Commons Festival at Lingnan fosters inclusive community with handmade businesses and social services
Issue No. 137 Apr 2023
LU’s Department of Cultural Studies and Centre for Cultural Research and Development (CCRD) organised the Commons Festival on 12 April at Kin Sun Square (Skylight), where five community-based enterprises and service providers focusing on community connection, fair trade, reading promotion, self-help peer support, and shared space showcased their handmade products and services.
Apart from a market place, the event also acted as a platform for social enterprises and service providers to communicate with students and the public directly, enhancing community-based economy and mutual support, and advocating equal and inclusive local cultures.
(From left) Peggy, Jenny and Eva from Sharing Kitchen (共廚家作), a social enterprise offering co-cooking spaces in licensed food factories, explain the story behind the enterprise and their products including homemade coffee powder, herbal tea cookies and low-sugar jam.
Exhibitors and their background:
- i-COMMON HK - a platform under CCRD which initiates the ideas of Commons and its associated values, including "Co-Establish", "Co-Governance" and "Sharing".
- Fair Circle - a social enterprise established in 2005, with a mission to mobilise fair trade movements.
- Rolling Books - bringing interactive and engaging reading activities to schools and caring communities with mobile libraries and events.
- Tin Zi Zok Wai - creating an opportunity for women in Tin Shui Wai to bring new vibes and creations in the neighbourhood.
- Sharing Kitchen - recruiting grassroots to produce food products at restaurant kitchens during non-peak hours and run their business.