April 22 - 28, 2017

20A Celebrations in Hong Kong

Art treasures from Louvre at Hong Kong Heritage Museum 

Art lovers will have a chance to appreciate up close more than 130 master pieces, including paintings, sculptures, ceramics and tapestries,  from the world-renowned Louvre Museum in Paris at the “Inventing le Louvre: From Palace to Museum over 800 Years” exhibition at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, April 26 – July 24.

Chinese Opera Festival kicks off in June

The 8th Chinese Opera Festival will be held June 13 – August 13, showcasing 10 Chinese operatic genres, including Cantonese and Peking operas. The two leading Peking opera troupes in China, the Peking Opera Theatre of Beijing and the First Troupe of the China National Peking Opera Company, will join forces in the opening program “Peking Opera Gala”.

Military concert to be staged

The International Military Tattoo concert, featuring military bands from the Mainland and Mongolia, the Netherlands, Russia, Scotland and the US, will be staged July 13-15 at the Hong Kong Coliseum. The Hong Kong Police Band and the Hong Kong Association of Choral Societies will also perform in the show. A carnival with game stalls and military band performances will also be held on July 15 and 16 at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza.

20A Celebrations in NYC and Chicago 

Honoring Teddy Robin Kwan in Chicago

Hong Kong’s Teddy Robin Kwan will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from Asian Pop-Up Cinema at the Chicago History Museum on May 11. Kwan’s career spans over decades as a director/actor/singer/songwriter/record producer.  A rare screening of his films “GALLANTS” (Kwan won the Best Supporting Actor) will be held at Studio A at the Joffrey Tower on April 28.

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“Inspirational Liaisons – Encore” at Carnegie Hall

Hong Kong-based musicians will be performing at a concert “Inspirational Liaisons – Encore” at  Carnegie Hall on June 11, bringing a repertoire of works including “Vaughan Williams Songs of Travel”, “Ravel Sonata in G for violin and piano” and “Gershwin Three Preludes” for the New York audience. Ticketing details here.

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Arts & Culture

Celebrating Hong Kong’s pop culture

The latest exhibition “Ambiguously Yours: Gender in Hong Kong Popular Culture”, at the M+ Pavilion in the West Kowloon Cultural District, celebrates the creative experimentation and ongoing influence of the 1980s and 1990s Hong Kong pop culture - Cantopop, fashion, film, photography and graphic design. Among the 90 exhibits, are Roman Tam’s iconic peacock costume, a film clip from Wong Kar-wai’s Chungking Express, City Magazine covers, and works by photographers such as Julian Lee and Wing Shya, Ambiguously Yours celebrates.

World premiere of chamber opera by Hong Kong composer 

New York-based Hong Kong composer Ian Ng is premiering an original one-act chamber opera at The Dimenna Center for Classical Music (450 W 37th St New York, NY 10023) on April 30.The intimate opera, set on a promenade at sunset, tells a story of two complete strangers who share a brief encounter that changes them subtly but distinctly. A NYU graduate with master’s degree in music composition, Ng has received many international awards, including American Prize and Morton Gould Young Composer Award. His music has been performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Joyce Theater among others.Ticketing details here.

Original play "Lost in Shanghai" to debut in New York

Hong Kong composer, Angel Lam’s original play set in 1940’s Shanghai will make its debut at the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre May 4-6. Based on real family diaries, the play tells the story of a young man seeking his fortune in war time and pushes the boundaries of theatre by integrating a unique sound world of classical, musical theatre, and folk songs, transporting audiences to a different time and place. For tickets, click here.

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Hong Kong and its Basic Law

The Basic Law (BL) is the constitutional document of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). Put into effect on July 1, 1997, it enshrines within a legal document the important concept of “One Country, Two Systems". 

Q:   Have the laws previously in force in Hong Kong been maintained?

A: The Basic Law provides that laws previously in force in Hong Kong, that is, the common law, rules of equity, ordinances, subordinate legislation and customary law, shall be maintained and adopted as laws of the HKSAR, except for any that contravene the Basic Law and subject to any amendment by the HKSAR legislature. (BL Article 8; 18(1); 160)

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