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  1. News - Hong Kong - CULTURE

    Japanese curator warns Hong Kong: don't turn into a 'cultural Galapagos'

    Posted Sep 22nd 2014, 06:32am by Vivienne Chow

    ... and inward-looking, the city will be just another part of China. "Historical reasons, taxation, infrastructure … and the use of English … made Hong Kong an international city and the centre of a network ... And Nanjo will help. He will combine his role as director of the famous Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, which welcomed more than 1.2 million visitors last year, with that of educator at the Hong Kong Art ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1597560/japanese-curator-warns-hong-kong-dont-turn-cultural-galapagos
  2. News - China - CULTURE

    China dusts off 1930s film classics in culture war

    Posted Aug 13th 2014, 05:05am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Shanghai Classics from 1930s golden era, now restored, added to soft power push Taking on Hollywood, China digs into film vault China is turning to a 1930s ... silent movie from a golden period of the city's film industry, was recently shown at the Shanghai Film Festival. In the film, a woman is driven into prostitution to pay for the education ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1572392/china-dusts-1930s-film-classics-culture-war
  3. News - Hong Kong - CULTURE

    Freedom helps Sundance shine

    Posted Sep 20th 2014, 04:37am by Vivienne Chow

    ... Vivienne Chow vivienne.chow@scmp.com HK ideal for Asian edition, say directors of independent film festival Freedom helps Sundance shine Mainland China may have huge potential for making ... said. "China is very interesting to us, and there are a lot of stories from China. We don't know much about China but we hope independent films can grow in China, particularly ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1596278/freedom-helps-sundance-shine
  4. News - Hong Kong - CULTURE

    In Scenes of Guangdong concert, musical journey's first notes sounded in ancient history

    Posted Sep 20th 2014, 03:02am by Vivienne Chow

    ... was the most notable. The music came to Chiu Chow as people migrated south to escape from wars, Wang said. "When the Mongols invaded China [in the 13th century], a lot of Han cultures were ... including Hong Kong, Macau and Southeast Asia. Alan Thrasher, a professor emeritus of music at the University of British Columbia, wrote in his book Sizhu Instrumental Music of South China: Ethos, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1594582/scenes-guangdong-concert-musical-journeys-first-notes-sounded-ancient
  5. Magazines - 48hrs - CULTURE

    UK pop duo Pet Shop Boys bring their lavish stage show to Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 17th 2014, 11:49pm by Richard Lord

    ... in the mid-1980s, they scored a string of hits during what Tennant has called their "imperial phase" between 1986 and 1988. We wondered how it was going to go down in China. But it was amazing ... in Beijing and Shanghai. Tennant says he was nervous that the audiences might not be familiar with the music. He needn't have worried. "We wondered how it was going to go down in China ...

    http://www.scmp.com/magazines/48hrs/article/1594537/uk-pop-duo-pet-shop-boys-bring-their-lavish-stage-show-hong-kong
  6. News - Hong Kong - CULTURE

    North Korea Human Rights Film Festival offers tales of horror, heroism

    Posted Aug 24th 2014, 04:52am by Amy Nip

    ... China. But his fortune was no protection against a devastating accusation: that he was a South Korean spy. His life turned upside down, Jung suffered months of torture and three years in prison. ... This happened several times a week. After 10 months, he confessed and was sent to a political prison, where he was subjected to hard labour and "re-education". After his release, he escaped ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1580205/north-korea-human-rights-film-festival-offers-tales-horror-heroism
  7. News - Hong Kong - CULTURE

    ‘Will this happen in Hong Kong?’ Inside the shutdown of Beijing’s Independent Film Festival

    Posted Aug 29th 2014, 04:03pm by Vivienne Chow

    ... directorial debut last Saturday. But the police crackdown on China’s largest independent film festival not only ruined the opportunity, it also filled him with fear of what might happen in Hong Kong ... China Morning Post. “It was suppression of freedom of speech and creative freedom. Will this happen in Hong Kong? It might. It is already on its way.” Wong was referring to the Beijing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1581712/will-happen-hong-kong-inside-shutdown-beijings-independent-film
  8. News - World - CULTURE

    Peking Opera troupe honours icon of the form with US tour

    Posted Aug 21st 2014, 10:01pm by Reuters

    ... the 120th anniversary of the birth of China's greatest opera star, Mei Lanfang, who introduced his art form to US audiences nearly 90 years ago. "This tour is special because ... adding that Mei Lanfang was celebrated by theatre and film stars of the time. His 80-year-old son, Mei Baojiu, one of China's top opera stars, organised the programme for the current US ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1578626/peking-opera-troupe-honours-icon-form-us-tour
  9. News - China Insider - CULTURE

    Renewed ghostwriting accusations against Chinese author, director Han Han trigger media storm

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 11:35am by Chris Luo

    ... Chris Luo chris.luo@scmp.com An article in state media accusing one of China’s most popular authors of using ghostwriters and plagiarising Hollywood for the plot of his first film has sparked massive debate online. Novelist Han Han, 31, is one the most outspoken writers of his generation and an idol to China’s youth. He boasts more than 40 million followers on his Weibo ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1577596/ghostwriting-accusations-against-bestselling-chinese-author
  10. News - Hong Kong - CULTURE

    Funeral fashion show to inject life into Hong Kong's Hungry Ghosts Festival

    Posted Aug 04th 2014, 11:50am by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... festival, Halloween, in a fun way,” says Catherine Lui Sze-wai, co-founder of education advocacy group Liberal Union. “So why should Hongkongers be so fearful of our ghost festival?” Younger people ... but it is observed on the 14th day in southern China. But the traditional garb will incorporate modern cuts and be studded with HK$1 million worth of crystal rhinestones. “I want to change the superstitious ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1566080/fashion-show-aims-give-new-life-hungry-ghosts-festival-hong-kong

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