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Sustainable Arts and Culture Coffee Tour

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Sham Shui Po

32 Boundary Street

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Join us in the vibrant neighbourhood of Sham Shui Po to learn about coffee whilst discovering traditional and new forms of arts and crafts!

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Encompass HK is pleased to collaborate with Business of Design Week (BODW) in highlighting local community arts, coffee an culture to promote a sustainable life style . Join us for a day in Sham Shui Po, where we will be exploring the neighbourhood’s hidden gems and learning how local communities have contributed to HK’s vibrant art and culture. Starting off with a coffee at BOUND by Hillywood in Prince Edward, followed by an exciting mix of traditional and new-wave arts and crafts, before ending at Café Sausalito in time for and optional lunch, and of course, another hand-drip coffee.

BODW City Programme (CityProg) is a year-round design-led, citywide creative and business community activation programme that seeks to substantiate the rise of the creative economy and design culture with the aim to engage public, activate the community and foster collaboration with local businesses and brands. As an extension of Business of Design Week (BODW), an Asia’s leading annual event on design, innovation and brands organised by Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC), CityProg acts as a platform to facilitate exchange between Hong Kong and the BODW partner city, design and business, local and overseas designers and the general public via various engaging programmes that celebrate design value and thinking all year round with its peak in Nov – Dec and major happenings during BODW period, i.e. 30 Nov – 8 Dec 2019.

Encompass HK is a social enterprise that offers training and consultancy services to educate and support organisations to be more diversified and inclusive whilst helping them meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We commit to reinvesting at least 60% of all net profits into achieving our social mission by supporting local and international non-governmental organisations. Our social enterprise also serves the wider community by supporting different social causes through a collaborative model by jointly delivering our SDG programs and donating to local and international NGOs. Through a range of past events such as sustainable coffee workshops, Green Women Festival, bio-organic wine tastings, Encompass HK is an experienced and confident organization which hosting arts and culture events to promotes the SDGs.

During this BODW satellite event, participants of Encompass HK’s sustainable coffee and arts and culture tour will be will be guided along the neighbourhood of Sham Shui Po to learn about both the art of coffee and sustainable coffee drinking habits and knowledge, as well as other traditional and modern forms of arts and culture. The tour aims of uncover unseen or forgotten aspects of the city to highlight and celebrate Hong Kong’s unique culture and local crafts.

Sham Shui Po is arguably one of the city’s most treasured representation of grassroots Hong Kong. The historic streets of Sham Shui Po reflect the ups and downs of Kowloon’s long history, showcasing Hong Kong’s vitality and ingenuity. With a concentration of decades-old public housing since the 20th century, Sham Shui Po has hosted a vibrant mix of refugees, migrant traders and the city’s impoverished. As one of the most diverse areas in Hong Kong, it is home to some of the most dynamic street scenes of the city, including the biggest open-air bazaar on Ap Liu Street, Dragon centre, one of Hong Kong’s oldest shopping complexes, and countless street food stalls and local wet markets.

In recent years, accompanied by an influx of new openings, the neighbourhood has undergone notable regeneration. Dotted amongst the quintessential streets are hints of a new wave of arts and culture.

An accredited event of BODW CityProg.

The tour will begin at BOUND by Hillywood at Prince Edward , a coffee shop serving blue-collar coffee, tucked alongside authentic street food stalls and noodle houses. From the moment one steps inside this café, the atmosphere leaves no room for the pressures and stresses of hectic daily life in Hong Kong. Accompanied by fluorescent lights and brightly tiled walls, the café’s vibrant aesthetic, partly inspired by the hippie movement, creates an enclave for one to take a step back and temporarily adjust to a slower and more mindful rhythm of life. Embracing an air of neo-romanticism, BOUND by Hillywood is a prime showcase of East meets West. Being undoubtedly a neighbourhood gem, this unique café also creates opportunities for local artists to exhibit their work, and local musicians to gather their crowd.

Upon stepping back into Hong Kong’s bustling scene, participants will then be guided along the streets of Sham Shui Po to experience how the seemingly jarring juxtaposition of old and new work to complement each other in the vibrant neighbourhood. As a major garment manufacturing district in the 1960s and 70s, Ki Kung Street, Yu Chau Street and Nam Cheong Street are unsurprisingly still bustling with fabrics and accessories trade. Similarly, Ap Liu Street and Kwei Lam Street still offer a delightful collection of old collectibles. Whilst some new openings such as the Qi Pao Store, TenOne TenThree (十壹十三), reflect traditional Chinese specialities, commodities have become undoubtedly more diverse. Today, authentic local crafts such as the oldest leather shop in the area, Cheong Hing Leather Company (昌興皮革, are joined by newly opened leather stores showcasing elements of modern and European design. Perhaps resulting from Hong Kong’s history with colonial Britain, fountain pen stores and essential oil and fragrance stores are tucked comfortably within the neighbourhood.

Lastly, the tour will conclude at Café Sausalito, an independent coffee shop opened in 2014. Born in Hong Kong, founder Michael Tam, moved to Northern California at the age of ten. Upon returning to Hong Kong in 2011, he was welcomed by a city he only vaguely recalled in his childhood memories. Whilst exploring the nearby neighbourhood, Michael was particularly drawn by the atmosphere on Tai Nan Street. Tucked alongside larger main roads, turning onto the street is a thought that rarely frequents one’s mind. With no places to hang out along the street, it is often pretty quiet on weekdays and completely empty on weekends. When the owners of a belt buckle shop along Tai Nan Street retired in 2014, Michael Tam immediately saw the potential of the newly available space. Named after the charismatic San Fransico Bay Area across the Golden Gate Bridge that Michael often reminisces fondly about, Café Sausalito provides a space for relaxing, learning and socialising among the global community. Launched in 2017, the Sausalito Sustainability Projects (SSP) are a collection of activities and initiatives that contribute back to the community by helping create a greener world through inspiring customers to commit to greener habits. Projects include “Go Cup Friday”, “Water for Free”, “Food Savoir”, “Bring Your Own Straw” and the “Last Straw Movement” that all aim to encourage the use of reusable drinkware. Moreover, every month, Café Sausalito partners with a different charity to host collection drives, bake sales and entertainment events. Past drives include baby supplies for PathfindersHK, canned food for FeedingHK, bake sales and comedy nights for ImpactHK. Café Sausalito also integrates sustainable practices into their business operations by selling excess food at a discounted price through “Food Savior”, only providing disposable cutlery in takeaway orders upon request, offering utensil-free catering services and giving their used coffee grinds to The Po Workspace to be upcycled into natural, handmade soaps.

Both Café Sausalito and BOUND by Hillywood are amongst the new wave of stores that have popped up as the older generation of wholesales retire and the shop fronts are replaced by the creative ideas of young entrepreneurs who are brave enough to grasp the opportunity. Through the reminiscent streets of Sham Shui Po, the tour hopes to reintroduce participants to another aspect of life in Hong Kong, allowing individuals to immerse themselves in the neighbourhood’s mix of old and new—the very embodiment of Hong Kong’s culture.

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