British Council prepares year of events for 60th anniversary

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 06 January, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 06 January, 2008, 12:00am

Sixty university graduates, some from the class of 1948, will help the British Council celebrate its 60th anniversary in Hong Kong this year.

Events to mark the anniversary, titled 'Celebration 60', will kick off on Saturday.

The 60 people, selected earlier this year, come from all walks of life and are, or were, legislators, professors, designers, conductors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, artists and chefs.

British Council director Ruth Gee, who unveiled some of the plans, said the celebrations would unite people who had studied in Britain in different eras to showcase their talents.

'Isn't it interesting? It can bring all the people from different classes together to share their stories,' she said.

Ms Gee said that among the celebratory events would be a series of environmental dialogues in March in which Christine Loh Kung-wai from the think-tank Civic Exchange would participate.

Other events in the pipeline include debates, arts exhibitions and demonstrations of the former students' talents.

A charity will also be formed by these 60 people to raise funds for cultural exchange events and to encourage and provide support for young people to participate in international events.

In one of the events, a local theatre group will work with a British director to produce a play, which will be showcased at the New Vision Arts Festival 2008.

The festival is organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

The cultural, academic and arts events will run throughout the year.