This project aims to guide students to investigate a Hong Kong Government tourism development policy of implementing Art Festival as a model for developing international tourism on Yimtintsai (???) Island, the home of a Hakka village and a popular heritage site of Hakka culture and Catholicism in Saikung. Students will receive training to serve as docents for the up-coming Yimtintsai Art Festival to be held in November and December. By participating in 3 docent training sessions and serving as docents in the art festival, students collect research data to examine selected issues about the relationships between Heritage Preservation, Contemporary Art Installation and Tourism Development and community revitalization.
Students will be required to join 3 docent training sessions during October and November and serve as docents in the Yimtintsai Art Festival in December. They will conduct interviews with local villagers, officials, artists and tourists to learn the views of different stakeholders. With their collected data and experiences, they will work with the supervisors to develop their specific research topics and undertake analysis about relationships between heritage preservation, contemporary art installation and tourism development.
Schedule of training sessions:
(1) Date: Sept 29 (Tue)
Venue: Online meeting
Contents: Briefing on Yimtintsai Art Festival and artworks; docent skills training
(2) Date: Oct 9 (Fri)
Venue: Online meeting
Contents: Heritage of Hakka culture and Catholicism; docent skills training
(3) Date: Oct 17 (Sat)
Venue: Yimtintsai Island
Contents: On-site practices of docent skills, Docent Certificate Examination
Serving as a docent for artworks and local heritage on Yimtintsai Island for at least 5 days during the 2nd Yimtintsai Art Festival.
Schedule of Yimtintsai Art Festival:
Date: November and December
Venue: Yimtintsai Island and Saikung Town
Upon completion of this project, students are expected to be able to do the following:
1 Explain the factors affecting the development of cultural industry in relation to art and heritage tourism
2 Analyze the pros and cons of government policies and conditions of their implementation concerning the development of cultural industry
3 Develop cross-cultural sensitivity and social awareness toward community revitalization projects
4 Relate interdisciplinary knowledge for solving real world problems
5 collect multi-media data in fieldwork about different stakeholders' interaction
6 Enhance teamwork ability and interpersonal communication