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In anticipation of the Dragon Boat Festival, Dr. Lo Wai-kwok, BPA Vice Chairman, today (25 May) delivered a congratulatory speech through a Dragon Boat Song, a Chinese traditional art form in narrative singing. A wide range of topics were covered in the song. These ranged from economic development to political reform and culminated in Dr Lo’s personal good wishes to Hong Kong.
Dr Lo wore a traditional Chinese suit, the Tangzhuang, when he sang the Dragon Boat Song at the opening ceremony for the annual Dragon Boat Race in Sha Tin. He drew on his vast knowledge of traditional Chinese culture and combined this with lyrics on contemporary issues to deliver a unique rendition in narrative singing.
Dr Lo said that music had become part and parcel of his public service over the years. He has been involved in community work with the Sha Tin District Council since 1997 and participated frequently in local sports and cultural activities in the community, which included singing performances as a means of staying in close touch with his constituents. When the previous songster retired around the turn of the Millennium, Dr Lo was approached by the Sha Tin Sports Board to take up narrative singing at the annual Dragon Boat Race, a role he continues to hold today. He felt honoured and privileged on being entrusted with this important function and described the experience as being a source of immense satisfaction and meaning.
Growing up in Kowloon City, Dr Lo recounts having seen artisans go from shop to shop in search of an audience that appreciated and was willing to pay for their performances. Although such traditions have since faded into history, they remain fresh and vivid in Dr Lo’s mind. In addition to sharing his musical talents during the festive ceremony, Dr Lo also took the time to reach out and celebrate an early Dragon Boat Festival with the elderly. Yesterday, he joined Ms Lo Wai-lan, Kwai Tsing District Councillor, in visiting an old aged home where he regaled residents with zongzi and festive songs.
As with the well wishes expressed in Dr Lo’s song, BPA would also like to extend its heartfelt greetings of health and well being to everyone on this festive occasion.