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“Hong Kong: Creative Ecologies - Business, Living, Creativity” Concluded in Shanghai with Overwhelming Success (Released by Hong Kong Design Centre) (with photos)

Strategic programme of Hong Kong Design Centre at Shanghai Expo returns to Hong Kong in February 2011

【Shanghai, 22 November 2010】Organised by the Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC) alongside the Expo 2010 Shanghai, “Hong Kong: Creative Ecologies - Business, Living, Creativity” exhibition concluded in Shanghai with overwhelming success.

Entitled “Hong Kong: Creative Ecologies”, this six-month multi-faceted programme comprised different thematic shows, workshops, and networking parties for exchanging ideas with the general public and within the industry to promote the energy, style, innovation and branding power of Hong Kong established and budding designers to the Mainland China and global Expo visitors.

Mr. Freeman Lau, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, Hong Kong Design Centre, said: “We are appreciative of the wholehearted support from the Shanghai Municipal Government, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, and our other collaborative parties to make the programe a great success. We are so delighted that we were able to showcase innovation and diversity of our creative culture through the ‘Hong Kong: Creative Ecologies’ series.”

In celebration of the overwhelming success of “Hong Kong: Creative Ecologies – Business, Living, Creativity”, Hong Kong Design Centre have published a bilingual commemorative book entitled Hong Kong: Creative Ecologies – The Shaping of a Design Culture, the launch ceremony of which was taken place on 17th October in Shanghai. The event was attended by Ms Kai-Yin Lo, Editorial Director of the book and Chief Curator of the “Hong Kong: Creative Ecologies” exhibition, Mr Chung Wing Hei, representative of the co-publishing organisation, Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Mr Patrick Chan Chi King, Director of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Affairs, Shanghai
Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and Ms Lin Yi, Director of Division of Metropolitan Industry of Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and informatization.

At the book launch ceremony, Ms Kai-Yin Lo remarked, “The launch of Hong Kong: Creative Ecologies – The Shaping of a Design Culture is a tribute to the concept of ‘Hong Kong: Creative Ecologies’, and most importantly, to signify HKDC’s founding mission of ‘design for society‘, thereby fostering the development of Hong Kong into a creative hub.”

Hong Kong: Creative Ecologies – The Shaping of a Design Culture illustrates the genes of Hong Kong’s design and creative industry through topics on Hong Kong’s creative ecosystems, the creative landscape of designers, businesses that make use of design, and the future creative generation. Adding more weight to this documentation are the essays contributed by five luminaries of the business, cultural and design community, namely Dr Victor Fung, Professor Lung Yingtai, Ms Kai-Yin Lo, Mr Chan Koonchung as well as Professor John Heskett.

In addition to the book launch, HKDC had also partnered with the Hong Kong Institute of Contemporary Culture (HKICC) to organise the concluding forum of the “Hong Kong: Creative Ecologies” programme on the same day. Key opinion leaders from Hong Kong, Shanghai, Germany and Finland’s art scenes had gathered to exchange views on and share experiences of the development of creative industries.

Mr Danny Yung, Chairman of HKICC and Curator of the “Hong Kong: Creative Ecologies” programme said, “It is our great honour to have Dr Hans-George Knopp, Secretary General of Goethe Institut and Mr Jani Joenniemi, Director of Culture Programme, Finland at Expo 2010, to share their valuable experiences of their home countries, so as to stimulate our participants to further strengthen our creative industries and social development in Shanghai and Hong Kong through the participation in the Shanghai Expo.”

Dr Edmund Lee, Executive Director of HKDC concluded by saying, “We at the HKDC are privileged to be able to showcase the creativity of our designers in the international platform offered by the Shanghai Expo. Through a series of engagement programmes in the past six months, we had successfully provided a platform to facilitate the exchange between industry practitioners in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and even the rest of Mainland China, thereby establishing a solid foundation for the future development of creative hub in the Greater China area.”

The programme of “Hong Kong: Creative Ecologies” exhibition – Hong Kong part will be launched in February 2011 at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum in Sha Tin. With enrichment of the programme, the HKDC aims at reinforcing the message of incorporating the idea of design into living. Details of the programme will be announced nearer the time.


About “Hong Kong: Creative Ecologies – Business, Living, Creativity”
Launched by the Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC), the six-month multi-faceted programme “Hong Kong: Creative Ecologies” from 15th May to 31st October comprising an exhibition and educational forums to promote the energy, style, innovation and branding power of Hong Kong designers to the Mainland China and global audiences. It is an official element of the Hong Kong SAR’s programme of activities and events for Expo 2010 Shanghai.

About the Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC)
Since Hong Kong Design Centre’s inception in 2001, it has been a key player partnering with the Hong Kong SAR Government in promoting design. It collaborates with local, mainland and international industries and business partners as well as design and educational institutions to encourage creativity, a wider use of design in the business processes, raise designers’ professional standards, and promote a greater appreciation in the community of how design contributes to a better quality of life. www.hkdesigncentre.org

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