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As Hong Kong Ballet turns 40, artistic director Septime Webre talks about ‘Peter Pan syndrome’

With his fresh take on J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan and a sprinkling of pixie dust, artistic director Septime Webre aims to start Hong Kong Ballet’s 40th anniversary celebrations with a bang.

14 Aug 2019 - 4:11PM

With his fresh take on J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan and a sprinkling of pixie dust, artistic director Septime Webre aims to start Hong Kong Ballet’s 40th anniversary celebrations with a bang.

As Hong Kong Ballet turns 40, artistic director Septime Webre talks about ‘Peter Pan syndrome’
AirAsia’s Tony Fernandes on 2014 crash and mum’s death: ‘the toughest times’ of his life

The Malaysian entrepreneur’s future could be read in the stickers on his 1970s tuck box: an airline, a London football club and an F1 team. But for all his success, nothing could have prepared him for the loss of an airliner with 162 people on board.

29 Jul 2019 - 10:29AM

The Malaysian entrepreneur’s future could be read in the stickers on his 1970s tuck box: an airline, a London football club and an F1 team. But for all his success, nothing could have prepared him for the loss of an airliner with 162 people on board.

AirAsia’s Tony Fernandes on 2014 crash and mum’s death: ‘the toughest times’ of his life
Why Il Pellicano, chic Italian hotel on the Tuscan coast, still draws the jet set

The cliff-side hotel, on the edge of the Tyrrhenian Sea, has long attracted a glamorous clientele, including Sophia Loren, Charlie Chaplin and the Borghese family.

21 Jul 2019 - 4:49PM

The cliff-side hotel, on the edge of the Tyrrhenian Sea, has long attracted a glamorous clientele, including Sophia Loren, Charlie Chaplin and the Borghese family.

Why Il Pellicano, chic Italian hotel on the Tuscan coast, still draws the jet set
She died childless, he saves children: abused Nepali boys and girls rescued by British ex-soldier’s charity

Helping children in Nepal was British Army officer Philip Holmes’ way of honouring his wife, who committed suicide – in large because she was childless; the charity he founded rescued children from jails and circuses. This is his story.

11 Jul 2019 - 10:22AM

Helping children in Nepal was British Army officer Philip Holmes’ way of honouring his wife, who committed suicide – in large because she was childless; the charity he founded rescued children from jails and circuses. This is his story.

She died childless, he saves children: abused Nepali boys and girls rescued by British ex-soldier’s charity
Takashi Murakami hits Hong Kong with hip-hop inspired show, jam-packed with skulls, flowers and post-apocalyptic paintings

The Japanese contemporary artist’s new exhibition ‘Murakami vs Murakami’ is showing at Tai Kwun Contemporary until September. From post-apocalyptic works to his optimistic flower pieces, Murakami is at his best.

4 Jun 2019 - 6:58PM

The Japanese contemporary artist’s new exhibition ‘Murakami vs Murakami’ is showing at Tai Kwun Contemporary until September. From post-apocalyptic works to his optimistic flower pieces, Murakami is at his best.

Takashi Murakami hits Hong Kong with hip-hop inspired show, jam-packed with skulls, flowers and post-apocalyptic paintings
The restaurateur who brought fine-dining back to Shanghai’s Bund: ‘I’ve had 40 years as a glorified waitress’

The Australian restaurateur behind Hong Kong’s beloved but now closed M at the Fringe and M on the Bund, in Shanghai, reveals what it takes to succeed in the restaurant business and the challenges opening in China posed.

19 May 2019 - 2:09PM

The Australian restaurateur behind Hong Kong’s beloved but now closed M at the Fringe and M on the Bund, in Shanghai, reveals what it takes to succeed in the restaurant business and the challenges opening in China posed.

The restaurateur who brought fine-dining back to Shanghai’s Bund: ‘I’ve had 40 years as a glorified waitress’
International House: how an anonymous Chinese student sparked a century of cultural exchanges

A chance encounter outside a Columbia University library in New York planted the seed for global movement celebrating multiculturalism.

3 May 2019 - 3:51AM

A chance encounter outside a Columbia University library in New York planted the seed for global movement celebrating multiculturalism.

