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FIRST INITIATIVE FOUNDATION AND LE FRENCH MAY
FIRST INITIATIVE FOUNDATION AND SHAKESPEARE4ALL
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.