Hong Kong is a highly urbanized metropolitan, yet it still preserves many traditional Chinese cultural practices. One of the most significant practices is Bamboos Shed Cantonese Opera.
Cantonese Opera is the first Hong Kong item to be inscribed in the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of Humanity. Education is an important means to inherit and further develop this intangible cultural heritage. The education reform of New Senior Secondary (NSS) curriculum offers new opportunities for integrating Cantonese opera into formal curriculum. It is time for utilizing the critical element of Bamboo shed of local Cantonese opera to transform its cultural space into a learning space, and let students learn about the local arts and culture from different dimensions.
Since 2006, the Centre for Advancement of Chinese Language Education and Research (CACLER) of the Faculty of Education, HKU, worked together with partnering schools, under the HKU Cantonese Opera Education and Research Project, to integrate Cantonese Opera into the secondary school curriculum and on related researches. The Bamboo Shed Cantonese Opera Education and Publication Project is one of the sub-projects, funded by the Lord Wilson Heritage Trust, which guides students to explore the cultural space of Bamboo Sheds, to learn how to appreciate and treasure their own culture and traditional art form, to recognize Cantonese Opera as an intangible cultural heritage, and to fulfill their social responsibility as members of the global community to preserve their own cultural heritage by participating actively in promoting its sustainability. The Project is chosen to be one of the ten highlights in the 20th anniversary of the Trust.
The book Bamboo Shed Cantonese Opera and School Education: From Cultural Space to Learning Space is the research output of the Project. It includes various studies of project-based learning of Bamboo Shed Cantonese Opera, which also serves as a reference for educators and teachers on how to integrate Cantonese Opera and ICH into formal curriculum. The hard copy will be available for schools and education parties as reference for free. The digital version will also be accessible at our blog (http://yuejuedu.blogspot.com) for wider circulation.
To read the book "Bamboo Shed Cantonese Opera and School Education: From Cultural Space to Learning Space": https://issuu.com/yuejuedu
The Project was selected as one of the 10 items to be presented at the roving exhibition of "20th Anniversary of the Lord Wilson Heritage Trust"：https://youtu.be/tklzgJ6iAuo
序一 李焯芬教授 (衛奕信勳爵文物信託理事會主席)
序二 鄒興華館長 (香港文化博物館館長(非物質文化遺產))
序三 程介明教授 (香港大學校長資深顧問、教育學院講座教授)
序四 謝錫金教授 (香港大學教育學院中文教育研究中心總監)
編者序 吳鳳平博士 (香港大學粵劇教育研究及推廣計劃總監)