Aborigine Music Workshop BellsAlive Yukko Chan Cheung Wai Ping Sammy Chien Fei’s Performance
Ho Chuek Tin Hong Kong Dance Company Hong Kong Federation of Women’s Centres Hong Kong Puppet and Shadow Art Center Hui Chun-kit Shandy Gan
La Sax Colette Lam Winnie Lau Subyub Lee Lil Ashes M.I.N.D STUDIO
OULAMII SOOJ (OS) African Drum & Dance Academy Passoverdance R & T (Rhythm & Tempo) Searching for the Village of Happiness May Sheung Yu Mei Shiny Light Troupe
The Hong Kong 3 Arts Musical Institute (HK3AMI) The Hong Kong Parkour Association The Rainbow Fairy Cantonese Opera Laboratory The Young Academy Cantonese Opera Troupe Theatre of the Silence Jennifer Shuk-chi To
Trekkerz Vanessa Tsang The Tumblingwei (Performing skills training center) Unbelievable Unlock Dancing Plaza Lillian Wong
Wong Po-hyun Yat Po Singers Yeung Wai Kit YMCA of HK Cheung Sha Wan Centre Cultural Dance Ambassador Yuen Sin-ting
Aborigine Music Workshop
Aborigine Music Workshop

With a passion for original Hong Kong Pop music, Ivan Hui, a lyricist as well as a professional Chinese flute performer, works hand in hand with Irene Choi, a plucked string instruments expert to offer different music courses and expanding the horizon of music while embracing our valuable traditions. The objective of our foundation is to utilize various artistic aspects like music, dancing and drama to achieve cross-media performance. Our goal is to pursue a new form of artistic performance, to enhance the creativity of local art. We now release the soundtrack of 'Mirage'.

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BellsAlive
BellsAlive

The Bells Alive handbell ensemble was founded by Mr. Shek Sai-wah in 1993. It is an organization for performing handbell music, and includes professional instructors of various musical instruments and handbell music-lovers. The group’s motto is ‘Intertwined with Bells’, and strives to promote love and care by ringing handbells: a performance made possible only by effective cooperation between all ringers. Bells Alive has been actively performing, some of these performances include musical exchanges at overseas handbell activities, television shows and demonstrations, festive performances at shopping malls and wedding music performances. The ensemble hopes to enable people from all walks of life to learn, appreciate and participate in handbell music through creating and finding opportunities for musical performances, so as to promote the development of handbell music both locally and internationally. It is also actively involved in charity and educational activities. Members of Bells Alive have co-organised handbell training courses, voluntary activities, community visits and charity performances with local schools and humanity organisations, in order to help build up a positive sense of value for the younger generation through experiencing the cooperation, discipline and confidence required in learning and performing handbells, as well as discovering and nurturing new, talented ringers, so as to carry on the ensemble's ideals in handbell music.

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Yukko Chan
Yukko Chan

A director, a script-writer and a multi-media artist, Chan was sponsored by Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism Korea to be the first from Hong Kong to take part in Andong Mask. Dance Festival 2013 in Korea. Chan is a six-time recipient of Hong Kong Arts Development Council (ADC) sponsorship and a twice recipient of ADC Grant for Emerging Artists.

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Cheung Wai Ping
Cheung Wai Ping

Cheung graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) with a Certificate and Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts (Cantonese Opera). Upon graduation, he became the disciple of Beijing opera artist Gua Shizhen to acquire shendan (North School) and basic techniques and learned singing with Wang Shengkun. Cheung’s works include 'The Spy Who Loves Me', 'The Chase Of A Runaway Husband' , 'The Warrior's Marriage' and other excerpt pieces. In 2003, he got the third place in a Cantonese opera competition organised by Southern District Arts and Culture Association with his solo performance. He is now an active performer for major troupes.

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Sammy Chien
Sammy Chien

Baritone. Graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2008. Now he studies under the renowned bass Mr. Gong Dongjian. In 2006 he won the first prize in the Operatic Aria Class section of the Hong Kong Youth Singing Festival. He has performed in over 20 Opera productions including Schaunard in 'La Boheme', Crespel & Luther in 'The Tales of Hoffmann', Figaro in Il 'barbiere di Siviglia', Count Almaviva in 'The Marriage of Figaro', Morales in Carmen and Marchesed’Obigny in 'La Traviata' with the Opera Hong Kong. Admiral Sun in a Mandarin contemporary chamber operetta 'The Legend of Zhang Baozai'(premiere in Shanghai EXPO and Hong Kong) in 2010, Monterone in 'Rigoletto', Germont in 'The Story of La Traviata', Dancairo in 'The Story of Carmen', adapted by Dr. Prof Lo Kingman with Musica Viva, and King Balthazar in Menotti's 'Amahl and the Night Visitors'. D’Estillac in 'La VeuveJoyeuse', The baron Gondremarck in 'La vie Parisienne', Escamillo in 'Carmen' and Sharpless in 'Madame Butterfly' with City Opera. Guglielmo in 'Cosi fan tutte', Simone in 'Gianni Schicchi', Aeneas in 'Dido and Aeneas', Hinoyosa in 'La Péricole' and the title role of 'Elijah' with the Hong Kong Academy for performing Arts school etc.

