#Hashtag Hong Kong



    Listen out for #Hashtag Hong Kong, on Sunday mornings. Our new programme updates the old format and content of Letter to Hong Kong.

    The focus will be on issues affecting civil society, as we hear from representatives of NGOs, associations, statutory bodies and non-profit groups.

    And each week there'll also be a musical choice*!

    (Sundays 8.15am - 8.25am)

    *The song is not included in its entity in the podcast due to copyright issue. 



    Andy Hei, Chairman of the Arts Promotion Committee at the Hong Kong Arts Development Council

    Walking along the waterfront promenade, the monumental architecture of M+ museum against the stunning cityscape and skyline of Hong Kong comes into my view. I am pleased that our partner is unveiling a new chapter in realizing the mission of artistic enrichment of Hong Kong.


    M+ museum is one of the world’s leading institutions for collecting, exhibiting and interpreting visual arts, design and architecture, moving images of the 20th and 21st centuries. The inaugural exhibitions have been attracting tens of thousands of visitors with six different themes.


    The opening of M+ is no doubt a milestone at the turning point of an evolutionary change of the arts landscape in Hong Kong. Together with the popular Tai Kwun and the renewed Museum of Art, places for the arts are now full of interesting variety. In the next few years, we shall be seeing more to join the league of new arts infrastructure including the Hong Kong Palace Museum, Lyric Theatre Complex in the West Kowloon Cultural District as well as the Government’s East Kowloon Cultural Centre. The development of world-class arts and cultural facilities, hosting of international arts events, participation in overseas arts festivals, arts expos and exhibitions, connection to the international arts circle… all these pave the way for Hong Kong to develop into an important arts and cultural hub in the Asia-Pacific region.


    As an international metropolis with its unique culture that blends tradition and modernity, the East and the West as well as the North and the South, Hong Kong is a city that lives out multi-cultural inclusion in its history of a century. Developing from a small city by the sea, Hong Kong has the geographical advantage of connecting with China, high accessibility to major cities in the Mainland, Asia and the world. The city has been thriving in the past few decades to become a world class financial and trade centre with excellent communication and transportation systems. I appreciate the Government for investing at the same time in tertiary education, talent development, arts and culture as well as the innovation and creative industry. Hong Kong has grown in its capabilities and conditions to become a hub for international cultural exchange. We could and should fulfil the mission given to Hong Kong under the National 14th Five-Year Plan.


    Hong Kong Arts Development Council has been actively supporting Hong Kong in developing into a centre for international cultural exchange. In recent years, we have committed to leading local artists and arts groups to participate in large-scale arts festivals, arts expos and visual arts exhibitions in the Mainland and around the world to showcase excellent Hong Kong arts and to foster communication and exchange of arts professionals. Since 2015, we have led more than 10 arts groups, 1,000 artists, arts directors, curators and arts administrators across the Mainland and other countries, putting Hong Kong on the world map of the arts.


    To keep the momentum of development, we will launch a host of schemes to build platforms that encourage artists and artists and arts groups to broaden their imagination, integrate arts and technology in hybrid, innovative offline and online events to reach a wider audience as well as to rekindle humanity at the core of the arts. Three thematic arts tech exhibitions and two city arts walk programmes are in the pipeline to provide the community with novel arts experiences in the second half of the year.


    We also look forward to moving in our permanent home in Landmark South, Wong Chung Hang, towards the end of the year, where we will operate an additional arts space to the current four spaces. There will be studios and facilities for artists and the public to hire and an Arts Information Centre open to all. In addition to "Performance in Mainland Scheme" launched since 2018, we are planning to have more activities interacting with the Greater Bay Area.


    Although we are still facing the challenge of the pandemic, I am sure we would have a better tomorrow. Resilience and never-stand-still are always the strengths of Hong Kong. For people who work in the arts and for the arts, the coming few years would present to us a hope and a goal to make Hong Kong a centre for international cultural exchange, a place that we identify ourselves with. It is also a time for us to showcase our spirit and strengths and introduce to the world a contemporary Chinese culture that welcomes everybody.



    Andy Hei


    Arts Promotion Committee

    Hong Kong Arts Development Council



    16/01/2022 - 足本 Full (HKT 08:15 - 08:30)

    16/01/2022 - Andy Hei, Chairman of the Arts Promotion Committee at the Hong Kong Arts Development Council


    11 - 01
    2021 - 2022


    Andy Hei, Chairman of the Arts Promotion Committee at the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.


