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Taking Centre Stage : School Performing Arts in Practice Scheme

Developing Potentials through Arts Practice

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he annual School Performing Arts in Practice Scheme organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department engages arts groups in bringing different arts forms into schools, and provides opportunities for students to watch performances, attend workshops and participate in finale performances.  Participating students can develop artistic sense, aesthetics and creative thinking, and will be able to integrate the arts into their daily lives after engaging in training and learning.

In the 2021/22 school year, we will launch 12 school performing arts projects on art forms ranging from Cantonese opera, drama, puppetry to music and dance.  The highly popular Cantonese opera and English drama projects will be offered again by Kim Sum Cantonese Opera Association and Shakespeare4All Hong Kong respectively.  Students with special needs have their own programmes too as Prospects Theatre and Theatre Ronin continue to tailor-make drama courses for special schools.  Stories from local textbooks and tales from Japan will form the themes of these courses, allowing students to share the fun of literary theatre.  As for “Dance • Movement and Happiness” Art Experience Project for special schools, this two-year dance project will enter into its second year and continue to provide fulfilling experiences to students with special needs.

This year will see a breakthrough in application procedures when the new electronic platform “Art Connect: Arts and Culture Platform for Hong Kong Schools” fully launches.  Manual processes including dispatch of programme information and enrolment application will become all electronic on this e-platform.  If your school has not yet signed up for the platform, act now to enjoy the convenience.

After taking part in a series of experiencing and training activities, participating students will “take centre stage” at last in the finale performance to showcase what they have learnt.  Thanks to the tremendous support from schools, parents and students, over 680 schools have participated in the Scheme with a cumulative attendance of over 1 million since its inception.  We look forward to your continued participation this year.  Let’s help students develop their potentials and build a sense of self-worth as they grow with the arts. 

*   Acknowledgement: Taking Centre Stage: School Performing Arts in Practice Scheme is supported by the Education Bureau.