More than 1,000 people are expected to take part in a dance gala staged by the Hong Kong Red Cross on Saturday to commemorate Red Cross Day, which is the birthday of its founder. Young and old, professionals and novices are being invited to join the 'Dance the World' event to be held at Victoria Park, from 11 am to 6 pm. Secretary for Home Affairs David Lan Hong-tsung will launch the event. Exhibitions portraying the movement's humanitarian activities and a variety of games stalls have been organised . The event will highlight the Red Cross network and the movement's shared values. The International Red Cross was founded in 1864 by Jean Henri Dunant (1828-1910), whose birthday falls on Saturday. All 175 Red Cross national societies will join in the celebration. According to the International Red Cross, dance was chosen for its universality. Dance is a mode of expression used by all cultures and it can transcend language or cultural barriers. According to the Red Cross, these qualities make dance an excellent medium through which to portray the 'universality' and 'humanity' of the movement. A mass dance composed of five different dance steps has been arranged for the celebration. To reinforce the humanity message, dance students of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and other local professional dance groups will perform a production titled The Power of Humanity It was produced by Hong Kong Red Cross volunteer and creative director Tang Shu-wing. Similar events are being held in other regional capitals, symbolising solidarity and mutual support. A dragon dance will be performed at the Great Wall by the Chinese Red Cross. Celebrations will also be held in Cambodia, Bangkok and Manila. Established in 1950, the Hong Kong Red Cross is part of the International Red Cross movement.