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It’s on with the show for HOPE 2016 despite rain

15 April 2016

A heavy downpour failed to dampen enthusiasm for the annual event organized by the Hope Support Service Centre for Ethnic Minorities of the International Social Service Hong Kong (ISSHK), and held this year on Apr 10.
But due to the intermittent downpour, the celebration was transferred from its original venue on Chater Road, Central, to the Hope Centre in Wan Chai.
Despite the change in venue, the show turned out to be a big success. A wide array of ethnic presentations ranging from dances, songs and cultural performances lent color and vibrancy to the celebration.
Among the guests of honor were assistant director for Home Affairs Candy Yeung and Philippine Consul General Bernardita Catalla. Also present was Hameed Jalal, a member of the Committee on the Promotion of Racial Harmony, an advisory body to the Hong Kong government.
The guests were welcomed by Adrielle Panares, director for the migrants program of ISS-HK.
Among the participants in the program were migrants from the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Nepal, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, as well as local performers.
Earlier in the day, booths showcasing the culture and diversity of the different ethnic groups were opened on Chater Road, but were soon closed due to the bad weather.
Performers pose on stage (right) during a rain-soaked program in the annual event organized by the Hope Support Service Centre for Ethnic Minorities of the International Social Service Hong Kong (ISSHK).
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