Hongkong Academy for Performing Arts To Keep United Nations Recognition With Cantonese Degree Offering

By on May 16, 2011 in Announcement, Arts, Asia, Colleges, Education, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Universities, World Comments

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The Hongkong Academy for Performing Arts, in an effort to preserve the traditional southern Chinese art form designated by the United Nations as a key cultural heritage, will be offering a Cantonese opera degree starting September 2013.

According to several entertainment news sites, the four-year degree program will combine theory and practice, to prepare students for Cantonese opera careers that include performers, educators or arts administrators.

Yuen Siu-fai, a Cantonese opera performer, welcomed the program and said in a statement, “My first reaction is this is a very good thing. This is something I really hope for.”

Yuen is helping out to manage the Chinese Artists Association of Hong Kong,which has a continuing education school for working professionals.

In a statement, the Hong Kong government expressed its commitment in maintaining public interest in Cantonese opera. The Home Affairs Department revealed a 30 million Hong Kong dollars ($3.9 million) budget, allotted during the current financial year, for Cantonese Opera performances, training and research.

In 2009, Cantonese opera was reportedly added to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) key cultural heritage list.

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