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Published on : Tuesday, July 7, 2015
From July to December this year, travellers at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) are set to embark on an unforgettable journey of art and culture. Hosted by the Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA), “Hong Kong Classics: Art, Culture and Music” was unveiled at HKIA today, launching six months of artistic programmes that reflect the variety and richness of the city’s multiculturalism.
“Hong Kong Classics: Art, Culture and Music” is the first integrated, culture-themed festival held at HKIA. In celebration of the airport’s 17th anniversary, the AA has teamed up with various local artists and organisations for a spectacular series of events at HKIA. This festival aims to enhance the airport’s artistic ambience and passenger experience, showcasing the unique East-meets-West culture, art and music in Hong Kong – where the old and the new live side by side.
Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung, Secretary for Transport and Housing; Jack So Chak-kwong, Chairman of the AA; Fred Lam, Chief Executive Officer of the AA; and Anita Fung, Chairlady of the AA’s Arts and Culture Advisory Committee attended the opening ceremony. Two of the festival’s featured artists, artist Dr Dominic Lam Man-kit and composer Michael Lai also appeared in the ceremony to show their support. At the ceremony, Dr Lam demonstrated the impressive calligraphy style “Calligraphy from the Mind”. Meanwhile, Lai treated the audience to his Cantopop classics on the electric piano, flute and Shakuhachi, including Rouge, Ask Me and more, together with musician Sunny Yeung.
Fred Lam said, “We are enhancing the airport through both hardware and software improvements. In terms of hardware, construction of the HK$10 billion Midfield Concourse, self-financed by the AA, will be completed and commence operation by the end of this year. Moving forward, we will gradually proceed with the expansion of Terminal 1 and the planned construction of Three-runway System, in order to deal with the long-term demand of HKIA. On the software front, we strive to uplift airport service quality and passenger experience. Adding local art and cultural touches to the airport is an important step towards our goal. Demonstrating our commitment to this goal, the AA has established an Arts and Culture Advisory Committee to build a sustainable platform for organising artistic and cultural activities at HKIA.”