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Fei’s Performance
Fei’s Performance

‘Fei’s Performance’ is one of the major development under Skyhigh creative partners led by Arumimihifumi, a versatile and experienced Creative Partner. She is talented in Creative Industry who specializes in Performing Arts, Movement Choreography, and Music Production. ‘Fei’s Performance’ provides free-of-charge and diversified course to cultivate youth's interest in Arts and Theater production. Every year, 'Fei’s Performance' will invite professional artist as artist in residency to guide and inspire the youth to create their very own expression and provide an alternative platform to showcase youth's performance and job opportunity to further develop young artist.

Moreover, ‘Fei’s Performance’ provides unique opportunity for the youth to learn about themselves and empower them to help others in need through joining different programmes. Character building, life skills and interaction with different levels of the community are emphasized.

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Ho Chuek Tin
Ho Chuek Tin

Graduate of the The Hong Kong Academy for Preforming Arts, School of Film and Television. His major is directing. During the school days, he had made lot of short films including documentary. After graduation, he had worked in the film 'Baby Blue 3D' and 'Unbeatable'.

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Hong Kong Dance Company
Hong Kong Dance Company

Established in 1981 with the aim of promoting Chinese dance, the Hong Kong Dance Company was incorporated in 2001 as a charitable and non-profit-making institution, and is financially supported by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

Since its inception, the Hong Kong Dance Company has staged over 100 productions, many of which were highly popular with critical acclaim. Recent productions include 'Qingming Riverside'; 'Angel Falls'; 'Mulan'; 'Everlasting Love'; 'The Smiling', 'Proud Wanderer'; 'Snow Fox'; 'Eagle Companions'; 'Painted Face'; 'Romance of the Three Kingdoms'; 'Poet Dongpo'; 'Dance Roots'; 'Joseph Koo’s Classic Melodies'; 'Two Swallows – Ode to Wu Guanzhong'; 'Evacuation Order'; 'The Enchanting Orient'; 'Spring Ritual‧Eulogy'; 'Plateau Bluebells'; 'Feng Shui'; 'Masquerade' and 'The Legend of Mulan'.

The Company has toured internationally as well as around Mainland China as a way to encourage cultural exchange, visiting Australia, the United Kingdom, Korea, Singapore, Canada, Japan, Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Wuhan, Guangzhou, Zhongshan, Dongguan, Taipei and Macau. The tour performances were well received by the public with rave reviews.

Invited by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China, the Company was the only Hong Kong dance company to perform at the ‘Meet in Beijing 2008’ Arts Festival at the Olympics. In 2009, the Company was invited to perform at the opening ceremony of the East Asian Games. In 2010, the Company participated in ‘The Ninth China Art Festival’ in Guangzhou, and the World Expo in Shanghai with two performances of 'Qingming Riverside' at the Shanghai Grand Theatre. Its Outreach team was invited to perform at the ‘Universiade Shenzhen 2011’.

In January 2013, the Hong Kong Dance Company proudly presented its crown jewel – 'Qingming Riverside' in Canada and the USA, at The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

'Spring Ritual‧Eulogy' was bestowed the 2013 Hong Kong Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Production. To encourage cultural exchange, 'Spring Ritual‧Eulogy' was staged at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing in September 2013 and was staged at the Novel Hall for Performing Arts in Taipei from 13 to 14 December 2013 as a major programme in the ‘Hong Kong Week 2013’.

