HKETO Newsroom

September 14, 2018

Hong Kong Cantonese opera talents perform in Canada

The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO) is pleased to support the Hong Kong Cultural Expo 2018 organised by the Starlight Chinese Opera Performing Arts Centre (Starlight) in Toronto in September. HKETO is a major sponsor of the Cultural Expo, which aims to showcase young Cantonese opera talents from Hong Kong, including graduates of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, to Canadian audience and enhance cultural exchanges between Hong Kong and Canada.

The Expo comprised a seminar entitled “Mix the Spurious with the Genuine: An Introduction to Xiqu (Chinese Opera) Performance” on September 12 co-organised with the Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library of the University of Toronto; as well as Cantonese opera performances on 14 and 15 September at the Flato Markham Theatre. The performance on 14 September is a full-length Cantonese opera performance called “The Legend of Mermaid”, while the matinee performance on September 15 will feature “Selected Cantonese Opera Excerpts”.

Director of HKETO Miss Kathy Chan noted at the press conference on 12 September that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government is committed to developing Hong Kong into an international arts and cultural hub. “Cantonese opera was officially inscribed onto UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009. Over the years, the HKSAR Government has been actively promoting the development and succession of Cantonese opera. The Opera Centre in the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong will open its doors later this year. It will be an ideal nurturing ground and performing venue not only for Cantonese opera, but also for other genres of traditional Chinese opera,” Miss Chan said.

"The Legend of the Mermaid" is a love story about a mermaid and an impoverished scholar. The two performances on September 14 and 15 feature elaborate costumes and spectacular stunts. Miss Chan said they would enable not only Chinese but also people from other ethnic backgrounds to appreciate the beauty of Cantonese opera.

September 14, 2018

香港粵劇精英在加拿大演出

香港駐多倫多經濟貿易辦事處(香港經貿處)很高興支持寶新聲戲曲演藝中心於九月在多倫多舉辦「2018香港文化博覽」。文化博覽的目的是呈現香港青年粵劇精英給加拿大觀眾,當中包括多名香港演藝學院畢業生,並推動港加兩地的文化交流。香港經貿處是今次文化博覽的主要贊助機構。

「2018香港文化博覽」的活動包括於九月十二日與多倫多大學利銘澤典宬合辦的「以假亂真的戲曲表演」講座,以及在九月十四及十五日在Flato萬錦劇院公演的兩場粵劇。九月十四日呈獻的是長劇劇目《追魚》,而九月十五日的日場演出為《折子戲精選》。

香港經貿處處長陳納思於九月十二日在記者會上致辭時表示,香港特别行政區政府(香港特區政府)一直致力發展香港成為國際藝術文化樞紐。她說:「粵劇於二零零九年獲聯合國教育、科學及文化組織正式列入《人類非物質文化遺產代表作名錄》。多年來,香港特區政府一直致力推動粵劇的發展和承傳。香港西九龍文化區的戲曲中心將於今年稍後落成啟用,將為粵劇以及其他中國傳統戲種提供培育後進及表演的理想場地。」

《追魚》是有關美人魚與窮書生的愛情故事。九月十四及十五日的兩場演出均會讓觀眾欣賞到華麗戲服及精彩的動作場面。陳納思指今次演出不單可讓華人,亦可讓其他族裔的人士能夠欣賞到粵劇的風采。