It's a celebration, let's dance
Hong Kong City Hall, one of Central's landmarks, celebrates its golden jubilee this year. As the city's first purpose-built cultural complex, the building has hosted numerous events over the past five decades, featuring well-known artists and fostering arts groups to witnessing the marriages of countless couples.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hong Kong City Hall, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department has organised a number of special events and activities in the coming months.
The highlight will be the annual Dance Day to be held on Sunday. Four event ambassadors, Mui Cheuk-yin, Lau Siu-ming, Li Long-hin and Lee Hiu-ching will join 700 amateur and young dancers in an energetic afternoon programme. The event showcases various types of dance and activities for everyone.
One of the performances is a newly created piece entitled City Hall and I, and a photography corner will be set up called Flash Dance, Jump! where a photographer will take pictures of aspiring dancers against the backdrop of the City Hall High Block.
Dance in Hong Kong - A Time Tunnel helps viewers trace the development of dance in the city, while Dance Along the Way features dance steps marked on the ground for visitors to get a crash course. Celebrity Talks - Those Were the Days are lectures featuring notable dancers and choreographers. Three talks will be hosted by Willy Tsao, Mui and Yuri Ng.
The celebrations will kick-off with an opening parade starting at 12.30pm on the east side of Jardine House.
About 200 professional dancers, dance troupes, art groups and schools will participate in what promises to be a colourful and energetic event.
Some of the schools include Tuen Mun Catholic Secondary School; The HK Academy for Performing Arts, School of Dance; De La Salle Secondary School, New Territories; Our Lady of the Rosary College and Ju Ching Chu Secondary School in Kwai Chung. Other dancers and choreographers in City Hall and I include Andy Wong, Xing Liang, Victor Ma, Popo Tso, Lau Siu-ming and Mandy Yim.
Dance Days of Youth - Then and Now follows with groups such as Hibiscus Dance Company, Hong Kong Youth Dance Group, Starwave Production, Budlet Folk Dance Club and La P en V Innovative Dance Platform.
The audience can also take part in learning a few new moves themselves.
At the Main Stage, Edinburgh Place and Memorial Garden, there will be hourly sessions led by Studiodanz to teach the moves of the dance genre designated as the theme for this year's Dance Day.
The public can take part in the closing performance Gotta Dance at the City Hall with dancers from Studiodanz, choreographed by Angela Hang and Gat Wang.
Date and time Sunday, March 4; 12.30-6pm
Venue Hong Kong City Hall
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/danceday