Exhibition: Intangible Cultural Heritage of Hong Kong – Pokfulam’s Fire Dragon

Organizer: South China Research Center, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Courtyard, 2/F, Chia-Wei Woo Academic Concourse, HKUST (Neighboring LTK and LTJ)

Pokfulam Village, located in the Southern District of Hong Kong Island, organizes Fire Dragon Dance at the night of Mid-Autumn Festival (15th day of the 8th lunar month) every year. The Fire Dragon parades along the lanes and alleys within the village to ward off bad fortune and pray for peace for the villagers. This traditional custom has a history of over a hundred years and is an item in Hong Kong's Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The skeleton of the Fire Dragon is made of bamboo sticks and straw, with a length over 10 meters. The Dragon is supported by bamboo poles which become handles for the dancers. Villagers stick burning incense sticks in the skeleton of the Dragon prior to the parade. The burning incense sticks thus constitute the body of the Fire Dragon.

This is one of the Fire Dragons used at the night of Mid-Autumn Festival in Pokfulam Village in 2014. It was placed at the village entrance for worship purpose. This Dragon was prepared by Master Ng Kong-kin and he has kindly agreed to lend out the Dragon for this exhibition showcasing Hong Kong's Intangible Cultural Heritage and the tradition of Fire Dragon Dance in Pokfulam Village.