DETOUR Music Box; a completely different experience will be offered from riding on such an authentic and well known form of transport for the local community.
As for DETOUR Classroom, the tram goes via The Central Oasis in Central, The Hennessy and Oi! in North Point before reaching the Shau Kei Wan Tram Terminus. Lasting from 20 to 30 minutes per run; the upper deck of the tram is filled with architectural books lined in wooden bookshelves that has been especially designed. Workshops and seminars will also take place on the upper deck whilst tram history gallery decorates the bottom deck.
With an aluminum foiled exterior body covered from top to bottom; the DEOUTR Black Box deliberately eliminates any light into the tram to create a pitch- black experience for the guests, accompanying them with audio tracks to induce a completely strange but new experience during the 20 to 30 minutes ride from The Central Oasis to Oi!.
Last but not least, the DETOUR Music Box is as its name state, is a living music generating section which DJs music in selected slots. Running from Shek Tong Tsui Tram Terminus, via The Hennessy to Shau Kei Wan Tram Terminus; this specific tram is converted from a maintenance tram which holds a heavy- duty generator and is rarely seen in public. With artist interviews also happening in the tram at selected times; make sure to get your ticket because this tram does not pick up any passengers!
29 November to 8 December 2013 (10 days) 【DETOUR Trams kick off on 30 November】
Official Website: www.detour.hk
Sites (29 Nov – 8 Dec):
PMQ (Plateau 4, the former Police Married Quarters) in Central
The Central Oasis in Central
The Hennessy in Wan Chai
Oi! in North Point
Shau Kei Wan Tram Terminus
* Sites open from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm (except Oi! opens from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm on 2 Dec)
Fleet of Trams (30 Nov – 8 Dec)
Participation in tram programmes is required to complete ticket registration and collection at DETOUR website: www.detour.hk from 18 Nov onwards.
DETOURT Tram Ticket Details:
1) Online ticket registration is now open to public at DETOUR 2013 official website (www.detour.hk).
2) Every individual can only register for one tram and a maximum of two tickets in the entire DETOUR 2013 period. Visit DETOUR 2013 official website (www.detour.hk) for the timetable.
3) The organizer will reserve tickets of certain timeslots for invited senior citizens and students.
4) DETOUR Music Box does not take passengers or offer tickets.
5) In case of programme changes, information will be announced via DETOUR 2013 official website without additional notice.
For more information, click HERE.
Written by Joyce Tsang