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New harbourfront space opens

The Development Bureau announced that the Pierside Precinct near Wan Chai Ferry Pier further opened today, providing a nostalgic harbourfront leisure space with a panoramic view of Victoria Harbour for the public.   Being the 12th harbourfront leisure space that opened since October last year, the newly opened area is located to the east of the ferry pier on a harbour site reclaimed for the construction of the Central-Wan Chai Bypass.   The bureau said under the incremental approach, a 180-metre-long promenade of the precinct opened earlier in March, followed by the opening of a further 80m in October.   With an area of about 4,600 sq m, the newly opened part has almost doubled the precinct's original space.   In contrast to the colourful cartoon style adopted at other harbourfront sites opened earlier in Western District and Wan Chai, the precinct mainly comprises simple fair-faced concrete and wooden structures.   It features a stylish touch with its clear and rectiline

CE tours Museum of Art

Chief Executive Carrie Lam visited the Museum of Art and the Cultural Centre, which re-opened today, to inspect their anti-epidemic measures.   Mrs Lam inspected measures adopted at both venues, including requiring members of the public to scan the LeaveHomeSafe QR code with their mobile phones or register their contact details, and stepping up cleaning and disinfection.   Special opening hours and admission quotas have been implemented at exhibition venues, while at performance venues, special seating arrangements have been adopted and the size of audiences have been restricted to maintain social distancing.   Mrs Lam watched a rehearsal of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and spoke with conductor Lio Kuokman and cellist Trey Lee.   Noting that the orchestra has made significant efforts for forthcoming shows, Mrs Lam said she believes that the ensemble will resume performances at home and abroad gradually following the easing of the epidemic situation.   Mrs Lam also toured two exhibitions at the Museum of Art, namely the Honouring Tradition & Heritage: Min Chiu Society at Sixty, which was launched today, featuring more than 300 works of Chinese art, and the Botticelli & His Times - Masterworks from the Uffizi exhibition.   She chatted with visitors who told her that they were excited about the museum’s reopening.   Mrs Lam was pleased to note that during the closure of venues owing to the epidemic, various improvement works were conducted by the Leisure & Cultural Services Department to upgrade the facilities at some of the performance sites to bring a new experience to users and the public.   She said the 49th Hong Kong Arts Festival, which opens on February 27, is a major event for both the local and international arts scenes, providing a dazzling range of performing arts programmes. She encouraged the public not to miss them.   Mrs Lam said: “In the next two years, two museums in the West Kowloon Cultural District, ie the M+ Museum of modern and contemporary visual arts and the Hong Kong Palace Museum showcasing invaluable Chinese artefacts, will be launched, and new performance venues such as the East Kowloon Cultural Centre will also be commissioned.”   She added these new facilities, together with the reopened Museum of Art, the Cultural Centre and the Xiqu Centre, will definitely turn a new page in the development of arts and culture in Hong Kong after the epidemic, offering a fruitful cultural journey to locals and visitors.

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