About Freedom Ball

Freedom Ball questions whether the Hong Kong government controls the use of public space for the benefit of Hong Kong people.

We do this through simple and striking interventions in public spaces which encourage the public to engage directly with activities which are currently banned in the space.

The principles of our interventions are that they challenge the rules in a way that is positive and engaging and encourage the public to join in actively.

Our aim is to change the way that public spaces are managed, designed and controlled so that they meet the needs of Hong Kong people.

自由波向政府質疑: 政府控制公共空間的使用是否有利於公眾利益。

我們通過在公共场所舉辮一些簡單而又引起大家矚目的行動:鼓勵公眾直接參與一些仍然被禁的活動。

這些行動的宗旨就是: 大家用正面而又有趣的形式鼓勵公眾積極投入這類活動,挑戰僵化規條。

我們的目的在於改變公共空間的設計和管理模式, 最終能符合香港市民的需要。


Monday, November 23, 2009

A Happy Sunday

Well I'd been worried about what the weather would be like but woke up to a perfect sunny day on Sunday and we headed off to Shatin where our biggest Freedom Ball intervention so far went off really well.

Many thanks to everyone who came along and especially to those who came and helped inflate the balls, you guys worked really hard and we couldn't have done it without you. Also the team of interviewers who did video interviews and filled out questionnaires with the public.

The park users who came to the park that day were great too and helped make the day the fun and positive event we were hoping for. Many people even stayed behind and helped us deflate the balls when it came time to pack up. We're starting to process the feedback from the public and I will edit the video footage in the next few days (thanks Violet!) and link to it. In the meantime check out the photos that are coming in to the Facebook Group here: Photos.

As well as the interviews and questionnaires we had a lot of interesting conversations with press, public and even park management, who have responded positively to the issues raised by Freedom Ball. Rest assured that we will be working on keeping the momentum going and on exploring how to turn words into real action to make Hong Kong parks better places for Hong Kong people.