Tai O Fishermen Culture Exhibition: Fishermen, Oar and Paddle Woodworkers, and the Palm Leaf Vaults

2024.05.09 - 2024.11.08

The Sustainable Lantau Office has commissioned Tai O Cultural Association to organise the ‘Tai O Fishermen Culture Exhibition: Fishermen, Oar and Paddle Woodworkers, and the Palm Leaf Vaults’ at Tung Chung Community Liaison Centre Extension. The aim of the exhibition is to promote the conservation of the traditional fishing culture and explore possibilities for cultural inheritance.

Besides displaying a sampan (traditional wooden boat) from ‘The Joy of Navigating’, paddles and oar made of traditional materials and technique are exhibited for visitor’s appreciation at close range. The exhibition also displays fishing nets and palm leaf vaults made with traditional techniques to showcase Tai O traditional fishermen’s work tools and stilt houses making techniques. Three short documentaries about ‘fishing net’, ‘oar and paddle’, and ‘palm leaf vault’, narrated by Tai O fishermen and their next generation, are shown at the exhibition to enhance public understanding of Tai O fishermen culture.

In addition, a series of Tai O Fishing Net Workshops will be held. Both exhibition and workshops are free and the public is welcome to visit and participate.

Exhibition Details:

Period : 9 May to 8 November 2024
Time : Tuesdays to Sundays, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Close on Mondays and Public Holidays)
Venue : Tung Chung Community Liaison Centre Extension, 11 Tung Chung Waterfront Road, Tung Chung

Workshops details:

The workshops will be hosted by a Tai O fisherman, who will share the fun facts of the fishing nets such as the structure, the tools and techniques of making a net. Participants can experience traditional fishing net weaving. Upon completion of the workshops, each participant will receive a set of souvenirs, including a nylon bag made with traditional fishing net weaving technique.

Date : June 22 (only one session, 3:30pm to 4:30pm), July 27, August 3 & 24 (schedules in September and October to be announced)
Time : 2pm to 3pm; 3:30pm to 4:30pm (two sessions a day)
Target : All ages (Children under 10 years old with the company of parents are welcome)
Medium of instruction : Cantonese, with some terms in Fishermen’s language
Registration method : Email Tai O Cultural Association (TOCA) at taiotocaws@gmail.com with participant’s name, mobile number with WhatsApp, date and session.
Successful applicants will receive a WhatsApp confirmation message from the TOCA.