Nine-year Mui Wo resident Gary Brown, aka Gaz Brightman, opened VIBE book and music shop in June. The shop’s slogan is, ‘Love Literature, Love Music… Love Life!’ and Gary’s aim is to provide a relaxed space where residents can listen to music, browse books and settle in with a cup of tea or coffee.
VIBE sells a variety of English, Chinese and foreign-language books, vinyl LPs, CDs, DVDs, cards and other complementary items.
Patrons may well want to chat with Gary, who is clearly one of life’s creatives. After 35 years working in Information Technology, he retired in 2013 to follow his passions for writing, film and photography. He graduated the International Academy of Film and Television Hong Kong with a diploma in film making, and founded ManBright Films in 2005.
Gary subsequently wrote and produced a number of Hong Kong based music documentaries, and a documentary about the demise of Graham Street market. He helped edit The Helper documentary, which is now available for international purchase on DVD and to preorder on iTunes. His six-part sci-fi series, Transformed, is available on Vimeo.
“At VIBE, we support local musicians, writers and artists to give them an outlet for their creativity,” Gary says. “I’ll play their music, sell their goods and hold book signings and lectures. Each month we promote an ‘album of the month,’ and soon we’ll have an ‘author of the month.’ I’ve already started holding book readings for children.”
To get involved, call VIBE on 9574 5820.Tags: lantau, mui wo, vibe, book and music shop, gary brown, gaz brightman