Bilateral Cultural Relations
The Basic Law assures Hong Kong autonomy in cultural matters and the cultural relations to Hong Kong have been developing quite promisingly since the handover. After British dominance during the colonial era, Hong Kong is now showing a new interest in cultural dialogue with other nations in Europe, mainly Germany and France.
This has also strengthened the dialogue with the "European Union Culture Working Group" since its existence in 1992. This group, in which the German Consulate General plays an active part, is made up of the Cultural Consuls of the EU Consulates General and the representatives of various European cultural institutes in Hong Kong. The group organises cultural events such as the annual European Higher Education Fair, Film Festivals, concerts, etc.
The bilateral cultural dialogue, especially in the area of performing arts, is substantially enlivened by the Goethe-Institut in Hong Kong.
Since 2008, the Goethe-Institut has organised an annual German-speaking film festival "KINO".
The Goethe-Institut also offers German language courses and a wide range of German books, magazines, videos and CDs in its library.
In the field of education the Consulate General closely works together with the German Swiss International School which is subsidised by the German government and enjoys a high academic reputation in Hong Kong.
The school was established in 1969 and has now about 1,300 pupils in two streams. The German stream leads from Kindergarten to the Abitur. In the international stream English-speaking children are taught from Kindergarten to the IB (from 2012/2013). The school also offers an apprenticeship scheme based on the high-standard Dual Training System in Germany.
In the academic field there are numerous cooperations between German and Hong Kong universities. Main contact partners are lecturers of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the DAAD Information Centre which gives advice and information on all matters related to studying in Germany.
Apart from the universities, the Consulate General's most important partners in Hong Kong are the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the Education Bureau and various independent organisations and institutions.