The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (HKETO) in Singapore celebrated the Chinese New Year of the Pig with some 300 guests from the diplomatic, business, academic and cultural circles, as well as the local Hong Kong community, in a reception held at the Fullerton Bay Hotel on the eighteenth day of the Lunar New Year.
In his welcoming speech, the Director of the HKETO in Singapore, Mr Bruno Luk, presented a promising outlook of Hong Kong’s economy in the coming year, highlighting the “Outline Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area” recently promulgated by the Central Government of China. He also talked about Hong Kong’s soft power such as cultural and creative industries which had been a key growth driver in recent years. He said the HKSAR Government had been putting a lot of efforts to establish Hong Kong’s position as an international cultural metropolis, nurture and support the development of local arts groups and artists; and strengthen our cultural co-operation and exchanges with other areas of China as well as overseas countries.
Over the years, the HKETO has supported a number of Hong Kong arts groups to perform in Singapore. A group of Hong Kong young musicians, led by erhu player Chan Pik-sum and harmonica virtuoso Cy Leo Ho, were invited to perform at the reception. Guests were fascinated by their Chinese and Western music cross-over performance, which fully demonstrated the creative charm of Hong Kong young music makers.
Read his full speech here.