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Space Theatre renamed as Stanley Ho Space Theatre

The Space Theatre of the Hong Kong Space Museum will be officially known for the next 15 years as the Stanley Ho Space Theatre.

At the naming ceremony today (December 28), the Secretary for Home Affairs, Dr Patrick Ho, paid tribute to Dr Stanley Ho for his generous sponsorship of $20 million to promote arts and culture in Hong Kong.

The donation is the first of its kind received by the Hong Kong SAR Government under the Facility and Programme Donations Scheme (FPDS) established in June, 2004.

Dr Patrick Ho said that FPDS was based on the spirit of partnership.

"It has always been government policy to promote arts and culture, recreation and sports and community building. For the Government to do this job well, public sponsorship and support is necessary," he said.

He pointed out that the FPDS allowed extra flexibility to lure more donations and overcome the limitations of other donation schemes.

"Organisations or individuals are welcome to approach the Home Affairs Department or the Leisure and Cultural Services Department to make a donation, either for a general purpose or for a specific purpose as a means to promote community building, arts and culture, and recreation and sports," he said.

Criteria for acceptance of a donation include consideration of whether it matches with the nature of a certain facility and whether it is in the overall interest of the community.

In recognition of the donation, the scheme recommends a suitable form of acknowledgement including naming a certain facility or a component of a certain facility after the donor for a period of 10 to 15 years.

At today's ceremony, Dr Stanley Ho said he was very honoured to have the Space Theatre named after him and hoped his contribution to the FPDS would encourage more people to participate in the cultural development of the society.

"An effective promotion of the city's cultural advantage will not only raise people's interest towards arts and culture, but also contribute to the development of tourism and its related business, bringing a balanced growth to the economy," he said.

Apart from Dr Patrick Ho and Dr Stanley Ho, officiating guests also included the Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Ms Anissa Wong Sean-yee.

After the ceremony, the guests were briefed about the facilities and special equipment of the Space Theatre and enjoyed a special sky show produced by the Space Museum.

The Hong Kong Space Museum is located at 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. Opened in October, 1980, it was the first local planetarium, popularising astronomy and space science.

The 8,000-square-metre museum houses a space theatre and two exhibition halls.

Inside the Space Theatre, there is a projection dome 23 metres in diameter. Boasting the first Omnimax film projector in the eastern hemisphere, the Space Museum is also the first planetarium in the world to possess a fully automated control system at its Space Theatre. Each year, the museum produces two multi-media planetary shows and introduces the best foreign Omnimax films to Hong Kong.

Ends/Tuesday, December 28, 2004
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