    Dickson Pak, Senior Project Officer from the Hong Kong Green Council


    Melanie McLaren, Executive Director, Justice Centre Hong Kong


    Daisy Tam, Founder of Breadline and HKFoodWorks


    Martin Turner, chairman of Hong Kong Cycling Alliance


    Jeff Rotmeyer, Founder and CEO of ImpactHK


    Andrew Chidgey, Chief Executive of Aids Concern


    Joseph Lau, Chief Commissioner of The Scout Association of Hong Kong


    Alex Chui, Chairman of Hong Kong Toilet Association

    Joseph Lau, Chief Commissioner of The Scout Association of Hong Kong

    In Hong Kong, three Commemoration Ceremonies are held annually to commemorate the soldiers and citizens who were killed during the two World Wars. Representatives of the Scout Association of Hong Kong attend all three ceremonies to pay tribute to the Scouts and Scout Leaders who lost their lives in carrying out the defence duties for Hong Kong in the last war.
    The first two Commemoration Ceremonies are organised by the Hong Kong SAR Government on 3 September, and Chung Yeung Festival. September 3 is the “Victory Day of the Chinese People’s war of resistance against aggression”. Chung Yeung is traditionally the day when we pay respect to our ancestors and elders who have passed away.
    The third Ceremony, known as Remembrance Day Ceremony, is organised by the Hong Kong Ex-servicemen’s Association on Remembrance Day (the second Sunday of November) in memory of those who were killed in the two World Wars and all conflicts since. In particular, we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the defence of Hong Kong during the Japanese invasion and occupation from 1941 to 1945.
    This year’s Remembrance Day Ceremony was held on 14 November.   In addition to the representatives of the Scout Association, and for the first time, the heads of 13 local Schools laid wreaths at the ceremony in commemoration of their students and staff (in their capacity as Scouts and Scout Leaders) who sacrificed their lives defending Hong Kong during the last world war. The Organisers invited the Scouts from one of these Schools to undertake ceremonial duties for the occasion.
    Although no official documents give the exact number of Scout members killed, records do show that over 1,125 Scouts and Scout Leaders joined the Air Raid Precautions Despatch Corps set up by the government in 1938 at the dawn of the Second World War. They carried out civil defence duties such as dispatch riders for delivering messages, first aiders, caring for the wounded, manning of air raid shelters, and guarding places of importance etc. A large number of these Scout members later joined the Volunteers and fought in the brief battle of Hong Kong in December 1941.   Unfortunately, many of them were killed in the fighting and during the Japanese occupation. 
    Their glorious deeds are consistent with the Promise they made upon becoming a Scout: to do their duty to the community they belong to, to help other people at all times and to obey the Scout Law, all of which are the core values of Scouting. 
    And those values have never changed despite all the difficulties and challenges we faced in the past century. We continually encourage our members to contribute to our country and society by participating in community services, which have always been a part of Scout activities. To promote the value of “helping others”, the “Scout Theme of the Year” has been our perennial signature event. In 2020-2022, “Do you Best, Serve the Community” is our annual theme. Scout members and Scout units are encouraged to organise community services for our society. However, the spread of COVID-19 forced the suspension of face-to-face activities. Fortunately, with the integration of information technology, we can continue our services without physical barriers. For example, despite the suspension of regular visits to the elderly, videos with a variety of entertainments including Erhu and traditional Scout songs performances were produced and uploaded to social media to convey our love and care to the elderly. Younger members joined online activities to share health tips with others. They also completed and sent wish cards to doctors, nurses and healthcare workers to show their appreciation.
    This year (2021), we are celebrating our 110th anniversary. Scouting began in 1907 in England and spread out quickly globally. In 1911, the first Scout Group was set up in Hong Kong with 28 Scouts.  Since then, Scouting has grown steadily in Hong Kong. We are proud to say that we are the largest uniformed youth organisation in Hong Kong. It is estimated that one out of every 80 people in Hong Kong are active members of the Scout Movement; and about 45% of the uniformed youth members in Hong Kong are Scouts. We will continue to try our best to make Scouting the movement for young people, and to prepare them to be active and contributing members of Hong Kong, the nation, and the world.


    21/11/2021 - 足本 Full (HKT 08:15 - 08:30)

    21/11/2021 - Joseph Lau, Chief Commissioner of The Scout Association of Hong Kong

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