Hong Kong – Highly sought-after pianist Seong-Jin Cho to give recital in Hong Kong in November (with photos)

Highly sought-after pianist Seong-Jin Cho to give recital in Hong Kong in November (with photos)


  Being praised as one of the most distinctive pianists of his generation, Seong-Jin Cho will visit Hong Kong in November to stage a piano recital, offering rich and diverse music pieces to music fans. The recital is one of the highlights of this year’s Asia+ Festival. It is also the grand finale of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD)’s Great Music 2023. Tickets will be available from September 19 (Tuesday).
  A repertoire spanning the late 18th century to the early 20th century will be performed in this recital, including Haydn’s “Piano Sonata in E minor, Hob. XVI:34”, Ravel’s “Menuet sur le nom d’Haydn” and “Miroirs”, and Mozart’s “Adagio in B minor, K. 540”, as well as Liszt’s “3 Sonnets del Petrarca, S. 161, Nos. 4-6” and “Après une lecture du Dante, fantasia quasi sonata, S. 161, No. 7”.
  Cho started learning piano at the age of six and gave his first public recital at 11. He was brought to the world’s attention in 2015 when he won the First Prize at the Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw. As a recitalist, Cho appeared in many of the world’s most renowned concert halls including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam’s The Concertgebouw, Berliner Philharmonie, Vienna’s Musikverein Wien, and London’s Barbican Centre. He has collaborated with a number of world distinguished conductors including Myung-Whun Chung, Gustavo Dudamel, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Gianandrea Noseda, Sir Simon Rattle and Esa-Pekka Salonen.
  ”Piano Recital by Seong-Jin Cho” will be held at 8pm on November 28 (Tuesday) at the Concert Hall of Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Tickets priced at $200, $280, $360, $440 and $520 will be available from September 19 onwards at URBTIX (www.urbtix.hk). For telephone bookings, please call 3166 1288. For programme enquiries and concessionary schemes, please call 2268 7321 or visit www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/Programme/en/music/programs_1571.html.
  A pre-concert talk entitled “Classical Romantic Impression” (in Cantonese) will be held at 6.45pm on November 28 at Level 4 Foyer, Auditoria Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. The speaker will be music practitioner Jimmy Shiu. Admission is free, with limited seats available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  Presented by the Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau and organised by the LCSD, the Asia+ Festival will be held in October and November to bring audiences stage performances, exhibitions and an outdoor carnival with participation from over 20 countries, with a focus on Asia and to celebrate the cultural diversity of the continent and Belt and Road regions. For more details of the festival, please visit www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/asiaplus.
  The LCSD presents the Great Music 2023 from September to November. Various internationally acclaimed musicians and ensembles gather in Hong Kong to perform an array of exciting and diversified music programmes. For more details, please visit www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/Programme/en/music/groups_1576.html.
  In addition to the brand new Asia+ Festival, the LCSD is also organising various cultural exchange activities. They include Hong Kong Week 2023@Bangkok, the New Vision Arts Festival and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Culture and Arts Festival and more, promoting the cultural exchanges and co-operation of different places.

Hong Kong – LCSD highly concerned about fatal work accident at North Kwai Chung Tang Shiu Kin Sports Centre

LCSD highly concerned about fatal work accident at North Kwai Chung Tang Shiu Kin Sports Centre


     The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) is highly concerned about a fatal work accident that happened at North Kwai Chung Tang Shiu Kin Sports Centre at around 11.45am today (August 7), in which a 69-year-old male maintenance worker died. The LCSD has informed the Architectural Services Department (ArchSD) and the Police immediately after the accident for assistance and investigation.

     The deceased was an outsourced maintenance worker of the ArchSD. He was carrying out maintenance works of the ceiling on a hydraulic platform at the arena of North Kwai Chung Tang Shiu Kin Sports Centre today. The hydraulic platform suddenly plunged, causing him to fall onto the ground. The LCSD staff immediately called the ambulance and the worker was found unconscious by the ambulance man who arrived at the scene. He was sent to Yan Chai Hospital and was certified dead later.

     The LCSD expressed sorrow on the deceased and extended the deepest condolences to his family. While the cause of the incident is under investigation, the department has immediately suspended the use of all hydraulic platforms of the same model.

Hong Kong – EPD highly concerned about industrial accident at West Kowloon Transfer Station

EPD highly concerned about industrial accident at West Kowloon Transfer Station


     The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) is highly concerned about an industrial accident at the West Kowloon Transfer Station (WKTS) that occurred today (April 20), which resulted in the injury of a worker.

     The 49-year-old injured male worker was hired by the subcontractor of the WKTS service contractor. At around 8.40am today, the worker’s hand was injured by a machine while he was working in the WKTS. He was sent to Princess Margaret Hospital for medical treatment.

     The EPD immediately deployed staff to the scene and the hospital after the incident to obtain details of the accident and understand the condition of the injured. The EPD extended sympathies to the family members of the injured worker and provided them with appropriate assistance. It is noted that the WKTS contractor and subcontractor will give an ex-gratia relief payment to the injured worker.

     The EPD is very concerned about the accident and has requested the contractor and subcontractor to fully co-operate with the Labour Department in its investigation. The EPD has also requested the contractor to submit an incident report for the department’s follow-up investigation.

     The EPD has been closely monitoring the contractor’s operation and safety. In addition to regular inspections on the subcontractor’s operation and occupational safety, the contractor also provides training on machinery operation and safety for subcontractors.

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Hong Kong – Hong Kong Customs highly concerned about business closure of bakery chain causing losses to consumers

Hong Kong Customs highly concerned about business closure of bakery chain causing losses to consumers


     Hong Kong Customs noticed that a bakery chain suddenly announced last night (September 13) that it had suspended its business. Customers who had purchased cake coupons or gift vouchers therefore could not redeem the products concerned.

     As of 5pm today (September 14), Customs had currently received one complaint regarding the bakery chain. The department has been contacting the complainant for case details in order to commence an investigation. 

     Customs appeals to consumers who have purchased cake coupons or gift vouchers from the bakery chain to contact Customs as soon as possible. Customs will immediately conduct an investigation based on the information upon the receipt of complaints.

     Customs is highly concerned about the incident and has set up a dedicated team to conduct a follow-up. The department will continue to closely monitor the situation. Should there be any violation of the Trade Descriptions Ordinance (TDO), Customs will take enforcement action.

     Customs reminds traders to comply with the requirements of the TDO. Consumers are also reminded to procure cake coupons or gift vouchers at reputable shops and think prudently before making consumption decisions with a prepayment.

     Under the TDO, any trader commits an offence if at the time of acceptance of payment, the trader intends not to supply the product or intends to supply a materially different product, or there are no reasonable grounds for believing that the trader will be able to supply the product within a specified or reasonable period. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a fine of $500,000 and imprisonment for five years.

     Members of the public may report any suspected violations of the TDO to Customs’ 24-hour hotline 2545 6182 or its dedicated crime-reporting email account (crimereport@customs.gov.hk).