An illuminated Grand National Theatre draws admiring crowds ahead of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, on May 12. Western classical music and grand opera are integral parts of cultural life in Beijing and Shanghai. Photo: Reuters

Hong Kong must boost funding for the performing arts if it truly wants to be ‘Asia’s world city’

Gordon W.E. Jones says funding for the stage arts, especially opera, will not only make Hong Kong’s cultural life more vibrant, but also create jobs, and boost economic growth and tourism

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An illuminated Grand National Theatre draws admiring crowds ahead of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, on May 12. Western classical music and grand opera are integral parts of cultural life in Beijing and Shanghai. Photo: Reuters
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