See the bigger picture on the film industry

Ma Fung-kwok says the city has missed an opportunity.

The Film Development Council will review its funding schemes and draft new proposals for nurturing talent, but these won't be enough to move the industry forward if film development is not considered within the context of overall cultural policy, the council's new chairman has said.

Monday, 17 June, 2013, 5:39am

Guess who's coming to dinner

Hosting - or attending - a dinner party is not always an easy task.

In many parts of the world, dinner parties are a time-honoured tradition. Self-respecting men and women open up their homes to regale friends with home-cooked food and stimulating conversation.

16 Jun 2013 - 9:57am

Hong Kong, Chile maritime museums sign co-operative pact

Rear Admiral Humberto Ramirez, secretary general of the Chilean Navy

Hong Kong Maritime Museum has set sail on a voyage to develop partnerships with countries that share a rich sea-going history, starting with Chile. In a symbolic move seen as a transpacific handshake, the museum signed a co-operation agreement on Friday with the National Maritime Museum in the port city of Valparaiso.

2 Jun 2013 - 8:18am

Mainland artists make strong showing in Venice Biennale exhibition

Artist Miao Xiaochun poses near his installation Transfiguration during the 55th Venice Biennale. Photo: Reuters

China has a strong presence at this year's Venice Biennale art festival, with several artists featured in the main exhibition, national pavilions and side events.

31 May 2013 - 6:11am

Art Basel wraps up in Hong Kong after show of world's finest

More than 240 galleries from around the world showed their works at Art Basel's Hong Kong debut which closed yesterday. Mainland artist Zhang Xiaogang's works, above, were among the many on show. Galleries from the West brought in major works from big-name artists and reported strong sales last Wednesday. It was also reported that deals were still being negotiated by regional galleries in the minutes before the show closed. Photo: Jonathan Wong.

A week of art madness ended yesterday with the closure of exhibition Art Basel's Hong Kong debut, which turned into a showdown between 245 galleries from around the world.

27 May 2013 - 8:59am

Rubber Duck now available in Lego

A Lego replica of the giant rubber duck in Victoria Harbour is on show at the City Impression exhibition. Photo: SCMP

Fans of the Rubber Duck can catch another glimpse of their 16.5-metre tall yellow friend at City Gallery - the city's first planning and infrastructure gallery. Opened in 2002, the gallery displays Hong Kong's major planning proposals and infrastructure projects.

27 May 2013 - 7:22am 1 comment

Hundreds pack waterfront to cheer Rubber Duck’s return

Pedestrians walk pass rubber ducks outside Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui as rainstorm hits the city on Tuesday. Photo: David Wong

Hong Kong on Tuesday joyfully welcomed the return of a giant inflatable rubber duck, which drew tens of thousands of visitors before it was abruptly deflated for maintenance for almost a week.

The city has taken the 16.5-metre-tall yellow inflatable duck, conceived by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, to its heart since it was towed into the harbour on May 2 to cheering crowds.

21 May 2013 - 9:27pm

China media baron Thomas Shao launches two cultural titles

Mainland media baron Thomas Shao is determined to raise the standards of cultural media in Hong Kong. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Shao is set to launch two international titles devoted to culture and arts in the city and says he believes culture is its future. Hong Kong's arts and culture scene has grown tremendously in the past five years with art fairs, auctions and the West Kowloon arts hub project, but Shao said the media was falling behind.

19 May 2013 - 7:42am

Get Reel: cinema as window to the world

Cinematic work can be a window into another society or culture, a work of art and even educational.

"It's only a movie." This is a phrase I've heard on more occasions than I care to remember, usually in the context of someone dismissing the idea that films can be anything more than entertaining fluff.

16 May 2013 - 12:59am

Children scale new heights on Cheung Chau bun tower

Four-year-old Wong Yuen-yan scales the bun tower outside Pak Tai Temple on Cheung Chau island yesterday. The event allowed children to climb the metal tower to be used for this Saturday's bun-scrambling contest during the island's popular Bun Festival. The plucky little girl managed to climb to the top of the structure, which was about 18 metres high, and won the applause of onlookers. Photo: Dickson Lee

Dozens of children yesterday scaled the metal tower to be used for this week's bun-scrambling contest in Cheung Chau.

13 May 2013 - 5:24am

A contemporary art space with attitude and ambition

Hong Kong-based artist Cedric Maridet says his installation, which will be on display on May 22, was inspired by the site. Photo: SCMP

Oi!, operated by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department's arts promotion office, will hold its first exhibition on the eve of the city's first Art Basel show in two weeks' time.

10 May 2013 - 4:46am

Artists bring natural touch to tram shelters

An 'Artram Shelters' design by Alice Lai outside the CC Wu Building in Wan Chai. Photo: Sam Tsang

The colourful paintings with themes of natural landscapes and animals can be seen in stops at Wan Chai and Taikoo Shing.

8 May 2013 - 5:13am

Inflatable duck causes social media stir in Hong Kong

One YouTube user even posted a video showing the duck exploding and sinking beneath the waves.

Tens of thousands flocked for a glimpse of the yellow inflatable sculpture over the weekend, but it has prompted ridicule among some internet users, and one even posted a video of it exploding, raising fears somebody could try to damage it.

6 May 2013 - 7:08am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, May 3, 2013

Poor Man's Nightclub food stall in 1986. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Let's all help keep unique street culture

I refer to your editorial ("Greed is killing best of old HK", April 23).

You talk of luxury mall operators, developers and landlords destroying what makes our city unique and interesting.

3 May 2013 - 3:41am 1 comment

Rubber Duck floats Hong Kong's boats as thousands watch arrival

Rubber Duck is unveiled in Hong Kong on Thursday. Photo: Felix Wong

Yesterday was the coldest day in May in almost a century. But the sun came out and warmed up the city when the gigantic Rubber Duck finally graced Victoria Harbour, melting the hearts of more than a thousand spectators waiting in the cold all morning.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am