The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts' Open Day offered art lovers a splendid day of fun and music. There were live shows, exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops organised by the academy's five schools - dance, drama, music, technical arts, and films and television. The event was aimed at giving the public a better understanding of the academy's various activities and courses. Starting on a high note with music by the Academy Brass Ensemble, the event featured 20 concerts by various music departments throughout the day. To underline the extra-special nature of the occasion, visitors, both young and old, were offered a rare opportunity to put on their dancing shoes and join open classes conducted by School of Dance staff. Performances included Chinese dance, ballet, modern dance and musical theatre. The students performed more than 26 pieces composed by young choreographers of the academy. The School of Film and Television screened an introductory video on courses offered at the academy. Demonstrations on editing and digital sound production were also organised. The academy's technical arts students set up an exhibition of sets and props, while the School of Drama presented a traditional Chinese opera and a mime demonstration. Representatives of different schools were on hand to answer queries about the curriculum.