Cultural Masseurs Programme Overview
Body massage stimulates circulation, and massage of the mind stimulates the circulation of ideas, particularly creative ones. “Cultural masseurs” connect the dots in the cultural scene, helping to uncover the beauty in our daily lives, as well as respond to daily lives with arts. The project, targeted at young people, adults, and early retirees, brings arts into lives through an array of carefully curated programmes: guided tours, talks, workshops, internship and apprenticeship, as well as the process of art-making. These programmes may enlighten the participants to see the world in an artful way, and they will in turn enlighten others as active audience through sharing of what they know about the arts, and ultimately becoming “cultural masseurs” themselves. Only through connecting arts and everyday living can arts thrive in a city and culture be passed on.
Cultural Masseur was launched in 2017, while the Dragonix Multi-Arts Festival was organized in 2018. In 2020, Cultural Masseur: Talking Heads initiates different inter-disciplinary sessions with various disciplines ranging from neuroscience, technology, space, mindfulness, perceptual psychology, etc. at the Hong Kong Arts Centre. Each programme features a local or overseas artist, consists of a thematic talk and an experiential showcase that opens to the public. A chill-chat salon will be followed in inviting selected guests, experts and professionals from various disciplines in engaging creative dialogues with each other.
In 2021, Cultural Masseur Self Institute will be established in providing a platform for youngsters to fulfill their artistic initiatives, merges the current local issues with arts, extracts art elements from different fields, thus to create interdisciplinary artworks that reflect various social conditions. The programme will invite a group of artists and professionals from different disciplines as mentors to give guidance and envision participants in arts creation and reflections; while the mentors will also share their own experiences, insights and expertise from respective disciplines. Once the participants are selected to be the apprentices, they will be given chances to develop their creative cultural plans and realize their artistic initiatives.
Cultural Masseur – A cross-disciplinary artistic experience in breaking the wall between arts and other disciplines.