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Cultural Presentations

LCSD Cultural Presentations

During the year, the LCSD presented 1 795 performances, covering a rich variety of performing arts programmes featuring local and visiting artists. These attracted a total audience of 660 113 people.

Musical highlights by visiting artists included the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra with Yuri Temirkanov, English Chamber Orchestra with Sarah Chang and a commissioned production of Verdi's opera Macbeth. Thematic programmes presented included the Encore Series, the Music Rendezvous — City Hall Concert Hall Series, the Hong Kong City Hall Theatre Recital Series, the Guqin Music Series, the Chinese Ethnic Music and Dance Series and the Jazz Up Series.

Highlights of contemporary dance programmes included the distinguished Ultima Vez from Belgium, Taipei's Crossover Dance Company and Hong Kong's City Contemporary Dance Company. There was also a series of dance performances from the Mainland including the Guangzhou Ballet, Song and Dance Ensemble of the People's Liberation Army, and Xinjiang Song and Dance Troupe, all of which were well received.

On the multi-arts front, the projects included independent concerts and music theatre productions by local artists, and mime and puppetry performances by Switzerland's Mummenschanz, Guangxi Puppet Art Troupe of China and Canada's Theatre de L'oeil. Highlighting the year were the pantomime performances by France's legendary Marcel Marceau. Collaboration with local theatre groups continued; many of the works presented or sponsored were new creations.

The promotion of the appreciation of Chinese opera has always been a key objective. A Cantonese Opera Working Group formed under the Greater Pearl River Delta Cultural Cooperation Conference has enhanced cultural cooperation in the region in promoting Cantonese opera. The first Cantonese Opera Day was organised on the last Sunday in November. Throughout the year, the LCSD presented newly commissioned Cantonese opera works as well as Chinese opera highlights from other regions, including the Heroic Heroines of Peking Opera series performed by artists from Shanghai, Shenyang and Guiyang City.

The department continues to cooperate with other bodies, and has sponsored or jointly organised cultural activities with consulates general and cultural institutions to promote cultural exchange. With a view to promoting contemporary music, the department sponsored the Chinese Composers' Festival, a joint venture with the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Hong Kong Composers' Guild and the Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong. It also collaborated with the Hong Kong Harmonica Association in organising the 1st Hong Kong Harmonica Festival.

Entertainment Programmes

During the year, a total of 656 carnivals and entertainment programmes were organised by the LCSD in parks, playgrounds, community halls as well as in the department's cultural venues. These covered a variety of performing arts presentations and attracted more than one million people.

Outdoor entertainment extravaganzas included the Spring Lantern Festival, Summer Fun Gala, Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival, Christmas Fun Gala and New Year's Eve Countdown Carnival. Celebrating the Spring Lantern and Mid-Autumn Festivals, the department staged spectacular lantern displays at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza to promote traditional Chinese culture among tourists and local residents. Thematic programmes such as the Concert in the Park and the Asian Ethnic Cultural Programmes drew an enthusiastic response from local people and tourists as well as Asian nationals living in Hong Kong.

Arts Education and Audience-building Projects


The LCSD places emphasis on promoting and increasing public access to the arts through educational and audience-building programmes.

During the year, the department held a total of 812 arts education and audience-building activities. The 'School Culture Day' Scheme mobilised schools to bring their students to the department's performing venues, museums and libraries during school hours. The 'School Arts Animateur' Scheme sought collaboration with local performing arts groups to offer arts training programmes at schools.

Arts education and audience-building activities organised for the community included the 'Artist-in-residence' Scheme which offered workshops and arts training programmes at performing venues, the 'Community Cultural Ambassador' Scheme which reached out to the public and the 'District Cantonese Opera Parade' organised to promote Cantonese opera at the community level.

The 'Cultural Services Volunteers' Scheme, well into its second year, encouraged members of the public to make better use of their leisure time to perform voluntary work in promoting arts and culture. Some 1 800 volunteers were recruited under the scheme.

Hong Kong International Film Festival

Presented by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and sponsored by the LCSD, the 27th Hong Kong International Film Festival offered a wide range of programmes. The highlights of the 16-day festival included retrospectives on local film-maker Jeff Lau and overseas directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne and Marco Bellocchio; a tribute to Ozu Yasujiro in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of his birth; and The Direct Cinema of Rob Nilsson, about his experimental Direct Action Cinema. The Hong Kong Film Archive, which organised the retrospective section, contributed Shaws on Screen. In addition to the FIPRESCI (International Film Critics Federation) Award, three international competitions were introduced for the first time: Firebird Awards for Young Cinema, Asian DV Competition and Humanitarian Awards for Documentaries.

Altogether, 330 films from over 40 countries were showcased under special topics such as Directors in Focus, Indie Power and Hong Kong Panorama (2002-03). Seminars, forums and exhibitions were also organised.

Hong Kong Independent Short Film and Video Awards

This annual competition, organised by the Hong Kong Arts Centre and sponsored by the LCSD, aims to encourage creative non-commercial independent productions of short film and video as well as to promote public interest in film and video as an artistic and expressive media. Activities included screenings, workshops and community programmes.

Film and Video Programmes

The film and video programmes, presented either solely by the LCSD or jointly with local consulate offices, cultural and film institutions, continued to provide a variety of alternative film programmes and workshops for the public. Major programmes included Shaws on Screen, The Psychic Labyrinth of Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, 2-D dancing: movement in image, Foci — Microwave International Media Art Festival 2003, Looking Back: 50 Years of Korean Films and Early European Cinema — Italy 1909-1927. In addition, film programmes from the Mainland and Israel as well as from France, Germany and other European Union countries were presented for the appreciation of local audiences. In order to enable children and young people to develop an interest in film, the International Children Film Carnival, being part of the International Arts Carnival, was organised in the summer and provided a series of film screenings and video workshops.


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