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Skip to 0 minutes and 8 seconds Hello, everyone! I’m Chow Chun-kay, president of Board of Directors of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. After the handover of Hong Kong, I made a proposition to the SAR Government and sponsored the “Interschool Cantonese Opera Contest” together with “Lam Kar Sing Foundation Limited” to encourage and lead many students to deepen and learning of Cantonese Opera. During my presidency of the first “Cantonese Opera Advisory Committee”, I helped to promote Cantonese Opera to be assessed as “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO. Cantonese Opera is a Chinese traditional performance art with abundant Cantonese cultural characteristics. I’m glad to be here to welcome you to join the first “online public” course of Cantonese Opera made by HKAPA.

Skip to 0 minutes and 56 seconds I hope that more friends from all over the world who are interested in Cantonese Opera can take part in this course and study Cantonese opera together. I also hope that you can deepen your understanding of this traditional performance art.

Welcome from Prof Chow

Professor Stephen Chow Chun-kay, GBS SBS BBS JP Council Chairman of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

Professor Chow is the student of Dr. Lam Karsing, a master of Cantonese Opera. Working in the arts for over 20 years, he has devoted himself to Cantonese Opera and actively promoted this art, benefiting the School and the whole art industry in Hong Kong. Now, Chow is the president of “Lam Kar Sing Foundation Limited” founded by his teacher, Dr. Lam Karsing. In addition, since 1990s, he has been the president of “K.T. District Culture And Recreation Promotion Association”. Please click here for more details.

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Cantonese Opera: from Backstage to the Stage

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