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Published on : Thursday, July 6, 2017
Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) celebrated the launch of “Art, Culture and Music at the Airport 2017” today. Hosted by Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) for the third consecutive year, the four-month event treats passengers from around the world to an array of exhibitions and performances, showcasing the city’s charm of East-meets-West culture.
This year’s event presents a diverse mix of programmes, ranging from Cantonese Opera demonstrations, a Cheongsam exhibition, a showcase of Hong Kong movies, visual arts exhibitions, to harp recitals and street music gigs – immersing the airport in Hong Kong’s multicultural ambience.
Jack So, Chairman of the AA; Frank Chan, Secretary for Transport and Housing; Anita Fung, Chairlady of the AA’s Art and Culture Advisory Committee; and Fred Lam, Chief Executive Officer of the AA, attended the opening ceremony today. Artists and representatives from participating organisations also joined the occasion.
Frank Chan Fan, the Secretary for Transport and Housing, said in the ceremony that HKIA had become a community nowadays. For better catering for the need of different people including the passengers, airport staff and neighbouring residents, the AA has been tirelessly building the airport as a warm community with its people-oriented belief, truly demonstrating the caring aspect of the AA.
Chan pointed out that the “Art, Culture and Music at the Airport 2017” event is for us to slow down our pace amid the hectic life to taste the ingenious art displays , as well as to calm down our mind to enjoy the comforting music pieces. This is an exceptional experience to visiting passengers, airport staff and the people of Hong Kong.
Ms Fung said, “‘Art, Culture and Music at the Airport’ had won applause from travellers and local citizens alike in the past two years. Building on the past success, this year’s event will continue to engage audience with diversified programmes and new elements. I would like to thank each performer and artist for their participation in making our airport bloom again with the colours of art and culture.”
At the ceremony, various artists gave a preview of the live music performances to be delivered during the event. Professor Adrian Walter, Director of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA), a renowned classical guitarist, gave a solo performance. Another highlight was the performance by the HongYun Konghou Ensemble and acclaimed harpist Raoul Moretti, who plucked the heart strings with Chinese harp and electric harp respectively to mark the first ever presentation of harp music at the event. Composer-keyboardist Dominic Chow Kai-sung teamed up with HKAPA students to perform some of Hong Kong’s best-loved movie soundtracks.
This year’s event features eight exhibitions and a broad range of musical activities:
1. “Cinema Fantasia Hong Kong” – Presented by the Academy of Film of the Hong Kong Baptist University, this exhibition showcases the achievements of Hong Kong films through the years, and highlights the creative works of photographer Jupiter Wong and poster designer Yuen Tai-yung.
2. “Encounter Hong Kong – The Art of Cheongsam” – Hong Kong Arts Centre and Comix Home Base illustrate the charm of cheongsam through two iconic comic characters, Lee Wai-chun’s Miss 13 Dots and Ms Chan in Joseph Wong’s Old Master Q.
3. “Hong Kong Heritage Museum International Poster Collection Highlights” – A total of 96 posters created by designers are selected from the “Hong Kong International Poster Triennial” for display.
4. “Transcending Classics: The New Generations of Cantonese Opera” – The Chinese Artists Association of Hong Kong presents nine Cantonese Opera classics, including Princess Changping, The Purple Hairpin, The Princess in Distress, Goddess of the Luo River, The Moon Pavilion, and The Outburst of a Shrew. Students and graduates of the Cantonese Opera Academy of Hong Kong will also perform excerpts from the classics.
5. “International Students’ Visual Arts Contest-cum-Exhibition of Hong Kong – Photography” – Jointly organised by the Education Bureau and Po Leung Kuk, the exhibition displays award-winning artwork by students under the theme “Good Earth”, which aims to encourage students to spread the message of “harmony”.
6. “Airport Proms” – Various renowned musicians and bands will greet passengers with seven days of live music performances, including HKAPA, Yao Jue Music Academy, Shakuhachi and Samon Band, Dominic Chow Kai-sung and more.
7. “The Harp Harmony” – Hong Kong Harp Society Limited teams up with world-class and young harpists to give a full-day harp music performance.
8. “Street Music” – Presented by Hong Kong Arts Centre, the two-day programme features street music performances by homegrown talents to promote local music culture.
|Cinema Fantasia Hong Kong||6 July – 12 November||Hall A, Arrivals Hall, Terminal 1|
|Encounter Hong Kong – The Art of Cheongsam||6 July – 12 November||Automated People Mover Platforms; Ground Transportation Centre Downramp North|
|Hong Kong Heritage Museum International Poster Collection Highlights||6 July – 12 November||Ground Transportation Centre Downramp South|
|Transcending Classics: The New Generations & Centimes Opera||6 July – 12 November||Coach Hall, Level 3, Terminal 2|
|International Student’s Visual Arts Contest-cum-Exhibition of Hong Kong – Photography||19 August – 12 November||Level 7, Departures Hall, Terminal 1|
|Airport Proms||7 July – 13 July||Meeters and Greeters Hall, Arrivals Hall, Terminal 1|
|The Harp Harmony||14 July||Meeters and Greeters Hall, Arrivals Hall, Terminal 1|
|Street Music||15 July – 16 July||Meeters and Greeters Hall, Arrivals Hall, Terminal 1|