New Year Gala offers students a taste of Kazakhstan culture

19 March 2024
  Prof. Alex Wai and Mr. Almas Seitakynov, (right) Consul General of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Hong Kong and Macao SARs

Guests and HKBU representatives pose for a group photo inside a Kazakh yurt 

 The opening ceremony features musical and folk dance as well as Dombra performances

 There are now over 50 Kazakh students at HKBU

HKBU representatives and guests having a cup of Kazakh milk tea at the officiating ceremony

The International Office of the Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) organised the “KAZ We Love It! Kazakhstan’s New Year Gala” in collaboration with the Consulate General of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Hong Kong and Macao SARs on 19 March 2024. The event was part of HKBU Consul General in Residence Programme (CGiR), aiming to foster a spirit of intercultural appreciation and international cooperation within the HKBU community.

Sponsored by the Lam Kin Chung Morning Sun Charity Fund, Honorary Vice-President of the HKBU Foundation, the gala kicked off with an opening ceremony on campus. Officiating at the ceremony were Mr. Almas Seitakynov, Consul-General of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Hong Kong and Macao SARs; Professor Alex Wai, JP, President and Vice-Chancellor of HKBU; Dr. Albert Chau, Vice-President (Teaching and Learning) and Acting Dean of Arts of HKBU; Dr. Lam Kin Chung, KCR, Chairman of the Lam Kin Chung Morning Sun Charity Fund; Mrs. Lily Chan, Director of University Advancement and Secretary-General of the HKBU Foundation; and Ms. Yvonne Lee, Director of International Office.

The gala showcased a variety of celebratory activities that Kazakh will enjoy during the New Year. It featured a mesmerizing “Nauryz” musical and dance by talented HKBU Kazakh and international students. Further, Kazakh students from four universities in Hong Kong enthralled the audience with their exceptional Dombra performances. Through various interactive games and workshops, HKBU students were given an opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture of Kazakhstan.

CGiR is one of the University’s pioneering international programmes aiming to bring the world to campus and foster cultural exchange.