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Happy Hong Kong - Major Events

Hong Kong has returned to normalcy after more than three years of challenges. Now that our fast and convenient links with the Mainland and the rest of the world have resumed and restaurants, shops and more in the city are reviving, the Government has launched the "Happy Hong Kong" campaign, which features a wide range of fun and interesting activities for citizens to enjoy happy moments together. It will also help stimulate local consumption and boost the economy. Please find below a guide to enjoyment and relaxation with details announced: Cinema Day 2023 Ticketing Information On 29 April (Saturday), 61 commercial cinemas in Hong Kong will be celebrating the Cinema Day. Audience can enjoy films of any genre in cinemas at a fixed price of $30 per ticket on the event day. Tickets will be available from websites and box offices of commercial theatres starting from 11 am of 27 April (Thursday). Gourmet Marketplaces A series of Gourmet Marketplaces will be organised by the Home Affairs Department in different parts of the city, showcasing local, Mainland, and international delicacies. The first of the series will be held on 29-30 April at the Exhibition Hall of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). All three Gourmet Marketplaces will have free admission. The first marketplace at HKCEC requires tickets, which will be distributed for free at 18 Districts' Home Affairs Enquiry Centres (Addresses here), starting from 8 am of 26 April (Wednesday). Details and venues of the Marketplaces: 29.4.2023 - 30.4.2023: Exhibition Hall, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Theme: International delicacies) 6.5.2023 - 7.5.2023: Sha Tin Town Hall Plaza and Sha Tin Park (Theme: Chinese cuisines and local delicacies) 3.6.2023 - 4.6.2023: VESSEL (Kwun Tong) (Theme: Asian cuisines and Wine and Dine) Other Events During the summer holidays, the Hong Kong Tourism Board will also host a large-scale sea-land carnival on the Wan Chai promenade, with Victoria Harbour as the grand stage. This Harbour Chill Carnival will feature music concerts with singers and bands from around the world, as well as X Games elements, street performances, and a special edition of "A Symphony of Lights", providing a novel and captivating experience for the public and tourists. Additionally, a range of agricultural and fisheries festivals are scheduled to take place across multiple districts, including Tsing Yi, Lok Fu, Yuen Long, and Mong Kok. During the campaign period, various organisations including Cyberport; Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation; the Hong Kong Jockey Club; and the Vocational Training Council; the Ocean Park Corporation; the Hong Kong Disneyland; and the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, will also hold a wide range of events with various types and themes, focusing on pop culture, sports and music, for the public to enjoy. For the latest updates of the events under the "Happy Hong Kong" Campaign, please visit the thematic website and the dedicated event pages on Facebook and Instagram.

Thematic Youth Internship Programmes to the Mainland 2023

The Home and Youth Affairs Bureau (HYAB) announced that a new round of the Thematic Youth Internship Programmes to the Mainland is now open for applications to provide young people with thematic internship opportunities in cultural, nature conservation and scientific research institutions in the Mainland.   (The promotional video is in Chinese only) Under the Thematic Programmes, HYAB collaborates with relevant Mainland institutions to launch five internship programmes, including: “Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Youth Internship Programme at Palace Museum”, co-organised with the Palace Museum in Beijing “Youth Internship Programme at Wolong National Nature Reserve, Sichuan”, co-organised with the Wolong National Nature Reserve in Sichuan “Youth Internship Programme at Chinese Academy of Sciences”, co-organised with the Chinese Academy of Sciences “Youth Internship Programme at Dunhuang”, co-organised with the Dunhuang Academy “Youth Internship Programme at Shandong on Marine Sciences”, co-organised with the Qingdao National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology   Programmes OverviewThe internship programmes will commence from June to August this year and last for four to six weeks, providing Hong Kong’s youth with more than 80 thematic internship positions covering areas such as cultural heritage preservation, scientific research and technology, ecological and environmental conservation.  Each programme offers tailor-made internship arrangement and unique experience for participants to acquire a good understanding of the work of the institutions and play a part in it.  Under the “Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Youth Internship Programme at Palace Museum”, Hong Kong’s participants will also work together with young people from Guangdong and Macao at the Palace Museum in Beijing to facilitate youth exchanges among the three places. Apart from internship, the co-organisers will also provide training, field trips and other cultural exchange activities for participants, thereby deepening their understanding of the local culture and industry development. EligibilitiesApplicants should be local full-time post-secondary students (including sub-degree, undergraduate and post-graduate students) and Hong Kong permanent residents aged between 18 and 30.  Please visit the website of the Youth Development Commission for programmes information and application details.

Youth Start-up Internship Programme 2023

The Home & Youth Affairs Bureau partners with the Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited (Cyberport) and Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) to launch the Youth Start-up Internship Programme 2023, with a view to providing young people with internship opportunities at local start-ups and fostering their interest in pursuing a career in innovation and technology. In addition, the Programme also aims to help start-ups nurture talents and drive the development of the local innovation and technology related industries. Key Features The Programme offers 200 internship positions in total with internship period of three to six months across various disciplines, such as data analysis, software engineering, marketing, design and business development. Participating companies may engage interns in full-time, part-time or mixed mode. Each internship position will be entitled to a salary subsidy up to HK$10,500 per month provided by the Government. Participating students will be able to: .Apply acquired knowledge to gain work experience.Develop and sharpen their specialised and transferable skills through participating in a series of training    and entrepreneurship activities provided by Cyberport.Gain a career head start in the innovation and technology related industries.Build network with professionals and leaders in the start-up community Eligibility .Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card holder aged between 18 and 30.Full-time student from a local post-secondary or tertiary institution (including students of sub-degree,    undergraduate and postgraduate programmes).Currently not a beneficiary under any publicly funded internship programme Application method Interested young people should submit applications to companies online. Upon receipt of the applications, participating companies will conduct assessment and selection for implementing the internship arrangements. For more information, please visit the webpages of Cyberport and HKSTP.