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The “Archives 50 Years” exhibition

The year 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the Government Records Service (GRS) and a major milestone for the GRS. On this special occasion, the GRS hosts a thematic exhibition and organises a series of events under the theme of “Archives 50 Years”. The “Archives 50 Years” exhibition, featuring 50 themes closely related to people’s daily lives under the four categories namely “Food”, “Land and Housing”, “Transport” and “Recreation”, is open from today (October 11) onwards. The exhibition unveils 50 stories behind the archival records. Visitors could shuttle in the past and explore Hong Kong in the old days. Members of the public can find the 50 stories and the precious archival images by browsing the online exhibition. They can also visit the Exhibition Hall in person to view a selection of 10 themes displayed. The exhibition opens from Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5.45pm (except for public holidays), in the Exhibition Hall on the second floor of the Hong Kong Public Records Building (Building), 13 Tsui Ping Road, Kwun Tong. Admission is free. The GRS also launches a thematic website to showcase the development of the GRS over the past five decades and our valuable holdings, and share some interesting behind-the-scene stories of the GRS staff at work.  More information of the activities will be released on the GRS website. The Public Records Office (PRO) will also share interesting stories about the exhibition and the work of the GRS staff on its Facebook page. In light of the COVID-19 epidemic, members of the public are advised to pay attention to our latest announcement prior to the visit to the Building. For enquiries, please call 2195 7700 or email proinfo@grs.gov.hk.

[Summer‧Harbour] Activities at 6 Harbourfront sites stretching from Hong Kong Island to Tseun Wan

In celebration of the 25th anniversary (“25A”) of the establishment of the HKSAR, a "Summer‧Harbour" campaign featuring 25A-inspired art installations created by local designers and artists will be launched at 6 harbourfront sites.The six harbourfront sites in the city got a summer makeover by Messy Desk, Chocolate Rain, Din Dong, Café de Bollo and more local illustrators and designers! Hosted by the Harbourfront Commission and Harbour Office, "Summer‧Harbour” dresses six harbourfronts across Hong Kong Island to Tsuen Wan in holiday hues so everyone can get a slice of fun over the sizzling months! Summer Fireworks Carnival at East Coast Park Precinct This summer, ARTA Architects have picked up their magic wands to bring fireworks you can touch and feel right to the East Coast Park Precinct. The installations double as dandelion by day and illuminating fireworks by night. Catch them while they’re there this summer!Location: East Coast Park Precinct is situated west of Watson Road, Quarry BayPublic Transportation: 7-minute walk from Exit A, MTR Fortress Hill Station Tropical Forest at the Belcher Bay Promenade Local artist Messy Desk has turned the Belcher Bay Promenade in Kennedy Town into a tropical forest featuring a 6m-tall playground and animals carts! See if you can spot Pinana on her jeep as she embarks on yet another adventure. The multi-functional space and even the railing are awash with summer colours. Traverse the tropical forest whilst drinking in the sunset!Location: The Belcher Bay Promenade, Shing Sai Road, Kennedy TownPublic Transportation: 6-minute walk from Exit C, MTR Kennedy Town Station   Din Dong Water Carnival at Tsuen Wan Promenade Local cartoon superstar Din Dong unveils the “Water Carnival by the Harbour” at Tsuen Wan Promenade. He takes on countless looks on his adventures across the yacht, lighthouse, bumper car and more! Don’t forget to snap a shot with him this summer!Location: Tsuen Wan Promenade is situated near Hoi On RoadPublic Transportation: 5-minute walk from Exit A2, MTR Exhibition Centre Station    Hot Air Balloon Extravaganza at HarbourChill     Adjacent to the Wan Chai Pier, HarbourChill brings an aerodynamic adventure with a 9m-tall hot air balloon and a supersized chess board. Spot deer, zebra, hippos and more animal friends made from upcycled oil drums; and don’t forget to snap a shot with the propeller plane, too!Location:HarbourChill is situated north of Hung Hing Road, Wan Chai and east of the covered walkway to the Wan Chai PierPublic Transportation:Wan Chai Exhibition Centre MTR Exit A2; 5-minute walk towards the promenade   Beach Party at The Connector The beach is the place to be during the sizzling months. This summer, The Connector – the pathway between Admiralty’s Tamar Park and Hong Kong Convention Centre in Wan Chai – is converted into an urban beach party! Make a sandcastle, enjoy the sea breeze and drink in the cool, summer vibes with Victoria and Harper!Location: The Connector is situated between Admiralty’s Tamar Park and the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan ChaiPublic Transportation: 9-minute walk from Exit A2, MTR Admiralty Station Wild, Wild West at the Water Sports & Recreation Precinct Messy Desk has reimagined the pet-friendly Water Sports & Recreation Precinct into an old western town home to log shacks, cacti and farm animals – all splashed in a warm, sunset orange. See if you can spot Chocolate Rain’s Fatina on her expedition!Location: The Water Sports & Recreation Precinct stretches from Hung Hing Road in Wan Chai North to the flyoverPublic Transportation: 9-minute walk from Exit C, MTR Causeway Bay Station (The video is in Cantonese) (The video is provided by Development Bureau) For more details, please visit the website of the Development Bureau, or the website of the Secretariat of the Harbourfront Commission.

