A series of world-class art and culture performances, exhibitions and symposia will be presented at City University of Hong Kong (CityU) to celebrate the grand opening of the Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre (CMC).
Designed by architect Daniel Libeskind, CMC puts CityU in the worldwide league of institutions that possesses truly inspiring architecture, said Professor Way Kuo, President of CityU.
“The passion for creativity embodied in this building echoes our commitment to excellence in research and professional education,” he said.
According to Mr Libeskind, the unique building exterior captures the creative spirit and intensity of Hong Kong. Within, it provides a stimulating environment and meeting point for creative media professionals from around the world and for student-staff interactions, inter-disciplinary collaborations and synergies with industry.
The Grand Opening on October 28 will combine art with grandeur to commemorate this landmark event. It will begin with a spectacular Chinese dragon parade with images contributed by CityU students, and feature a musical performance by world-renowned Japanese saxophone quintet Yasuaki Shimizu & Saxophonettes.
The event will also kick off a six-month festival of events to entertain, inform, inspire and express the excitement of this momentous occasion in terms that are aesthetically and conceptually adventurous, said Professor Jeffrey Shaw, Dean of the School of Creative Media and Festival Director.
Included in the festival will be a variety of world-class programmes, from dance and music performances, installation, to new media art exhibitions and animation. The opening production will include The Four Infinities, a music theatre performance featuring classical Chinese instruments; Movement B, a dance show that includes a 3D projection; and Night of 3Dimensions, Hong Kong’s first 3D VJ dance party that combines digital art, 3D projections and electronic music. The first two performances are world premieres.
Other programmes will include exhibitions on sound installations, sustainable cinema and photographs depicting the lives of people living in the lower Ngau Tau Kok Estate in east Kowloon; animation screenings, symposia on art and culture, and the bridging of new and traditional media.
These programmes and many more are open to the public for free. For more information and registration, please call 3442 6553 or visit www.cityu.edu.hk/cmc.
Media enquiries: Karen Cheng, Communications and Public Relations Office (Tel: 3442 6805 or 9201 8895)