HONG KONG—Indie music need more room to grow, especially when struggling under “a system consisted of strong economy and politics”, according to Anthony Wong, a famous singer and the organizer of the 2012 Renaissance Music Festival. Wong strengthened, indie is a spirit and there is still market for Indie art.
On Nov.24, eight Indie musicians from Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong gathered on the stage set alongside Victoria Harbor, performed seven-hour free concert for music lovers and voiced the proposal of enlarging room for indie arts in West Kowloon Cultural District.
“China culture neglect individual value. Currently the politics and economy in mainland is too strong thus the other Chinese community becomes subordinate,” according to Anthony Wong, who served as director of Renaissance Foundation, the organizer of the festival. He added, “don’t let the strong system isolate us.”
Under the theme “independent arts and freedom renaissance“, the show started in an unpleasant chilly, and cloudy afternoon. The wind and rain did not scare away enthusiastic audiences. Until 17:00, the main area was filled with excited faces.
Li Feng, a 21-year-old college student from Shenzhen, along with his five friends, came to Hong Kong earlier that day，just for the show. “We still need to be back after 23:00 but the performance totally worth it.” Li added, “Rock music and free beers, this is something you can’t miss.” The festival attracts thousands of audiences in the light rain, couples holding hands, and young girl riding on father’s shoulder.
The atmosphere climbed to heat when Anthony Wong, the first open gay singer in Hong Kong performed on the stage and kissed Zuoxiao Zuzhou, a rock star from Mainland China.
Renaissance Foundation was set in September this year, aiming to promote independent art creation, across-culture art exchange and enlarge the room for young artists. Starting from Nov. 24, Renaissance Foundation will hold various activities including music festival, movie saloon and readers club, welcoming youngsters from the Greater China region.
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