Bamboo theatre before the newly build Xiqu Centre

Taking a break

Taking a break

For several years now the “West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre” has been staged in Hong Kong’s future cultural hub West Kowloon Cultural District.  Several events featuring mainly Cantonese operas (which used bamboo for building stages in the old days and the event hence is titled “Bamboo Theatre”) along with some contemporary music and Chinese dance.

Since 2012, this huge bamboo theatres have sprung up each year in West Kowloon in time for the Chinese New Year period. This theatres have about 800-seats and take just some weeks to be constructed. A bamboo theatre is just a temporary structure designed using traditional and modern architectural designs. Ten specialist bamboo craftsman use kind of 10,000 bamboo poles to build the theatres.

Having a chat under actors

Having a chat under actors

Each year extremely popular xiqu (Chinese opera) performances are shown on stage. At the usual area the bamboo theatre had been staged there is the construction of the new Xiqu Centre going on. The Xiqu Centre will be part of the 40 hectare West Kowloon Cultural District. The precinct, built on reclaimed land, will also include 23 hectares of public open space, museums, art galleries, and exhibition centres.

Actors old and young are waiting to perform here as soon as possible.

Time to think about the performance

Time to think about the performance