Latest Instagram-worthy Spot: The Big Eight – Dinosaur Revelation

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and First Initiative Foundation jointly present “The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: The Big Eight – Dinosaur Revelation” which is exclusively sponsored by The Hong Kong Jockey Club. Before getting in there, shall we slightly catch a glimpse of this large-scale dinosaur exhibition? Unique landmark dinosaur exhibition  The Hong Kong Science Museum is presenting a unique landmark dinosaur exhibition, showcasing eight of the most iconic creatures from the 'Golden Age of Dinosaurs' together for the first time: Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops, Spinosaurus, Allosaurus, Hesperosaurus, Diplodocus, Hatzegopteryx and a baby sauropod. The exhibition boasts an unrivalled amount of original fossil material, some of the most complete fossil skeletons in the world, world-class artwork, cutting-edge 3D renderings and the first scientifically accurate reconstructions of the world's largest predatory dinosaur and the world's largest flying creature. The team behind the exhibits took a unique approach to this project, blending the world of scientific research, storytelling and unique scenography to create an exhibition that reveals entirely novel scientific insights and provides immersive experiences along with some dynamic skeletal mounts. Other activities  In addition, there are other activities, such as the Science Theatre: Dinosaur Apocalypse and the Maker Workshop: Dinosaur Spinning Lamp. Book the visit online for free admission Very attractive, isn’t it? Don’t sit and wait. Book your visit online for free admission now! The e-booking system will be updated at 10 am every Monday, and bookings can be made for the upcoming week (excluding the regular closing day on Thursday). Updates will be made on a weekly basis. Remember to visit Klook on time. Find out more about The Big Eight – Dinosaur Revelation from the official website.   The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: The Big Eight – Dinosaur Revelation Venue: Hong Kong Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon Date: Until 16 Nov 2022 (Close on Thursdays, except public holidays) Fee: Free (online booking is required)

