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Preston People’s Canopy pops up in Hong Kong festival

Posted on - 13th December, 2015 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, News, UCLan

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The giant red canopy used for the Lancashire Encounters festival in Preston has now made it half way around the world.

Known as the People’s Canopy the large structure is now set up in Hong Kong for an architecture festival.

More than 50 volunteers cycled the canopy into Preston in late September when it was set up in the Flag Market and down into Birley Street, as well as moving between different locations in the city.

Canopy designer and architect James Shen said: “We are proud to have the People’s Canopy featured in the 2015/16 Hong Kong Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture.

“The People’s Canopy project was conceived to bridge across locations and cultures and now it connects islands. After its launch in Preston, Hong Kong is the second site to host the People’s Canopy; an apt location to highlight the historic and cultural ties between these two parts of the world.”

Lancaster Encounter was a three day celebration of the arts and culture in Preston.

The People's Canopy by #peoplesarchitectureoffice, an #incertainplaces project. from In Certain Places on Vimeo.

Professor Charles Quick of In Certain Places at UCLan said: “The People’s Canopy project began during a visit to Beijing by In Certain Places in 2014, and developed through an on-the-ground engagement with the people and places of Preston by People’s Architecture Office.

“The presentation of the Canopy at the 2015/16 Hong Kong Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, marks a new, important step in this cross-cultural collaboration, which celebrates the connections and specificities of two very different places.”

Did you see the canopy when it was here? Do you think the festival should return next year? Let us know in the comments below

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