City Forum


City Forum
Where the forum is held

City Forum(Chinese: 城市論壇) is a public forum held on Sunday weekly in Victoria Park, Hong Kong. This forum brings together politicians, academics and prominent public figures to discuss current issues, and also allow the public to participate in a Q&A session. This is a rare program in Hong Kong due to its relevance to current events and also to its true nature, being the only non-censured live television program in Hong Kong.

Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) hold live broadcasts every Sunday at 12:00. TVB, a Hong Kong television company, broadcasts the program on live TV for 45mins, while the remaining program is available online at the RTHK website.

Brothers and Uncles

The forum attracts tens of pro-Beijing old men yelling constant expletives outside the venue, especially when there are pro-Democratic politicians participating. Such old men are popularly known as the "uncles of Victoria Park" (維園阿伯).

In 2010, due to the negative public sentiment aroused by the legislative reforms and from the lack of progress in universal suffrage in Hong Kong, there has been increased interest in the discussion of public issues. This resulted in heightened interest in the City Forum. There is an emergence of a new class of participants who is passionate about the current affairs, and predominantly male in the age category around 20s-30s, called "Brothers of Victoria Park" (維園阿哥). Even though the title is very similar, their political agenda is at the opposite of the spectrum.


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