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CIIF Social Capital School Drama Competition (with photos)

     The Final of the 2nd Social Capital School Drama Competition, organised by the Community Investment and Inclusion Fund (CIIF), was successfully held last night (March 16) at the Academic Community Hall, Hong Kong Baptist University. Among the five finalists that competed for six awards, Baptist Lui Ming Choi Secondary School won the Overall Championship Award for its outstanding performance of "Taste of Neighbourhood".
     Officiating at the event, the Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Mr Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, commended the enthusiastic participation of the students in bringing out the concept of social capital through their plays. He said, "Teamwork is most important in drama performance. Through the important teamwork in drama performance, participating students can experience the CIIF spirit of creating social capital with reciprocity and mutual help, which are key in building a caring community. Moreover, through the research during the play writing process, all students involved in the competition have learnt more about social capital and how it benefits the community."

     Mr Cheung added, "With $300 million in funding, the CIIF has so far funded 268 projects put forward by over 110 organisations, with the engagement of about 450 000 direct participants including about 50 000 volunteers, and the establishment of over 1 600 mutual support networks."

     The Final attracted an audience of more than 700 from different sectors of society. The Chairman of the CIIF Committee, Dr Lam Ching-choi, said, "This is the second competition we have organised. We are glad that, compared to the first competition, the second one not only has more participating schools but has also witnessed a better demonstration of the creative integration of the social capital concept into the drama. I sincerely hope that the biannual competition can become an effective platform for academia to play its role in social capital development."

     The Final Panel of Judges comprised renowned scriptwriter Mr Raymond To; famous stage performer Ms Alice Lau; the Artistic Director of the Nonsensemakers, Mr Rensen Chan; the Vice-chairperson of the CIIF Committee, Professor Joe Leung; and Convenor of the Drama Competition Working Group and CIIF Committee Member Ms Lui Oi-ling. They all commended the creativity and diversity of the scripts of various plays. They said that, among the plays, the overall champion was the most impressive and well organised. Renowned theatre veteran Mr Joey Leung was invited to the Final as a special guest to share his acting experience with the audience.

     The theme of the competition was "Energise the Community, Build a Caring Society". More than 30 secondary schools and around 3 000 teachers, students and parents, as well as the general public, have been mobilised through the competition and its pre-event programmes like school tours, drama demonstrations and scriptwriting workshops. The five finalists were (in alphabetical order) Baptist Lui Ming Choi Secondary School, Christ College, Cotton Spinners Association Secondary School, Fortress Hill Methodist Secondary School and Hotung Secondary School. The award list is in the Annex.

Ends/Monday, March 17, 2014
Issued at HKT 17:33


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