Hong Kong – HKETO, Brussels supports Barcelona Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Festival (with photos)

HKETO, Brussels supports Barcelona Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Festival (with photos)

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     The 3rd Barcelona Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Festival (the Festival) was held on May 21-22 (Barcelona Time) in Castelldefels, Barcelona in Spain.  The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Brussels (HKETO, Brussels) and the Castelldefels City Council were the main sponsors of the event. 



     The Festival is one of the celebration events of the 25th Anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.  Participants from over 20 Dragon Boat teams in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America took part in the competitions in the Festival.  Apart from participating in the competitions, visitors were welcomed to experience the fun of the sport by rowing in the dragon boat sponsored by HKETO, Brussels.



     At the evening party of the Festival on May 21 for around 200 guests, the Deputy Representative of HKETO, Brussels, Ms Grace Li, presented HKETO special awards to the two teams with the highest number of participants. 



     Originally an ancient Chinese ceremonial tradition, Dragon Boat racing is emerging as a popular activity around the world.  It is an exciting sporting competition, great at creating bonds between people from all corners of the world, signifying the importance of collaboration.  Above all, it is a lot of fun and very inclusive – any group of friends can make up a team and have a go.  “The Dragon Boat racing is the best example of traditional Chinese culture and modern living style in perfect unison.  I hope that the Barcelona Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Festival will inspire you to come and visit Hong Kong to experience our unique East-meets-West cultural heritage at first hand,” Ms Li concluded.   

     

Hong Kong – HKETO, Brussels supports Hong Kong visual artists in Italy (with photos)

HKETO, Brussels supports Hong Kong visual artists in Italy (with photos)

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     Continuing to support and promote Hong Kong’s creative industries in Europe, representatives of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Brussels (HKETO, Brussels) attended the opening reception of the Hong Kong Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia (the Venice Biennale) on April 21 (Venice time).

 

     Deputy Representative of the HKETO, Brussels, Mr Henry Tsoi, addressed guests and representatives of the M+ museum at the opening reception of the Hong Kong Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, venue of the exhibition “Angela Su: Arise, Hong Kong in Venice” Collateral Event. Its centrepiece is a thought-provoking new video, a pseudo-documentary titled “The Magnificent Levitation Act of Lauren O”.

 

     The exhibition, a collaboration between M+ and the Hong Kong Arts Development Council created to present the best of Hong Kong contemporary art to an international audience, is curated by Freya Chou and senior curator at Tai Kwun, Ying Kwok. 

 

     Mr Tsoi remarked that exciting developments are underway in Hong Kong as it is rapidly blossoming into a cultural hub in Asia and a thriving place of cultural exchanges between the East and the West. A multitude of independent, international galleries have opened in the city and Hong Kong is now the world’s second largest market for contemporary art.

 

      “The recent opening of M+, a museum of visual culture unique of its kind, has increased this exhilarating momentum and focused international attention on Hong Kong’s art sector. Like this intriguing exhibition at the Venice Biennale, it will contribute to spreading the reputation of our artists worldwide,” Mr Tsoi said. 

 

     At the Venice Biennale, Mr Tsoi also attended the opening reception of a sculpture exhibition launched by Hong Kong-based artist Wallace Chan, a world-renowned jewellery artist who also gained recognition for pioneering the use of titanium in art. His sculpture exhibition “Totem”, launched at the Fondaco Marcello in Venice, features an installation composed of multiple unassembled parts of Chan’s imposing, 10-metre titanium sculpture “A Dialogue Between Materials and Time, Titans XIV”. 

Hong Kong – HKETO, Brussels supports Hong Kong film industry at Asian Film Festival Barcelona in Spain (with photo)

HKETO, Brussels supports Hong Kong film industry at Asian Film Festival Barcelona in Spain (with photo)

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     Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Brussels (HKETO, Brussels) supports the participation of Hong Kong films in the Asian Film Festival Barcelona (the Festival).   
      
     A new generation of Hong Kong filmmakers was put in the spotlight at the Festival. The Hong Kong New Talents film programme was taking its world tour to introduce and promote our new generation of filmmakers to international audiences. The Festival is the travelling programme’s fourth stop after at the 23rd Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy, Chicago’s Asian Pop-Up Cinema, and the London East Asia Film Festival.

     Derek Tsang’s award-winning “Better Days” was selected as the closing film of the Festival. The other films screened in-theatre were Jun Li’s “Drifting”, Chan Kin-long’s “Hand Rolled Cigarette”, Erica Li’s “Just 1 Day”, Man Lim-chung’s “Keep Rolling”, Anselm Chan’s “Ready O/R Knot”, Ricky Ko’s “Time”, Jimmy Wan’s “Zero to Hero”. Two other films, Chiu Sin-hang’s “One Second Champion” and Kit Hung’s “Stoma” were available for streaming.
      
