Cantonese opera had emerged in Cantonese-speaking Guangdong and Guangxi regions since the 16th century and became popular in Guangzhou and Foshan during the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911),using mostly Bangzi and Erhuang tunes. Following the opening Of Hong Kong and mass emigration Of Chinese labourers to Southeast Asia in the mid- 19th century，Cantonese opera spread to Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. Like all versions of Chinese opera, it is a traditional Chinese art form, involving music, singing, martial arts, acrobatics, and acting.
The UNESCO awarded Cantonese opera the status of an intangible cultural heritage on 30 September 2009.
Music and Opera Section since its formation in 1947 has been active in social services and promoting traditional opera. Its troupe has put up performances for charity events and toured Berlin, Guangdong，Hong Kong, Thailand and Malaysia with raving reviews.