“2019 Summer Fun Party – Explore Nature in Summer” to be held at Queen Elizabeth Stadium this weekend (with photos)

     "2019 Summer Fun Party – Explore Nature in Summer", organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), will be held this Saturday and Sunday (July 20 and 21) from 2.30pm to 5.30pm at Queen Elizabeth Stadium. Admission is free and members of the public are welcome to join.
     With a theme of exploring nature, the carnival will showcase an array of interesting programmes. The children's musical "Journey to the Secret Treasure" will tell a story of three children in a treasure hunt from which they learn to enjoy and conserve nature. Other stage performances will include sand painting, a recycled percussion performance and puppet theatre.
     The event will also present a variety of educational and fun-filled workshops, including upcycling postcards, frottage, potted plant recycling, leaf-whistling and "A little bird told me" storytelling. The activities aim to teach children to love nature through arts. In addition, there will be a ukulele and hula demonstration and workshop for participants to appreciate and know more about Hawaiian culture.
     "2019 Summer Fun Party – Explore Nature in Summer" is a programme in support of the summer festival International Arts Carnival organised by the LCSD. For enquiries, please call 2591 1340 or visit the website at www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/cpo/territoryevents/summerfunseries/summer-fun-party2019.html.

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Civic Education Exhibition to be held at Hong Kong Book Fair

The following is issued on behalf of the Committee on the Promotion of Civic Education:

     Members of the public are invited to visit the Civic Education Exhibition 2019 to be held at the Hong Kong Book Fair 2019 (Booth 3B-C36, Children's Paradise). The exhibition will be open from tomorrow (July 17) to July 23 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

     The exhibition is jointly organised by the Home Affairs Bureau and the Committee on the Promotion of Civic Education (CPCE). Apart from featuring materials and publications on civic education, visitors are welcome to take GIF photos at the photo corner, take part in interactive games and receive souvenirs at the booth.
     The organisers will hold a ceremony for the exhibition at 11.45am on Thursday (July 18) at the stage in the Children's Paradise. Apart from a dance performance by parents and children and a Nunchaku performance, the singing group Sugar Club will also perform during the ceremony.
     For details, please call 3509 7027 or visit the CPCE's website (www.cpce.gov.hk/main/en/promo_bookfair19.html).

Security Bureau’s response to media enquiries

     In response to media enquiries regarding a media report today (July 16) saying that the Government is studying the possibility of declaring a curfew, a spokesman for the Security Bureau made the following response:

     With regard to public processions and meetings, the Government will continue to follow the existing mechanism requiring notification to the police and the Letter of No Objection. Apart from this, the Government has no other plans.

Lifesaving services suspended at Golden Beach

Attention TV/radio announcers:

     Please broadcast the following as soon as possible and repeat it at regular intervals:

     The Leisure and Cultural Services Department announced today (July 16) that due to an insufficient number of lifeguards on duty, the lifesaving services at Golden Beach in Tuen Mun District have been suspended until further notice.

     First aid services will be maintained at the beach.

Speech by S for IT at Digital Entertainment Leadership Forum 2019 (English only) (with photo)

     Following is the speech by the Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Mr Nicholas W Yang, at the Opening Ceremony of the Digital Entertainment Leadership Forum 2019 today (July 16):

Peter (Chief Executive Officer of Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited, Mr Peter Yan), EQ, Charles, Eunice (Legislative Council members Dr Elizabeth Quat, Mr Charles Mok, Ms Eunice Yung), distinguished guests, friends, ladies and gentlemen.

     Good morning. Welcome to Cyberport! It is my great pleasure to join you this morning at the Digital Entertainment Leadership Forum, or DELF 2019, to witness the opening of this new e-sports competition venue here at Cyberport.

     As the founder of DELF back in 2004, I am certainly no stranger to the forum. This year's DELF 2019 marks a significant milestone in promoting the development of e-sports as an emerging industry for Hong Kong.

     Three years ago, I discussed with a group of young enthusiastic Hong Kong e-sports entrepreneurs at great length, as to whether and how Hong Kong should seize the opportunity to enter the global e-sports arena. Hong Kong was certainly not among the early movers, nor did we have a strong local culture in e-sports. In fact, most Hong Kong folks thought e-sports was just playing video games, not realising that the e-sports industry drives and thrives on innovation and technology. Here in Hong Kong, we do have a world-class ICT infrastructure, which is necessary for the e-sports industry. And we also have excellent experience and a track-record in hosting large-scale international events. After asking Cyberport to conduct a study on the e-sports industry, confirming its scale and future potential, we wasted no time. We announced in the 2018-19 Budget Speech the allocation of $100 million for promoting the early stage development of the local e-sports industry, which includes the construction of a dedicated world-class e-sports competition venue at Cyberport. I am pleased to see the effort and resources put in by the Government and Cyberport bearing fruit, with the first official e-sports competition to be held at this great new venue this coming weekend.

     Following the Government’s $100 million injection in 2018, Cyberport has swiftly set up the 'e-sports Industry Facilitation Scheme' and the 'e-sports Internship Scheme' to help the industry organise competitions and events and to provide funding support for interns. You should all be impressed by this e-sports venue, which is among the best in the region. It has state-of-the-art facilities – a combat arena, advanced lighting and audio system, the ultra-high resolution screen together with the large outdoor screen at the podium. It also provides adjacent storage spaces for the convenience of competition and event organisers. I am confident that this venue will develop into a flagship e-sports-cum-digital entertainment centre in Hong Kong.  

     As the theme of DELF 2019 suggests, a vibrant ecosystem is instrumental to the development of the e-sports industry. Over the past year, Cyberport has invited various key players and stakeholders to join the ecosystem, be they e-sports associations, game owners, e-sports venue operators, hardware and software companies, e-sports gadget manufacturers, gamers, live streaming companies and higher education institutions. Today, I am pleased to see that Cyberport will enter into more strategic partnerships with the Hong Kong e-sports Premier League, and Team Hong Kong enters the Robot Fighting Championship of World Cyber Games.

     Promoting the development of e-sports will bring new opportunities for our young people. This was a key consideration of the Government to drive the development of the e-sports industry three years ago. It is still true today and for the foreseeable future, as e-sports presents many new alternative career paths for youth, from professional players, technical experts/consultants, game developers, directors, coaches, promoters and commentators, to start-up entrepreneurs in this exciting Internet-driven economy.  

     I would like congratulate Cyberport on its accomplishments, in providing a fertile breeding ground for Hong Kong’s very own e-sports industry. With continued efforts from all the stakeholders and most important of all, strong support from the community, I look forward to seeing a thriving e-sports industry, not just players and game developers, but also a wide range of innovation and technology professionals in digital marketing and live streaming etc in the years ahead. 

     I wish today's forum every success, and all of the participants a fruitful and enjoyable experience. Thank you very much.