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Published: 17:48, May 23, 2022 | Updated: 18:11, May 23, 2022
Signature events to mark HKSAR’s 25th anniversary
By Wang Zhan
Published:17:48, May 23, 2022 Updated:18:11, May 23, 2022 By Wang Zhan

This undated file photo shows "Science in Art", a part of the project "Art@Harbour", which displays a series of art installations with the theme of science at the Tamar Park area. "Science in Art" will be presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and exclusively sponsored by the Hong Kong Jockey Club. (PHOTO / HKSAR GOVERNMENT)

HONG KONG – The Leisure and Cultural Services Department will host a number of cultural, recreational and sports programs in the city from May to the end of this year to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series is among initiatives exclusively supported by the Hong Kong Jockey Club's approved donation of HK$630 million ($80.2 million) to the government for the anniversary, the government said on Monday.

Various HKJC Series and exhibitions will be staged in the LCSD museums starting this month. They include The Big Eight - Dinosaur Revelation, which showcases precious dinosaur fossil skeletons, and Dunhuang: Enchanting Tales for Millennium, which features arts and culture of the Dunhuang grottoes.

Residents will be able to explore the world of Chinese landscape paintings through modern technology in Mastering Masterpieces: The Essentials of Chinese Landscape Paintings, and understand feminine characteristics and daily lives in ancient China in Women and Femininity in Ancient China: Treasures from the Nanjing Museum.

This undated file photo shows a dinosaur fossil to be exhibited in the large-scale exhibition "The Big Eight - Dinosaur Revelation" organized by the Hong Kong Science Museum. The exhibition is exclusively sponsored by the Hong Kong Jockey Club. (PHOTO / HKSAR GOVERNMENT)

The LCSD will also work with K11 Group, Kerry Group and Sino Group to present the project Art@Harbour and set up multiple outdoor art installations and a digital art facade along the promenades of Victoria Harbour.

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Meanwhile, the LCSD department will bring audiences a wide range of performing arts programs, such as a concert screening of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Cantonese opera programs, Hong Kong Ballet's classical fairy tale Cinderella, art-tech programs under the International Arts Carnival.

This year also marks the 60th anniversary of Hong Kong City Hall. The hall will organize various celebration activities with the Hong Kong Museum of Art and the Hong Kong Public Libraries to showcase the cultural achievements of the government over the past six decades.

This undated file photo shows a conceptual image of a floral wall to be set up in Victoria Park under the program "Blossom Around Town". (PHOTO / HKSAR GOVERNMENT)

Apart from enjoying cultural events, residents can participate in the recreational activity Blossom Around Town by carrying out beautification works at 48 prominent locations and parks from June to October to enhance the landscape across the city.

The LCSD will also organize a series of Happy@Parks activities from June to December to allow residents to join a variety of recreational games during holidays in the department’s parks.

To encourage people of all ages to form the habit of exercising, the LCSD will hold the 25th Anniversary of the Establishment of the HKSAR - Free Use of Leisure Facilities on July 1, where most of the fee-charging leisure facilities under the department will be open for free use.

This undated file photo shows the London Philharmonic Orchestra. A concert screening of the London Philharmonic Orchestra will be one of the programs celebrating the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The concert screening program is exclusively sponsored by the Hong Kong Jockey Club. (PHOTO PROVIDED BY BENJAMIN EALOVEGA TO HKSAR GOVERNMENT)

The department will also organize roving sports demonstrations to be held in shopping malls or performance venues on weekends in June and July to promote the benefits of regular exercise.

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It has also has invited an illustrator to design a board game with the theme of celebration activities, and adapt the board game to a floor sticker to be displayed at nine LCSD leisure and cultural venues starting from mid-June for public enjoyment.

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