Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto), Ms Emily Mo, joined the 32nd Dragon Ball held virtually on February 13. The event was hosted by Yee Hong Community Wellness Foundation to celebrate the Year of the Ox with the business, political and community organisations in Canada.
In an interview for Dragon Ball, Ms Mo was delighted to note that Yee Hong had in the past years presented Hong Kong-themed performances and exhibitions at this annual event to showcase the dynamics of Hong Kong and offer audience in Canada a unique experience of the city’s local culture.
Noting Hong Kong is an international cultural metropolis where the eastern and western cultures meet, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government is committed to strengthening the city’s position as an international arts and culture metropolis. “We have been taking forward various projects of cultural and heritage with different themes. For example, the West Kowloon Cultural District - one of the world's largest cultural infrastructure projects, has formally entered its operational phase. The Xiqu Centre inside the District was commissioned in late 2019 and was featured in Dragon Ball 2020,” Ms Mo said.
“At the same time, we encourage Hong Kong art groups and artists to showcase to the world the cultural strength and artistic achievements of the city,” Ms Mo continued.
At this year’s Dragon Ball, two spectacular dance performances by the Hong Kong Dance Company would be featured. The first dance performance "Mazu" is about the story of a girl named Lin Mo who risked her life gathering medicinal herbs from the mountains to save others during an epidemic. The second dance performance "Convergence" is a crossover of Chinese Dance with Martial Arts, which captured the transient between stillness and motion, tranquility and exuberance.
Other Hong Kong-themed performances included a cooking demonstration by Hong Kong "Demon Chef" Alvin Leung together with Masterchef Canada winner Eric Chong, a singing performance by Hong Kong singer Joyce Cheng as well as Hong Kong milk tea and starch-dough figurine making demonstrations.
As the Dragon Ball was held on the second day of the Lunar New Year, Ms Mo took the opportunity to wish all viewers a prosperous and happy Year of the Ox.