Controversy and cutting-edge art in Hong Kong’s artist village

In Kowloon’s former Cattle Depot, artists defy the Beijing crackdown with alternative artworks of all kinds: there’s something provocative to look at, for free, every day

With Hong Kong in the news for pro-democracy marches as the former British colony marks the 20th anniversary of its handover to China, travellers may be surprised to find an alternative arts centre where controversial subjects are openly addressed by local and overseas artists. The Cattle Depot Artist Village, in Kowloon’s backstreets, is a sprawling collection of listed red-brick industrial buildings that housed the city’s abattoir and cattle quarantine centre from 1908 to 1999.

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