HKETO Newsroom

June 21, 2023

HKETO supports the stage of Cantonese opera performance with artists from Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Toronto

The Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO), Ms Emily Mo, attended the Yuen May Wong Cantonese Opera Charity Show staged at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts on June 21. The show showcased young Cantonese opera talents to Canadian audience and enhanced cultural exchanges between Hong Kong and Canada. HKETO is a sponsor of the performance.

In delivering remarks at the Cantonese opera performance, Ms Mo is delighted to share with the audience the beauty of this art form. “Cantonese opera is an important part of Hong Kong’s traditional culture,” Ms Mo said. “It was included in national first intangible cultural heritage list. The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government has injected more than HK$100 million to encourage the creation of new plays, nurture talents and appeal to a young audience in the last decade.”

“Tonight’s performance is particularly special,” Ms Mo continued. “It gathers performing artists from Canada, Hong Kong and Guangzhou to enhance cultural exchanges between the East and the West.”

To develop Hong Kong’s position as an East-meets-West centre for international cultural exchange under the National 14th Five-Year Plan, Ms Mo remarked that the HKSAR Government has allocated close to HK$6 billion to support the art and cultural development in this financial year, an increase of about 40% compared with five years ago.

In addition, the Xiqu Centre of the West Kowloon Cultural District and the soon-to-be completed East Kowloon Cultural Centre also provide important venues as nurturing ground and performing arena for Cantonese opera artists.

Before closing, Ms Mo stressed that HKETO will continue to collaborate with different community art groups to inherit the art of Cantonese opera in Canada and Hong Kong.

The performance is produced by noted Cantonese opera producer and lyricist, Ms Yuen May Wong, with artists from Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Toronto including Canadian Hong Kong artist, Ms Yemina Chung. Born in Vancouver and graduated from McGill University, Ms Chung has a passion for Cantonese opera and was a tutor at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Her participation in the show demonstrated the splendid cultural exchanges on Cantonese opera between Hong Kong and Canada.

June 21, 2023