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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.

Hong Kong Palace Museum to open on July 2

The Hong Kong Palace Museum (HKPM) will open to the public on July 2. 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.

Cultural & Leisure

21-06-2022

Enrolment for summer activities/ interest classes/ programmes 2022 now opens

The summer holiday is approaching as summer begins. It is time to look for activities, interest classes or self-enhancement programmes for the summer holiday.  Leisure and Cultural Services Department and youth organisations, such as those listed below, provide diverse summer activities. Pick your favourite ones and enrol now! 1.    Leisure and Cultural Services DepartmentSearch for your favourite activities or interest classes on the website.>>>Details and enrolment2.    The Hong Kong Federation of Youth GroupsSearch for your favourite activities or interest classes on the website. Member login is required for enrolment and places will be allocated by drawing lots.>>>Details and enrolment (Chinese only)3.     St. James SettlementSearch for your favourite activities or interest classes on the website.>>>Details and enrolment (Chinese only)4.    The Boys' & Girls' Clubs Association of Hong KongServices Centres are set up in various locations such as the Ma On Shan East East Children & Youth Integrated Services Centre and the Jockey Club South Horizons Children & Youth Integrated Services Centre. For details of summer activities organised by individual Services Centres, please contact respective Centres or visit their websites. >>>Details and enrolment5.    Caritas Hong KongCommunity Centres are set up in various locations such as Caine Road and Aberdeen. For details of summer activities organised by individual Community Centres, please contact respective Centres or visit their websites.>>>Details and enrolment6.    Chinese YMCA of Hong KongSearch for your favourite programmes on the website. >>>Details and enrolment7.   Hong Kong Young Women's Christian AssociationSearch for your favourite activities and interest classes on the website. Member login is required for enrolment and places will be allocated by drawing lots.>>>Details and enrolment8.     Hong Kong Playground AssociationSearch for your favourite activities or interest classes on the website.>>>Details and enrolment9.    Hong Kong Children & Youth ServicesServices Centres are set up in various locations such as Belvedere Garden and Tai Po. For details of summer activities organised by individual Services Centres, please contact respective Centres or visit their websites.>>>Details and enrolment

Cultural & Leisure

21-06-2022

A Guide for Student Seeking Summer Jobs

You may be looking for summer or part-time jobs hoping to gain pocket money and working experience. Yet, you may easily fall prey to scammers’ devious employment traps. Lack of cautiousness may lead to financial loss or unwitting involvement in criminal activities. Beware of Employment Traps To avoid falling into employment traps when looking for summer jobs, please refer to “A Guide for Students Seeking Summer Jobs” by the Labour Department and learn some tips for protecting yourself. Beware of Industrial Safety & Regulations Fresh job-seekers must pay attention to industrial safety and avoid taking up dangerous work. You should use safety equipment provided by employers and strictly follow all safety regulations at work. Protect yourself and others, your safety always comes first.   For more information on Summer Jobs Employment, please refer to Summer Jobs Employment Webpage of Labour Department.

Career & Study

16-06-2022

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.

Cultural & Leisure

08-06-2022

Know more about the "Vaccine Pass"!

The "Vaccine Pass" has taken effect from 24 February onward. To use the "Vaccine Pass", we should update the "LeaveHomeSafe" mobile app to the latest version and store our vaccination record or medical exemption certificates in it.  Venue operators should use the latest version of the "QR Code Verification Scanner" mobile app. What else should we pay attention to? Let's refer to the leaflets for details:   In addition to the leaflets, the Innovation and Technology Bureau (now retitled Innovation, Technology and Industry Bureau) has also produced demo videos on the "Vaccine Pass". Watch now and know more! For Public For Venue Operators In the latest version of the "LeaveHomeSafe" mobile application, members of the public may store the electronic vaccination record, Medical Exemption Certificate and recovery record QR code at the same time and preset one of them as the default Vaccine Pass. Please refer to the "Vaccine Pass" thematic website and below videos for more details: Storage of Electronic Vaccination Record Storage of Recovery Record QR Code Source: Innovation, Technology and Industry Bureau Facebook Fanpage

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