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1/ Festival of Hong Kong

Date: 2019/3/6 (Wednesday) to 2019/8/31 (Saturday)
Time: Library Opening Hours
Venue: Hong Kong Central Library (5/F Current Newspapers and Periodicals Reading Area)
Description: Ruined by two riots in 1960s, Hong Kong society had severely suffered from social turmoil and widespread sentiment over the territory. To alleviate the impacts of the riots and cultivate joyful atmosphere, the government held the “Festival of Hong Kong” for three times in 1969, 1971 and 1973. From the opening ceremony to the closing parade, the Festivals aimed to bring joy to the people of Hong Kong through a wide range of cultural and recreational activities, including military performances, sports competitions, entertainment programmes, cultural exhibitions, which successfully attracted the attention and participation of thousands of citizens. Through various newspaper clippings from library collection, this thematic exhibition presents the stories of the Festivals in retrospect.

1/ Story of Hong Kong Movies: Rivalry between Shaw Brothers and Motion Picture & General Investment

Date & Time: 27.7.2019 (Sat) 3:00pm-5:00pm
Venue: Hong Kong Central Library (Lecture Theatre, G/F)
Description: During the post-war period, the southward influx of film-makers from Shanghai, coupled with the northward inflow of capital from Singapore and Malaysia to Hong Kong, led to the blooming of the film industry and made its days of glory. In particular, the vigorous rivalry between Run Run Shaw who moved to Hong Kong from Singapore and his fellow Singaporean competitor Loke Wan Tho gave birth to their respective film empires “Shaw Brothers” and “Motion Picture & General Investment” (MP & GI) and ushered in the era of grand studio productions in Hong Kong. In addition to multiple high-profile waves of talent poaching, they strived to pioneer the launch of films of similar themes, thus putting them into direct rivalry. With equally unexpected plots, stories at the back of the stage are just as captivating as those on stage.

1/ Exhibition of Works by TO Kwok-wai

Date & Time: 27.2.2019 - 1.5.2019 (Phase 1)
2.5.2019 - 30.6.2019 (Phase 2)
Venue: Hong Kong Central Library (8/F Rare Book Reading Room)
Description: The exhibition features in two phases TO Kwok-wai’s artworks, including his recent paintings which inspired by his own play scripts as well as some of his earlier works, opens up a channel for understanding the correlation between TO’s paintings and play scripts.
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