Voguing, or ballroom culture, has taken root in Hong Kong, providing a safe space for the LGBT+ community to express their queerness.

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In May 2022, the Kiki Ball attracted queer performers and culture lovers to celebrate diversity without judgment. Voguing – which is characterised by highly stylised and flamboyant dance – originated in New York during drag competitions between the 1960s to 1980s.

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Two passionate performers document for HKFP how they prepared for the show and what the voguing scene means to them.

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Vanesse Chan is a multimedia freelance journalist based in Hong Kong. She graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a double major in Journalism and Sociology. She has contributed to CNN, ABC Australia, SCMP, and others.