Venue: The Hive Spring, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
Our biggest event of the year, Artists in Exile Near and Far: Refugee stories through art in Hong Kong and Abroad, was held on Saturday October 13th, in collaboration with Drink for Justice, Table of Two Cities, and DreamLikeBubbles. The 4-hour long art reception showcased more than 100 paintings by children and adult refugee artists waiting for asylum in Greece and in Hong Kong. Apart from the art exhibits, the programme also included video screening, musical performances, drinks, delicious ethnic food. The event had a great turnout - more than 100 people attended the event and expressed very positive feedback. Among the attendees were refugee rights advocates, NGO representatives, lawyers, artists, professors, students at all levels, families, and their young children. We were honoured to have Ms. Kayra Martinez, founder of Love Without Borders for Refugees in Need, one of our event beneficiaries, to talk to the audience about her life on the humanitarian frontline in Greece.
The objectives of the event were to provide a platform for refugees, children and adults alike, to share their stories through their paintings and photos; and to raise funds for the contributing refugee artists and their families.
Sincere thanks to everyone - all the contributing refugee artists, participating organizations, the organising committee, and all of you who came to support this beautiful cause.