As a student at Canadian International School of Hong Kong, you are part of a community that strives for academic excellence in all areas including the fine and performing arts. As a school, we are proud to enhance our students’ arts education with the Leo Lee Arts Centre; a facility completely dedicated to music, drama, dance and visual arts.
The official opening of the Leo Lee Arts Centre on May 29, 2008, represented the culmination of a four-year journey that resulted in the largest arts development ever to take place within a school facility in Hong Kong. The idea for a specific arts complex was first conceived in 2004, as we started to further expand the fine and performing arts programmes within our educational curriculum. Although we already offered a rich arts programme, we wanted to be able to further encourage students to grow and develop into creative thinkers and problem solvers, and provide our students and teachers with the resources to achieve this aim.
Positioned within our school campus, overlooking the Aberdeen waterfront, the HK$100 million complex comprises eight spacious multi-purpose art, drama and music rooms, and a 604-seat masterpiece auditorium, which features a retractable solid Canadian maple wood stage with an orchestra pit, as well as state-of-the-art sound, lighting and technical equipment. The Leo Lee Arts Centre’s original design and innovative features present CDNIS students with modern facilities while incorporating the school’s other strengths – linking the current media technology centre to new production facilities – enabling students to learn a new range of skills as well as develop their creativity.
Since the Leo Lee Arts Centre’s opening both the Upper and Lower School have made full use of all rooms and the auditorium. The extensive and expansive facilities allow for an atmosphere in which individual and creative expression is allowed to thrive. Students are encouraged to participate in all areas of the arts, and our budding musicians, actors and artists have worked hard to produce stunning plays, concerts and artwork in the new facility.
Highlights during the school year include Winter Concerts, Chinese New Years Concerts, Evening of the Arts productions, musicals, choral and dramatic theatre performances, Chinese Dance productions, visual arts gallery displays and showcases, and much more. Training seminars and workshops are presented to CDNIS staff and teachers on a regular basis, and Upper School students attend regular information seminars with world-renowned universities. Both the theatre facility and the Leo Lee Arts Centre lobby continue to host a myriad of events from Hong Kong and beyond, providing opportunities for the CDNIS community and our visitors to experience unique, educational, entertaining and exciting events.
The project to build the Leo Lee Arts Centre could not have succeeded without the tremendous support and fundraising efforts from all members of the school community, from governors, parents and students to staff and friends of the school. The centre’s major donor after whom the centre is named, philanthropist Dr The Honourable Leo Lee, generously donated HK$10 million toward the project. As a non-profit school, we still need to continue with our fundraising efforts in order to maintain and in the future upgrade our facilities. Should you wish to make a donation, please visit the sponsoring page. It is with your support that the LLAC will continue to provide students at CDNIS with one of the best arts educational experiences in Hong Kong.
Interim Head of School