Lauren James

Lauren James

Lauren James joined SCMP as part of the Young Post team in 2015, before moving to the Culture desk in 2017. Originally from the UK, she enjoys writing about arts and entertainment, environmental issues, health and fitness, technology and food. She is an avid gig-goer and passionate about Hong Kong's music scene.

Latest from Lauren James

Pay-a-Vegan: the app that wants to pay you to eat plant-based

Eiko Onishi wants to encourage more restaurants to offer vegan menu options, and to connect meat-free eaters to those restaurants.

Eiko Onishi wants to encourage more restaurants to offer vegan menu options, and to connect meat-free eaters to those restaurants.

Pay-a-Vegan: the app that wants to pay you to eat plant-based
3 Feb 2020 - 1:47PM
Discover Asia’s music festivals: 22 in spring and summer 2020 that you should not miss

Forget Coachella and Glastonbury – it’s time you sampled some of the biggest and best music festivals in Asia. With Stormzy, Slipknot and Lorde among the big names performing, these are the events to put on your calendar.

Forget Coachella and Glastonbury – it’s time you sampled some of the biggest and best music festivals in Asia. With Stormzy, Slipknot and Lorde among the big names performing, these are the events to put on your calendar.

Discover Asia’s music festivals: 22 in spring and summer 2020 that you should not miss
2 Feb 2020 - 6:13PM
Singapore teen indoor skydiver’s Olympic Games dream, how she practises five hours a day after school, and her signature move

Teen skydiving champion Kyra Poh from Singapore got into the sport by chance as a child. Now the schoolgirl is one of only two indoor skydivers to have earned sponsorship from Red Bull. She dreams of competing at the Olympics.

Teen skydiving champion Kyra Poh from Singapore got into the sport by chance as a child. Now the schoolgirl is one of only two indoor skydivers to have earned sponsorship from Red Bull. She dreams of competing at the Olympics.

Singapore teen indoor skydiver’s Olympic Games dream, how she practises five hours a day after school, and her signature move
31 Jan 2020 - 7:45AM
Boris Johnson lookalike talks Hong Kong democracy, Brexit, and the day he met the British prime minister

Impersonator Drew Galdron has seen business boom since Boris Johnson became prime minister. Despite sharing looks with his doppelgänger, their politics are worlds apart, as he shows on a tour in Hong Kong.

Impersonator Drew Galdron has seen business boom since Boris Johnson became prime minister. Despite sharing looks with his doppelgänger, their politics are worlds apart, as he shows on a tour in Hong Kong.

Boris Johnson lookalike talks Hong Kong democracy, Brexit, and the day he met the British prime minister
27 Jan 2020 - 6:44PM
Hong Kong post-punk band David Boring talk Anthony Bourdain, their South by Southwest debut, and protest art

The previous large-scale protests in Hong Kong, 2014’s Occupy movement, spawned post-punk band David Boring, but they’ve steered clear of singing about the current protests. Ahead of their first gig in months, they reflect on playing South by Southwest and their big break.

The previous large-scale protests in Hong Kong, 2014’s Occupy movement, spawned post-punk band David Boring, but they’ve steered clear of singing about the current protests. Ahead of their first gig in months, they reflect on playing South by Southwest and their big break.

Hong Kong post-punk band David Boring talk Anthony Bourdain, their South by Southwest debut, and protest art
20 Jan 2020 - 7:29PM
Hong Kong’s gentrification in spotlight of urban renewal lecture exploring how districts evolve

The regeneration of Wedding Card Street in Wan Chai, transformed into pedestrianised and picture-perfect Lee Tung Street, raised rents and pushed out the locals that gave the area its charm.

The regeneration of Wedding Card Street in Wan Chai, transformed into pedestrianised and picture-perfect Lee Tung Street, raised rents and pushed out the locals that gave the area its charm.

Hong Kong’s gentrification in spotlight of urban renewal lecture exploring how districts evolve
1 Jan 2020 - 3:00PM
20 world events in 2020: medical, science, sport, technology and political milestones to watch out for

Whether it’s the Tokyo Olympics, the US election, Facebook Libra launching, Nasa’s Mars exploration or the UK leaving the European Union, here are 20 reasons 2020 will be a year to remember.

Whether it’s the Tokyo Olympics, the US election, Facebook Libra launching, Nasa’s Mars exploration or the UK leaving the European Union, here are 20 reasons 2020 will be a year to remember.

