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KWIH proudly sponsors the inaugural performance of “The Chinese Orphan” 《趙氏孤兒》 presented by Opera Hong Kong A grand original opera by National Centre for the Performing Arts of China debuts in Hong Kong

(Hong Kong, 24 March 2012) – K. Wah International Holdings Limited (“KWIH” or the “Group”) (stock code: 173) is proud to be the title sponsor of “The Chinese Orphan” 《趙氏孤兒》, which makes its debut in Hong Kong at the iconic Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre today. This splendid event is produced by National Centre for the Performing Arts of China (“NCPA”) and presented by Opera Hong Kong (“OHK”). KWIH is keen on supporting collaboration between Hong Kong and Mainland China in art and culture. As the title sponsor of “The Chinese Orphan”, the Group hopes to promote this distinctive art form to the community, manifesting Hong Kong’s stature as an international cosmopolitan city, and enrich the lives of residents in town.

Ahead of the opera’s premiere, a memorable toasting ceremony at the cocktail reception was officiated by Tung Chee Hwa, Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, Dr Lui Che-woo, Chairman of KWIH, and Mrs Lui, Francis Lui, Paddy Lui, together with Chen Ping, President of NCPA; Edward Ho Sing Tin, Chairman of OHK; and Warren Mok Yao Hong, world renowned tenor and also the dominant cast of the show.  A host of distinguished guests including York Chow, Secretary for Food and Health; Elsie Leung, Deputy Director of HKSAR Basic Law Committee; Walter Kwok, Non-Executive Director of Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited and Pansy Ho, Managing Director and Executive Director of Shun Tak Holdings Limited also joined the event.

As part of opening remarks during the opulent cocktail reception, Dr Lui said, “KWIH is honoured to be the title sponsor of this national-level masterpiece. The Group has always been committed to promoting development of local arts and culture and this includes enhancing the popularity of opera and encouraging more people to appreciate and be inspired by this elegant art form. We are therefore greatly delighted that OHK brings “The Chinese Orphan” as originally produced by NCPA to Hong Kong. This is truly a significant artistic and cultural exchange between the Mainland and Hong Kong. Presentation by this accomplished opera troupe in Hong Kong will not only allow local audiences to enjoy their brilliant performance, but also gain a greater appreciation of the spirit and value of traditional Chinese culture expressed through the medium of a Western opera, which is truly an innovative cultural convergence. Such is the reason why KWIH fully supports this marvellous presentation.”

“The Chinese Orphan” is one of the greatest stories themed with traditional Chinese culture, which has been enjoyed by readers of past and present. As produced by NCPA and presented in Hong Kong by OHK, the opera takes on a unique fusion of Western theatre and Eastern aesthetics which are splendidly revealed through the story and its characters. The production made its global premiere in June 2011 at the NCPA in Beijing and received overwhelming positive response from audiences. Within six months, “The Chinese Orphan” was performed on three occasions, which is unusually frequent for an original NCPA production. During this time, the opera received critical acclaim from aficionados around the world.

Dr Lui concluded, “KWIH is keen to introduce a variety of outstanding art and cultural activities to the community in order to provide a resplendent stage for artists to dream, aspire and take inspiration. It is my fondest wish to see still more world-class operas presented, and even produced in Hong Kong in the near future.”

K. Wah Group has always been keen to promote development of arts and culture in the city. The Group has sponsored such outstanding and renowned operas as “Aïda” and “Turandot” in Hong Kong. The Group also partnered with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra to present “K. Wah 50th Anniversary New Year’s Gala Concert” in celebration of the Group’s half century of service. In addition, the Group sponsored “The Three Families Alley” at the Shanghai Oriental Art Center in June 2011, helping promote and nurture Chinese opera in Eastern China.