Hong Kong is a city on the rise. It’s becoming more and more diverse and international, it’s a centre of business and finance, and new possibilities are opening up all around. Hong Kong has long sought to emulate world cities like London and New York, and while it is certainly on it’s way there, it is lacking in what truly gives these big cities their identities. An emphasis on and support of independent creativity within the various art forms.
Through independent art, the inhabitants of the city are able to collaborate and inspire one another, open up dialogues on pertinent topics, keep the energy of the city thriving, and express the true soul of the city while bringing people together and creating a strong sense of identity within the community. This is what makes creative expression so important.
Music is undoubtedly the most relatable and accesible art form within any community and that’s what this blog will focus on. When it comes to independent contemporary music, Hong Kong has been notoriously criticized for having little homegrown talent and few opportunities to experience the music. The government has also played a repressive role by disallowing several music events due to space issues and noise levels. It has also given little support and encouragement to the local scene.
However in recent years, the local music scene has been making a big move. While many more international acts have been making their way to the city, the number and quality of local bands is rising, as well as music venues, labels, events and festivals, such as the now annual Clockenflap, and several new supportive ventures.
It’s important to pay attention to what’s being created in today’s Hong Kong and get involved when it sparks your interest. This blog aims to shed some light on interesting, past, recent and upcoming developments in the local music scene.