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Do-It-Yourself “Thumbiano” workshop for students from low-income households in Hong Kong

May 2016 │ Hong Kong

On 13 March, 22 volunteers spent the afternoon at Freespace Happening, teaching and assisting 28 underprivileged students to assemble their own thumbiano as part of the Deutsche Bank’s Born to Be initiative. A thumbiano is a musical instrument, which can be made using spokes from old bicycle wheels and wood from wine boxes. The event was a collaboration between Deutsche Bank Hong Kong and the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) Authority, which aims to promote art and culture in Hong Kong.

The pilot volunteer programme – DIY “Thumbiano” workshop – was set up for local school students from low-income households, to give them exposure to art and music in Hong Kong. It is part of a larger initiative “Freespace Happening”, a series of free outdoor events that take place at WKCD every month, featuring music performances, a handicrafts market, street performances and more.

Prior to the workshop, Deutsche Bank volunteers spent a couple of hours together learning to make the thumbiano themselves.
At the event, the students also took the chance to walk around the Nursery Park and learn about the area’s upcoming development, which includes building of an opera house and performance centre, with the aim of establishing a new vibrant cultural quarter in Hong Kong.

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