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Hong Kong Federation of Women’s Centres
Hong Kong Federation of Women’s Centres

In the late 1970s the Hong Kong Council of Women (HKCW) (now disbanded) conducted a successful campaign to highlight the handling of rape victims by the media. This ‘War on Rape Campaign’ was followed by the formation of the Women’s Centre sub-committee which opened a telephone line on 5 May 1981 to handle public enquiries. The telephone service was manned by volunteers in a back room of the office occupied by the former Urban Councilor, Ms Elsie Tu. In 1985, the Women’s Centre acquired its own premises in Lai Kok Estate, Sham Shui Po, and in August 1989, it was accepted as a member of The Community Chest of Hong Kong. While still affiliated to HKCW, the Centre continued to develop and had its own dedicated Executive Committee. In September 1992, the Women’s Centre was subsequently renamed the ‘Hong Kong Federation of Women’s Centres’ (HKFWC) in order to chart a new direction for itself. In 1996, the HKFWC established its second centre in Tai Wo Estate, Tai Po, thereby expanding its services in the New Territories. The HKFWC is a member agency of The Hong Kong Council of Social Service, and in 2002 acquired Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

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Hong Kong Puppet and Shadow Art Center
Hong Kong Puppet and Shadow Art Center

Hong Kong Puppet and Shadow Art Center was established in 2001 for the continual promotion and development of traditional puppetry. Our distinctive artistic style is built upon traditional foundation and innovative execution. The center puts special emphasis on the manipulation of puppets and shadows, as well as nuances in performance. The center’s specialties are four traditional types of puppets and shadow art.

In 2003, the center received Special Award in Golden Lion Competition in China. The centre’s artistic team often takes part in films, TV and commericals, while being actively involved in the promotion of traditional puppetry at universities, secondary and primary schools to organize puppetry and shadow art teams and interest groups. The centre’s artists frequently perform in shopping malls, entertainment venues, schools and theme parks and are constantly invited to perform in different puppetry and shadow art festivals in different countries.

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Hui Chun-kit
Hui Chun-kit

Graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2012, with major in Dizi and minor in Xiao under professor Sun Yongzhi. During his study at the Academy, he was awarded HSBC Scholarship to enhance his musical training in Beijing.

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Shandy Gan · O.U.R.Works
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From band to solo, from Jazz to Bossa Nova. Influenced by local musicians to various flavors of World Music. With endless thoughts and hunger to try new things. It is reflected in her music. Music changes with life.

At an early age, She loved poetry and Balinese percussions. As she grew up, life was based on simplicity. Flowers, grass…the smaller things in life. Exploring corners of the city, bookstores, movies and coffee shops, meeting people along the way. Combining the loves of life and discoveries along the way, together with work, singing demos and commercial jingles, studying film on the side. Chasing her goals and enjoying life, her story makes her unique. She is Shandy Gan.

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La Sax
La Sax

La Sax, founded in 2005, is regarded as one of the earliest saxophone ensembles in Hong Kong. With the goal of encouraging public interest in the art of classical music, La Sax dedicates to provide high quality concerts to audience. Over the years, La Sax has been performing extensively in Hong Kong and Macau. Some of the significant events include ‘Sax in the City’ that was held at the Hong Kong Institute of Education; ‘Saxo Carnival’, an event that was held in the Hong Kong City Hall featuring the group, and was broadcasted by a local TV broadcaster - RTHK; as well as several concerts that were held in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. In 2006, La Sax was invited to perform in the Hong Kong Baptist University's 50th Anniversary opening ceremony. All concerts received positive feedbacks by the audience. Since 2009, La Sax has been one of the performing groups invited by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department to deliver free concerts to the general public in various districts throughout Hong Kong to promote the art of classical music.

La Sax performs a diverse repertoire ranging from baroque transcriptions, classical literature, standard saxophone repertoire, jazz as well as popular favorites. Not to mention works arranged by the group in the styles of Chinese traditional music, folk music and local pop music.

More than just a performing ensemble, La Sax dedicates to enrich local saxophone music development, especially but not exclusively among the young generation. Our ensemble members are all professional and qualified mentors in providing saxophone and corresponding education. Classes have been offered in various primary and secondary schools, private groups as well as music centers. Last but not least, La Sax offers different performing and educational opportunities to upcoming musicians through organizing workshops, seminars, coaching and training events. It has always been in La Sax's best interest to promote the growth of local saxophone musicians and their music.

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Colette Lam
Colette Lam

Colette is an accomplished soprano and her operatic roles include Marie in Donizetti's 'La fille du regiment', Amina in Bellini's 'La sonnambula', Pamina and Papagena in Mozart's 'Die Zauberflute', Romilda in Handel's 'Serse', Belinda in Purcell's 'Dido and Aneas' and Berginella in Offenbach's 'La perichole' with Brent Opera (London), Beauforthaus Music Festival (Netherlands), Musica Viva (Hong Kong).

During her studies in the Preparatory Opera Porgramme in RAM, Colette appeared as Serpetta in Mozart's 'La fintaGiadiniera', Angelique in Ibert's 'Angelique', Ekimona in Giacomo Meyerber's 'L'etoile du nord', and performed Lucia's and Elvira's madscene in a lecture recital. She was also awarded Highly Commended in the highly prestigious Isabel Jay Operatic Prize at the academy.

