HK, Macau and Guangdong to beef up cultural exchanges

HK, Macau and Guangdong to beef up cultural exchanges

There will be more cooperation between the creative industries in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau, Culture Secretary Kevin Yeung said on Thursday at an annual meeting on cultural exchanges.

“This year’s meeting has been very successful, with many collaborative projects showing positive development. It’s very encouraging,” he said at the 22nd Greater Pearl River Delta Cultural Cooperation Meeting.

“I hope that this conference framework will guide cultural exchange and cooperation between the three regions, and elevate the depth and breadth of our collaboration to a new level.”

Yeung said that over the next five years, the SAR government will allocate HK$135 million to support local art groups and artists in exchange programmes within the Greater Bay Area.

There are also plans to bring more local cultural events, including the Hong Kong Pop Culture Festival, to the bay area, he added.

Guangdong’s culture and tourism director general, Li Bin, said creating a well-known cultural tourism brand in the region is a collective effort.

He added that promotions for art performances and exhibitions will be more closely connected, with more interactions among official accounts on WeChat, Douyin and Xiaohongshu.

Meanwhile, Macau’s cultural affairs minister, Leong Wai-man, said the city hosted over 2,000 large-scale performances and more than 10,000 cultural events last year.

She said Macau could play the role as a major entertainment hub in the bay area.

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