The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO) is pleased to support the Toronto Chinese Opera Contest and Seminar, which are organised and supported by the Canadian Cantonese Culture Association and the Chinese Artists Association of Hong Kong respectively. These events aim to showcase Hong Kong's cultural heritage and promote Cantonese opera to Canadian audience, thereby enhancing cultural exchanges between Hong Kong and Canada.
Speaking at the finals of the Toronto Chinese Opera Contest on July 26, Director of HKETO Ms Emily Mo noted that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government is committed to promoting the continued development of Cantonese opera. "Cantonese opera is one of the most popular performing arts in Hong Kong and was officially inscribed onto the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009," Ms Mo said.
"Over the years, the HKSAR Government has been actively promoting the development and succession of Cantonese opera. Commissioned early this year, the Xiqu Centre provides a platform for Xiqu communities to interact and develop the finest examples of Cantonese and other Chinese opera performances, and to nurture new artists and build new audiences for this remarkable art form,” Ms Mo added.
Twelve groups of contestants entered into the final round and competed in three different categories of the finals. One of the judges is renowned Cantonese opera actress Ms Tang Mi-ling from Hong Kong. She also gave a short performance to showcase the beauty of Cantonese opera to the participants.
The seminar entitled “Continuation of the Pear Garden” was held on July 25 at the Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library of the University of Toronto. Ms Tang Mi-ling was one of the speakers and shared the history and inheritance of Cantonese opera in Hong Kong with the audience.