Inaugural HK reading week begins

April 20, 2024

An opening ceremony raised the curtain on an array of reading promotion activities as Hong Kong Reading Week and 2024 Hong Kong Reading+ got underway today.


Addressing the ceremony in a video message, Chief Secretary Chan Kwok-ki said that starting from this year April 23 has been designated Hong Kong Reading for All Day.


The Hong Kong Publishing Federation (HKPF), with sponsorship from Create Hong Kong, launched 2024 Hong Kong Reading+, a large-scale programme, to dovetail with the first Hong Kong Reading for All Day.


Highlighting that 2024 Hong Kong Reading+ is also part of the first Hong Kong Reading Week and the second Hong Kong Pop Culture Festival, Mr Chan said it will take Hong Kong’s reading culture to new heights.


He added that with support from the National 14th Five-Year Plan and the joint efforts of all sectors of society, Hong Kong is developing into an East-meets-West centre for international cultural exchange.


He said the Government will bring together its own strengths with those of the business sector and the community to organise more cultural activities and tell good stories about Hong Kong culture.


Addressing the opening ceremony, Acting Secretary for Culture, Sports & Tourism Raistlin Lau said the Government will join hands with various stakeholders to organise a variety of reading activities during Hong Kong Reading Week at public libraries, leisure and cultural services venues, schools and shopping malls to further promote reading in the city.


Under the theme “Self/LIBRARY”, the first Hong Kong Reading Week includes a series of online and offline activities suitable for people of all ages.


The HKPF is organising the 2024 Hong Kong Reading+ carnival at New Town Plaza in Sha Tin from today to April 23. The carnival featuring a large-scale exhibition, talks by renowned writers and various other cultural activities.


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