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HKETO sponsors Cantonese opera "Monkey King" performance in Toronto

Posted in: Press Releases

September 8, 2016


The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO) is pleased to be a major sponsor of the performance of renowned Cantonese opera “Monkey King”. The performance will be staged at the Bluma Appel Theatre in Toronto this Saturday (September 10). It is a joint-programme brought by the visiting Hong Kong Young Academy Cantonese Opera Troupe of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA), led by the HKAPA’s Founding Chair of School of Chinese Opera Dr Fredric Mao, and the local performing group Starlight Chinese Opera Performing Arts Centre.

Speaking at the performance’s press conference this morning (September 8), HKETO’s Acting Director Mr Nick Choi welcomed the co-operation between the two performing groups from Hong Kong and Toronto in bringing the local audience to the beauty of Cantonese opera.

He also highlighted Hong Kong's vibrant cultural scene. “As a metropolitan where East meets West, Hong Kong is a vibrant melting pot of cultures.  It boasts many museums, concert halls and performance spaces, and a vast array of cultural events from around the world.”

He also told that Hong Kong has long been closely related to the development of Cantonese opera.

“Cantonese opera is one of the most popular performing arts in Hong Kong as it is part of the Cantonese culture and heritage. In 2009, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) accepted the joint application of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao governments, and inscribed Cantonese opera onto UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.”

“The Cantonese Opera Development Fund, set up in 2005, also helps to preserve, promote, and develop Cantonese opera in the city,” he further said.

He also said that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government is committed to promoting the continued development of Cantonese opera. “With the opening of the Xiqu (Chinese opera) Centre in the West Kowloon Cultural District in 2018, Hong Kong will become an even more significant centre for the production, education and research of not only Cantonese opera, but also Chinese opera of other genres,” Mr Choi noted.

Monkey King is a mythological figure who appears as the main character in the 16th century Chinese novelJourney to the West”. As one of the three disciples of holy priest Xuanzang of Tang dynasty, Monkey King faithfully helped his master throughout his journey to retrieve Buddhist sutras from India. The opera to be put on stage this Saturday is a plot on the Monkey King’s determination and wisdom in his battle to defeat White Bone Demon.

Apart from the performance, a workshop on the development of Cantonese opera was also jointly organised by Starlight Chinese Opera Performing Art Centre and Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library at the University of Toronto this afternoon.

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The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO) is a major sponsor of the Cantonese opera 'Monkey King' performance to be jointly brought to Toronto this Saturday (September 10) by the Hong Kong Young Academy Cantonese Opera Troupe of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Starlight Chinese Opera Performing Arts Centre. Picture shows HKETO's Acting Director Mr Nick Choi speaking at the performance's press conference today (September 8).

Mr Choi (fourth from left) is in a picture with Founding Chair of School of Chinese Opera of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Dr Fredric Mao (fourth from right) , President of Starlight Chinese Opera Performing Arts Centre Mrs Marianne Lui and (third from left) other speakers of the press conference.

Chinese version on next page.

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