Chinese New Year begins today and celebrations in Hong Kong include Cantonese operas performed at a pop-up bamboo theatre in the new West Kowloon Cultural District.
William Lim of local architectsÂ CL3Â designedÂ the temporary structure in the same style as traditional bamboo theatres built since the 1950s.
Orange nylon sheets are stretched over the tiered roof to imitate the ancient palaces of Beijing's Forbidden City, while colourful fabric signs mounted on bamboo scaffolding face out onto the street.
Red chairs, curtains and lanterns adorn the interior, while more lanterns and flags are hung up outside in red and gold, as both colours are considered lucky in Hong Kong and China.
For three weeks the West Kowloon Bamboo TheatreÂ will occupy the site earmarked for the new Xiqu Chinese Opera Centre, which is being designed by Vancouver firm Bing Thom Architects and Hong Kong studio Ronald Lu & Partners Company Ltd, and is due to complete in 2017.
Foster + PartnersÂ won a competition to masterplan the West Kowloon Cultural DistrictÂ in 2010, beatingÂ designs by OMA and Rocco Design Architects.Â Herzog & de Meuron, SANAA and Renzo Piano are among the teamsÂ shortlisted to design a new visual culture museumÂ for the area and Aric Chen has been appointed to curate it.