On the concert platform, her major credits include in England, Mahler's 2nd Symphony, Elijah, Shostakovich's Blok's 7 Poems, Commonwealth Young Ensemble in Westminster Abbey, and in Asia, Schumann's Dichterliebe in Taipei, various contemporary music world premiere in HK, Chinese music ensemble in Berlin, Frankurt, Vienna, Belgium and London, recitals in Hong Kong, Mainland China, England, Italy and Singapore.

Colette began her operatic singing career with Professor Fu Kwai Wa and continued professionally in the HKAPA with Katusha Tsui-Fraser, Peter Lally and Lily Yeung. She was the recipient of The Michael Rippon Memorial Scholarship and Jacky Chan Scholarship during her studies. Colette subsequently obtained her Master of Music in Performance and Dissertation at the Royal Academy of Music (London) under the tutelage of Joy Mammen, Robert Aldwinckle on a full scholarship from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund.

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Winnie Lau
Winnie Lau

Playing in two of Hong Kong's biggest bands, ‘Noughts and Exes’ and ‘Modern Children’, she is there for a reason. This multi-talented musician who is brought up classically plays five instruments, in which three she plays professionally - piano, violin and organ. Constantly performing, Winnie has been traveling with her bands to places like Canada, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and China. As a solo violinist and pianist, she performs constantly in luxury brands' concerts and events, her clients including Cartier, Christian Dior, Estee Lauder, Harvey Nichols, Silly Things,etc. She also works with different medium and different artists, from touring DJs, to theatre with award winning actress Kearen Pang, to touring with an orchestra as a pianist. As a composer, she has been commissioned by T.H.E. Dance Company in Singapore to compose music for modern dance in their festival in 2011 and she wrote experimental music in collaboration with Portuguese artists in 2010 and makes music for TV commercials regularly. She has launched a solo acoustic-pop project recently where she picks up the guitar and sings original songs which reflects her classical and jazz background. This project has already brought her endorsed gigs in Hong Kong with brands like Jack Wills and concerts in Europe.

Besides music, she has also a visual side. Her debut installation exhibition in 2006 received abundant media attention and features. Among her projects, she had worked as a visual artist for a local original musical with an audience of 3000 where she created hand-drawn animations. And her paintings got featured auctioned for The Humane Society in 2011 in Hollywood, US.

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Subyub Lee
Subyub Lee

Graduated from School of Drama at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, major in Acting. While still in secondary school, he fell in love with British rock bands Muse, Radiohead, Oasis, Artic Monkeys which greatly influenced his musical style.

Since then, Subyub started learning to play guitar, piano, bass guitar, drums and making music on his own. He is also a contracted songwriter of Milkshake Music. His first song ‘Wake Up Naturally’ written for singer Yoga Lin was released in 2011 to huge acclaim. Starting from 2011, Subyub has written film scores and singing the interlude songs for popular productions like 'Love in the Buff' (‘Anyway at all’, ‘What’s behind’) , 'Vulgaria' (‘Mystery girl inside her cave’ ) which are also included in the original album. His latest work is 'Golden Chickensss' interlude song ‘Next time you want a fight’.

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Lil Ashes · O.U.R.Works
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The love for music brought them two together. It was a certain hidden away live music café where the idea to form Lil Ashes came along. After being pulled on stage by friends performing at this café, the boss repeatedly asked them to come back to perform regularly. They don’t always share the same taste for music, in fact the only similarity is The Carpenters. Surprising for a pair of local 19 and 20 year old youngsters. In the past two years, they have had numerous performing opportunities: ranging from local music festivals such as Clockenflap to the opening act for Spanish female artist Russian Red. The audience is always surprised by the unique and powerful vocalist Pollie. She has been compared by many to Indie Folk artists such as Russian Red and Regina Spektor. Not being big headed by these comparisons, Pollie continues to sing, for the love of singing.

They believe that music should be simple and straight forward. Their original songs include ‘Our Song’, ‘Stricken Chord’ and ‘Don’t Thing Too Much’. They understand people have different taste, you either don’t like them or you will love them.

They are Lil Ashes, Pollie (vocal) and Jonathan (Guitar, Piano).

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M.I.N.D STUDIO
M.I.N.D STUDIO

Courses offered by M.I.N.D STUDIO, ranging from elementary to advanced level, are designed and held by professional instructors according to different needs and levels of training. At the same time, M.I.N.D STUDIO organizes Hip-Hop activities, performances and workshops with different media, organizations and dance schools to promote the art form.

