Following a successful debut, the West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre will return to the future site of the Xiqu Centre in the Year of the Snake to warm Hong Kong people with unforgettable city memories.

Staging from 30 January to 16 February 2013, the three-week West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre will for a second time take place in an 800-seat purpose-built bamboo theatre at the junction of Canton Road and Austin Road (next to Tsim Sha Tsui fire station). Not only does this festive cultural programme present a repertoire of Cantonese Opera classics by an acclaimed cast of virtuosi, it also brings in a mix of young talents in Cantonese opera and Chinese dance, contemporary music concerts, and finally a Bamboo Theatre Fair to give the audience a wider cultural experience (please refer to Annex for details).

Mr Michael Lynch, Chief Executive Officer of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority ("WKCDA"), said the new West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre came at the perfect time to jubilate after the announcement of the selected design of Xiqu Centre last week.

"At the future site of Xiqu Centre, the West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre is back to celebrate the Chinese New Year with artistic charm and inspirations. More importantly, we will present to you the winning design of the Xiqu Centre, our first arts facility to be completed in 2016," said Mr Lynch.

"The Year of the Snake will be a new milestone for the arts hub as we will start building the Xiqu Centre, signifying that the project will shift to full gear as we migrate to construction from design stage and start the construction works by end of 2013 if all goes well," he added.

Mr Louis Yu, WKCDA's Executive Director, Performing Arts said the maiden success of the West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre in 2012 had encouraged the Authority to extend the event into a three-week programme and bring in other performing artforms as well as Chinese New Year cultural activities.

"We hope to give our audience a fuller cultural experience and the traditional bamboo theatre provides a special setting and nostalgic ambience for performers of different art forms," Mr Yu said, "Our special thanks goes to Mr William Lim, a renowned Hong Kong architect who provides a spectacular design concept to the new bamboo theatre and surrounding space."

The West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre 2013 will feature 10 star-studded Cantonese opera performances by a strong cast including renowned virtuosi Law Ka-ying, Wong Chiu-kwan, Lee Lung, Tse Suet-sum, Ng Chin-fung, Wan Fai-yin, Lung Koon-tin, Nam Fung, Leung Siu-ming and Chan Wing-yi.

While star-studded Cantonese opera shows are the main attractions, elite dancers from the Hong Kong Dance Company will usher in the New Year with Chinese folk dance pieces for audience to savour the ethnic and regional flavors. SIU2, a local fusion band, and a cappella Zhong Yue Feng led by Patrick Chiu, will offer two delightful nights of contemporary music in a special bamboo theatre setting.

Budding young artists of the Hong Kong Young Talent Opera Troupe and The Young Academy Cantonese Opera Troupe will also present Cantonese opera education programme and performances to attract new audience of this traditional Chinese art form.

With kiosks selling traditional snacks, handicrafts as well as creative and innovative items designed by local artists and arts students, the Bamboo Theatre Fair will take Hong Kong people down memory lane.

Tickets of Cantonese opera by virtuosi at $100 and $150, and tickets of contemporary music concerts at $100 will be available at URBTIX outlets, on the Internet (www.urbtix.hk) and by credit card telephone booking (+852 2111 5999) from 20 December 2012. Half-price tickets are available for full-time students, senior citizens, people with disabilities and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients.

Cantonese opera performances by young talents, Chinese dance by the Hong Kong Dance Company, Bamboo Theatre Fair and the exhibition are free-admission programmes.

For programme enquiries, please call +852 2200 0096, or visit www.bambootheatre.wkcda.hk. For ticketing enquiries, please call +852 27349009.

 

Annex

West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre 2013

Period: 30.1 - 16.2.2013

Venue: West Kowloon Cultural District Canton Road entrance (Next to fire station)

Programme

Cast/ programme highlight

Admission

Cantonese opera

Performance by renowned virtuosi

 

30.1 - 8.2.2013, 7pm

 

  • Law Ka-ying, Wong Chiu-kwan;
  • Lee Lung, Tse Suet-sum;
  • Ng Chin-fung, Wan Fai-yin;
  • Lung Koon-tin, Nam Fung;
  • Leung Siu-ming, Chan Wing-yi

 

$100 / $150

 

Performance by young talents

 

12.2 & 16.2.2013

2:15pm & 7pm

 

  • Hong Kong Young Talent Opera Troupe
  • The Young Academy Cantonese Opera Troupe

 

Free

 

Chinese dance

The Beat of China - A Festive Taste of Dance

 

9.2.2013

7:15pm & 8.45pm

 

Hong Kong Dance Company

 

Free

 

Music

A Cappella Zhong Yue Feng

 

13.2.2013, 7:30pm

Unconventional a cappella performance of various Cantonese opera and Chinese New Year songs as well as classic soap opera theme songs

 

$100

Bamboo Theatre Concert by SIU2

 

15.2.2013, 7:30pm

 

SIU2 will present the conveyance of arts and culture from the past to the present through both Chinese and Western musical instruments

$100

Bamboo Theatre Fair

 

30.1 - 16.2.2013 (Closed on 10.2 & 11.2)

3pm -10:30pm

 

Traditional snacks, handicrafts/ creative and innovative items designed by local artists and arts students

Free

 

Xiqu Centre Design Competition Exhibition

 

30.1 - 16.2.2013 (Closed on 10.2 & 11.2)

3pm -10:30pm

 

An exhibition to unveil the winning and shortlisted designs of the Xiqu Centre Design Competition

Free

 

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