40 events will highlight creative industry in 2012
A year-long series of more than 40 events linked to design will put the growth of Hong Kong's creative industry in the spotlight.
Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen declared 2012 to be Hong Kong Design Year in his policy address last year, and a range of events has already been announced, from educational activities to industry events.
Design Year is a government initiative funded by CreateHK, and the events are co-ordinated by the Hong Kong Design Centre, the Trade Development Council and the Tourism Board.
CreateHK said that by last month, more than 40 events had been taken under the banner of Design Year and some events were still waiting to be approved. It is expected that the government will provide at least HK$60 million in funding for the year.
Events already under way include the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, which runs in Kowloon Park until April 24. The World of Wearable Art show, part of the Arts Festival, ended last month.
Major events later in the year include the annual Business of Design Week in December and the Detour exhibition. which shows off the talent of local designers.
The Design Centre's executive director, Edmund Lee Tak-yue, said that as well as celebrating the design and creative industries, the city should take the opportunity to review its position among the cities of China and Asia.
'We should look into education, the role of the government, as well as the relationship between design and society,' Lee said.
He said that on the education side, Hong Kong should review its design curriculum by talking to visiting overseas experts and also look at bringing design to the people. 'When every [city] is pouring in resources [to develop creative industries], Hong Kong cannot stay stagnant.'