"Cantonese Opera Day 2010", organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), will be held at the Piazza, Foyer, and Administration Building of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre on November 28 (Sunday).
The Under Secretary for Home Affairs, Ms Florence Hui; Chairman of the Cantonese Opera Advisory Committee, Mr Charles Chow and Chairman of the Chinese Artists Association of Hong Kong, Dr Liza Wang will officiate at the opening ceremony, which begins at 1pm at the the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza.
An array of free programmes will follow, including a traditional paichangxi repertoire, operatic excerpts and popular Cantonese tunes. Other attractions include Cantonese opera puppet theatre, a Cantonese Opera Fotomo exhibition, interactive workshops (including stage makeup, putting on full costumes, movements and stylised postures, singing style, demonstration and instruction of the instruments used), talks, stall games and autograph sessions by Cantonese opera stars. With such a diverse programme, it promises to be a fun-filled day. Admission is free.
The cultural departments of Guangdong, Macao and Hong Kong decided in 2003 that the last Sunday of November each year would be designated as "Cantonese Opera Day". By holding this event annually, the organisers hope to build a broader audience base to promote and preserve the genre for future generations. This is the eighth Cantonese Opera Day since its inception in 2003. In a bid to encourage the continuum of Cantonese opera, the programme this year will focus on excerpts from the traditional paichangxi repertoire. Also, to encourage the younger generation to take an active interest in Cantonese operatic arts, children and youth Cantonese opera groups, as well as the winners of the inter-school Cantonese music competitions, will be invited to take turns in performing operatic excerpts and popular Cantonese tunes.
More events will be held at various LCSD venues in support of Cantonese Opera Day.
For enquiries about the event, call 2268 7325 or visit www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp.
Ends/Thursday, November 18, 2010