The opening of West Kowloon Cultural District, this striking, architectural building which takes design cues from traditional Chinese lanterns is a physical representation of the art form.in 2019 spotlighted Cantonese and Chinese opera, and their role in Hong Kong’s vibrant cultural development. Located on the eastern tip of the
Sam is supportive of Xiqu Centre’s spotlighting of Cantonese opera: “The centre has successfully drawn much attention from the public, and people are going to see the building. When doing so, they will immediately associate it with Cantonese opera,” she says.
This passion for her vocation is matched by a fierce advocacy of the art form: Sam believes Cantonese opera to be an important record of history and folklore tradition that should be passed onto future generations, and she is committed to teaching and recording materials with historical value. Cantonese opera is taught in schools by masters of the genre, while centres like Cha Duk Chang at The Mills hold fun, engaging children’s classes. For Sam, the more people embrace opera, the better. “Culture should be passed on from generation to generation, and every one of us plays a vital role,” she says.
If the idea of sitting through a standard three-hour rendition daunts, fret not. Xiqu Centre’s Tea House Theatre hosts 90-minute shows by its Rising Stars Troupe. These snippets are specifically designed as an introduction to Cantonese opera, replete with narration and translation, plus tea and dim sum. Sam also recommends LockCha Tea House in Hong Kong Park, which stages Chinese Music Tea Concerts accompanied by their signature vegetarian dim sum. Bravo!
Apart from the Xiqu Centre, you can also find more information on Cantonese opera performances from the websites of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and Chinese Artist Association of Hong Kong.