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  1. News - Hong Kong - CULTURE

    Speaking up for Cantonese, a tongue in peril

    Posted Oct 03rd 2014, 02:33am by Vivienne Chow

    ... is still very much alive- it is the city's de facto official language, notes Robert Bauer, honorary professor at the University of Hong Kong's linguistics department- its prospects ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1603994/speaking-cantonese-tongue-peril
  2. News - Hong Kong - CULTURE

    Show of defiance closes City Hall for first time since 1962

    Posted Sep 30th 2014, 04:06am by Oliver Chou

    ... to varying degrees. "Groups hiring [City Hall]'s facilities may cancel their scheduled programmes or activities due to transport problems," the Leisure and Cultural Services Department ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1604093/show-defiance-closes-city-hall-first-time-1962
  3. News - China - CULTURE

    Japanese emperor urged to return inscribed Chinese relic

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 03:53pm by LAURA ZHOU

    ... on historical issues." Tong said the association hoped to enlist the support of the government's foreign and cultural relics department to press its case. Guan Jianqiang, an international law ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1571343/civic-group-asks-japanese-emperor
  4. News - Hong Kong - CULTURE

    West Kowloon park bosses urged to scrap list of 'restrictive' by-laws

    Posted Aug 04th 2014, 04:54am by Vivienne Chow

    ... Department, which runs most of the city's parks. She says the department adopted a top-down style of management that killed citizens' sense of responsibility. "There are increasing ... when Leisure and Cultural Services Department staff swooped on musicians in Tuen Mun Park, citing a ban of the use of amplifiers where noise levels exceeded 70 decibels. There were arrests, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1565696/concern-groups-say-arts-hub-park-needs-self-discipline-not-laws
  5. News - Hong Kong - CULTURE

    A Parent's Guide to Preventing Homosexuality: Hong Kong library under fire for 'anti-gay propaganda'

    Posted Jul 27th 2014, 05:26am by DANNY LEE

    ... to recognise normal things," Shiu said. The book has been loaned out 89 times since 2005 and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), which is responsible for public libraries, has received no complaints to date. The department said its collection was guided by the Unesco Public Library Manifesto, which "neither takes sides in public issues nor attempts to promote any ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1560024/gay-cure-library-book-may-need-disclaimer-gay-rights-group-says
  6. News - Hong Kong - CULTURE

    Hong Kong arts festival seeks more funding for future growth

    Posted Aug 03rd 2014, 05:49am by Vivienne Chow

    ... with the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) on the next five-year funding plan. She hopes government funding will be increased by 20 per cent, to about HK$40 million a year, to cover half ... in late October. A spokesman said the department was planning for a Cross District Community Cultural Centre in Ngau Tau Kok. The venue will consist of an auditorium of 1,200 seats, a 550-seat ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1565204/hong-kong-arts-festival-seeks-more-funding-future-growth
  7. News - Hong Kong - CULTURE

    Declaration of independence for M+- but museum won't open until 2018

    Posted Jul 19th 2014, 04:02am by Vivienne Chow

    ... to lawmakers. It said M+ would be a "separate legal entity", registered as a subsidiary company of the authority, rather than one of the authority's departments. While the arts hub board ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1556481/declaration-independence-m-museum-wont-open-until-2018
  8. News - China Insider - CULTURE

    How a Chinese government decree could take the glimmer out of Vienna's Golden Music Hall

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 03:13pm by Patrick Boehler

    ... by central government cultural departments could go ahead, it said. Chinese diplomats abroad were also not allowed to attend such events or endorse them, the notice read. “Yes, there has been abuse ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1551055/how-chinese-government-decree-could-take-glimmer-out-viennas
  9. News - Hong Kong - CULTURE

    Library app may save readers millions

    Posted May 12th 2014, 04:45am by Amy Nip

    ... and Cultural Services Department's app, forgetful borrowers will receive messages telling them when their books are due for return. Users will be told before the due date if their books have been ... 67 plus 10 mobile libraries. The department's technicians are still fine-tuning the software before its launch, possibly in July or August this year. Another application set ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1509932/library-app-may-save-readers-millions
  10. News - Hong Kong - CULTURE

    Smartphones blamed as Hongkongers lose interest in the city's libraries

    Posted May 12th 2014, 04:45am by Johnny Tam

    ... five years, from 61.7 million in 2009 to 55.5 million last year, according to the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, which manages the public libraries. Jimmy Pang Chi-ming, head ... Chinese-Language Examination Report and Question Papers, which was loaned out 6,404 times. The department listed Louis Cha Leung-yung's Chinese-language novel The Legend of the Condor Heroes ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1509970/libraries-lose-their-readership

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