News & Updates

FIRST INITIATIVE FOUNDATION AND LE FRENCH MAY

Annually bringing the best of French culture to Hong Kong.
 
In 2012, First Initiative Foundation (FIF) began to partner with Le French May, in conjunction with our music and educational initiatives. FIF has promoted and supported concerts, recitals and masterclasses from a myriad of exceptional French and Chinese musicians; Francois Chaplin, Eric le Sage, Alexandre Tharaud, Sa Chen and the DiotimaQuartet,  Anne Queffélec, Geraldine Laurent and Paul Lay.
 
The performances are a beautiful way to make the best of international music and culture accessible to Hong Kong’s community. The masterclasses give Hong Kong scholars, educators and lovers of music the chance to learn from and engage with internationally renowned artists, in an intimate environment that focuses on their inherent talents.

FIRST INITIATIVE FOUNDATION AND SHAKESPEARE4ALL

A remarkable programme bringing Shakespeare to Hong Kong youth of all ages.
 
In 2017, First Initiative Foundation (FIF) began its support of Shakespeare4All (S4A). A non-profit organization, S4A brings the joy of Shakespeare and stage performance to children across Hong Kong. Children from all backgrounds and schools in Hong Kong are invited to audition to take part in a yearly production of one of the Bard’s plays. From age 6 to 16, more than 80 young aspiring actors and literature lovers create a memorable performance with the help of devoted S4A directors, teachers and volunteers.
 
A particular value of this performance-based initiative is building confidence and igniting children’s love for education in literature and drama. With the help of English tutors supporting individual children’s needs, the actors are able to understand and perform original Shakespearean text, vastly improving their confidence in English. This remarkable community and educational outreach is truly worth supporting.
 
FIF was pleased to contribute to the 2017 gala production of ‘Romeo and Juliet’, a fantastic performance featuring a cast of 80 enthusiastic young actors, and 20 talented musicians in orchestra.

Our sponsers

First Initiative Foundation is grateful for the help and contributions towards our past and present initiatives and events. The kindness and generosity of our sponsors enable us to take the first initiative for good.

Other Events

Sojourn Dinner

The best of Hong Kong, celebrated in London at FIF’s Sojourn Dinner!

Supported by the Hong Kong Tourism Board, First Initiative Foundation (FIF) presented an exciting evening showcasing Hong Kong on the world stage with a blend of social, charitable and art initiatives. Hong Kong’s finest Michelin star chefs travelled to London to showcase the versatility of their culinary talents. An original Chinese tea-based cocktail highlighted the beauty and quality of Asia’s favoured drink. The chinaware collection “In Bloom” was designed by Chairman Michelle Ong and sponsored by InterContinental Hong Kong for the Michelin-starred dinner.

Later, guests enjoyed performances by masters of traditional Chinese “Bian Lian” (face-changing), and outstanding classical piano and violin performances by FIF Artists in Support Niu Niu and Julian Rachlin.

Sojourn was an international cultural initiative to show the best of Hong Kong art, food and music

"THE GOLDEN ERA" FILM PREMIERE

A story of adversity and achievement: “The Golden Era” dazzles and inspires.

It was FIF’s great pleasure to present the Hong Kong premiere of “The Golden Era”. Directed by the award winning Ann Hui and written by Li Qiang, this critically-acclaimed film told the inspiring story of Xiao Hong (played by Tang Wei), one of China’s most important modern women writers. The film closed the prestigious 2014 Venice Film Festival and represented Hong Kong for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2015 Academy Awards. At FIF, we support our city’s recognition as a centre of creativity on the world stage.

FIF also supported The Golden Era” exhibition. Open to the public, the display brought the writings and educational value of “The Golden Era” into the spotlight.

THE ART OF MUSIC LIGHTS UP TAI KWUN

Chairman Michelle Ong creates a memorable evening of art and music at Tai Kwun, featuring Milan’s Brera Picture Gallery and renowned pianist Clive Britton.

On December 1st the First Initiative Foundation (FIF) celebrated their charitable initiative “The Art of Music”. In keeping with FIF’s focus on community outreach, heritage and cultural enhancement, the special event was presented at and hosted in conjunction with Tai Kwun‎ on Hollywood Road.

This charitable evening highlighted by a memorable recital by the internationally renowned pianist Clive Britton as he plays Hungarian composer Franz Liszt’s 2nd Year of Pilgrimage – Italy in front of Raphael’s 1504 Sposalizio della Vergine (The Marriage of the Virgin), the Renaissance era masterpiece painting that inspired the composer on his first visit to Brera in 1837. Projected images of the inspirational artwork enhanced and accompanied the music, making this an unforgettable experience for all who attended.

A celebration dinner at Aqua Group’s exciting new Tai Kwun restaurant The Chinese Library for FIF patrons and friends preceded the recital, which was also kicked off with a Lighting Ceremony on the Parade Ground. Honoured guests joined Michelle Ong for the ceremony, including Mr. Henry Tang, Mr. Peter Lam, Mr. Timothy Fok, Mr. Leon Ko, Mr. Stephen Ip and First Initiative Foundation’s new Artist in Support Mr. Juno Mak.

The Foundation prepared a special light art installation in collaboration with local curator Karen Chan to sparkle on the evening at the Tai Kwun Parade Ground for public viewing, furthering FIF’s already substantial art outreach.