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New to the Theatre : School Culture Day Scheme

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department strives to offer various education programmes and activities in arts and culture to schools, aiming at broadening students’ learning horizons.  Since its launching in the 2021/22 school year, the School Culture Day Scheme (SCDS) has been especially well received by teachers, students and parents alike, recording a participation of over 1 160 schools and a cumulative attendance of over 1.9 million.  The class arrangements in 2020 has been deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Despite this, we saw so many schools remaining supportive and engaged in the SCDS activities which is most encouraging.  For the 2021/22 SCDS, we will go on with our effort in organising a wide range of programmes and activities held at different performance venues, museums and libraries.

Performing arts programmes in the 2021/22 SCDS cover different art forms, including Chinese opera, dance, music, theatre and film, etc.  Those programmes unable to be held in the 2020/21 school year as scheduled due to the pandemic are now rescheduled to the 2021/22 school year.  From the museums and libraries, a variety of interesting and informative programmes will continue to be organised so that students can learn above and beyond their textbooks, expanding their horizon for self-cultivation.  Furthermore, arts accessibility service will be available to special schools for selected programmes to encourage participation and promote inclusive arts.  In the 2021/22 school year, we will also provide delightful and interactive programmes tailor-made for kindergarteners to foster an interest in the arts and culture from a young age. 

For enhancing both the application procedure and communications with schools, there is a breakthrough this year.  "Art Connect: Arts and Culture Platform for Hong Kong Schools", a brand new electronic platform, will be launched this year.  Through this new e-platform, schools can send their applications of enrolling in various SCDS activities.  We would also send the latest programme information to schools by this platform, so can the feedbacks from schools.  We believe that the ‘Art Connect’ can enhance the effectiveness in promoting culture and arts.  If your school is not yet a registered user of the "Art Connect", please log in to https://eform.one.gov.hk/form/lcs105/en/ for sign-up for enjoying the convenience and effectiveness this new e-platform offers.

The 2021/22 SCD features over 600 number of performances and activities, over 90% of which are admission-free.  All local schools, especially those new to SCDS, are cordially invited to join.  Let’s open more doors for students to enjoy arts and culture outside the classroom!

 

Acknowledgement: The School Culture Day Scheme is supported by the Education Bureau.