International House: how an anonymous Chinese student sparked a century of cultural exchanges
Matteo Ricci: 16th-century Italian priest who tried, and failed, to convert Chinese to Catholicism is resurrected on stage

Matteo Ricci The Musical might not be the show Hong Kong wanted, but, according to those who brought it to the stage, it’s the one we needed.

26 Apr 2019 - 3:49PM

Matteo Ricci The Musical might not be the show Hong Kong wanted, but, according to those who brought it to the stage, it’s the one we needed.

Matteo Ricci: 16th-century Italian priest who tried, and failed, to convert Chinese to Catholicism is resurrected on stage
Dai Bing, a cool new Hong Kong bar where ice is integral to the drinks and the design

Hugh Zimmern, architect and owner of Ping Pong Gintoneria, talks about creating Dai Bing, his cool new venture in Sheung Wan.

24 Apr 2019 - 6:45PM

Hugh Zimmern, architect and owner of Ping Pong Gintoneria, talks about creating Dai Bing, his cool new venture in Sheung Wan.

Dai Bing, a cool new Hong Kong bar where ice is integral to the drinks and the design
Tiger Balm founders’ Hong Kong mansion a hotbed of heritage innovation as it takes on new role

Refurbished Haw Par Mansion, in Hong Kong’s Tai Hang neighbourhood, is inspiring designers to come up with objects inspired by its history, such as scented balls, and a vase made of carpeting that can absorb sound.

13 Apr 2019 - 8:41PM

Refurbished Haw Par Mansion, in Hong Kong’s Tai Hang neighbourhood, is inspiring designers to come up with objects inspired by its history, such as scented balls, and a vase made of carpeting that can absorb sound.

Tiger Balm founders’ Hong Kong mansion a hotbed of heritage innovation as it takes on new role
Director Crystal Kwok on Jackie Chan, sex talk and where Asians fitted into segregated US South

The ‘lippy’ former actress is investigating where her Chinese-American family fitted into the racially segregated society of the southern United States.

12 Apr 2019 - 5:57AM

The ‘lippy’ former actress is investigating where her Chinese-American family fitted into the racially segregated society of the southern United States.

Director Crystal Kwok on Jackie Chan, sex talk and where Asians fitted into segregated US South
Strangford, Northern Ireland: where Game of Thrones’ House of Stark rules, Winterfell stands and direwolves roam

The picturesque coastal village has found fame as a filming location for the wildly popular HBO fantasy show, frequented by tour groups that follow the same predictable path and miss out on some of the loveliest aspects of the area.

12 Apr 2019 - 4:18PM

The picturesque coastal village has found fame as a filming location for the wildly popular HBO fantasy show, frequented by tour groups that follow the same predictable path and miss out on some of the loveliest aspects of the area.

Strangford, Northern Ireland: where Game of Thrones’ House of Stark rules, Winterfell stands and direwolves roam
InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland: going underground at China’s subterranean hotel

Located an hour’s drive from Shanghai, the ‘earthscraper’ is built into the side of an abandoned quarry

11 Apr 2019 - 3:09PM

Located an hour’s drive from Shanghai, the ‘earthscraper’ is built into the side of an abandoned quarry

InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland: going underground at China’s subterranean hotel
Artist Neo Rauch, one of Germany’s richest men, on his unsettling art and fall of the Berlin Wall

The German artist’s disturbing works full of grotesque beasts and old-fashioned characters are often described as surreal, but for Rauch – whose parents died when he was four weeks old – it seems more personal than that.

2 Apr 2019 - 9:34PM

The German artist’s disturbing works full of grotesque beasts and old-fashioned characters are often described as surreal, but for Rauch – whose parents died when he was four weeks old – it seems more personal than that.

Artist Neo Rauch, one of Germany’s richest men, on his unsettling art and fall of the Berlin Wall
How Hong Kong choreographer turned a Japanese novel into an English opera

Carolyn Choa’s adaptation of Yasunari Kawabata’s 1964 tale Beauty and Sadness will premier in Hong Kong next month, with collaborators including renowned director David Pountney and Oscar-winning set designer Tim Yip.