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OULAMII SOOJ (OS) African Drum & Dance Academy
OULAMII SOOJ (OS) African Drum & Dance Academy

OULAMII SOOJ (OS) refers to ‘ALL STARS’ in local language. It was founded in 1995 in Tema, Ghana, West Africa. It is now the only West African music & dance group in Asian region which has officially registered in the Centre for National Culture, Ghana.

African music has a long tradition and a variety of styles depending on the different cultures in different parts of Africa. OS African Drum and Dance Academy is therefore established to let people understand the aesthetics of African music and culture.

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Passoverdance
Passoverdance

Established in 1993, Passoverdance is a local non-profit dance organization, which later underwent a restructuring led by Ms. Chow Pui Wan, Ms. MakSau Wai and a group of enthusiastic young artists in 2008. It is dedicated to fostering and developing local dance culture as well as finding and nurturing new talents in the community. The organization endeavors to explore the infinite possibilities in the art of dance, striving to present the purity and uniqueness in each piece of work, so as to create an in-depth dialogue and interaction between audience and the work itself.

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R & T (Rhythm & Tempo)
R & T (Rhythm & Tempo)

Established in 2008, R & T (Rhythm & Tempo) is a registered tap dance group in Hong Kong. Its core members are two tap dancers – Eve Leung and Ken Kwok, and music-maker Andy Cheung, whose common goal is to promote and develop tap dance in Hong Kong. By presenting productions that showcase various tap dance styles, it hopes to create opportunities for members of the public to come into closer and more frequent contact with the genre, thereby enriching their understanding of it as a performing art. Originality is the credo of the company, and its members choreograph by working from the basics – a pair of tap shoes that relates to different types of music including live accompaniment, to tap out infinite sounds emotions and styles, just like a music instrument which can vibrate and interact as it evolves. Also, by drawing inspiration from everyday life in the city, the group hopes to create more rhythm-related dance works as an interpretation of dance as an art form, a voice in the community.

R&T is the organizer of the annual Hong Kong Tap Festival, a platform that conglomerates talents and virtuosi in tap dance. By inviting leading overseas dancers to Hong Kong, it enables exchange, raises standards and opens up new horizons in order to align with the international dance scene beyond Hong Kong. The mission of R&T is to encourage original creativity while maintaining a steady pace of development and looking for new breakthroughs. Their unique stage presence is characterized by breaking the confines of space and idioms to ‘weave an exciting audio-visual experience through dynamic sounds.’

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Searching for the Village of Happiness
Searching for the Village of Happiness

Yeung Man Sze and Chow Wing Yan are the core members. They devised their first production ‘Searching for the Village Happiness’ by visiting various places and collecting folk stories. These stories center on issues about the city, local villages, development, human relationships etc. Through forms such as storytelling and drama, they aim to search with us all that which is simple and happy. ‘Searching for the Village of Happiness’ is a moveable performance. After the first run at the Hong Kong People’s Fringe on October 2013, it has received overwhelming response, and has been invited to perform at various venues.

Hand in hand, stepping on muddy roads, we search for the village of happiness, and recount heartwarming folk stories!

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May Sheung Yu Mei · Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong
May Sheung Yu Mei Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong

She is a talent in music whose passion and attention never cease despite being diagnosed with mild intellectual disability. She shows special preferences to Guzheng and Dizi. Not only has May been practicing dancing since the age of three and being a member of the Chinese Orchestra and Marching Band at school, she has also been learning Guzheng from Ma Yu Hong, a graduate from the Central Conservatory of Music. May gives public performances, and is working as a teaching assistant while furthering her study in Guzheng.

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Shiny Light Troupe
Shiny Light Troupe

Shiny Light Troupe is a registered non-profit organization in Hong Kong. Through the leadership of its Founder, Candice SZETO, the troupe aimed at inheriting the traditional Cantonese Opera. Actively exploring the excellent traditional Cantonese opera script and mingling with innovative elements, the troupe zealously rehearse to produce successful shows to demonstrate Cantonese Opera. Past performances of ‘The Butterfly Lover’, ‘Princess Chang Ping’ etc. has earned recognition from audiences and media.

In addition to performances, the company was funded by the Arts Development Council to organize the program ‘The Outpost – Bringing Kunju and Cantonese Opera Together’. The program aimed to add Kunju elements to enhance the performance of Cantonese Opera. Moreover, the troupe regularly participates to deliver joint workshops and exhibitions with different institutions and schools, putting efforts to promote the art form for different levels of participants and thereby deepening their understanding and interest towards Cantonese Opera.

