From July 13 to August 21, 2016, transformed by Papa Smurf’s magic potion, the Ocean Terminal Forecourt of Harbour City will become a Smurf village. Moreover, an exhibition featuring 36 original works of Peyo will debut in the world. A four-metre-high giant Smurf will be greeting visitors up in the air
The Smurfs, the classic Belgian cartoon and comic-strip created by the Belgian comic artist Peyo in 1958, paints the ideal world in miniature. This summer, led by Papa Smurf, Smurfs will embark on an Asian art tour. Their first port of call will be Harbour City in Hong Kong.
From July 13 to August 21, 2016, transformed by Papa Smurf’s magic potion, the Ocean Terminal Forecourt of Harbour City will become a Smurf village. Moreover, an exhibition featuring 36 original works of Peyo will debut in the world. A four-metre-high giant Smurf will be greeting visitors up in the air, together with a display of eight classic comic scenes of The Smurfs in Gateway Arcade. Smurf fans can collect the Hong Kong special edition Smurf figures and premiums from all over the world. Kids can also attend The Smurfs summer school to learn different skills and to get various Smurf certified badges. Nicolas Tytgat, the grandson of Peyo, will visit Hong Kong July 12-15, 2016 to share Peyo’s creative concepts.
Visit the six-metre-tall Mushroom House
With mushrooms as shelters, Papa Smurf will use his magic potion to transform the Ocean Terminal Forecourt of Harbour City into a “We’re All Smurfs”. Visitors can find different Smurf characters, like Smurfette, Lazy Smurf, Clumsy Smurf, and Painter Smurf in the village. They can also enter the tallest building in the village, a six-metre-tall mushroom house, where they can learn magic spells under the guidance of Papa Smurf and play interactive games with other Smurfs.
World premiere of original artworks at “The Smurfs House of Stories”
Despite first appearing as a sidekick in “Johan & Peewit”, another comic story of Peyo, the Smurfs caught the attention of numerous readers, eventually being granted their own adventures in comics, cartoons, even 3D films. The secret of The Smurfs’ fame in the past 58 years will be revealed in “The Smurfs House of Stories” hosted at the Gallery by the Harbour. In The Smurfs House of Stories, homage will be paid to Peyo, revealing aspects of his life and talent. Peyo’s studio will be re-created for this retrospective, showcasing his original works, escorted by hand from Belgium to Hong Kong. These rarely exhibited materials include the original copies of The Smurfs comic-strips, original plates and illustrations and the original film of the first ever Smurfs film in the cinemas. Videos on how to draw a Smurf and documentaries on the birth of The Smurfs will be also available.
The Smurfs Creative Model Exhibition
Belgium, home of The Smurfs, has been known as the shrine of European comics. The Smurfs went on to become one of the most appreciated comic-strips from Belgium. In order to allow visitors to have new experience of the classic comic-strips of The Smurfs, Harbour City has invited two renowned local miniature artists – Tony Lai and Maggie Chan – to create models based on the key elements of eight 1:1 comic-strips of The Smurfs. The artists will also add various visual effects in each model.
“The Smurfs Rarities Collection” pop-up store
“The Smurfs Rarities Collection” pop-up store will be opened at the Atrium I of Gateway Arcade, with a four-metre-high Smurf flying in the sky to greet the visitors. Several limited edition collectibles, specifically those produced for this Hong Kong tour, will be available in the pop-up store during the exhibition. These include 316L Black Steel Smurf figure (with only 30 available worldwide) and wood carved Smurf figure (with only 100 available worldwide), as well as The Hong Kong style Smurfette figure in red, white and blue dress and the Kung-Fu Smurf figure. Apart from these collectibles, the pop-up store will also have toys and other items, including little Smurf nightlights, talking Smurfs, heartbeat Smurfs and mini Smurf village etc. Many other Japanese and European home accessories will be available for sale in Hong Kong for the first time alongside Hong Kong edition t-shirt.
The Smurfs will work with UNICEF again after their collaboration in 2008. This time the Smurfs will launch the “Yes I Smurf!” UNICEF x Smurf Figure Global Charity Sale in between July 13 and August 21, 2016. All proceeds from the sale of the figures after deducting cost will be donated to UNICEF, Belgium.