16 Mar 2019 - 3:15PM

Carolyn Choa’s adaptation of Yasunari Kawabata’s 1964 tale Beauty and Sadness will premier in Hong Kong next month, with collaborators including renowned director David Pountney and Oscar-winning set designer Tim Yip.

How Hong Kong choreographer turned a Japanese novel into an English opera
Hong Kong publisher releases last of Chinese zodiac-themed children’s books – in time for Year of the Pig

With Ping Pong Pig, illustrated by Harry Harrison, Sarah Brennan, a Hong Kong author and small publisher, completes a charming series of children’s books with a Chinese twist.

12 Feb 2019 - 10:09AM

With Ping Pong Pig, illustrated by Harry Harrison, Sarah Brennan, a Hong Kong author and small publisher, completes a charming series of children’s books with a Chinese twist.

Hong Kong publisher releases last of Chinese zodiac-themed children’s books – in time for Year of the Pig
The Briton who introduced foster care to China – ‘it was the place where I was supposed to be’

Twenty years after British charity Care for Children began advising China on foster care, its founder Robert Glover talks about fostering miracles, moving from Guernsey to Shanghai with his wife and six children in 1998 and why they miss China.

11 Jan 2019 - 4:25AM

Twenty years after British charity Care for Children began advising China on foster care, its founder Robert Glover talks about fostering miracles, moving from Guernsey to Shanghai with his wife and six children in 1998 and why they miss China.

The Briton who introduced foster care to China – ‘it was the place where I was supposed to be’
Pith helmets and rotary-dial phones: Penang, Malaysia hotel’s colonial splendour

Treat yourself to a rainy-season bargain stay at the Eastern & Oriental Hotel, one of a quartet opened by the indefatigable Sarkies Brothers across Southeast Asia in the late 19th century.

8 Jan 2019 - 9:25AM

Treat yourself to a rainy-season bargain stay at the Eastern & Oriental Hotel, one of a quartet opened by the indefatigable Sarkies Brothers across Southeast Asia in the late 19th century.

Pith helmets and rotary-dial phones: Penang, Malaysia hotel’s colonial splendour
Crazy Rich Asians’ Henry Golding on the insanity of fame, not being Asian enough, and tribal tattoos

The newly minted A-lister Henry Golding talks about how his once-embarrassing Malaysian heritage is now a source of joy.

19 Nov 2018 - 2:57PM

The newly minted A-lister Henry Golding talks about how his once-embarrassing Malaysian heritage is now a source of joy.

Crazy Rich Asians’ Henry Golding on the insanity of fame, not being Asian enough, and tribal tattoos
TripAdvisor’s ‘most prolific reviewer’ is American expat who lives in Hong Kong

With nearly 6,500 reviews under his belt, Brad Reynolds – who runs an English language institute in the city – reveals how he got hooked on travel, and what his passion has to do with fishing expeditions he took with his father

18 Oct 2018 - 10:42AM

With nearly 6,500 reviews under his belt, Brad Reynolds – who runs an English language institute in the city – reveals how he got hooked on travel, and what his passion has to do with fishing expeditions he took with his father

TripAdvisor’s ‘most prolific reviewer’ is American expat who lives in Hong Kong
New Takashi Murakami show at Gagosian Hong Kong looks to youth and the inevitable future

Japanese contemporary artist’s new exhibition at Gagosian Hong Kong blends fine art with commercial media in another example of his knack for blurring the lines between what is regarded as high and low art.

22 Sep 2018 - 6:32PM

Japanese contemporary artist’s new exhibition at Gagosian Hong Kong blends fine art with commercial media in another example of his knack for blurring the lines between what is regarded as high and low art.

