Kevin Kwong

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Kevin Kwong

Editor, Culture

Kevin Kwong is an award-winning journalist who joined the Post as Arts Editor in 2005. He has previously worked for the BBC World Service, People magazine and Variety, and is currently a news editor on Culture desk.

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Poetry, classical music and … live-streaming? How Hong Kong show Spirits was able to continue despite Covid-19 restrictions keeping pianist Yen Chun-chieh out of the city

Thanks to the power of live-streaming, Spirits – a production combining a piano recital with poetry – was able to continue, despite one of the show’s two artists being unable to get into Hong Kong because of Covid-19 restrictions.

Thanks to the power of live-streaming, Spirits – a production combining a piano recital with poetry – was able to continue, despite one of the show’s two artists being unable to get into Hong Kong because of Covid-19 restrictions.

Poetry, classical music and … live-streaming? How Hong Kong show Spirits was able to continue despite Covid-19 restrictions keeping pianist Yen Chun-chieh out of the city
28 Oct 2020 - 4:59PM
Review | Motorola Razr 5G review: foldable phone’s second screen beats Samsung Galaxy Z Flip’s, but main display and audio are ordinary

The Motorola Razr 5G isn’t cheap, but has a stylish design and an excellent second screen that is twice the size of the one on Samsung’s Galaxy Flip. The battery lasts all day even with heavy use, but there is no wireless charging.

The Motorola Razr 5G isn’t cheap, but has a stylish design and an excellent second screen that is twice the size of the one on Samsung’s Galaxy Flip. The battery lasts all day even with heavy use, but there is no wireless charging.

Motorola Razr 5G review: foldable phone’s second screen beats Samsung Galaxy Z Flip’s, but main display and audio are ordinary
15 Oct 2020 - 7:15PM
The music and soundtrack make Killing Eve unique, says music supervisor, as the quirky BBC America thriller series enters its third season

The soundtrack is an essential part of the hit thriller series and matches the ‘strong, weird and flawed’ women lead roles, according to Killing Eve’s music supervisor Catherine Grieves, who uses mostly original music to fit with the dialogue.

The soundtrack is an essential part of the hit thriller series and matches the ‘strong, weird and flawed’ women lead roles, according to Killing Eve’s music supervisor Catherine Grieves, who uses mostly original music to fit with the dialogue.

The music and soundtrack make Killing Eve unique, says music supervisor, as the quirky BBC America thriller series enters its third season
27 May 2020 - 5:38PM
Online yoga classes: Facebook Live vs Instagram Live, Zoom issues, and which yoga types work best at home

As both a student of online yoga and a teacher, Kevin Kwong has discovered a lot in the months since the coronavirus shut down in-person classes. He shares tips and insights.

As both a student of online yoga and a teacher, Kevin Kwong has discovered a lot in the months since the coronavirus shut down in-person classes. He shares tips and insights.

Online yoga classes: Facebook Live vs Instagram Live, Zoom issues, and which yoga types work best at home
13 May 2020 - 5:30PM
Coronavirus: entire Hong Kong Arts Festival cancelled over outbreak; arts fans say it’s disappointing but understandable

‘Heartbroken’ festival organisers had already cancelled first week of the event, but have now pulled the plug entirely due to the coronavirus outbreak, citing safety grounds and venue closures to avoid large gatherings.

‘Heartbroken’ festival organisers had already cancelled first week of the event, but have now pulled the plug entirely due to the coronavirus outbreak, citing safety grounds and venue closures to avoid large gatherings.

Coronavirus: entire Hong Kong Arts Festival cancelled over outbreak; arts fans say it’s disappointing but understandable
10 Feb 2020 - 11:24PM
A sixth of Hong Kong Arts Festival shows lost to coronavirus outbreak, as organisers wait on more cancellations

Music, dance and theatre lovers left disappointed as festival cancels a sixth of its programmes because of venue closures to stem spread of disease. Organisers await decision on venues before cancelling more.

Music, dance and theatre lovers left disappointed as festival cancels a sixth of its programmes because of venue closures to stem spread of disease. Organisers await decision on venues before cancelling more.

A sixth of Hong Kong Arts Festival shows lost to coronavirus outbreak, as organisers wait on more cancellations
3 Feb 2020 - 5:43PM
The Witcher: 5 reasons everyone loves Netflix’s new fantasy drama, from star Henry Cavill to the blood and gore

From star Henry Cavill to the bucketloads of blood and gore, we look at why Netflix’s new fantasy drama The Witcher has been crowned the most in-demand TV show in the world.