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The Hong Kong 3 Arts Musical Institute (HK3AMI)
The Hong Kong 3 Arts Musical Institute (HK3AMI)

It was founded in 2006 to provide musical theatre training to musical lovers of all ages and all levels by nurturing talent and fostering development. A first-of-its-kind institute in Hong Kong that is solely dedicated to the instruction of musical theatre, we aspire to cultivate young talent and impart professionalism and discipline to musical theatre performers by providing training, exposure, advice and information in an environment conducive to networking, development, exchange and growth. We also invite overseas artists to teach masterclasses and workshops regularly. HK3AMI has produced numerous performances for schools, theatres, shopping arcades and business organizations locally and overseas. We have worked in partnership with the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Macao Cultural Centre and the University of Hong Kong to produce performances and devise educational and audience development programmes. Recent productions include: 'Once On This Island','The Pajáma Game', 'Romeo and Harriet and Mirage: Dances from Sahara to Broadway'.

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The Hong Kong Parkour Association
The Hong Kong Parkour Association

The Hong Kong Parkour Association, or the HKPA, is the only official parkour group in Hong Kong, and is one of the most recognized parkour or ‘the art of displacement’ (ADD, l’art du deplacement) organizations in China. The crew is formed by a group of people who are dedicated to promote any parkour or ADD-related activities in performances and shows, as well as training courses and workshops to lead the development and improvement of the discipline of parkour.

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The Rainbow Fairy Cantonese Opera Laboratory
The Rainbow Fairy Cantonese Opera Laboratory

Chief instructors of The Rainbow Fairy Cantonese Opera Laboratory include Lau Wai-ming, famous Cantonese Opera actress; and Lau Sau-king, troupe operator. The Laboratory aims at training youngsters aged five to fifteen in their performing skills of Cantonese Opera, as well as nurturing their interest in the art genre.

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The Young Academy Cantonese Opera Troupe
The Young Academy Cantonese Opera Troupe

The Young Academy Cantonese Opera Troupe was established in 2011 by the Hong Kong Academy of Preforming Arts (HKAPA) as an non-profit organization, approved by the Secretary for Home Affairs and funded by the three-year sponsorship scheme of the 2nd Hong Kong Cantonese Opera Troupe for New Talents under the Cantonese Opera Development Fund. The troupe aims to nurture young professional Cantonese opera performers and musicians to preserve and reform Cantonese Opera through performance and promotion.

The Troupe arranges public performances, training and other related activities for members to take part. To offer a comprehensive training, skills such as basic techniques, Cantonese opera singing and physical movement (shenduan) are covered. The troupe also engages in inter-department and inter-school collaborations with HKAPA to diversify Cantonese opera. Combined with Western ‘Theatre Technical Arts’, traditional Cantonese opera can be enhanced by gaining greater creative space.

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Theatre of the Silence
Theatre of the Silence

Theatre of the Silence (TOS) was founded in 2000 by a group of hearing impaired theatre artists. They have plenty of stage experience and have worked with various theatre groups in exchange activities. TOS believes that people, whether hearing or hearing impaired, should have equal rights to enjoy and partake in arts activities. Their work embodies an alternative aesthetics based on the members' superb body movements, thus creating theatre pieces not only for those in a world of ‘silence’ but also for those in the world beyond. With superb body movements, TOS produces theatres that fill with unique, alternative aesthetics.

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Jennifer Shuk-chi To
Jennifer Shuk-chi To

Jennifer Shuk-chi To is one of the few professionally trained saxophonists in Hong Kong. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Her teachers included Martin Choy, Tim Wilson and Michael Campbell. Upon graduation, Jennifer was awarded the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowship for Overseas Studies to pursue a two-year Master’s of Music at the prestigious Indiana University (Bloomington) with the world-renowned saxophonist, Dr. Otis Murphy. She was also appointed as Assistant Saxophone Instructor at Indiana University. Since returning to Hong Kong, Jennifer has been on faculty at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Baptist University and the Hong Kong Institute of Education.

Over the last decade, Jennifer has given various public solo recitals and ensemble performances. She is a freelance saxophonist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic (since 1998) and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta (since 1996). She is also the principal saxophone of the Hong Kong Wind Philharmonia and the founder of the Varsity Saxophone Quartet in 2010. Apart from appearing with local orchestras, Jennifer was also invited to perform with the Orchestra ORTF de Lille, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore Symphony and the Macao Orchestra. She is currently a PhD candidate in historical musicology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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Trekkerz · O.U.R.Works
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Work, rest then more work seems to be the typical lifestyle of most people in Hong Kong. It is exactly the same for the three members of Trekkerz, except instead of resting they are in the band room mostly.

Mike, Pong and Mischa met in HKAPA. Exposed to music styles such as Avant-garde, Contemporary, Chanson, Lied and Classical. They have learnt how to incorporate these styles into their own Cantonese music, with a twist. Bringing music back to basics.

