Posted in: Press Releases
June 26, 2017
The Museum Summit , a prestigious international event being hosted by Hong Kong for the first time, opened at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre today (June 26). Themed "Museums in a New Era", the summit has brought together 20 speakers who are leading figures and professionals of world-renowned museums. They are sharing their precious experiences and insights on a wide array of topics, as well as their visions and blueprints in the face of the challenges in the new era.
In his opening remarks, the Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, said, "Hong Kong has always been playing an active role in facilitating the development of a vibrant and colourful culture in the region. We now have over 70 museums in the territory and about half of them are run by the Government. Our private and public museums aspire to connect our visitors with the rich cultural legacy in the areas of art, history and science and have been making encouraging progress."
Being held today and tomorrow (June 27), the Museum Summit is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) in association with the Palace Museum. It is one of the highlight programmes in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
Museums have traditionally been hailed as venerable bastions of culture and heritage. In the 21st century, museums from all corners of the world have been witnessing irrevocable changes brought about by technological innovations such as smartphones, tablets, cloud computing, big data and more. The advent of social media alongside the rise of these devices and services has further reshaped the lives of different generations of people.
Against the backdrop of shifting demographics, evolving visitor expectations and ever-escalating technologies, museums have to rethink and rework their spaces and programmes to provide a more profound understanding of their collections and at the same time allow greater interactivity with a wide range of audiences.
As a gateway where East meets West, Hong Kong is committed to providing a platform for professional exchange and fostering collaboration among museums and cultural institutions from around the world. The LCSD is specifically presenting the summit to provide an opportunity for some of the most brilliant minds from museums to connect, exchange views and share experiences.
For details of the Museum Summit, please visit www.museumsummit.gov.hk/en/index.html.
The Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, officiated at the opening of the Museum Summit - Museums in a New Era at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre this morning (June 26). Photo shows Mr Cheung (front row, eight left); the Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Ms Michelle Li (front row, first left); the Director of the Palace Museum, Dr Shan Jixiang (front row, seventh left); and other guests at the ceremony.
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