From star Henry Cavill to the bucketloads of blood and gore, we look at why Netflix’s new fantasy drama The Witcher has been crowned the most in-demand TV show in the world.

The Witcher: 5 reasons everyone loves Netflix’s new fantasy drama, from star Henry Cavill to the blood and gore
3 Jan 2020 - 8:00PM
HK Phil award, Xiqu Centre opening the bright spots in 2019 for performing arts in Hong Kong, a year of cancellations and collapse

Disruption and turmoil of anti-government protests in Hong Kong led to many productions being cancelled this year, the biggest of them musical Matilda’s one-month run. Award for HK Phil, Xiqu Centre’s opening provided good news.

Disruption and turmoil of anti-government protests in Hong Kong led to many productions being cancelled this year, the biggest of them musical Matilda’s one-month run. Award for HK Phil, Xiqu Centre’s opening provided good news.

HK Phil award, Xiqu Centre opening the bright spots in 2019 for performing arts in Hong Kong, a year of cancellations and collapse
29 Dec 2019 - 6:00PM
Start-up takes three years to send my smart glasses. However much I like them – and I do – that’s not a good look

They were hailed as ‘the future of mainstream wearables’ … in 2016. Kevin Kwong finally gets his Vue smart glasses, and they do everything as billed, though they are fiddly to charge. Start-up was transparent about delays, but the wait is a disappointment.

They were hailed as ‘the future of mainstream wearables’ … in 2016. Kevin Kwong finally gets his Vue smart glasses, and they do everything as billed, though they are fiddly to charge. Start-up was transparent about delays, but the wait is a disappointment.

Start-up takes three years to send my smart glasses. However much I like them – and I do – that’s not a good look
28 Dec 2019 - 7:08PM
Milestones on HK Phil’s journey to 2019 Orchestra of the Year – playing with Itzhak Perlman, Swire Group’s patronage, Jaap van Zweden taking over the baton

Fully professional since 1974, the HK Phil recorded its first album in 1982; music directors David Atherton and Edo de Waart helped develop the orchestra, before van Zweden took over in 2012 and led it to this year’s accolade.

Fully professional since 1974, the HK Phil recorded its first album in 1982; music directors David Atherton and Edo de Waart helped develop the orchestra, before van Zweden took over in 2012 and led it to this year’s accolade.

Milestones on HK Phil’s journey to 2019 Orchestra of the Year – playing with Itzhak Perlman, Swire Group’s patronage, Jaap van Zweden taking over the baton
17 Oct 2019 - 11:45AM
HK Phil named 2019 Orchestra of the Year by Gramophone magazine; Jaap van Zweden, music director, hails history makers

Music director Jaap van Zweden says HK Phil is proud of making history as the first orchestra in Asia to receive ‘this prestigious honour’ from Gramophone magazine. Chief executive says award shows Phil’s ‘world-class quality’.

Music director Jaap van Zweden says HK Phil is proud of making history as the first orchestra in Asia to receive ‘this prestigious honour’ from Gramophone magazine. Chief executive says award shows Phil’s ‘world-class quality’.

HK Phil named 2019 Orchestra of the Year by Gramophone magazine; Jaap van Zweden, music director, hails history makers
17 Oct 2019 - 9:50PM
Review | Hong Kong Ballet’s Peter Pan: so much fun it lifts your spirits – Septime Webre’s humour shines through

This production is so entertaining it can’t help but lift your spirits. It’s a riot of colour and imagination, and astutely cast – Shen Jie makes an ideal Peter Pan.

This production is so entertaining it can’t help but lift your spirits. It’s a riot of colour and imagination, and astutely cast – Shen Jie makes an ideal Peter Pan.

Hong Kong Ballet’s Peter Pan: so much fun it lifts your spirits – Septime Webre’s humour shines through
19 Aug 2019 - 6:10PM
Review | Magic new Harry Potter AR game from Pokemon Go creators: Wizards Unite – first impressions

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite lets you cast spells at magical creatures from the comfort of your own desk. A few glitches and an uncertain story aside, this mobile AR game is a winner for Harry Potter fans.

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite lets you cast spells at magical creatures from the comfort of your own desk. A few glitches and an uncertain story aside, this mobile AR game is a winner for Harry Potter fans.

Magic new Harry Potter AR game from Pokemon Go creators: Wizards Unite – first impressions
26 Jun 2019 - 7:47PM
Macau massage: The Parisian Macao spa treatment melds Balinese and Swedish techniques to relieve tension

Those stuck behind a computer all day will love this tension-relieving massage which melds Balinese and Swedish techniques. The ‘aroma-sence’ treatment at Le Spa’tique is firm but rewarding.