With educated music backgrounds and a ‘we only live once’ attitude, they continue to practice to perfection and sing to the world what they love to do. Mischa won various awards from singing competitions, Pong received various educational music awards and Mike represented Hong Kong in composer competitions. It is this love for performing that got them 1st place in the Sony Music ‘Best Folk’ music competition with their original song and own arrangement of ‘Always on my mind’.

To them, this is a dream come true. They are 3 individuals, with different styles and experiences. We will soon all discover how the 3 can come together and show the world what they want to say.

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Vanessa Tsang
Vanessa Tsang

Since she was small, Vanessa has been fond of performing arts, which has become her passion and pursuit.

She graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) with a full-time in Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts (Cantonese Opera) in 2008. She specialises in playing huadan(young female) and dao ma dan (young female warrior). Her notable works include 'Battle of the Flying Dragon Ridge', 'The Drunken Beauty', 'The Warrior's Marriage', 'Lodging at the Inn' from 'Havoc at Guang Chang Long', 'Wu Song Slays Sister-in-law'. Vanessa’s outstanding performance during her studies had brought her several scholarships and lead roles. Upon graduation, Vanessa taught in the Cantonese Opera programme at HKAPA. She is currently working as a freelancer in Cantonese opera and Chinese dance teacher in primary and secondary schools. She is also an active performer and her performances are well-received. She is an experienced teacher and performer.

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The Tumblingwei (Performing skills training center)
The Tumblingwei (Performing skills training center)

Established in 2012, The Tumblingwei is the first training centre in Hong Kong focusing on teaching performing skills of Chinese swords and spears and aerobatic stunts. Apart from stage performance, these skills can be widely applied to daily life, e.g. as functional training, breathing training, mental and physical agility training and self-esteem building. The over 1000-square-feet studio provides a space for students to hone their skills or work out. The centre’s physical performing skill classes are all taught by professional instructors in a safe environment. The Tumblingwei hopes to bring a different sport experience to all walks of life.

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Unbelievable · Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong
Unbelievable Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong

‘Unbelievable’ consists of four members, who all have visual impairments. Their specialty is performing music they have created with rap and jazz drums. ‘Unbelievable’ has actively participated in community performances since their inception and represented Hong Kong at the Asia Pacific Wataboshi Music Festival in 2012, participating in musical exchange with music lovers from Asia and promoting arts with persons with disabilities. ‘Unbelievable’ has also achieved outstanding performance in various competitions, including their reception of the Merit Award in ‘Cross All Borders: Hong Kong Festival Showcasing New Performing Artists with Disabilities 2013’ by ADA.

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Unlock Dancing Plaza
Unlock Dancing Plaza

With Ong Yong Lock as Artistic Director, Unlock Dancing Plaza is a promising modern dance company with a unique style founded in 2002. Bold to innovate, Unlock is keen to collaborate and interact with artists from different disciplines in search of the intricacies of life and beyond. By liberating the constraints of the stage, the Company strives to display new ways to appreciate and experience dance. Unlock is also committed to promote creative dance education by organizing outreach activities and performances and reaching to the communities and the schools proactively.

Its recent theatre productions include '3D Museum in Motion', 'Hose of Dancing Water', 'Dance Moves', 'Kung Fu and Tofu', 'Chopin VS Ca' and 'Love Sick'. Its production 'Phoenix III – Read the World with Your Heart' received the Hong Kong Dance Awards 2009. Unlock Dancing Plaza is financially supported by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council since 2009.

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Lillian Wong · O.U.R.Works
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She’s particular with the music she composes. Something people would not expect when they first meet her. Aside from the endless support from family members, music is what drives her. The passion can be heard through each note.

On a normal day, Lillian is a piano teacher. But from an early day she knew her dreams was to become something bigger. Her passion for music goes beyond the classroom. She continues to compose, aiming to release five albums in five years. By 2012, she had already released 3 albums - all done by herself.

Aside from passion, music is what drives her to be more than who she is. Lillian’s style of music is refreshing and easy for the ears. Music that grew up with her were songs that every young girl would adore - The Spice Girls or Vivian Chow. Her music is strongly influenced by artists such as Avril Lavigne, Michelle Branch, Khalil Fong, Marie Digby and Sara Bareilles. No matter what environment or situation she is in, music and lyrics will flow through her mind along with sounds from piano, acoustic guitar, ukulele, marimba or saxophone. She’s here to find her dream…

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Wong Po-hyun
Wong Po-hyun

Wong is the disciple of Ng Lut-kwong, specialising in huadan(young female) role. She graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) with a Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts (Cantonese Opera) in 2005. Upon graduation, she worked in different major troupes and founded her own Cantonese opera troupe. In 2011, she became a resident actor in Hong Kong Young Talent Cantonese Opera Troupe. In 2014, she received Young Artist Award at 'West Kowloon Cultural District: Rising Stars in Cantonese Opera Showcase'.

