Secretary for Development officiates at lecture on global design in New York (with photo)The Secretary for Development, Mrs Carrie Lam, officiated at the lecture "Asian Arts and Culture - A New Vision: Chinese Spirit, Global Design" held at the Asia Society in New York today (October 16, New York time). This was another event under the auspices of the "New York Celebrates Hong Kong 2008" Festival.
In her introductory remarks, Mrs Lam said, "As a city, Hong Kong holds a special place on the global stage. Its East-meets-West history, past and present economic accomplishments, and current designation as China's Special Administrative Region renders Hong Kong a unique city for creativity."
The lecture featured internationally acclaimed Hong Kong designer Eric Chan and architect/designer Calvin Tsao discussing the role of Asian arts and culture in contemporary society, the relationship between the individual and the community, heritage and globalisation, as well as the synergies between economic growth and cultural enterprises.
They shared with the audience how their Chinese heritage inspired them in their design work and also illustrated in a broader perspective how Hong Kong talent is faring in the international arena.
Today's discussion was well-received and attracted more than 100 people from New York's design industry and urban planning sector to exchange views and visions on global design.
The event, co-organised by the Hong Kong Design Centre, is part of the Ka-Yin Lo Distinguished Programme Series.
The "New York Celebrates Hong Kong 2008" Festival, organised by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York, is a month-long celebration throughout New York City of Hong Kong's creativity and entrepreneurship. The festival, which features local and international artists, showcases Hong Kong's cultural and economic vitality. Through art exhibits, opera and dance performances and educational symposiums, the festival offers an opportunity to learn about the "modern heritage" of the vibrant and evolving city of Hong Kong.
Ends/Friday, October 17, 2008
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