Mathias Woo

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.

Monday, 7 May, 2012, 12:00am

New brand for arts hub will be 'waste of money'

Arts hub bosses should concentrate on what would be in the West Kowloon Cultural District rather than spend money on dreaming up a new name for it, culture groups and arts critics said.

Cultural district authority chief executive Michael Lynch hinted that the body was considering a new name to symbolise progress in the long-delayed project, and distance it from past rows.

15 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Two-year delay for arts hub Arts hub progress depends on 'financing options'

Rising costs and a construction conflict will delay the completion of major facilities at the West Kowloon arts hub by at least two years, according to a revised design unveiled yesterday.

5 May 2015 - 11:46am

West Kowloon arts hub the perfect location for Foster's park

I am not an artist and know very little about the arts.

However, I am surprised at the comments made by Mathias Woo on the choice of Norman Foster's design for the West Kowloon Cultural District. Mr Woo said that a park has nothing to do with the arts ('A Pierre Cardin for the price of a Louis Vuitton', March 5).

14 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

'A Pierre Cardin for the price of a Louis Vuitton'

The 'City Park' concept and high flexibility of Norman Foster's plan have won him official approval, but some members from the arts community remain unconvinced.

West Kowloon Cultural District Authority chairman Henry Tang Ying-yen said the 'organic nature' of Foster's plan was a key factor behind the choice.

5 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci

Mathias Woo Yan-wai directs and Tian Haojiang (left) stars in Zuni Icosahedron's digital opera version of Jonathan Spence's tale of the Jesuit missionary who went to Ming dynasty China and his creation of a memory palace transcending time, space and culture. In English with Chinese and English surtitles, Nov 5-6, 8-9, 8pm, St Ignatius Chapel, 56 Waterloo Rd, Kowloon, HK$280-HK$680 Urbtix.

31 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Arts Festival richest ever with HK$14m boost

Government fears that Hongkongers may not have the cultural depth to keep the West Kowloon Cultural District humming have delivered a fillip for next year's Arts Festival - an extra HK$14 million of taxpayer funds, boosting its budget to HK$97 million.

19 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Street art needs support, arts leaders say

Yesterday's acquittal of street performer Andrew So Chun-chau for juggling in a pedestrian zone has provided an opportunity to look into the possibility of developing policies to support street art, arts leaders say.

10 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

What you see is not what you're going to get

The three models for West Kowloon unveiled yesterday may be distinct from one another but the approach of the consultation in asking the public which features they like instead of choosing one design could result in a mishmash, critics say.

21 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

New committee to further HK-Taiwan exchanges

11 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

HK$60m for arts, but will it be well spent, critics ask

A development fund for sport and the arts is expected to generate HK$60 million to HK$75 million a year to spend on the arts.

The money will be split between smaller-scale projects and those requiring HK$2 million or more. The government says it has an open mind on how the money will be spent.

8 May 2010 - 12:00am

Research on arts, cultural sector criticised

Studies and research done to divine the needs and aspirations of Hong Kong's arts and cultural sector - and then to develop policy to realise the city's creative-hub dream - are badly directed compared to similar efforts overseas, one critic says.

22 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Arts groups complain to Tsang about cuts

The city's nine major performing arts groups have written to the chief executive questioning the government's plan to slash public funding for the arts in the next financial year.

The arts groups, the city's creative leaders, argued that spending cuts contradicted the government's stated aims of developing creative industries and building the West Kowloon Cultural District.

3 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Arts groups take complaints to top

The city's nine major performing arts groups have written to the chief executive questioning the government's plan to slash public funding for the arts in the next financial year.

The arts groups, the city's creative leaders, argued that spending cuts contradicted the government's stated aims of developing creative industries and building the West Kowloon Cultural District.

3 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Arts groups struggle in face of funding cuts

Autumn is normally the time the big performing arts groups in Hong Kong finalise their programmes for the next season. Not this year. Many are still unable to confirm their 2010-11 lineups, and some are considering scrapping events already planned, because of uncertainties caused by a delay to government plans for a new funding system.

18 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

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