20 world events in 2020: medical, science, sport, technology and political milestones to watch out for
16 Dec 2019 - 7:41PM
Female brewers hope their pink ale encourages more Hong Kong women to create, and drink, beer

Pink Boots Society’s Hong Kong chapter hopes its limited-edition pink ale, co-produced with a craft brewery, helps persuade more women to drink beer and join the brewing industry.

Pink Boots Society’s Hong Kong chapter hopes its limited-edition pink ale, co-produced with a craft brewery, helps persuade more women to drink beer and join the brewing industry.

Female brewers hope their pink ale encourages more Hong Kong women to create, and drink, beer
13 Dec 2019 - 4:04PM
The ‘re-wilding’ course helping empower Hong Kong’s young women and teach them ‘to step into their full power’

Women have been conditioned ‘not to assert themselves’, says organiser Jasmine Nunns, who is determined to change that.

Women have been conditioned ‘not to assert themselves’, says organiser Jasmine Nunns, who is determined to change that.

The ‘re-wilding’ course helping empower Hong Kong’s young women and teach them ‘to step into their full power’
10 Dec 2019 - 9:05AM
Hong Kong weather in 2019: record for thunderstorms equalled, more hot nights than ever, and one freak afternoon that ‘turned day into night’

Thunderstorms battered the city on 59 days between February and October, about 50 per cent more than the average, and there were a record number of hot nights.

Thunderstorms battered the city on 59 days between February and October, about 50 per cent more than the average, and there were a record number of hot nights.

Hong Kong weather in 2019: record for thunderstorms equalled, more hot nights than ever, and one freak afternoon that ‘turned day into night’
5 Dec 2019 - 8:47AM
24-hour dance festival to wow Hong Kong, from parkour to ballet

Street dancing, parkour, ballet, kung fu acrobatics, apsara dance and a dance party at the Eaton Hotel.

Street dancing, parkour, ballet, kung fu acrobatics, apsara dance and a dance party at the Eaton Hotel.

24-hour dance festival to wow Hong Kong, from parkour to ballet
27 Nov 2019 - 9:55AM
Frozen 2 creators on the songs, story and sisterhood in Disney sequel set to be another billion-dollar movie

With Frozen 2 opening in cinemas this weekend, we talk to the movie’s writers and directors about the new songs, story, themes and the relationship between princess sisters Elsa and Anna.

With Frozen 2 opening in cinemas this weekend, we talk to the movie’s writers and directors about the new songs, story, themes and the relationship between princess sisters Elsa and Anna.

Frozen 2 creators on the songs, story and sisterhood in Disney sequel set to be another billion-dollar movie
23 Nov 2019 - 1:00PM
Disney's The Lion King in Hong Kong 22 years after it opened on Broadway

Disney's award-winning musical The Lion King is coming to Hong Kong more than two decades after it premiered on Broadway. It is one of the most successful stage productions of all time, having been performed to more than 95 million people in 20 countries worldwide.

Disney's award-winning musical The Lion King is coming to Hong Kong more than two decades after it premiered on Broadway. It is one of the most successful stage productions of all time, having been performed to more than 95 million people in 20 countries worldwide.

Disney's The Lion King in Hong Kong 22 years after it opened on Broadway
22 Nov 2019 - 3:40PM
The Lion King: what Hong Kong theatre-lovers can expect from the musical this Christmas, from master puppetry to localised ‘surprises’

Already enjoyed by people in 20 countries worldwide, The Lion King musical is coming to Hong Kong for Christmas. Cast and crew talk about what has changed since its debut in 1997.

Already enjoyed by people in 20 countries worldwide, The Lion King musical is coming to Hong Kong for Christmas. Cast and crew talk about what has changed since its debut in 1997.

The Lion King: what Hong Kong theatre-lovers can expect from the musical this Christmas, from master puppetry to localised ‘surprises’
22 Nov 2019 - 4:41PM
Lin Chi-ling and pop star Akira wed in Taiwan: actress vows to ‘work hard’ to have a baby

Akira, 38, promised to make Lin, 44, the happiest woman in the world and spoke of his good fortune to have found her. Thanks to couple’s long-standing history of modelling for Ralph Lauren, they both wore the label for ceremony.

Akira, 38, promised to make Lin, 44, the happiest woman in the world and spoke of his good fortune to have found her. Thanks to couple’s long-standing history of modelling for Ralph Lauren, they both wore the label for ceremony.