     At the networking dinner hosted for Spanish film distributors, cinema directors and festival jury members on November 4 (Barcelona time), the Deputy Representative of HKETO, Brussels, Miss Grace Li, highlighted that Hong Kong had long been a meeting point for Chinese and Western cultures where local and foreign talents, including many filmmakers, had been inspired to produce fine work. She added that Hong Kong had developed into a major arts hub, becoming the second largest art trading centre in the world in 2020. Hong Kong was keen to attract more professionals from around the world, providing immigration facilitation for categories included in its Talent List.
      
     With the support of Create Hong Kong, 10 films from the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society’s Hong Kong New Talents film programme formed a special section of the Festival, held from October 27 to November 7. 
      
     The Festival is celebrating its ninth anniversary this year. Around 100 films from over 25 countries and regions produced are shown during the Festival.

Hong Kong – HKETO, Brussels promotes Hong Kong’s business opportunities and film industry in Italy (with photos)

HKETO, Brussels promotes Hong Kong’s business opportunities and film industry in Italy (with photos)

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     The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Brussels (HKETO, Brussels) held a business seminar in Bisceglie in the Apulia region of south Italy yesterday (September 10, Bisceglie time) with the support of Invest Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.  

     This is the seventh year that HKETO, Brussels has held a business seminar in the margins of the Salento International Film Festival to reach out to local entrepreneurs. The business seminar also provided an occasion to promote Hong Kong’s Talent List and the career opportunities the city offers to professionals.

     Speaking at the business seminar, the Acting Special Representative for Hong Kong Economic and Trade Affairs to the European Union, Mr Henry Tsoi, said that with its widely recognised business-friendly environment, Hong Kong is the most trusted partner for Italian companies to access the Asian markets. Hong Kong enterprises and professionals can offer business networks and world-class services to help Italian enterprises explore the vast opportunities provided by the Belt and Road Initiative as well as the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area development. With innovation and technology a major priority of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, innovative Italian enterprises can also find opportunities in Hong Kong and enjoy the city’s vibrant start-up ecosystem.  

     Also for the seventh time, HKETO, Brussels has supported  a Hong Kong film event at the  Salento International Film Festival. During the period of September 9 to 11, four Hong Kong feature films were  shown at the 18th edition of the Festival, namely Herman Yau’s “Shock Wave 2” and a tribute to Wong Kar-wai with screenings of his classic films “Happy Together”, “In the Mood for Love” and “Chungking Express”. Hong Kong and the Apulia region enjoy strong links and the best of the Salento International Film Festival has been screened in Hong Kong for a number of years.

Hong Kong – HKETO, Brussels promotes Hong Kong cinema at the Asian Summer Film Festival in Vic, Spain

HKETO, Brussels promotes Hong Kong cinema at the Asian Summer Film Festival in Vic, Spain

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     The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Brussels (HKETO, Brussels) and Create Hong Kong are supporting the 18th Asian Summer Film Festival in Vic, Spain, from July 20 to July 25.

     A total of eight Hong Kong productions or co-productions including six films from 2020 and 2021 and two films from the 90’s are being screened. They are mainly action films and include Alan Fung’s “Elisa’s Day”,  Chiu Sin-Hang’s “One Second Champion”, Alan Yuen’s “The Rookies”, Jamie Luk’s “Robotrix”, Glenn Chan’s “Shadows”, and Herman Yau’s “Shock Wave 2”. Wong Jing’s “The Saint of Gamblers” pays tribute to late Hong Kong actor Ng Man Tat.  The festival programme also includes Jimmy Wan’s “Zero to Hero”, which is a biopic based on the true story of So Wa-wai, an athlete who represented Hong Kong in five Paralympic Games.

     On the Festival’s Hong Kong Day on July 22, three of the above films were screened and the festival gave a special honorary award to Hong Kong actor Andy Lau for his professional career in the film industry. HKETO, Brussels also hosted a Hong Kong reception for the media, representatives from local authorities and international guests.

     Speaking to the guests at the Hong Kong reception and at the Hong Kong Night in a pre-recorded message, the acting Deputy Representative of HKETO, Brussels, Ms Carol Tsang, said that HKETO, Brussels was delighted to support the festival and bring Hong Kong films to the Spanish audience despite the pandemic and the travel restrictions. She also highlighted that Hong Kong has one of the largest and most dynamic film entertainment industries in the world which can flourish because of Hong Kong’s international culture and a solid legal system that protects the intellectual property rights of artists and producers.

     The Asian Summer Film Festival is celebrating its 18th edition this year. It is one of the major film festivals that brings Hong Kong films to the European audience.