Chung Ying Moon Feastival raises over £12k for Birmingham art initiative

Birmingham’s Chung Ying Restaurant Group has raised over £12,000 in four years by hosting its annual Moon Feastival in aid of Birmingham Big Art Project: an initiative aiming to commission a work of public art that cements Birmingham’s position on the world’s cultural map.

The traditional Moon Festival is held in Chinese culture to mark the end of the summer harvest. This year’s Moon Feastival took place on Thursday 28 September and invited guests to celebrate Chinese culture, taste traditional cuisine and enjoy live music from local talent, Rhino and the Ranters. Funds were raised from ticket sales and a raffle, with prizes consisting of box tickets to see Neil Diamond at Arena Birmingham, donated by Jeremy Walker of JMW Associates; a table of 10 at the Great Gatsby Christmas Party at the Birmingham Conference and Events Centre; a one night stay at Holiday Inn, Birmingham City Centre plus breakfast and £50 to spend in The Lobby on Hill Street; a one night stay in a junior suite with breakfast and club access at the Hyatt Regency Hotel; a magnum of champagne, donated by Adrian Claridge or Berkman Wines, plus 24 bottles of wine, donated by Chung Ying Restaurant Group; nine tickets to Birmingham City Football Club in the Heineken box, and win-your-height-in-cider, both donated by Heineken UK.

William Wong, director at Chung Ying Restaurant Group and Birmingham Big Art Project steering group committee member said:

“Birmingham Big Art Project is a project very close to my heart and I am delighted to have been able to support it in so many ways over the years.

“Chung Ying Restaurant Group has always worked to support charities that will be of benefit to the people of Birmingham, and the Birmingham Big Art Project fits the bill perfectly. We are pleased to have raised such a fantastic amount for a great cause, and look forward to continuing to show our support for this project in the future.”

It is the most ambitious public art commission in Birmingham’s long history. In 2013, a rigorous public process of selecting the artist and artwork for Birmingham was initiated by the charitable trust, the Birmingham Big Art Foundation, to imagine a major new permanent public artwork for the city.

Glyn Pitchford, chairman of Birmingham Big Art Foundation, added:

“William and his team have long been avid supporters of this project. The significant amount raised over the years is a testament to both the success of Chung Ying Restaurant Group and the support from the local business community, for which we are extremely grateful. We’d like to thank William and his brother James for consistently donating their resources, time and money to host such a well-loved event, and look forward to seeing what they do next year!”

Birmingham Big Art Project believes that art is a vital part of our city’s past, present and future and its aim is to commission a new public artwork that can support and expand the idea of a twenty-first century city. 

Station Clock, by Turner Prize-winning Susan Philipsz, is a large-scale aural clock, comprising of 12 digits representing the 12 tones of the musical scales, using different vocal combinations for each digit. The sounds of ‘Station Clock’ will be made of up to 1,092 voices from Birmingham’s diverse population. 

For more information or to support the Birmingham Big Art Project, visit birminghambigartproject.org.uk. Follow them on Twitter @BigArtProject or Facebook: @BigArtProject.

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