Lin Chi-ling and pop star Akira wed in Taiwan: actress vows to ‘work hard’ to have a baby
20 Nov 2019 - 12:39PM
Hong Kong’s Big Sleep Out – spend a night under the stars to end homelessness

Supported by celebrities Helen Mirren and Will Smith, the Big Sleep Out is a global event that aims to raise funds and awareness and increase empathy for homeless people.

Supported by celebrities Helen Mirren and Will Smith, the Big Sleep Out is a global event that aims to raise funds and awareness and increase empathy for homeless people.

Hong Kong’s Big Sleep Out – spend a night under the stars to end homelessness
16 Nov 2019 - 2:00PM
BTS, Blackpink, Twice all on Hong Kong’s most played YouTube list topped by Jay Chou, Eason Chan

K-pop sensations BTS, Blackpink and Twice, and DJ Alan Walker, also feature on list of 10 most-played artists of the year on YouTube in Hong Kong, as well as local stars G.E.M., Joey Yung and Hins Cheung.

K-pop sensations BTS, Blackpink and Twice, and DJ Alan Walker, also feature on list of 10 most-played artists of the year on YouTube in Hong Kong, as well as local stars G.E.M., Joey Yung and Hins Cheung.

BTS, Blackpink, Twice all on Hong Kong’s most played YouTube list topped by Jay Chou, Eason Chan
20 Feb 2020 - 1:21PM
Explainer | How to go vegan: six influencer’s tips on plant-based mistakes they made and how to avoid them

From athletes and models to restaurateurs, we ask popular proponents of vegan, plant-based eating to share tips on getting the most benefits from the switch and avoiding the mistakes they made.

From athletes and models to restaurateurs, we ask popular proponents of vegan, plant-based eating to share tips on getting the most benefits from the switch and avoiding the mistakes they made.

How to go vegan: six influencer’s tips on plant-based mistakes they made and how to avoid them
8 Feb 2021 - 12:30PM
Nine Hong Kong bands to see at city’s biggest music festival, Clockenflap, from electronic acts to rockabilly

Established live favourites such as post-punk group David Boring and singer-songwriter Kevin Kaho Tsui will perform on Central Harbourfront, along with 50 other Hong Kong acts. These are the nine you shouldn’t miss.

Established live favourites such as post-punk group David Boring and singer-songwriter Kevin Kaho Tsui will perform on Central Harbourfront, along with 50 other Hong Kong acts. These are the nine you shouldn’t miss.

Nine Hong Kong bands to see at city’s biggest music festival, Clockenflap, from electronic acts to rockabilly
8 Nov 2019 - 6:00PM
Tove & Libra, the sustainable Hong Kong fashion brand that wants to change consumer habits

With their industry knowledge and family-owned factory, Christine Chow and Ivan Tang, the founders of Tove & Libra, talk about creating an environmentally responsible women’s fashion line.

With their industry knowledge and family-owned factory, Christine Chow and Ivan Tang, the founders of Tove & Libra, talk about creating an environmentally responsible women’s fashion line.

Tove & Libra, the sustainable Hong Kong fashion brand that wants to change consumer habits
7 Nov 2019 - 12:39PM
Classical guitar champion Sharon Isbin on a career of firsts, succeeding in a male-dominated musical scene and fighting for her instrument

Back playing in Hong Kong 25 years after her debut, soloist newly named the 2020 Instrumentalist of the Year by Musical America Worldwide talks about succeeding in the male-dominated world of classical guitar.

Back playing in Hong Kong 25 years after her debut, soloist newly named the 2020 Instrumentalist of the Year by Musical America Worldwide talks about succeeding in the male-dominated world of classical guitar.

Classical guitar champion Sharon Isbin on a career of firsts, succeeding in a male-dominated musical scene and fighting for her instrument
31 Oct 2019 - 6:01PM
Impact Investing 101 for Hongkongers: learn how to put your money where your mind is

Sustainability investing doesn’t have to mean getting less in return, says former Wall Street trader Warren Ackerman, who is betting big on the future

Sustainability investing doesn’t have to mean getting less in return, says former Wall Street trader Warren Ackerman, who is betting big on the future

Impact Investing 101 for Hongkongers: learn how to put your money where your mind is
28 Oct 2019 - 12:52PM
Songs of freedom: eight new protest songs from Hong Kong bands

During times of protest, music can serve as a uniting and rallying force, and sometimes becomes a focal point. From rap to metal to punk, local groups are expressing their feelings about the unrest.