Summer Bucket List: LCSD Museums’ Exhibition in August

Visiting museums is one of the best activities in this scorching summer. You can obtain knowledge while cooping up yourself all day long in an air-conditioned place. More importantly, Museum Pass owners have unlimited admission to the permanent and special exhibitions (unless otherwise specified) of LCSD Museums mentioned below.   Science The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: The Big Eight – Dinosaur Revelation The Hong Kong Science Museum showcases eight of the most iconic creatures from the “Golden Age of Dinosaurs” together. The exhibition boasts an unrivalled amount of original fossil material, some of the most complete fossil skeletons in the world, world-class artwork, cutting-edge 3D renderings and the first scientifically accurate reconstructions of the world's largest predatory dinosaur and the world's largest flying creature to create an exhibition that will reveal entirely novel scientific insights. The exhibition will also inspire visitors to contemplate our own place in the grand story of evolution and the challenges threatening our future on this planet. Date: Until 16 November 2022 ; Close on Thursdays (except public holidays) Fee: Free * Online booking is required (The e-booking system will be updated at 10 am every Monday and bookings can be made for the upcoming week (excluding Thursday, the regular closing day). Updates will be made on a weekly basis.   Art The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: The Road to the Baroque — Masterpieces from the Capodimonte Museum Characterised by the dramatic contrast of light and dark, exaggerated movement and pronounced figures’ facial expressions, historians coined the term Baroque to define 17th century Italian art which focuses on high tension and realistic representations of emotions. Showcasing around 40 Neapolitan paintings from the Capodimonte Museum, its debut exhibition in Hong Kong includes works of 16th and 17th century masters, such as Titian, Annibale Carracci and Artemisia Gentileschi. Hong Kong Museum of Art, meanwhile, invites many artists to provide aural element and various creative media for a new art appreciation dimension. The audience thus able to enjoy an art experience that connects past and present. Click here for more details. Date: Until 2 November 2022 ; Close on Thursdays (except public holidays) Fee: Standard - $10, Museum Pass holders - Free   History and Culture The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Dunhuang: Enchanting Tales for Millennium Hong Kong Heritage Museum showcases artefacts, mural paintings, reproduction of paintings in silk and a replica of Yulin Cave 25. Visitors are invited to a feast of visual splendour with a series of art-tech display and multi-media programmes to experience and appreciate the worldly and heavenly aspirations of ancient forebears in their pursuit of the true, the good and the beautiful in the Buddhism realm of Dunhuang. Date: 24 August 2022 – 21 November 2022 ; Close on Tuesdays (except public holidays) Fee: Standard - $10, Museum Pass holders - Free In addition, there are more happenings in August:  Medialogue: So Close, Yet So Far Venue: Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, 7A Kennedy Road, Central   City Rhymes: The Melodious Venue: Hong Kong Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon   Hong Kong Pop 60+ Venue: Hong Kong Heritage Museum, 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin, New Territories   Joyous Destiny: A Selection of Wedding Memorabilia from the Museum's Collections Venue: Hong Kong Museum of History, 100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon   Please visit the website of LCSD’s Museums and LCSD Edutainment Channel for the latest visiting arrangements.

RTHK relays two national channels

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, “CGTN Documentary” and “Radio The Greater Bay” under the China Media Group were launched on Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) on 1 July 2022. RTHK TV34 relays the programmes of CGTN Documentary. Members of the public have to re-scan for TV programme channels on their digital TV receivers to receive RTHK TV34.  The programmes are mainly in English. The Radio The Greater Bay will be broadcast on FM 102.8 and available on RTHK website and RTHK On The Go mobile application. Radio The Greater Bay is the first ever radio channel specially designed for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. Information about the news, finance, lifestyle, culture and music in the Greater Bay Area will be provided in order to enhance social inclusion. For more details, please visit the website of RTHK or call 3691 2300.    

The Hong Kong Palace Museum is now open

The Hong Kong Palace Museum (HKPM) opens to public on 2 July 2022. The HKPM presents over 900 priceless treasures from the Palace Museum. Many of them are on display in Hong Kong for the first time, while others have never been shown to the public before. The Museum regularly presents special exhibitions featuring Chinese art and culture, as well as art treasures from other parts of the world. Ticket Information Visitors with a general admission ticket can visit seven thematic exhibitions, while those holding a special exhibition ticket can tour all of the galleries (the seven thematic exhibitions, plus “The Making of Masterpieces: Chinese Painting and Calligraphy from the Palace Museum” and “Grand Gallop: Art and Culture of the Horse”). An adult general admission ticket costs $50, while a concession ticket* is $25; a special exhibition ticket costs $120, while a concession ticket* is $60. Please note that on-site ticket sales will not be available for the first three months after the HKPM’s opening. Visitors have to purchase tickets in advance through the Hong Kong Palace Museum website, West Kowloon Cultural District website and West Kowloon Cultural District App. To celebrate HKPM's opening, the thematic exhibitions will be free of charge every Wednesday during its first year. Visitors are required to register online for free admission. *Concession tickets are available to full-time students, children aged seven to 11, citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities (with one companion), and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients. Admission for children aged six or below is free. Find out more about the HKPM at the official website.

