The predecessor of “Xiqu and Intangible Cultural Heritage Centre” (XICH), The Education University of Hong Kong was the “Research Centre for Transmission of Cantonese Opera” (RCTCO). Established in 2018 and grounded in academic research, the latest digital technologies and a network of professional artists and schools, RCTCO has become a focal agency locally and internationally for research, pedagogy, and the promotion of Cantonese opera. In 2023, the centre expands its scope of research, pedagogy, and promotion, and has been renamed as “Xiqu and Intangible Cultural Heritage Centre”.
The university hopes that the " Xiqu and Intangible Cultural Heritage Centre " can promote Chinese culture and heritage more extensively locally and overseas. The new center will inherit the previous direction of promoting Cantonese opera and expand to other Xiqu genres and all intangible cultural heritage projects to promote Chinese traditional culture. Through research and knowledge transfer activities related to Xiqu and intangible cultural heritage inheritance and education, the center will develop high-quality teaching materials and recruit doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers interested in researching opera and intangible cultural heritage inheritance and education, promoting the sustainable development of the opera and intangible cultural heritage industry in Hong Kong.
• To serve as a hub of xiqu and Intangible Cultural Heritage in the GBA and beyond;
• To generate new self-financed programmes and activities collaborated with external organizations; and
• To empower schools to promote and transmit Chinese culture and ICH in school curriculum.