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Cultural officials in the Greater Bay Area aim to ramp up cooperation

Closer artistic ties were pledged at 22nd Greater Pearl River Delta Cultural Cooperation Meeting, which took place yesterday in Hong Kong
  • The head of Macao’s Cultural Affairs Bureau, Leong Wai Man, pledged to tell more ‘good stories of China’

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Cultural organisations in the Greater Bay Area (GBA) look set for closer collaboration in the near future, according to a press release issued by Hong Kong’s government after yesterday’s Greater Pearl River Delta Cultural Cooperation Meeting.

Hong Kong’s secretary for culture, sports and tourism, Kevin Yeung, said Hong Kong would “spare no effort in promoting cultural exchanges and collaboration among Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao, jointly developing a cultured bay area.” The 2024 Hong Kong Pop Culture Festival would be reaching other parts of the GBA “through various platforms,” he said, adding that this year’s Hong Kong Performing Arts Expo would include visits to Guangzhou and Shenzhen. 

Yeung also said that the Hong Kong government planned to spend HK$135 million on supporting local creative groups and artists participating in exchange programmes within the GBA over the next five years.

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The director general of Guangdong Province’ Department of Culture and Tourism, Li Bin, described cooperation between the GBA’s cultural sectors as helping to facilitate the region’s “stable and progressive development”.

Chinese culture, meanwhile, got a special mention from Macao’s Cultural Affairs Bureau head Leong Wai Man. She noted that representatives from both SARs had agreed they would “strive to contribute more to promoting Chinese culture” and tell more “good stories of China.”

About 130 cultural affairs officials and representatives from different cultural associations attended the meeting, which took place in Hong Kong.

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