When walking around the concrete jungle streets of Hong Kong, bamboo scaffolding is a commonplace sight. It’s an unlikely contrast, but this organic material blends in as an addition to building in Hong Kong’s ever-growing skyline.
We’ve explored the history of bamboo scaffolding in previous blog posts, click on the links below to take a look.
What Are The Cultural Uses of Bamboo Scaffolding?
Bamboo is an ideal material for temporary structures. It can be used for both scaffolding and to build seasonal opera theatres.
Using bamboo scaffolding for opera theatres is complicated work; care must be taken for both its interior appearance and the overall shape. As theatre is a visual business, the bamboo structure must be appealing to the eye.
Opera Theatres in China
Theatres for the opera and dramatic arts are the main alternative for using bamboo scaffolding. This is because they are flexible and convenient, enabling temporary use as well as being able to create an effective barrier and separation between the performers and audience.
Yu Lan Ghost Festival
Yu Lan Ghost Festival, also known as Zhongyuan Festival, is a traditional Taoist and Buddhist festival held on the 15th night of the 7th month.
This festival is a time in which ghosts and spirits come out from the lower realm. It differs from Tomb Sweeping Day (Qingming Festival), as during Ghost Festival, the deceased are believed to visit the living.
For this festival, the stages are built using bamboo scaffolding. The live opera performance is performed during the festival to worship and honour ghostly ancestors.
Cheung Chau Bun Festival
Cheung Chau Bun Festival is a traditional Chinese festival that takes place on the island of Cheung Chau in Hong Kong.
This festival draws in tens of thousands of local spectators and overseas visitors. It coincides with the local celebration of Buddha’s birthday and began as a fun, exciting ritual for fishing communities to pray for safety from potential pirates.
This festival also features the famous bun scrambling competition. This is an event where participants stand at the bottom of a tower and then scramble to get as many buns as possible within 3 minutes. Participants must climb to the top and start collecting buns from top to bottom.
The higher the buns, the higher the points get.
Being not scared of heights reaps great rewards in this competition.
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