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West Kowloon Cultural District

West Kowloon arts hub to name COO to steer commercial development

SCMP senior reporter Vivienne Chow, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority chief executive officer Michael Lynch, Hong Kong Arts Festival executive director Tisa Ho, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts director Adrian Walter, Hong Kong designer and artist Stanley Wong, and Foster + Partners partner Colin Ward, attend a seminar of "West Kowloon Cultural District - More hype than hub?", at the JW Marriott Hotel in Admiralty. Photo: Dickson Lee

The West Kowloon arts hub is appointing a chief operating officer to develop its commercial and residential space. Cultural facilities will take up 35 to 40 per cent of the gross floor area of the development.

Friday, 21 February, 2014, 11:40pm 2 comments

West Kowloon Cultural District should be about arts, not money, experts say

Panellists (from left) Stanley Wong, Tisa Ho, Michael Lynch, Colin Ward and Adrian Walter at the seminar on the West Kowloon Cultural District. Photo: Dickson Lee

Patrons will be taking their seats - at least some of them - at the West Kowloon Cultural District next year after 10 years of planning and angst. Part of the development designed by Norman Foster is set to open next year, as is an arts pavilion on the waterfront for small exhibitions and events.

22 Feb 2014 - 4:34am 4 comments

Letters to the Editor, June 13, 2013

Model of the arts hub's Xiqu centre. Photo: Sam Tsang

SMEs missing valuable list of overseas firms

The business environment is getting tough worldwide. Many small and medium-sized enterprises trading in Hong Kong are finding there are fewer opportunities.

13 Jun 2013 - 2:06am 3 comments

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. 

4 Jun 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

Letters to the Editor, May 6, 2013

A tree thought to have brown root rot. Photo: Nora Tam

Your detailed coverage of the plight of Hong Kong's urban and rural trees highlights the need for urgent action if we are to save at least some of our natural heritage.

6 May 2013 - 2:55am 5 comments

Letters to the Editor, May 5, 2013

Zhang Dejiang feels Hong Kong is losing its edge. Photo: Xinhua

I read with interest what Zhang Dejiang, No 3 on the Communist Party's seven-man Politburo Standing Committee, said to the Business and Professionals Alliance delegation in Beijing on April 27. Wang said, "Hong Kong's competitive edge is weakening and will fade away if the city does not put its focus on economic development."

5 May 2013 - 2:51am 1 comment

M+ chief Lars Nittve vows museum won't steer clear of politics

Untitled (pair of doors) by Tsang Tsou-choi, one of the works donated to the M+ museum. Photo: SCMP

The West Kowloon Cultural District has taken centre stage again this week, courtesy of a display of giant inflatables. But a document that will have implications long after the bubble has burst on the sculptures that form the "M+: Inflation! Exhibition" has quietly taken shape behind the scenes.

4 May 2013 - 5:49am

Artist Stanley Wong Ping-pui donates 36 works to M+ museum

One of the Lanwei series of photographs by Stanley Wong Ping-pui. Photo: SCMP

Designer and artist Stanley Wong Ping-pui has made the largest-ever donation of his works to the planned M+ museum, and he will donate more. The trans-disciplinary creative personality who slides between design, advertising and visual art donated 36 of his photographic works.

2 May 2013 - 5:09am

Museum gets 'kissing guards' from first local art donor

Inflatable sculptures by Hong Kong artist Tam Wai Ping titled 'Falling into Mundane World' displayed at the Mobile M+: Inflation! exhibition. M+ museum has received its first art donation from a Hong Kong collector. Photo: AFP

The West Kowloon museum has received its first donation from a Hong Kong collector, who hopes to challenge people's ideas about art and politics with a performance work featuring two security guards kissing.

2 May 2013 - 5:09am

Giant inflatable Rubber Duck is now Hong Kong tourist attraction

The 'Rubber Duck'. Photo: Dickson Lee

The inflatable sculptures dotting the waterfront of West Kowloon have inspired plenty of debate - and now a local travel agency is selling package tours to see them. Sunflower Travel is offering a one-day tour to see the sculptures, including the much talked about 16.5-metre Rubber Duck by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, which is due to sail into Victoria Harbour on Thursday.

30 Apr 2013 - 9:58am

Hong Kong does not need a culture tsar to define what is art

Artist Ai Weiwei

Pro-Beijing lawmaker Chan Kam-lam may have unwittingly triggered an interesting debate over his warning to the West Kowloon Cultural District that any artworks with indecent, insulting or political elements should not be viewed as art.

25 Apr 2013 - 6:50am 3 comments

New cultural district to inflate interest with bouncy Stonehenge

M+ executive director Lars Nittve

After several years of waiting we are pleased to see there are signs of movement at the West Kowloon Cultural District. The great awakening will take the form of a full-size inflatable replica of Stonehenge.

24 Apr 2013 - 5:16am

Talking points

Liu Xiaobo

Nobel winner's brother-in-law on trial

23 Apr 2013 - 3:51am

Artist Lee Kit mulls how to put Hong Kong's best foot forward

Artist Lee Kit has been chosen to help curate Hong Kong's pavilion at next month's Venice Biennale art show in Italy. Photo: Paul Yeung

M+, the West Kowloon Cultural District's upcoming visual culture museum, will mark its debut on the international art scene this summer, with an exhibition at the Venice Biennale that the museum says will showcase personal and collective memories.

22 Apr 2013 - 10:15am