Behind Hong Kong’s all-business front, lies a vast repository of artistic talent. The Hong Kong Market’s Association, the group behind the city’s Island East Market, now invites you to explore Hong Kong’s numerous homegrown creative talents housed within a new arts showcase, PMQ, a grade three-listed historic site located bang in the midst of the mid level
What is PMQ?
PMQ or the Police Married Headquarters consists of a duo of roomy, functional buildings that exude a typical 1950’s vibe, a style form fast disappearing on Hong Kong’s rapidly changing architectural landscape. The twin PMQ buildings were constructed in 1951, on the site of a former school, which was destroyed during the Japanese Occupation of Hong Kong during WWII.
The quarters were once used to house junior Chinese police officers and constituted a governmental effort aimed at boosting enrolment into the force. The PMQ quarters were vacated in 2000, but the buildings lay vacant for years, as the government had no immediate plans for their use. In 2009, the government decided to preserve, rather than pull down these immensely valuable structures, and it embarked on a plan to renovate and revitalize these edifices.
Soon after the government invited four NGOs to put forth a ‘best use plan.’ A group of local businessmen committed to preserving the local culture of Hong Kong won the bid, and donated 100 million HKD to the cause. Thus, the creative platform that is PMQ was born.
This burgeoning arts hub couldn’t be better located. Easily accessible from Central and Hollywood Road, PMQ is located on 35 Aberdeen Street, along a steep incline in the heart of the mid levels west. In fact, PMQ is conveniently situated between favored luxe residential developments, Centrestage, Centrepoint, round the corner from Engel and Volker’s lead store at Caine Road, within proximity to the entertainments and arts epicenters of Soho and Hollywood Road.
The tenants at PMQ feature a mix of established and up-coming names from the worlds of design, art and hospitality. Studios, galleries, pop-up stores, cafes, bars and restaurants dot the complex. The list of current tenants include brands like Found Muji, Chocolate Rain, Herman Miller, Flying Zacchinis, Goods of Desire, Kapok crafted in Hong Kong, Mall 852.com and many more.
Good food is integral to Hong Kong society; thus it is hardly surprising that PMQ also hosts several diverse eateries offering in-house dining or grab on the go options. Tai Lung Fung, Phoenix Sweets, Showcase by Bread and Butter, Aberdeen Street Social, Isono Eatery and Bar are some of the hotspots currently open for business at this bastion of creativity and entrepreneurship.
The hotly anticipated PMQ night market is currently underway this summer. This animated market is hosted in the open-air courtyard of PMQ on weekends. Live music, DJs, mouth-watering eats by Hong Kong’s hottest restaurants like Brick House, Grassroots Pantry and various other artisanal producers like Happy Cow, Fork along with fashion forward wares are all on offer at the PMQ night market.
So, if you have an appreciation for good design and style and a sense of history, come on over to PMQ and explore the many delights on offer.
Market Dates Summer 2014
25 – 27 April
2 – 4 May
30 – 31 May, 1 June
6 – 8 June
13 – 15 June
25 – 27 July
Friday: 6:00pm – 11:00pm
Saturday: 5:00pm – 11:00pm
Sunday: 12:00nn – 5:00pm
Read more -http://www.pmq.org.hk