THIRTY-FIVE teams participated in the Red Bull Flugtag at Kai Tak Runway Park (啟德跑道公園) on 27 November. Competitors took to the air in their own machines but they all crashed into the sea.
Some might dismiss the competition as a waste of time. But we can learn skills. Everyone can fold a paper plane, but you need to be good in physics and maths to make one that flies far. Other cities also have ‘useless’ competitions, such as paper aeroplane contests. Britain has 20-plus ‘silly’ competitions each year.
Such contests bring laughter and fun. It can improve a city’s reputation from dull and old-fashioned to fun and quirky. Experts say cities need creativity to attract talent. Hong Kong is seen as intense and cut-throat. But ‘silly’ contests can make it a fun city.
(This article is published on Goodies on 1 December 2016)