街坊排檔 kai fong pai dong
address: 2 Hamilton Street, Yau Ma Tei, kowloon
不搭港鐵來的可能性/ possible way to come without MTR
(建構中 under construction)
Kai Fong Pai Dong (neighbourhood market stall)
“Get organized in order to no longer have to work”
The Invisible Committee
Kai Fong Pai Dong is a self-organised space that opened on Sunday 8th November 2015 to support the neighbourhood from the bottom-up. The green metal structure is located where Hamilton Street meets Canton Road in Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong, an intersection home to a fruit and vegetable market, hardware shops and several nursing homes.
Since opening, the market stall has become a heteropia, collaboratively run by three artists, two farmers, a hairdresser, a barista and an elderly neighbour. Open daily and visited by an eclectic demographic, the kiosk offers an expansive range of products and services, from locally grown organic bananas to neighbourhood portraits, from organic extra-virgin coconut oil to communal jam-making, and from weekly English lessons to monthly storytelling events.
Supported by generous neighbours, the stall has unintentionally become a second-hand shop, distributing objects under an affordable “Pay-What-You-Can” system. These objects are visually-merchandised in a reconfigured public space next to the stall.
Kai Fong Pai Dong relies on mutual aid, empathy and community support, and aims to empower those that run it and the neighbourhood community.