Cultural groups in election move
EIGHT cultural bodies will hold an election next Sunday to formulate a nomination list of candidates for the provisional Arts Development Council to pressure the Government into appointing a more representative council.
Core organiser of the campaign Thomas Yan Sun-kong said the 11-member working group for the provisional council would stand a great chance of riding the ''through-train'' to be appointed by the Government.
But he said some bodies resented the group's work because several representatives had acted without consulting the relevant arts bodies.
''They are like the Preliminary Working Committee which is doing a job that does not fall into its jurisdiction,'' Mr Yan, chairman of the supervisory committee of the Hong Kong Federation of Writers and Artists, said.
He hoped the election could guarantee a consensus on candidates who were accepted by the arts community at large, and the Government's choice would not deviate much from the list.
He said one of the working group members, Leung Bing-kwan, representing the literary arts, had drafted a budget for $10 million in funds, although this was supposed to be the task of the provisional council, to be set up next month.