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Yat Po Singers
Yat Po Singers

The first professional a cappella choral theatre company in Hong Kong focusing on developing original theatrical works. Three co-artistic directors, composer Ng Cheuk Yin, choral director Patrick Chiu and stage director/designer Yuri Ng, formed a solid team and founded the company with Executive Director (Honorary) Kathleen Ng. The company’s artistic mission is to promote the a cappella art form in Hong Kong, especially among young people, through original work by local artists that demonstrate the innovative interaction of music and theatre. Through participation in the company’s productions and activities, young singers and school teachers, are nurtured through intensive rehearsals, workshops, and public performances.

From April 2012, Yat Po Singers receives the Springboard Grant under the Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. It not only offers financial support to cover the operational costs of the company, but more importantly enables the company to raise her public profile. Such facilitation of the company’s innovative ideas on new theatre productions, audience expansion, arts education and capacity development is, at the same time, a promise and commitment to enhancement of the arts in Hong Kong at large.

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Yeung Wai Kit
Yeung Wai Kit

Yeung teaches at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA), the Music Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), the HKU SPACE Community College and the Hong Kong Institute of Education. He is on the honorary committee of the China Dizi Society, honorary executive committee of the Guangdong Dizi Society, executive committee of the Hong Kong Bamboo Flute Society, overseas member on the artistic resource panel of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra. He is now studying a doctoral degree in dizi performance at China Conservatory under Prof. Zhang Weiliang.

Born in Hong Kong, Yeung Wai Kit began learning the dizi under Mr Cheung Heung Wah at the age of thirteen and was coached, at various times of his career, by many dizi virtuosi in China, including Prof Li Zhen, Prof Zeng Yongqing, Prof Huang Jincheng and Prof Jiang Guoji.

Yeung was first trained at the Department of Chinese Music of the HKAPA, where he majored in dizi and was awarded a Diploma in Performing Arts (Music), before he pursued studies at the Music Department of the CUHK, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree with first class honours and a Master of Philosophy degree in Ethnomusicology under Prof Yu Siu Wah. In 2010, he received a Master of Music degree in dizi performance at the HKAPA under Prof Sun Yongzhi, and also studied Cantonese Music under Prof Yu Qiwei.

Yeung gave lectures, workshops and outreach music courses for the HKSAR Education Bureau, Hong Kong Central Library, Hong Kong Baptist University, HKAPA, Hong Kong Music Office, The University of Saint Joseph (Macau), Lasalle College of the Arts (Singapore). He was the presenter of ‘Music from China’ at Radio Television Hong Kong. He is the co-author of Listening to Chinese Music (Commercial Press 2009, with Wong Chuen Fung, Wong King Chung and Chan ChakLui). He writes about music for ‘Hong Kong Economic Journal’, ‘Yazhou Zhoukan’, ‘art plus’ (HK), ‘Music Weekly’, ‘Chinese Bamboo Flute’, ‘Elegant Chinese Music’ (China), ‘Silk Road’ (Taiwan), ‘Hua Yue’(Singapore) and ‘World News’(Philippines) etc.

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YMCA of HK Cheung Sha Wan Centre Cultural Dance Ambassador
YMCA of HK Cheung Sha Wan Centre Cultural Dance Ambassador

Established since 2004, this dance group is organized by the Multicultural Team and serves as a platform for integration of Ethnic Minorities (EM) and local Chines. The members are mainly Nepalese girls aged 6-15. They have presented numerous performances in order to promote cultural appreciation. These performances also enable them to develop confidence and learn to co-operate with each other.

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Yuen Sin-ting
Yuen Sin-ting

Specialising in shen (male role), Yuen is a key performer in Hong Kong Young Talent Cantonese Opera Troupe. In recent years, she has taken part in a number of programmes presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. She learned various works, such as 'Three Road Junction' and ‘Flee by Night’ for wushen(warrior role), with Peking opera wushen artist Gua Shizhen.

Yuen graduated from a four-year full-time Chinese opera (Catonese opera) Advanced dprogramme at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA). During her studies, she participated in exchange performance in an arts festival in Guangzhou in 2004, represented HKAPA in an exchange performance at Shanghai Opera Academy in 2008 and in the 6th Hong Kong Chinese Arts Festival in 2007 playing the role Nezha in 'Heaven Shaking Bow', which she recieved critical acclaim.

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