For several years the Hong Kong Arts Festival has been supporting new playwrights by way of commissions and script publication in Chinese and English. These productions are now annual festival highlights; last year Santayana Li made a solid debut with Journey to Home and Yan Yu's Jiao Qing (2011) was memorable.Tuesday, 12 March, 2013, 10:27am
Even before the Hong Kong Arts Festival ends on March 24, some local culture vultures are already looking ahead to another of the city's annual bumper cultural events.10 Mar 2013 - 4:21pm
With a voice as beautiful as hers, it's hard to believe Yasmin Levy's songs come from a very dark place. Yet like all great art, it's the darker side of the human condition that brings out the best.9 Mar 2013 - 5:03am 1 comment
With his sixth budget, Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah failed to alleviate the problem of the wealth gap in Hong Kong. Tsang obviously feels it is important to be cautious, but there are times when you can be over-cautious.8 Mar 2013 - 3:51am
The appearance of Marc Minkowski's 40-member ensemble on Friday as part of the Hong Kong Arts Festival seemed a great way to start the weekend. The players' skill was assured; the packaging carried the question marks.5 Mar 2013 - 11:40am
David Henry Hwang's comedy about miscommunication and misunderstanding between two cultures has garnered much acclaim in the US, winning the Chinese-American playwright a Joseph Jefferson Award (for best new work) in Chicago where it premiered two years ago.5 Mar 2013 - 5:18pm
American Ballet Theatre began their series of performances under the Hong Kong Arts Festival with a high-energy mixed bill that showed the company in sparkling form.25 Feb 2013 - 5:18am
Hong Kong Arts Festival chairman and former chairman of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEx) Ronald Arculli says there are many similarities between managing the city's largest arts event and Asia's biggest stock exchange operator.23 Feb 2013 - 6:44am
The National Bureau of Statistics issues its regular report on house prices in 70 major and medium-sizes cities. The State Council told local authorities on Wednesday to "decisively" curb real estate speculation and take steps to rein in the property market after prices rose the most in two years last month.22 Feb 2013 - 4:04am
It's easy to understand why this 2011 National Theatre production - which premiered in Asia last Friday as part of the Hong Kong Arts Festival - is already a big hit in London's West End and New York's Broadway.18 Feb 2013 - 4:34am
It was a straightforward programme – just two core repertoire symphonies. The opening movement of Mozart’s Symphony No 41, Jupiter, sounded like a cautious play-through to check the notes (and some in the first few bars needed scrutiny).29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am
The 41st Hong Kong Arts Festival is gearing up for its traditional takeover of the cultural scene in February and March, bearing an Aladdin's cave of performances in music, dance and theatre - most of which will be staged by artists from the international circuit.9 Dec 2012 - 2:06pm
'Dirk Struan' banker to be sentenced19 Oct 2012 - 2:12am
A reader writes to say that when he logged on to the HSBC website, he was dismayed at the advertisement that popped up.
It read: "AccidentSurance - Double indemnity on death or disablement caused by public transport accidents."
He said: "So soon after the awful National Day ferry disaster I think that trying to cash in on people's fears is inappropriate and callous."10 Oct 2012 - 4:26am 1 comment
It was perhaps inevitable that Tisa Ho, executive director of the ongoing Hong Kong Arts Festival, would carve out a career in the world of the performing arts.
'I always knew that was what I loved, so at school I was in every theatre production I could get into. I was in every choir, dance programme, whatever was going,' says the soft-spoken Ho.4 Mar 2012 - 12:00am