Arts reviews

Australian Chamber Orchestra

Following The Truth About Lying in 2010, playwright Wong Wing-sze and director Lee Chun-chow have teamed up again for a biting and hilarious satire on the local arts scene.

Tuesday, 19 March, 2013, 10:22am

The Green Snake hits Hong Kong

Actors rehearse a scene from Green Snake. Photo: Xie Fei

Most Chinese are familiar with the Song dynasty classic The Legend of the White Snake, a romantic tale about a young man named Xu Xian and a snake spirit-turned-human called Bai Suzhen. An edifying tale, it speaks of fidelity, loyalty and eternal love.

19 Mar 2013 - 10:09am


Photo: KC Creative

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.

12 Mar 2013 - 10:27am

Let's hear it for the toys: exhibit sheds light on child's play

Children are known for their unfettered approach to creativity. Unshackled by tradition and technique, youngsters freely express their view of the world - a trait noted by artists such as Expressionist painter Paul Klee, who sometimes tried to see the world through a child's eyes.

29 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

How Tom the tiddler became a toy terrorist

I usually call my little boy, Tom, 'the tiddler'. However, he's acquiring a new nickname at the moment; it's more of a mouthful but appropriate nonetheless: the blond-haired terrorist.

22 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Exhibition duo make a date with the dolls

The LCX X Maysum Backstage Exhibition at Harbour City comprises a mock backstage area with make-up mirrors and clothing racks to showcase the many talents of make-up artist May Sum.

Among the items on display are her Subi Mcdolls and lipstick sculptures inspired by art, lifestyle and, apparently, cats.

8 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Fair play

'All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy' - English saying

Foul play

What is ...?

1 fair play

a. respectful and honest treatment of people

b. a game where nobody wins

2 foul play

a. a sporting event that is cancelled halfway through

30 May 2012 - 12:00am

Lots of fun for tiny tots

More than mere playthings, toys have come to reflect a family's lifestyle and values. We talk to the experts for the latest trends in everything from eco-friendly plush toys to educational aids, and get advice on choosing the best product for every stage of your baby's development.

18 May 2012 - 12:00am

Little ones with big ambitions

Buying the right toys and books for children below the age of three is not always as simple as grabbing the latest gizmo with flashing lights.

The development of motor skills, self-esteem and imagination are key considerations when visiting the range of children's toy and bookshops at Horizon Plaza.

11 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Construction toys

Moveable beasts

The Animals Creator by US-based PlayMe helps young children get to grips with the basic concepts of building. Wooden puzzle pieces and nuts and bolts supply the materials while simple illustrations provide the inspiration for 11 animals. HK$260 at Baby Central, 7/F, BT Centre, 23 Wong Chuk Hang Rd, Aberdeen, tel: 2553 8000 or

1 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Exclamation Mark (CD) Jay Chou

Taiwanese megastar Jay Chou Jie-lun first rose to prominence as a gifted producer with an ear for mixing unexpected elements and sounds into his music.

As his singing career took off, he took more risks and used quirky touches, like bouncing ping-pong balls and dial tones, with varied success. He continues this hit-or-miss trend in his 11th album, Exclamation Mark ().

9 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Weirdness brings Chou down

Taiwanese megastar Jay Chou Jie-lun first rose to prominence as a gifted producer with an ear for mixing unexpected elements and sounds into his music.

4 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Choosing the right games

Dolls, teddy bears, the card game UNO, and Barbie ... all these are very popular among children. We all know that children love playing games, so different toys have been developed for them.

7 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Playtime for grown-ups

While most people grow out of toys as children, Joel Chung Yin-chai's passion for them began much later as a design student. Some years on, the toy collector is now showcasing more than 1,000 pieces of his collection, in a bid to educate people about their culture and meaning.

16 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

How to make your presents felt

Like many children, Kathy Wong Kin-Ho dreamed of finding a gleaming, new bicycle under the Christmas tree. So when a red two-wheeler made its glorious appearance - a joint Christmas and Lunar New Year present - her joy knew no bounds.

18 Dec 2011 - 12:00am