Annual Report 2002 - Leisure and Cultural Services Department Brand Hong Kong - Asia's world city
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  International Conferences and Festivals

To keep abreast of the world's development in the arts and to foster exchanges with international counterparts, arts managers of the department were sent to international conferences and festivals year-round. Conferences and festivals attended in 2002 included:


Date Conference / Forum Place
  March 2002 International Society for the Performing Arts Foundation (ISPA) International Forum   Beijing, China
  May 2002 5th Symposium of the Asia-Pacific Producers' and Presenters' Network (APPN)   Vancouver, Canada
  June 2002 ISPA International Congress 2002   Lucerne, Switzerland
  November 2002 17th International Association for Volunteer Effort World Volunteer Conference   Seoul, South Korea
  December 2002 55th ISPA Annual Conference   New York, US


Date Festival Place
  February 2002 International Youth Theatre Festival Noord-Holland 2002   Amsterdam, Holland
  May 2002 Vancouver International Children's Festival   Vancouver, Canada
  August 2002 1st Asian Performing Arts Festival 2002 / Tokyo Performing Arts Market   Tokyo, Japan
  October 2002 Opening Festival of the Esplanade Theatres on the Bay   Singapore
  November 2002 4th China Shanghai International Arts Festival and Performing Arts Fair   Shanghai, China

At the 4th China Shanghai International Arts Festival and Performing Arts Fair, Ms Cynthia Liu, Chief Manager (Arts Organisations, Festivals and Entertainment), delivered a speech entitled Developing Thematic Festivals in the International Forum on Arts Festivals and Performing Arts Market. She introduced to some 300 participating overseas and Mainland arts practitioners the objectives and organisation of the summer and autumn thematic festivals in Hong Kong, namely the International Arts Carnival, Legends of China Festival and New Vision Arts Festival.*

Around 1,000 delegates of non-governmental organisations and government agencies from 80 countries and regions attended the biennial World Volunteer Conference held in Seoul in November 2002. Mr Esmond Chan, Manager (Community Audience Building) and representatives of the Agency for Volunteer Service presented the collaboration project Cultural Services Volunteers Scheme in a workshop during the Conference. The workshop attracted some 40 participants from South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Guangzhou, Beijing, Taiwan and the Netherlands.

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