Art After Hours: Coo-koo! Sai Kung Soundscape Walk with Bird Neighbours

Art After Hours: Coo-koo! Sai Kung Soundscape Walk with Bird Neighbours

Date & Time

2 Mar 2024 2:00pm – 5:00pm


Pak Tam Chung




What better time for outings into the countryside than spring with its lush blossoms? This upcoming session of Art After Hours invites Project CROW to guide us into the sonic world of birds by following their common "coo-ing" sounds.  

Hong Kong is home to many human beings, yet all kinds of wildlife also try to survive within the nooks and crannies of the city. When the bustle of cars dies down and the crowds disperse, birds chirping and insects buzzing start up in turn and join the fray in the city's soundscape. For most of us, melodic birdsongs might be a mere amusement, but for birds, they are all too essential. Through birdsongs, we can get to know our feathery neighbours from what they say — whether in chirps or croaks, different varieties of bird calls in fact have different meanings.

Understanding the sounds of birds, why they call, and what they mean will encourage greater empathy for other life forms in our environment—or simply bring a smile to our faces. This workshop will look into birdsongs, and conclude with a DIY session of "auditory" greeting cards that record the sounds you hear in the wild and bring them home. In the context where global temperatures rise and climates grow extreme, we hope to focus on the connection between art and ecology to explore the possibility of building other sustainable ecological relationships.

Art After Hours invites speakers who work in the areas of art, design, and archives to engage in fascinating conversations with the audience. Each session will offer an in-depth discussion of the exhibitions but also extend beyond them; the speakers will interact with the audience and encourage a greater understanding of our chosen themes from a variety of perspectives. This edition of Art After Hours is curated by Veronica Wang and Sonia Cheng.

“Doves of Hong Kong" by Project CROW

"Cuckoos of Hong Kong" by Project CROW
Past events by Project CROW
Past events by Project CROW
Past events by Project CROW
Past events by Project CROW
Past events by Project CROW

Speakers bio

Project CROW

Founded in 2018, Project CROW is an initiative to bring people closer to nature by means of art and interactive experiences. Check out our exhibitions, workshops, and tours to join the nature adventures!

Project CROW is co-founded by Hoiling Cheng and Matthew Kwan. Hoiling is a proud 'moth-er' who shows unabashedly-biased love towards the less understood relatives of the butterflies. Upon completing the studies in Environmental Management, Hoiling has promoted the fascinating lives of insects through imagery and storytelling. She is currently dedicated to developing an interdisciplinary nature education syllabus for primary schools. A birdwatcher and a nature-lover since childhood, Matthew has worked on art and photography education after graduating from the Visual Art programme at HKBU. As a licensed tour guide, Matthew is devoted to promoting nature to both overseas birdwatchers and to the general public of Hong Kong. He has curated nature education exhibitions in venues including Lung Fu Shan Environmental Education Centre, TKO Plaza, and AIRSIDE.

Points to note

  1. The programme would be conducted in Cantonese.
  2. Participants aged 6 and above can participate if accompanied by their guardians. The itinerary includes passing through flat country trails, participants are suggested to assess their physical condition before deciding on their participation.
  3. Participants are required to situate themselves in a natural environment for an extended period of time. Participants are recommended to wear casual attire and close-toe shoes for protection when passing through the nature trial.
  4. On the day of the event, please arrive on time in Diamond Hill at 1:00 pm, for the 1:10 pm departure to Pak Tam Chung. We will arrive back at Pak Tam Chung at around 5 pm. Please arrange your own transportation to Diamond Hill and from Pak Tam Chung. Participants will be notified of arrival and departure details of the event through email upon participation confirmation.
  5. This is an outdoor activity. Please ensure that you have a hat, sunscreen, and mosquito repellent, and bring plenty of water.
  6. The event is covered by third-party liability insurance. For details, please contact
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  8. Photos and videos will be taken during the Event for marketing and promotional purposes. Photos and videos may be used in newspapers, magazines, radio and television broadcasts, websites, apps, emails and outdoor advertisements, etc. All photos, films, videos, records and/or the likenesses of the participants (if applicable) captured during the Event by Tai Kwun Contemporary (the “Organizer”) or their respective affiliated entities or contractors, are the sole property of the Organizer. Participants agree that the Organizer may use, present, publish or disseminate in any and all media worldwide for any legitimate purpose the photos or videos taken during the Event or the portraits of the participants as appear in any official documentary, commercial, television coverage, and all multimedia platforms, without any remuneration to any participant. The Organizer has the absolute right to use any photos, films, videos and records of the Event. Participants may also be invited to give written, audio, and video feedback.

Arrangements in Case of Inclement Weather Conditions

  • If an Amber Rainstorm Warning Signal or above, Typhoon Signal No. 3 or above, or Thunderstorm Warning is issued before 8:00 am, the event will be cancelled and rescheduled. No refunds will be given.
  • In the event of bad weather conditions, such as heavy rain or strong wind, the event may also be cancelled even if no weather warning signal has been issued. The event host will contact the participants as early as possible should this situation occur.

If a Rainstorm Warning Signal or Typhoon Signal is issued during the event, some activities may be cancelled due to safety concerns.