Exciting activities celebrating HKSAR 25th anniversary being rolled out

The Government is joining hands with different sectors of the community to organise a wide variety of celebratory events and activities under the theme “New Era - Stability, Prosperity, Opportunity” for the public to participate to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. Everyone is welcome to take part and share the joy! A dedicated Facebook page and an Instagram account were also launched to keep members of the public posted of various celebration activities.A rich array of celebration activities will be rolled out successively across the territory, including arts and culture, leisure and recreation, wines and cuisine as well as various thematic seminars.Arts and culture, leisure and recreationAs for arts and cultural activities, apart from the inaugural exhibitions for the new extension of the Oil Street Art Space (Oi!), the much-anticipated Hong Kong Palace Museum will be opened to the public soon, showcasing over 900 precious relics from the Palace Museum and artefacts from around the globe. Moreover, artwork installations that integrate science with art will be displayed on both sides of Victoria Harbour from end-June. In July and August, exhibitions showcasing precious dinosaur fossil skeletons, featuring Italian treasures from the National Museum of Capodimonte and displaying invaluable cultural relics of Dunhuang grottoes will be held.In addition, the Happy@Parks series will be held from mid-June for everyone to enjoy the fun-filled parks through a variety of activities and games. Hongkong Post will issue on July 1 a set of commemorative stamps to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR.In addition to the activities, the joyful atmosphere in the community will be further enhanced in all 18 districts with various publicity and city dress-up installations which beautify the cityscape and offer attractions for photo-taking. The major programmes include installations at the Victoria Harbour promenades, as well as erecting floral fields and floral walls, setting up theme garden displays and enhancements of roadside amenity areas at major locations and parks under the "Blossom Around Town" programme.Wines and cuisineThe Hong Kong Tourism Board will also organise various mega celebration events, including the Special Edition of "A Symphony of Lights" and "Hong Kong Cocktail Hopping" in July, as well as "Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival" in October, etc.Caring the community and organising thematic seminarsThe Home Affairs Department (HAD) will co-ordinate the "Celebrations for All" project, in which the elderly and less privileged families can share the joy of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to the motherland through family visits and participation in territory-wide as well as district celebratory events. In collaboration with clansman organisations, the HAD will also organise promotion projects under the theme of "connecting to homeland and searching for roots", among which a signature event, "Clansmen Culture Exhibition", will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from July 6 to 12.The 25th Anniversary theme songThe 25th Anniversary theme song titled "Heading Forward" is produced by Radio Television Hong Kong. It showcases new opportunities brought about by the country to Hong Kong and encourages young people to seize these opportunities and work together to enable Hong Kong to move forward in sustaining prosperity and stability. The theme song is written and produced by renowned musician Keith Chan and composed, arranged and recorded by musician Alan Cheung. A total of 28 local and Mainland singers are invited to perform together for the first time. Please visit the dedicated website for the latest information about the celebratory events.

New extension of Oil Street Art Space becomes an Instagram-worthy hotspot!

In order to provide more space to inspire greater imagination, Oi! rolled out an expansion project in 2019, in which an adjacent outdoor space of over 3,000 square metres was integrated with the original premises. The new space features a new two-storey building incorporating an exhibition and multipurpose venue. The brand new space is open to the public now, while Oi! is now launching 10 art projects, hoping to provide the district with more community art and leisure space, and to become a cultural landmark in Hong Kong. What is "Oi!"?Oi! is housed in the former clubhouse of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, which was opened in 1908 on what was the waterfront in North Point. Following land reclamation work there in the 1930s, the building was initially converted into staff quarters for the Government Supplies Department and later into a storage facility for the Antiquities and Monuments Office. After it was allocated to the Art Promotion Office for revitalisation and restoration, the red-bricked Grade II historic building with a tile roof was renamed the Oil Street Art Space (Oi!), which opened to the public in 2013.Its name links the ideas behind it with its location: Oi! sounds similar to the address in Cantonese and conveys a call for people's attention while providing a platform where they can realise their dreams in art. The 10 art exhibitions and public engagement activities The 10 art exhibitions and public engagement activities launched by Oi! include two highlight exhibitions in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region: "Joyful Trees (Arbores Laetae)" and "d'strict Remix". Other art projects include "Digital Muse", "Our Living Library", "Neverending Garden", "XCHANGE", "People-Plant-Place", "Three Gardens", "Oi! Sunday", and the outdoor artworks "Branching Benches" and "Mapping Oi!". Through this series of projects, Oi! sets out to connect art and the community, and to build a sustainable future through collective creativity and collaboration. For details of the art projects, please visit the website of Oi! or call 2512 3000 for enquiries.