Michael Lynch

Pitch for culture concrete is just the same art form

Michael Lynch. Photo: Edward Wong

I entirely understand the demands of the arts industry for the culture bunkers it was promised at the West Kowloon reclamation. After all, every other infrastructure project regularly comes back to the government to demand more money. 

Tuesday, 4 June, 2013, 4:31am 7 comments

West Kowloon project will need more finance, says arts hub chief

Michael Lynch

Rising construction costs have put pressure on the West Kowloon arts hub and it will need more financing in the future, its chief says. Michael Lynch has admitted that may mean changing construction plans.

3 Jun 2013 - 7:29am 5 comments

Michael Lynch under fire over Xiqu Centre cost blowout

Michael Lynch. Photo: Edward Wong

Lawmakers slammed the chief of the West Kowloon arts hub yesterday over projections that costs will more than double for the massive project's first facility, the Xiqu Centre for traditional Chinese performing arts.

5 May 2015 - 11:40am 2 comments

West Kowloon arts hub resumes disclosure of meeting details

Michael Lynch. Photo: Edward Wong

West Kowloon arts hub chiefs have resumed publishing their board meeting details on the internet for the first time in nearly two years.

Resuming the webcast yesterday, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority chief executive Michael Lynch pledged to keep the public informed in future but did not explain the two-year gap.

5 May 2015 - 11:40am

Arts hub seeks more cash for basement

The West Kowloon arts hub faces a major challenge of securing extra government funding for its vast underground complex, says the project's chief.

Michael Lynch, CEO of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, said yesterday he had managed to achieve progress for the long-delayed, multibillion-dollar development, but foresaw the funding challenge in the coming months.

5 May 2015 - 11:46am

Here's a suggestion for the hapless arts hub's new name: West Kowloon

The objectives of Michael Lynch, chief executive of the arts hub authority, for changing the name 'West Kowloon Cultural District' are understandable.

24 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

We can overcome arts hub's difficulties, new chief says

Michael Lynch, chief executive of the HK$21.6 billion arts hub authority, believes it would be reasonable for it to overrun its budget, based on a comparable experience in Australia, his home country.

14 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Arts hub authority casts for new name

The chief of the West Kowloon arts hub is searching for another name for the project to distance his HK$21.6 billion development from a list of political and funding scandals lengthening almost daily.

5 May 2015 - 11:46am

Let's get this show on the road

Michael Lynch is in an upbeat mood; fiddling with his walking stick as he poses for a photo against a full-length window overlooking the West Kowloon reclamation site.

14 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Arts hub not a cure-all, boss warns

The new head of the West Kowloon arts hub may have a blueprint for the giant development, but he warns that the project will not solve all the problems of the local arts scene.

10 Oct 2011 - 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

Arts hub chief has to be on the money

Beauty, it is said, is in the eye of the beholder. A piece of art viewed as priceless by some may, in the view of others, be of little worth. Putting a price tag on our city's ambitions to build a world-class arts hub should be more straightforward. But the HK$21.6 billion cost to taxpayers has long been a subject of debate.

2 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

There is no point delaying work on green park at barren cultural hub site

Last month Michael Lynch, the new chief executive of the West Kowloon Cultural District, announced a number of cultural events over the next few years on what is still a barren site.

It would appear he has not been adequately briefed.

1 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

West Kowloon arts hub costs to exceed HK$21.6b

The final cost of the much-delayed West Kowloon Cultural District will easily exceed the HK$21.6 billion that the government has already invested.

Michael Lynch, the new chief executive of the arts hub authority, told a Legislative Council meeting yesterday that the amount was far from sufficient.

27 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Arts hub chief is in for the long haul

Newly appointed arts hub chief Michael Lynch says he is determined to stay in his post much longer than his predecessor.

The Australian arts veteran was keen to show off his energy yesterday, inviting the press to meet him at the West Kowloon site, 10 days into his job. It was the first press event held on site since the authority was set up for the cultural district.

5 Aug 2011 - 12:00am