Those stuck behind a computer all day will love this tension-relieving massage which melds Balinese and Swedish techniques. The ‘aroma-sence’ treatment at Le Spa’tique is firm but rewarding.

Macau massage: The Parisian Macao spa treatment melds Balinese and Swedish techniques to relieve tension
24 Jun 2019 - 2:51PM
Buy it for the camera – triple lens Sony Xperia 1 full review: warm colours and stabilised video, and a beautiful build

Sony’s latest handset the Xperia 1 is attractive and well made, with an ultra-wide screen. It doesn’t have the strongest battery out there, but it is enough for a day’s use.

Sony’s latest handset the Xperia 1 is attractive and well made, with an ultra-wide screen. It doesn’t have the strongest battery out there, but it is enough for a day’s use.

Buy it for the camera – triple lens Sony Xperia 1 full review: warm colours and stabilised video, and a beautiful build
23 Jun 2019 - 7:12PM
HK Phil earns Orchestra of the Year nomination for Ring cycle performances in prestigious Gramophone awards

Orchestra’s performances of Wagner’s the Ring cycle operas earn it nomination for the prestigious award, which is on par with a Grammy; the winner will be decided by public vote after they listen to recordings by the 10 nominees.

Orchestra’s performances of Wagner’s the Ring cycle operas earn it nomination for the prestigious award, which is on par with a Grammy; the winner will be decided by public vote after they listen to recordings by the 10 nominees.

HK Phil earns Orchestra of the Year nomination for Ring cycle performances in prestigious Gramophone awards
14 Jun 2019 - 2:40PM
Hong Kong Philharmonic fires programme head Lam Fung, despite pledge to work closer with local talents

Top home-grown composer Lam Fung has been fired without warning by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra just weeks after it pledged to collaborate with more local music talent.

Top home-grown composer Lam Fung has been fired without warning by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra just weeks after it pledged to collaborate with more local music talent.

Hong Kong Philharmonic fires programme head Lam Fung, despite pledge to work closer with local talents
5 Jun 2019 - 2:04PM
Review | War Horse review: equine puppets the stars of show about the bond between man and horse

Life-size animals made from cane and metal look amazing, and the cast, led by Scott Miller, acquit themselves well in first world war drama about the bond between man and horse.

Life-size animals made from cane and metal look amazing, and the cast, led by Scott Miller, acquit themselves well in first world war drama about the bond between man and horse.

War Horse review: equine puppets the stars of show about the bond between man and horse
13 May 2019 - 1:45PM
Beethoven celebration is focus of HK Phil’s new season; Lang Lang, Renée Fleming to perform

Chinese pianist and Hong Kong’s Rachel Cheung among the soloists who will play Beethoven concertos, part of programming to mark anniversary of his birth in 1770; Elim Chan returns to conduct Stravinsky.

Chinese pianist and Hong Kong’s Rachel Cheung among the soloists who will play Beethoven concertos, part of programming to mark anniversary of his birth in 1770; Elim Chan returns to conduct Stravinsky.

Beethoven celebration is focus of HK Phil’s new season; Lang Lang, Renée Fleming to perform
7 May 2019 - 10:43PM
Avengers: Endgame review (spoiler free)

Avengers: Endgame launched this week, the fourth instalment of the popular superhero movie franchise. SCMP's Culture Editor Kevin Kwong and Film Editor Edmund Lee discuss whether the three-hour sequel meets fans' expectations.

Avengers: Endgame launched this week, the fourth instalment of the popular superhero movie franchise. SCMP's Culture Editor Kevin Kwong and Film Editor Edmund Lee discuss whether the three-hour sequel meets fans' expectations.

Avengers: Endgame review (spoiler free)
25 Apr 2019 - 7:03PM
Hong Kong’s triad past and present takes centre stage at city’s arts festival

Gangsters of Hong Kong looks at the modern history of the triads with nostalgia, but without romanticising or glorifying its violent past. The play also explores how the city is adjusting to changes since its return to China.

Gangsters of Hong Kong looks at the modern history of the triads with nostalgia, but without romanticising or glorifying its violent past. The play also explores how the city is adjusting to changes since its return to China.

Hong Kong’s triad past and present takes centre stage at city’s arts festival
11 Mar 2019 - 3:00PM
Review | Robert Lepage’s 887 at Hong Kong Arts Festival: compelling solo play of a childhood in 1960s Quebec

Theatre veteran Robert Lepage is a great storyteller and “887”, part of the 2019 Hong Kong Arts Festival programme, is an absorbing look at his childhood as well as separatism and tension in 1960s Quebec.

