Europe has always prided itself on its culture and exporting its rich tradition of artistic expression. People could be forgiven for thinking cultural ties between the Continent and Hong Kong will decline after the handover, but there is a group dedicated to making sure the cultural bridges between the two remain intact. The European Union Working Group for Culture of Hong Kong first began meeting in 1992 in a bid to fill what it believed was a void in terms of European culture in the territory. It was felt that European culture was not represented at local level in the territory, so the group set out to change that. The basic aim was to join forces and promote cultural events with a European perspective in Hong Kong. Since then many events have taken place organised by the group working with local cultural authorities, associations and the universities. An annual European Film Festival has been held since 1993, including A Tribute to 100 Years of European Cinema and last year's Young Directors series shown at the Hong Kong Arts Centre. A festival in November, with the theme 'Dance and Music', will highlight how different European countries portray song and dance on celluloid.