Congratulations to the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble! They have successfully raised over HK$10,450 (104% overfunded) for their innovative music concert, The Treachery of Images: Music Inspired by Surrealist Art. The concert was presented at the SOUTHSITE Salon with raving reviews. We’re looking forward to more of their upcoming singular music innovations, to continuously uphold the mission of presenting contemporary music to Hong Kong audiences.


Congratulations to "TOFU & VIOLENCE", the art campaign promoting charitable cause by FringeBacker-funded artist Claire Lee who raised over $27,100 (142% overfunded). The funding allows Lee to launch her exhibition with large scale paintings & photography, and to publish a charity art book. All net proceeds of the book will be donated to Rain Lily, a violence prevention organization to support its service for survivors of sexual violence.

In this project, Claire gave a brick of tofu to a group of participants of different backgrounds, asked them to use their bare hands or any body parts to hold and exist with it, in order to reveal the most basic instinct in us all – to protect, to destroy or to manipulate. Her campaign has helped turned the spotlight on different kinds of violence, including women’s rights and gender equity. Lee aims to play a part in helping to transform the way that people treat victims of abuse, and give the victims the courage and the voice to stand up for themselves. Through this amazing interaction of social cause, public participation and art, Lee reaches out to the Hong Kong community and encourages the public to support her cause in spreading the message of nonviolence, and especially helping abused women to restore their life with confidence and dignity.

“Tofu & Violence” Exhibition and Book Launch

Backers are excited to see photographs of themselves handling tofu and evoking deep emotions.


Belgian surrealist master Rene Magritte will be brought to musical life in Hong Kong? The Hong Kong New Music Ensemble will present an unprecedented music concert inspired by surrealist art. This group of contemporary music trailblazers will combine Magritte’s works with unfamiliar music materials, concocting what might be one of the most surprising concerts in the city. Be inspired, and support HKNME on:


FringeBacker is delighted to be the official Crowdfunding Partner of the Very Hong Kong Festival, the city’s first independent, community-based, art, culture and design festival. From British sculptor Antony Gormley to pianist Michelle Kim and many many more, over 50 local and international events are scheduled to take place throughout Hong Kong at this massive festival. It’s the first time that crowdfunding is partnering with a major arts festival anywhere in Asia, which is why we’re so thrilled! Everyone can now get directly involved with the best cultural events at VHK, which will run for a week starting Saturday 7 December. Some of the individual events are on FringeBacker now. Not only can you fund Very Hong Kong itself but you can also support the individual events.

VeryHK x FringeBacker: JupYeah
To inspire the entire city with our spirit of sharing, JupYeah will be hosting the first free-admission swap event at the Kwun Tong Promenade and thousands of people are expected to come with their swappables for exchange.

VeryHK x FringeBacker: Micro Galleries
Reclaiming disused and forgotten spaces in Wan Chai, the artist Kat Roma Greer’s Micro Galleries embody the idea that art does not need to be locked away in pristine galleries -- it can permeate the streets and change the way that we see the world.

VeryHK x FringeBacker: HONG KONG kaleidoscope
HONG KONG kaleidoscope aims to show the many unique facets of Hong Kong, old and new, from the eyes of a very diverse group. They hope this exhibition could help in cultivating and increasing our appreciation of Hong Kong and its people.

VeryHK x FringeBacker: Installation Art
“Goals”, as this creative installation is named, portrays a big school of sardines following a source of light, symbolizing Hong Konger’s constant struggle to reach for their goals. The installation will be displayed at the Central Star Ferry Pier.


FringeBacker proudly partners with the City University of Hong Kong's "Antarctica Expedition and Exhibition", a dramatic excursion to the Earth's last frontier led by Professor Scott Hessels, in a 24-strong team from the School of Creative Media. It is an unprecedented journey as they bring new approaches to understanding climate change and explore sustainable solutions in this remote and hostile landscape. This gigantic challenge will culminate in an art exhibition that will showcase environmental data and discoveries from the southern ocean. The gigantic initiative is campaigning to crowdfund HK$700,000 on FringeBacker, please support them here for this chilling adventure to the Earth's last frontier!


Hong Kong's first crowdfunding campaign for a London Fashion Week show! Dare to be Feminine and Romantic --- multi-award winning fashion designer Chailie Ho will be launching her international debut show on the London Fashion Week runway next year. With her FringeBacker campaign, she is engaging you all to be on her side when she displays her work to an international runway. And, as she put it, this is "quite a journey that's filled with the art and fashion of beauty and romanticism". Support her now on FringeBacker!


Dr Mixinstein by Fingerprint Studio, the first home-grown Hong Kong mobile game to successfully crowdfund, raised over HK$38,000 (127% overfunded) on FringeBacker. Their tremendous success will inspire a string of IT and game developers to seek funding directly from their audience. At a time when there is a high degree of financial risk inherent in developing and producing a game, where production costs are high, and young developers are making their first entry into this creative/IT industry, FringeBacker offers a multimedia and bilingual crowdfunding platform that empowers developers to access the funds that they need for their business development from the public, while offering supporters and fans become a part of the games they love.

FringerPrint Studio, chaired by Dixon Cheung, has set out to lead the mobile gaming community in Hong Kong, and to encourage the wider public to get involved with the industry. The studio is reaching high for bigger goals, and hopes to revolutionise the industry.

They have benefited from the visionary leadership of Dr. John Lo of Hong Kong Design Centre and InnoCentre, where Fingerprint has been selected to be an incubatee of their “Design Incubation Programme”, which provides financial grants, support and adequate facilities to nurture young talent, and offers opportunities for them to pursue their creative projects. FringeBacker held its Crowdfunding for Designers workshop for InnoCentre incubatees last year, organised by Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks and Hong Kong Design Centre.

Dr Mixinstein will no doubt spark a crowdfunding trend for many other game and IT developers. All eyes are now eagerly awaiting the Good Doctor!


FringeBacker joined our friends at UNESCO to observe the United Nations' International Day of Peace last Saturday in Hong Kong.  Guests of honour included UNESCO's Professors Patrick Lau and Samuel Leong, as well as representatives from the United Nations Organisation, the consular corps and the government.


FringeBacker is delighted to have been invited by the Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association to present its Case Studies on making Arts sustainable through Crowdfunding. What is sure to be a special event, the HKAAA's "Making Arts Sustainable -- Crowdfunding for Arts" workshop will be held at the Hong Kong Arts Centre on Thursday 26 September. Joining us will be Culture Crowd's Conor Roche, as well as respondents UNESCO's Samuel Leong and producer Anna Cheng. Join us as we support HKAAA in advancing in a flourishing arts scene -- seats are limited, so make sure you register NOW!

Date: 26 September 2013 (Thursday)
Time: 2:30-5:30 pm
Venue: agnès b. Cinema(UB, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong)
Language: English
Fee: [email protected]$250; [email protected]$300


  • The concept of crowdfunding and the market for crowdfunding platforms and projects for arts and creative industries by Conor Roche, Co-founder of Culture Crowd
  • Crowdfunding for Arts in Hong Kong (with case studies) by Maryann Hwee, Executive Director of FringeBacker



What a show! Over 100,000 people during the past 2 weeks have taken in the FringeBacker-funded solo exhibition featuring Agnes Nong's upcycled designs. Hong Kong's first crowdfunded exhibition stretches the entire length of a huge city block in the heart of Hong Kong's business district, at Central Oasis Gallery in the historic Central Market building.