New Takashi Murakami show at Gagosian Hong Kong looks to youth and the inevitable future
Home of Hong Kong heritage: the ‘pink house’ on The Peak is steeped in history, but faces an uncertain future

Having changed hands last year, an uncertain future awaits ‘the pink house’ at 5 Pollock’s Path, which was home to the Brown family for more than 50 years and is overflowing with Hong Kong history

25 Sep 2018 - 12:44PM

Having changed hands last year, an uncertain future awaits ‘the pink house’ at 5 Pollock’s Path, which was home to the Brown family for more than 50 years and is overflowing with Hong Kong history

Home of Hong Kong heritage: the ‘pink house’ on The Peak is steeped in history, but faces an uncertain future
How Hong Kong-born Skyscraper star Byron Mann helped The Rock bring the city to life

Byron Mann insisted his home city was portrayed accurately – and that the Cantonese language took a major role – in the American action film

8 Jul 2018 - 2:52PM

Byron Mann insisted his home city was portrayed accurately – and that the Cantonese language took a major role – in the American action film

How Hong Kong-born Skyscraper star Byron Mann helped The Rock bring the city to life
High school sexual assault survivor speaks out, reclaiming her narrative for young women everywhere

Student advocate Chessy Prout recalls growing up in Asia, her legal battle for justice and why she outed herself to become a champion for abused young women globally

21 May 2018 - 3:51PM

Student advocate Chessy Prout recalls growing up in Asia, her legal battle for justice and why she outed herself to become a champion for abused young women globally

High school sexual assault survivor speaks out, reclaiming her narrative for young women everywhere
Art curator for Hollywood blockbusters talks copyright, creation and destruction

Fanny Pereire, who adds exposition to a film through her choice of art, has worked on Wall Street 2, Trainwreck and the upcoming Ocean’s 8

11 May 2018 - 8:18AM

Fanny Pereire, who adds exposition to a film through her choice of art, has worked on Wall Street 2, Trainwreck and the upcoming Ocean’s 8

Art curator for Hollywood blockbusters talks copyright, creation and destruction
Hong Kong-bound artist Sarah Morris, showing in Beijing, talks about films and the Olympics

American artist Sarah Morris muses on the restless spirit that inspired her films and paintings ahead of her show at White Cube in Hong Kong in May

4 Apr 2018 - 9:03AM

American artist Sarah Morris muses on the restless spirit that inspired her films and paintings ahead of her show at White Cube in Hong Kong in May

Hong Kong-bound artist Sarah Morris, showing in Beijing, talks about films and the Olympics
China’s golden-age of science fiction pushes new boundaries at Hong Kong conference

AI, DNA editing and life beyond Earth on the agenda at Melon, an event that blurs the line between fantasy and reality

29 Mar 2018 - 7:02AM

AI, DNA editing and life beyond Earth on the agenda at Melon, an event that blurs the line between fantasy and reality

China’s golden-age of science fiction pushes new boundaries at Hong Kong conference
From porn-star wife’s nether regions to Balloon Dogs: Hong Kong-bound Jeff Koons talks ‘plastic art’, selfies and Art Basel

The polarising perfectionist and blockbuster creator muses on the roles of viewer and creator ahead of an appearance at David Zwirner’s Art Basel booth

30 Mar 2018 - 4:26PM

The polarising perfectionist and blockbuster creator muses on the roles of viewer and creator ahead of an appearance at David Zwirner’s Art Basel booth

From porn-star wife’s nether regions to Balloon Dogs: Hong Kong-bound Jeff Koons talks ‘plastic art’, selfies and Art Basel
Hong Kong domestic helper’s upcycled fashion collection combines empowerment and empathy

Using the city’s streets as a catwalk, domestic helpers step out in Sustainable Sunday Couture created from everyday items, including coffee sachets, chocolate wrappers and shoelaces

10 Mar 2018 - 11:15AM

Using the city’s streets as a catwalk, domestic helpers step out in Sustainable Sunday Couture created from everyday items, including coffee sachets, chocolate wrappers and shoelaces

Hong Kong domestic helper’s upcycled fashion collection combines empowerment and empathy
‘Zero waste’ queen on the five Rs of her eco-friendly lifestyle: refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle and rot

Bea Johnson’s simple-living epiphany has had profound impact on everything from her flexible wardrobe to shared toiletries and creative make-up

27 Feb 2018 - 4:28PM

Bea Johnson’s simple-living epiphany has had profound impact on everything from her flexible wardrobe to shared toiletries and creative make-up

‘Zero waste’ queen on the five Rs of her eco-friendly lifestyle: refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle and rot