Victoria Finlay

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How silk is made, the fabric’s Chinese history and journey west, and farmers’ unlikely figure of worship

Author Victoria Finlay traces the fascinating origins of China’s silk industry, from moth larvae to an ancient emperor’s new clothes, in this edited excerpt from her latest book.

Author Victoria Finlay traces the fascinating origins of China’s silk industry, from moth larvae to an ancient emperor’s new clothes, in this edited excerpt from her latest book.

31 Oct 2021 - 10:15AM
Granddaughter of Hong Kong’s ‘King of Cotton Yarn’ opens start-up incubator and ethical retail space The Mills Fabrica in London, three years after debuting the concept in Tsuen Wan

Vanessa Cheung, the granddaughter of Hong Kong’s ‘King of Cotton Yarn’, took a warehouse in Tsuen Wan and turned it into a co-working, retail and arts space. Now she’s done the same in the UK capital.

Vanessa Cheung, the granddaughter of Hong Kong’s ‘King of Cotton Yarn’, took a warehouse in Tsuen Wan and turned it into a co-working, retail and arts space. Now she’s done the same in the UK capital.

17 Sep 2021 - 12:45PM
Live ballet filmed in high definition: you feel as if you are there, watching Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Cinderella, The Red Shoes, and Romeo and Juliet

British choreographer Matthew Bourne talks about where he got his ‘Big Ideas’ for reimagining classic ballets The Red Shoes, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella and Swan Lake, films of which are being shown in Hong Kong and New York.

British choreographer Matthew Bourne talks about where he got his ‘Big Ideas’ for reimagining classic ballets The Red Shoes, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella and Swan Lake, films of which are being shown in Hong Kong and New York.

24 Mar 2021 - 9:43AM
Opera that might make you think of the coronavirus pandemic – Jenufa by Leos Janacek staged for Hong Kong Arts Festival screening

When the curtain rises for the second act of Czech composer Leos Janacek’s opera Jenufa, staged by National Theatre Brno, the audience sees four rooms, each with a sole occupant, like a quarantine hotel.

When the curtain rises for the second act of Czech composer Leos Janacek’s opera Jenufa, staged by National Theatre Brno, the audience sees four rooms, each with a sole occupant, like a quarantine hotel.

7 Mar 2021 - 3:45PM
The teenage sweethearts who went their separate ways, were brought back together by music, married, and play as part of an exciting young trio

Pianist Wu Qian, from China, and Russian violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky duetted and dated as teenagers at the Yehudi Menuhin School in the UK. Later they reunited, married, and now play in a trio with German cellist Isang Enders.

Pianist Wu Qian, from China, and Russian violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky duetted and dated as teenagers at the Yehudi Menuhin School in the UK. Later they reunited, married, and now play in a trio with German cellist Isang Enders.

10 Nov 2019 - 7:44PM
From climate change to human exploitation, performing artists leverage the stage to address global issues

Hotel Pro Forma and Cirkus Cirkör are among the line-up of performing arts groups set to present their takes on pressing global issues with Hong Kong audiences

Hotel Pro Forma and Cirkus Cirkör are among the line-up of performing arts groups set to present their takes on pressing global issues with Hong Kong audiences

9 Aug 2019 - 12:56PM
When your loved one hurts you: ‘Autumn Sonata’ goes from big screen to grand stage to tell of estranged mother-daughter relationship

Opera and film intertwine in a retelling of the Ingmar Bergman film that is set to premiere in Hong Kong this October

Opera and film intertwine in a retelling of the Ingmar Bergman film that is set to premiere in Hong Kong this October

9 Aug 2019 - 12:46PM
War Horse author on the inspiration, and the lie, behind famous book and its unlikely success

Michael Morpurgo’s moving testament to the thousands of horses that died during the first world war was based on a painting that never was; the stage adaptation will show at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in May.

Michael Morpurgo’s moving testament to the thousands of horses that died during the first world war was based on a painting that never was; the stage adaptation will show at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in May.

