The French government seems to be on another of its award-giving sprees. About a week ago, it made Hong Kong Sinfonietta conductor Yip Wing-sie a Knight of the Order of Arts and Literature. This week, Consul General Jean-Pierre Thebault invited dramatist Tang Shu-wing to his home for an even more prestigious award. The senior lecturer at the School of Drama of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and artistic director of theatrical troupe No Man's Land received the title Officer of the Order of Arts and Literature at a ceremony on Wednesday (pictured). Apparently, only about 60 such medals are bestowed each year to a wide range of individuals. Established in 1957, the Order of Arts and Literature is the highest honour the French government can offer to distinguished people in the fields of the arts and literature. It comes in three grades: the chavelier (knight), officier and, the highest, commandeur. Tang is being recognised not only for his work here, but also for his strong affiliations in France. He studied acting at l'Ecole de la Belle de Mai and theatre at the Sorbonne in Paris. Before returning to Hong Kong in 1992, he also worked as an assistant director and actor at the Theatre de la Main d'Or.