An inaugural ceremony for The D. H. Chen Foundation – West Kowloon Tea House Student Matinees today hosted at the Tea House Theatre of the Xiqu Centre.

As part of our commitment to promote xiqu culture and attract young and new audiences, Xiqu Centre is launching The D. H. Chen Foundation - West Kowloon Tea House Student Matinees, supported by The D. H. Chen Foundation. Specially devised for secondary one to four students, the programme extends arts learning beyond the classroom and allows students to learn about xiqu and traditional culture in a fun, inter-disciplinary way.

Through narrated performances presented by the Tea House Rising Stars Troupe and interactive discussions, students explore traditional Chinese culture through the art of xiqu and its relevance to contemporary society. They also take part in a tour of the Xiqu Centre to learn about the architectural and design features of the new venue and fun facts about the history and art of xiqu.

The student matinee programme runs from 2019 to 2021 and is generously supported by The D. H. Chen Foundation. Applications are welcome from local secondary schools, and over 30 schools have already signed up for the programme. To support teaching and learning, the programme includes tailor-made teacher training workshops and learning packs introducing Cantonese opera and the student matinees.

Programme details:

The D. H. Chen Foundation – West Kowloon Tea House Student Matinees

Programme period

Phase 1: February to July 2019
Phase 2: September 2019 to July 2020
(Application details to be announced in mid-2019)
Phase 3: September 2020 to July 2021
(Application details to be announced in mid-2020)


Session 1: 1:30pm – 4:15pm
Session 2: 2:30pm – 5:15pm
(Each matinee session lasts approximately 2 hours 45 minutes)


Tea House Theatre, Xiqu Centre



Target participants

Secondary one to four students and teachers


Free admission. Application required.


Open for application all year round. Please contact Ms Cheung at (852) 2200 0396 or

Teacher training workshop


30 March 2019 (Saturday)


10:00am – 1:00pm


Studio 5, 2/F, Xiqu Centre


Free admission. Please email to register.
Additional teacher training workshops will be provided during the programme period. Details to be announced.

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About Xiqu Centre

The Xiqu Centre at the West Kowloon Cultural District is the first landmark performing arts venue. It acts as the eastern gateway to the district. Specifically built for performances of Chinese traditional theatre, it will also provide a centre for the production, education and research of this unique art form.

About West Kowloon Cultural District

Located on Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour, West Kowloon Cultural District is one of the largest cultural projects in the world. Its vision is to create a vibrant new cultural quarter for Hong Kong. With a complex of theatres, performance spaces and museums, the West Kowloon Cultural District will produce and host world-class exhibitions, performances and cultural events, as well as provide 23 hectares of public open space, including a two-kilometre waterfront promenade.