16 Apr 2019 - 1:25PM
When Welsh National Opera director fell in love with music, and how he depicts mad love triangle of Pelléas et Mélisande

Captivated as a five-year-old by a lone voice singing in a darkened barn, David Pountney has made a career of directing opera singers. He explains how he uses water as a metaphor for a character’s shifting mental state in Debussy’s opera

Captivated as a five-year-old by a lone voice singing in a darkened barn, David Pountney has made a career of directing opera singers. He explains how he uses water as a metaphor for a character’s shifting mental state in Debussy’s opera

12 Mar 2018 - 8:57PM
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: lead actor talks about the role’s physical demands

The West End adaptation of Mark Haddon’s bestselling book is coming to the 2018 Hong Kong Arts Festival. Joshua Jenkins talks about the sheer physical effort of playing the 15-year-old main character and the play’s positive effects on audience members who are on the autistic spectrum

The West End adaptation of Mark Haddon’s bestselling book is coming to the 2018 Hong Kong Arts Festival. Joshua Jenkins talks about the sheer physical effort of playing the 15-year-old main character and the play’s positive effects on audience members who are on the autistic spectrum

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Russian pianist to play all 32 of Beethoven’s piano sonatas, in order, over eight concerts in Hong Kong

Konstantin Lifschitz will do something few pianists have ever done – perform the cycle of Beethoven sonatas in sequence – over six days at the University of Hong Kong, beginning this week

Konstantin Lifschitz will do something few pianists have ever done – perform the cycle of Beethoven sonatas in sequence – over six days at the University of Hong Kong, beginning this week

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
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The Play that Goes Wrong, soon to hit the stage in Hong Kong, is a tour de farce

From a fringe theatre in Islington, to the West End and Broadway, to a Royal Variety performance, this slapstick comedy is going from strength to strength

From a fringe theatre in Islington, to the West End and Broadway, to a Royal Variety performance, this slapstick comedy is going from strength to strength

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Musical flair: military bands are poised to unveil the age-old weapon of music in Hong Kong

The People’s Liberation Army, the Hong Kong Police and the Hong Kong Association of Choral Societies bands will march into Hong Kong for an extraordinary gathering of musical might  

The People’s Liberation Army, the Hong Kong Police and the Hong Kong Association of Choral Societies bands will march into Hong Kong for an extraordinary gathering of musical might  

3 Jul 2017 - 5:29PM
‘Is this a dagger which I see before me’: Five Asian adaptations of Shakespeare’s Macbeth that will haunt and beguile you

‘The Scottish play’ tells the tale of naked ambition, bloody murder, guilt, chaos and supernatural interference – themes which profoundly resonate with Asian audiences

‘The Scottish play’ tells the tale of naked ambition, bloody murder, guilt, chaos and supernatural interference – themes which profoundly resonate with Asian audiences

22 Jun 2017 - 4:44PM
Ahead of Hong Kong concert, pianist Stephen Hough talks about the music that saved him as a teenager

After Hough was mugged when he was 12, his life went a little of the rails – until a teacher directed him towards an Elgar work that helped him reconnect with music

After Hough was mugged when he was 12, his life went a little of the rails – until a teacher directed him towards an Elgar work that helped him reconnect with music

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Dark Irish humour a highlight of Hong Kong Arts Festival

The Beauty Queen of Leenane is painful to watch in places but cast members say it reflects a culture used to darkness, violence and humour

The Beauty Queen of Leenane is painful to watch in places but cast members say it reflects a culture used to darkness, violence and humour

20 Jul 2018 - 8:46PM
Smoking, nudity, immortality – Janacek opera The Makropulos Case, highlight of Hong Kong Arts Festival, has it all

A modern take on an eternal theme, this 1926 work – which has its Asian premiere in Hong Kong later this month – asks a profound question: what is the meaning of a life that never ends?

A modern take on an eternal theme, this 1926 work – which has its Asian premiere in Hong Kong later this month – asks a profound question: what is the meaning of a life that never ends?

20 Jul 2018 - 8:46PM
The ‘great power of life’ in 40 minutes: Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass, a Hong Kong Arts Festival highlight

Czech composer’s work has unique qualities, says conductor Jaroslav Kyzlink, who’ll lead performances in the city of the religious work

Czech composer’s work has unique qualities, says conductor Jaroslav Kyzlink, who’ll lead performances in the city of the religious work

14 Feb 2017 - 3:01PM