Hong Kong Cultural Policy

Soft touch, global reach

Since its opening in mid-May, the exhibition at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum of works by Pablo Picasso has charmed almost 200,000 visitors.

Thursday, 5 July, 2012, 12:00am

Raising the bar on cultural affairs

The community can be forgiven for assuming the government does not accord a high priority to culture. Although the city plays host to some world-renowned arts festivals each year, there is arguably no policy on culture. Its importance is reflected in the way it is handled within the government.

24 May 2012 - 12:00am

SCMP Debate

Hong Kong is wealthy, but it has never been considered rich in culture and the arts. Now, incoming chief executive Leung Chun-ying has proposed creating a culture bureau. In the latest SCMP debate, we ask five noted members of the cultural community what they think of the idea and whether it will help or hinder Hong Kong's development as a vibrant cultural centre.

7 May 2012 - 12:00am

40 events will highlight creative industry in 2012

A year-long series of more than 40 events linked to design will put the growth of Hong Kong's creative industry in the spotlight.

Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen declared 2012 to be Hong Kong Design Year in his policy address last year, and a range of events has already been announced, from educational activities to industry events.

20 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Most arts groups looking further afield for talent

Of the nine taxpayer-funded performing arts groups, just three of them - theatre groups which mostly stage shows in Cantonese - hire mainly local artists.

Eleven out of Hong Kong Repertory Theatre's 14 full-time artists are from Hong Kong, with nine of them having studied at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts (APA).

2 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

All the world's a stage for art talent

Not only is Tisa Ho Hong Kong's first successful female arts administrator, she also currently reigns as the best in the business. The executive director of the Hong Kong Arts Festival Society took the plunge in the 1970s when she enrolled for a degree in arts administration at London's City University.

1 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Artistic impressions

I must be getting soft in my old age. 'Let's give our system a chance,' I've been telling frustrated members of the arts community lately about arts administration in this city. 'Don't forget that Hong Kong is only 14 years old and it'll take some time before the old mentality changes.' You see, in the colonial days, the arts were not encouraged.

4 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Artistic impressions

I'm often asked if there is art in Hong Kong. Of course there is, if you know: a) where to look, and: b) how to get to it. The looking part is often fun, it's the getting there that can be a bit of a drag. This town, contrary to what government rhetoric suggests, is no New York or London or Melbourne.

22 May 2011 - 12:00am

Dancing to happiness

Yang Yuntao is the assistant artistic director of the Hong Kong Dance Company. A member of the Bai ethnic minority in Yunnan, he started dancing at the age of 11. A former dancer with the Guangdong Modern Dance Company and Beijing Modern Dance Company, he came to Hong Kong in 2002 and was appointed to his present position in 2007.

What are your responsibilities?

11 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

In tune with society

As I listened to award-winning pianist Colleen Lee Ka-ling's performance recently, I could not help but reflect on the wonderful investment, made in terms of 'software development', by providing essential support for such an outstanding young woman.

6 May 2009 - 12:00am

Portrait of success

Public consultation on the West Kowloon Cultural District development project has attracted a lot of criticism about the inadequacy of government policy in promoting arts and cultural activities. Many in the arts and culture community have complained that Hong Kong lacks an environment that encourages performing arts.

22 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

A change of scene

Theatre Ensemble may have recently decided to go it alone as an independent company but its links with the government are far from severed. In recognition of the company's artistic standards and box office success, the authorities have pledged continual support for the 15-year-old group despite its change of status from being a public-funded company.

25 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Public promised key role in arts hub

Authority to engage people in arts project

An authority overseeing the West Kowloon Cultural District project would consult the public on all matters relating to construction and the operation of arts and cultural facilities, a senior official for the project said yesterday.

1 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Let's make the most of joining the cultural elite

Hong Kong's inclusion among the arts and museum world elite in a project to create a global cultural hub is an accolade worth savouring. Not only does this lay to rest any contention that our city is a cultural desert, but it also goes a step further in telling all that we have artistic skills and talent that are sought and worth sharing.

11 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

HK in talks to host top arts show

Negotiations under way to bring Venetian Biennale to city

The government is holding talks with the organisers of the Venice Biennale to have the world-class arts event held in Hong Kong.

3 Nov 2007 - 12:00am