FringeBacker, as network partner of UNESCO Observatory for Research in Local Cultures and Creativity in Education (RLCCE), celebrates the inaugural event of the International "Arts for Peace" Festival at the Hong Kong Queen Elizabeth Stadium. Together with Consul-Generals from around the world, FringeBacker embraces the power of arts and encourages everyone to take upon the role of peacemakers and to change the world.


FringeBacker was delighted to be one of the judges at the 2014 Hong Kong Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Contest co-organised by US Consulate General, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Junior Achievement Hong Kong. The full day event – supported by Apple, Microsoft, Time Warner, Motion Picture Association of America, Mayer Brown, Hong Kong Disneyland and CASBAA – involved industry leaders sharing information on intellectual property rights, whilst 100 secondary school students applied their knowledge and created Public Service Announcement (PSA) videos to raise awareness about digital piracy among their peers. Congratulations to everyone on a successful event!

Mr. Clifford A. Hart, Consul General of the United States of America to Hong Kong and Macau, presenting to Ms Maryann Hwee, Executive Director of FringeBacker

Mr. Clifford A. Hart with 100 Hong Kong secondary school students


FringeBacker was delighted to be invited to partake in a live-streamed web TV show at new co-working space Hong Kong Zürich. FringeBacker shared insights with Zürich (Switzerland) artists, designers and entrepreneurs, we look forward to working with Swiss patrons in the future whilst continuing to strengthen cultural ties between these two great cities!


Scenes from Taming of the Shrew

FringeBacker is delighted to see one its projects, Shakespeare in the Port – Hong Kong’s first outdoor Shakespeare festival hosted at Cyberport, Hong Kong – not only successfully exceeding its fundraising target (HK$44,750 / US$5,818; 179% overfunded), but in turn make a huge impact on the arts and cultural scene in Hong Kong.

Led by its passionate Artistic Director, Meaghan McGurgan, Shakespeare in the Port strived to achieve the virtuous goal of allowing everyone under the age of 12 to attend the festival for free to encourage children to be exposed to high-quality theatrical performances. What’s more, education packs are provided which include worksheets for students, historical information and a lesson plan tailored for each production.

In the year that marks the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare, this unique cultural experience prides itself in bringing affordable, accessible theatre to the public of Hong Kong, whilst also celebrating the artist achievements of the people of Hong Kong.

Meaghan adds, "Crowdfunding with Fringebacker has been an amazing experience for the Shakespeare in the Port team. We were a bit nervous when we started our campaign, but with their help and belief in our vision we were able to raise the funds we needed and get the word out about our festival. It was amazing to know that people believed in our dream. We can't recommend Fringebacker enough to fellow artists. They are wonderful people."

The festival has since been featured in several publications in print, online, radio and TV, including RTHK’s popular arts and cultural television programme, ‘The Works’, and at ‘Pod to the People’ – Hong Kong’s first-ever live Podcast festival.

Scenes from Julius Ceasar


The Oxford Gargoyles – Oxford University’s jazz a cappella ensemble – is the second group of Voice Festival UK winners to be successfully funded on FringeBacker, the first being All the King’s Men of King’s College London. From meeting Hong Kong’s last governor, Chris Patten, at the Oxford Alumni Weekend to an enthralling performance at the Cathay Pacific/ HSBC Hong Kong Rugby Sevens, the Gargoyles have received support from music-loving patrons who pledged HK$40,475 (US$5,262) towards their debut tour in Hong Kong and Macau.


Think Series Leadership Programme, along with Hong Kong Trade Development Council, FringeBacker, and other partners challenged 19 talented student inventors to develop innovative electronic products. Their successfully developed prototype, ranging from Autolock Techolock, Hi-Tech 3D Lights, Dozeno Wake Up Band to RFID S-Band, were promoted to the discerning international buyers at the HKTDC's Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition 2014) from April 13 – 16, 2014. The teams also met with backers from their successfully crowdfunding campaign on FringeBacker, without whom this experience would not have been possible!


FringeBacker, together with 30 international consulates and guests, was delighted to attend the UNESCO Hong Kong "Peacemakers' Celebration" in support of its "Peace for All" Youth Programme, which aims to strengthen local peace efforts through better understanding of cultural diversity and tolerance of cultural differences.


Think Series Leadership Programme, along with Hong Kong Trade Development Council, FringeBacker, and other partners challenged 19 talented student inventors to develop innovative electronic products. These will be promoted to international buyers at the HKTDC’s Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition 2014).

Press Coverage A Sneak peek of the Think Series Leadership Programme inventions on YouTube “Bomba Funny Life” is reaching 40,000 views in just 14 hours!

And the inventors are gaining more media momentum with 100 Most magazine


FringeBacker was delighted to have been invited to be the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Macau. We were warmly welcomed by the Rotarians, and had a great evening sharing with them how FringeBacker’s platform can help make charitable fundraising fun and easy for Rotarians and their community.


Hong Kong Economic Journal featured the trans-continental charitable bicycle journey of FringeBacker-funded FreeWiders . The two men had conquered 8,000km in 120 days, all for the benefit of fundraising for Inspiring HK Sports Foundation to support programmes for underprivileged teenagers in Hong Kong.