By showcasing Ireland's rich cultural heritage, we can reap long-term and positive benefits for Ireland's reputation and its relationship with the people of Hong Kong and Macau. We can also work to connect people with their Irish heritage.
Ireland's culture is a unique national strength and a source of particularly strong links between Ireland and Hong Kong and Macau. It's one of our greatest competitive advantages, acting as a "door opener" that converts into jobs, trade, investment, and tourism. It’s also our most effective way of connecting with the Irish community.
If you want to learn more about Ireland, you can read Ireland in Brief.
We're involved in a broad range of cultural activities, which raise awareness of Ireland and also enhance our ties. In May 2015, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Hong Kong to promote event greater cultural exchange and understanding. With this in mind, the Consulate supports a variety of cultural initiatives through the year through collaboration with other groups in music, the spoken word, or design. 2015 is the year of Irish Design, and the Consulate will mark this by support events in Hong Kong in December 2015 when the Hong Kong/Shenzhen Biennale is taking place. For more information about current and upcoming cultural events, see the Consulate’s news and events.
Some 70 million people around the world claim Irish roots. If you are one of them, there are a number of ways you can celebrate your heritage and discover more about where you come from.
Over the years, generations of Irish people have made invaluable contributions to all aspects of life in their new homes, in politics, arts, business, and sports. Their patriotism coexists with the contribution they have made in their new communities. There are a number of Irish community organisations here promoting Irish culture and sports that welcome local, Irish and international involvement. Find out more about these groups.
If you are Irish and have recently moved here, it may be beneficial to meet with other Irish people who are part of a local organisation or business network that can provide you with general advice, information and guidance. Find out more about such organisations.
To find out more about tracing your Irish heritage, you may be interested in initiatives such as Ireland Reaching Out.
We are committed to strengthening our relationship with the Irish people and people of Irish descent worldwide and to promoting what is best about our country.
In working together, we will ensure the continued respect and admiration in which Irish people and our culture are held worldwide.