arts academy appoints director Professor Kevin Thompson, former principal and chief executive of Dartington College of Arts, England, has taken up the position of director of the Academy for Performing Arts, replacing Professor Lo King-man. A conductor, composer, and trumpeter, Professor Thompson was appointed principal of the Birmingham Conservatoire on inauguration of the new Conservatoire, before joining Dartington. calling all christians Asian Christian theologians or scholars in social sciences or humanities are invited to apply for the second institute for advanced study in Asian cultures and theologians to be held from June 11 to July 23 next year by the Asian Christian Higher Education Institute based at Baptist University. Those accepted will undertake research and writing in the six-week programme. Deadline for application is September 30. Tel 34112746. Visit www.asianinstitute.org . invitation to learn nature of the feast Polytechnic University's School of Hotel and Tourism Management will launch a four-week boutique banqueting course next month on how to present a culinary feast. Classes will be held on Saturday afternoons, at a cost of $4,000. Fees include uniform, tools, food materials, course materials, and a four-course dinner for the participants and their guests. Visit www.polyu.edu.hk/htm/culinaria . TIME TO RECYCLE Time to Recycle, an offshoot of the charity Able, is looking for schools that would like to offer new homes for 13 paper recycling bins which it has to remove from the Outlying Islands ferry piers area. The company can also offer a collection service, at no cost to schools. Tel 2982 6994 for details. reporting for duty Hong Kong Education City is recruiting student reporters for its Web site. Form Three to Seven students are welcome to apply by submitting a 400-500 word article on a personality profile or campus event. The deadline is September 30. Visit www.hkedcity.net/reporter .