During times of protest, music can serve as a uniting and rallying force, and sometimes becomes a focal point. From rap to metal to punk, local groups are expressing their feelings about the unrest.

Songs of freedom: eight new protest songs from Hong Kong bands
25 Oct 2019 - 5:25PM
Hong Kong’s Shakespeare workshop to bring aspiring actors up to speed with the Bard

The eight sessions organised by the Dove Tales Theatre Company aim to prepare amateur actors for auditions for upcoming Shakespeare in the Park performances.

The eight sessions organised by the Dove Tales Theatre Company aim to prepare amateur actors for auditions for upcoming Shakespeare in the Park performances.

Hong Kong’s Shakespeare workshop to bring aspiring actors up to speed with the Bard
22 Oct 2019 - 5:40PM
Behind the story: Roman Tam – singer of Hong Kong anthems and godfather of Canto-pop

 The "Godfather of Canto-pop" left an indelible mark on Hong Kong culture with a prolific career that began in the 1970s, and his anthems are still being sung to unite protesters today.

 The "Godfather of Canto-pop" left an indelible mark on Hong Kong culture with a prolific career that began in the 1970s, and his anthems are still being sung to unite protesters today.

Behind the story: Roman Tam – singer of Hong Kong anthems and godfather of Canto-pop
18 Oct 2019 - 2:42PM
How ‘Godfather of Canto-pop’ Roman Tam lives on in Hong Kong hearts and inspires today’s protesters

Tam, who died 17 years ago on Friday aged 57, made Canto-pop unabashedly Hong Kong’s with his extravagant stage shows, costumes and dancing. Today his songs of unity have found a place among Hong Kong’s protest movement.

Tam, who died 17 years ago on Friday aged 57, made Canto-pop unabashedly Hong Kong’s with his extravagant stage shows, costumes and dancing. Today his songs of unity have found a place among Hong Kong’s protest movement.

How ‘Godfather of Canto-pop’ Roman Tam lives on in Hong Kong hearts and inspires today’s protesters
18 Oct 2019 - 4:13PM
Japan, Singapore, even Siberia have Parkrun, why can’t Hong Kong? Six potential locations for 5km race that’s swept the world since 2004

From Singapore to Siberia, the weekly 5km running event encourages people of all shapes and sizes to take part. Despite Hongkongers’ love of running, there is no Parkrun in the city. But it’s only a matter of time.

From Singapore to Siberia, the weekly 5km running event encourages people of all shapes and sizes to take part. Despite Hongkongers’ love of running, there is no Parkrun in the city. But it’s only a matter of time.

Japan, Singapore, even Siberia have Parkrun, why can’t Hong Kong? Six potential locations for 5km race that’s swept the world since 2004
17 Oct 2019 - 7:47PM
Luxury co-working space in a grungy Hong Kong industrial building - couple reveal why they chose to call it Banyan

The eco-aware working space in an old Quarry Bay toy manufacturer’s warehouse has a distinctly Hong Kong feel, with lockers made to resemble vintage Chinese medicine cabinets

The eco-aware working space in an old Quarry Bay toy manufacturer’s warehouse has a distinctly Hong Kong feel, with lockers made to resemble vintage Chinese medicine cabinets

Luxury co-working space in a grungy Hong Kong industrial building - couple reveal why they chose to call it Banyan
12 Oct 2019 - 1:26PM
Hong Kong drinks giant Vitasoy launches recycling of Tetra Pak cartons, starting with schools

Hong Kong manufacturer has launched a pilot recycling scheme for drink cartons in schools. It will be extended to include the public later. Last year Vitasoy was criticised over the volume of its cartons going to landfill.

Hong Kong manufacturer has launched a pilot recycling scheme for drink cartons in schools. It will be extended to include the public later. Last year Vitasoy was criticised over the volume of its cartons going to landfill.

Hong Kong drinks giant Vitasoy launches recycling of Tetra Pak cartons, starting with schools
12 Oct 2019 - 5:56PM
Hong Kong’s MacLehose Trail turns 40: hiking it is the perfect way to celebrate it

One of the best trails in the world, according to National Geographic magazine, the MacLehose was named after a former Hong Kong governor who was an avid hiker.

One of the best trails in the world, according to National Geographic magazine, the MacLehose was named after a former Hong Kong governor who was an avid hiker.

Hong Kong’s MacLehose Trail turns 40: hiking it is the perfect way to celebrate it
30 Sep 2019 - 2:30PM