The 2009 Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture, as the first cultural event of international scale, takes place at the future West Kowloon Cultural District from 4 December 2009 to 27 February 2010. The site of the West Kowloon hosted 46,000 square metres of over 80 exhibitions, more than 49 events/forums, with over 30 schools participating, showcasing an open platform composed of inventive works and thought-provoking installations, experiments, workshops and performances that aim to engage the public in rethinking the society that they are integral of.
’Bring Your Own Biennale’ (BYOB) is a catchphrase, framework, and approach envisioned to stimulate our collective role in the creation of an innovative Bi-City Biennale between Hong Kong and Shenzhen. It calls for individual participation and networked collaboration – working within and outside boundaries to generate unexpected results. BYOB makes the process of cultural production transparent, an approach that relies on the citizens and the city’s infrastructure for our Bi-City engagement. It is at once contextual but also reflective, a unique opportunity to speculate on what our impact on the metropolis could be.