The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) held a “Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Development Opportunities for Hong Kong Arts and Culture Industry” roundtable forum this afternoon (June 15). The DAB roundtable brought together guests from the arts and culture community to discuss how to best harness the opportunities brought on by the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Initiative (“Greater Bay Area”), to make Hong Kong a key driver in providing rich and vibrant artistic works within and without the Greater Bay Area.
The forum, chaired by DAB Deputy Secretary General and Chairman of the Yau Tsim Mong District Council Chris Ip, featured five special guests: Assistant Director of Leisure and Cultural Services (Performing Arts) Ms Elaine Yeung, Hong Kong Arts Development Council Chief Executive Winsome Chow, Dance Drama Hong Kong Ltd Artistic Director Leung Kwok-Shing, Theatre de la Feuille Producer Lei Yuen Hong and Hong Kong artists-Mainland Development Cooperation Committee Vice secretary Wong Cho-Lam. Guests were all in agreement on the important role the Greater Bay Area plays for the development of the local arts and culture community and asked the government to take heed of the views of the industry, and implement more measures to assist the industry and its development.
DAB chairperson Starry Lee spoke on the importance to not only focus solely on economic development of the Greater Bay Area; the development of the Greater Bay Area must also comprehensively improve the quality of life as well as the cultural awareness for all Greater Bay Area residents — transforming the Greater Bay Area into one of the world’s most influential and lively cultural centres. To achieve all these goals, we must give strong impetus in developing the arts and culture industry. Legislative Councilor Lau Kwok-Fan said the city’s arts and culture industry faces many challenges, including the lack of venues, and on top of which, government funding has failed to target. Lau had, on numerous occasions, requested the government to set up a “Community Building Fund” and to use this fund to speed up applications and funding for constructing various cultural venues as soon as possible. Also on our list of demands for the government is for it to take proactive measures to assist local arts and cultural groups to develop on the Mainland and provide them with more performance opportunities. Lau believes that arts and cultural groups can find greater horizons for development given the continuous development of the Greater Bay Area.
Media Inquiries: DAB Deputy Secretary General and Chairman of the Yau Tsim Mong District Council Chris Ip (90309067)