HKartsFestival@TaiKwun 2024

the big things and the tiny little things

an essential guide to a blindfolded journey

carry on

the big things and the tiny little things

HKartsFestival@TaiKwun 2024

arts delivery 3.0: to be confirmed

disco forever

fashion machine

Date & Time

24 Feb - 3 Mar, 2024 3pm -6pm




Free of charge


Presented by

HKartsFestival@TaiKwun is part of the 52nd Hong Kong Arts Festival

Solely sponsored by

#GiantPuppet  #ObjectTheatre #Symbiosis  #MemoryTour #MakingMemoriesNightandDay 

In the big things and the tiny little things, three common species in Hong Kong, namely sparrows, mushrooms and bees, are sometimes transformed into two-metre-tall puppets and sometimes shrunk in the stories of the “memory docents” and hidden in their storytelling miniature huts. In this disorienting performance where creatures grow large and small, our urban memories are woven together.

The show is divided into three parts.  In Part 1, flash mob landing, the little creatures that have grown much larger impressively land at Tai Kwun for a temporary stay and then disappear. In Part 2, the tiny little things, the audience follows the Memory Tour to different corners of Tai Kwun to meet the creatures in a different way.  Each docent carries a miniature hut that collects stories of how they “live” with the little creatures in the city.  Finally, the creatures will reappear in Part 3 in the giant puppet theatre performance the big things, to look back at the complex symbiotic relationship between nature and the city from perspectives both big and small.

The capacity for the Part 2 “Memory Tour” is limited. Register now to secure your spot!

Follow on Facebook and Instagram for the latest news   

*Performed in Cantonese 

*Suitable for participants aged six and above

*Where available, walk-in admission opens 10 minutes ahead of each show

the big things and the tiny little things is a new Hong Kong Arts Festival Commission

the big things and the tiny little things

24-25.02.2024; 2-3.03.2024 (Sat/Sun)


The show is divided into three parts:

Part 1: flash mob landing


Parade Ground

Part 2: the tiny little things* Memory Tour


Reception at Prison Yard

*Registration required

Part 3: the big things Giant Puppet Theatre


Prison Yard

Free admission   

Follow on Facebook and Instagram for the latest news

The above content is provided by Hong Kong Arts Festival

Core Creative Personnel

Giant Puppet Designer:  Chen Ying Ching (Xiaomi) (Hong Kong)

Dramaturge of Memory Tour: Lam Teng Teng (Macao)

Chen Ying Ching (Giant Puppet Designer) 

A professional puppeteer from Taiwan, Chen Ying Ching studied traditional Japanese puppetry with Hoshikawa Yoshio and Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo with the Nishikawa Koryu Troupe from 1996-99. In 2000, she moved to Hong Kong where she co-founded Fantasy Puppet in 2005. 

Her major works include The Sleeping Gypsy, Fantasy at an Exhibition, The World Behind the Shadow, Blessing of the Banyan Tree, Season of the Sweet Gum, Fruit Story, Happy Days Toy Shop, Hairy the Little Macaque, Show Me Once, Let Me Free, Fruit Story 3, Madam Sew and The Whale in the Ground.

Chen has been invited to create large-scale puppets for various prestigious events. Notable commissions include a four-and-a-half-metre-tall marionette The Last Do Do Bird for Standard Chartered Arts in the Park, a 10-metre bamboo puppet for the Macao Cultural Affairs Bureau, and a grand whale puppet for Edan Lui’s “IN MY SIGHT OF E” solo concert. 

In addition to her theatre work, Chen also creates and produces puppetry animation. In 2023, her film Blue Fruit Tree in the Fog was shortlisted and screened at the Reel Puppetry Film Festival.

Visit for a full overview of the artist and her works.

Lam Teng Teng (Dramaturge of Memory Tour)

Macanese artist Lam Teng Teng obtained her Master's degree in Alternative and Puppet Theatre from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (DAMU). She is the co-founder, Artistic Director and Resident Director of Rolling Puppet Alternative Theatre. She is also a member and festival committee member of the International Puppetry Association (UNIMA).

Some of Lam’s significant directing works in theatre include Made in Macau 2.0, Drug, Fang Fang, News about Xiao An, Object #15, Distance, Back to the Catastrophic Typhoon of 1874,  Mr. Ka, The Metamorphosis of Ugly Duckling, Granny Pirate and Spirits Of The Island, as well as Galaxy Adventure and Blue Bird.

Since 2018, Lam has been co-curating Rolling Puppet Alternative Theatre's “Artistic Education Program in Puppetry” and has served as a teacher for puppetry workshops and performance practices.

Lam has frequently been invited to tour her directorial works, collaborate on creative projects, and conduct puppetry and theatre workshops and lectures by different countries and cities, including the Czech Republic, Norway, Hungary, the Netherlands, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao, as well as various cities in mainland China.

Visit for a full overview of the artist and her works.