Theatre veteran Robert Lepage is a great storyteller and “887”, part of the 2019 Hong Kong Arts Festival programme, is an absorbing look at his childhood as well as separatism and tension in 1960s Quebec.

Robert Lepage’s 887 at Hong Kong Arts Festival: compelling solo play of a childhood in 1960s Quebec
28 Feb 2019 - 6:03PM
From the original Evita to an Irish Swan Lake, the best Hong Kong theatre of 2018 was from overseas

Theatre companies from Ireland, Oklahoma, Slovenia and the UK put on the city’s top stage shows. Angel’s Bone, a commentary on human trafficking, was the best of the performances.

Theatre companies from Ireland, Oklahoma, Slovenia and the UK put on the city’s top stage shows. Angel’s Bone, a commentary on human trafficking, was the best of the performances.

From the original Evita to an Irish Swan Lake, the best Hong Kong theatre of 2018 was from overseas
28 Dec 2018 - 3:03PM
Hong Kong Sinfonietta music director to step down in 2020 after 18 years at the helm

First Hong Kong woman conductor to head a professional orchestra, who will step down in 2020, says she is proud of the way Sinfonietta has connected with audiences. Orchestra says search for Yip Wing-sie’s successor will begin soon.

First Hong Kong woman conductor to head a professional orchestra, who will step down in 2020, says she is proud of the way Sinfonietta has connected with audiences. Orchestra says search for Yip Wing-sie’s successor will begin soon.

Hong Kong Sinfonietta music director to step down in 2020 after 18 years at the helm
27 Nov 2018 - 1:10PM
Apple Watch put to the test – yoga instructor vs. journalist in fitness challenge

What can a smartphone tell you about your workout? Reporter Kevin Kwong tests the wearable to see if it can get him moving

What can a smartphone tell you about your workout? Reporter Kevin Kwong tests the wearable to see if it can get him moving

Apple Watch put to the test – yoga instructor vs. journalist in fitness challenge
26 Nov 2018 - 3:00PM
These foldable phones all beat Samsung’s Infinity Flex to the punch

Despite the hype over Samsung’s recent announcement, folding phones with innovative screens are nothing new and some have even become collector’s items.

Despite the hype over Samsung’s recent announcement, folding phones with innovative screens are nothing new and some have even become collector’s items.

These foldable phones all beat Samsung’s Infinity Flex to the punch
9 Nov 2018 - 2:51PM
Four things in Captain Marvel trailer that got Marvel Comics fans talking

It’s hard not to notice how sullen Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) appears, and her costume looks as if it belongs to DC Comics’ Green Lantern.

It’s hard not to notice how sullen Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) appears, and her costume looks as if it belongs to DC Comics’ Green Lantern.

Four things in Captain Marvel trailer that got Marvel Comics fans talking
27 Sep 2018 - 5:04PM
When a spa treatment goes bad: apologies not good enough when deep relief comes with drilling

The spa in Macau’s shiny new Morpheus complex charged full price for a traumatic treatment that saw stress levels soar

The spa in Macau’s shiny new Morpheus complex charged full price for a traumatic treatment that saw stress levels soar

When a spa treatment goes bad: apologies not good enough when deep relief comes with drilling
23 Sep 2018 - 1:01PM
Three of Macau’s best massages: spa treatments to relax, refresh and rejuvenate

We try the pampering at Banyan Tree Spa, The Spa at Wynn Palace and Morpheus Spa.

We try the pampering at Banyan Tree Spa, The Spa at Wynn Palace and Morpheus Spa.

Three of Macau’s best massages: spa treatments to relax, refresh and rejuvenate
12 Sep 2018 - 7:45PM
Chinese dancer wins prize for artistry at Olympics of ballet, breaking a new barrier in a career of firsts

Paris Opera Ballet’s first Chinese dancer, Lam Chun-wing, breaks another barrier with win at Varna International Ballet Competition. His Hong Kong teacher Jean Wong recalls his ‘extraordinary concentration and hard work’

Paris Opera Ballet’s first Chinese dancer, Lam Chun-wing, breaks another barrier with win at Varna International Ballet Competition. His Hong Kong teacher Jean Wong recalls his ‘extraordinary concentration and hard work’

Chinese dancer wins prize for artistry at Olympics of ballet, breaking a new barrier in a career of firsts
8 Aug 2018 - 12:01PM