Monday, September 29, 2014

The Weekend: Ukulele Festival

On one of the hottest days of the Fall, steps away from the Pro-Democratic Student Movement, a Ukulele Festival was setting up its booths and sound checking.  

The Ukulele Festival was held at the Central Harbourfront Event Space on Saturday from 3 - about 9 pm.  It was a great international festival with local ukulele artists and ukulele players from Taiwan, Shenzhen, Japan, the States, and more.

Ryo Natoyama sound checking.

Lang Lang chilling with his ukulele.

Give & Take practicing backstage.

Hong Kong International Hula Association booth and hula dancers.

At the end of the night, while a lot of the crowed started dispersing and heading over to support the student movement, there was a sort of bittersweet feeling in the air.  The Harbour was to our right, the lights of the surrounding buildings were twinkling magically, and the organizers were saying their final notes of was all truly romantic, but then you could see the police cars lining up along the streets creating road blockades and the students starting to march in Tamar makes me wonder what this city will be like when I wake up tomorrow morning.