“Radical performance art, warehouse music gigs and artists squatting in derelict buildings arenâ€™t the first things that spring to mind when you think of Hong Kong. Yet not long ago, these underground activities were flourishing in an abandoned government-supplies depot in the cityâ€™s North Point district.
Lured by low rents, a colony of artists, designers, actors and filmmakers occupied the compound in 1998. Dubbed the Oil Street artist village, the community survived until early 2000, when the last tenants were evicted by the government.”
“While a number of Oil Street artists were transplanted to Cattle Depot Artist Village in Hong Kongâ€™s To Kwa Wan district, some, such as Choi Yan-chi, of nonprofit 1a space, say that it is hard to access and tightly controlled by the government.”