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HKAAA E-newsletter (30.10.2014) – Final Call: Taiwan Culture Festival 2014 “Tradition and Innovation” Workshop: The key to innovate traditions—Experience of two Taiwanese performing arts groups / FAME 2013 Journal – Ellen (Adelaide Festival Centre, Australia) and FAME 2014 Journal - Evelyn (Sydney Theatre Company, Australia)
 
HKAAA Updates
 
Final Call: Taiwan Culture Festival 2014 “Tradition and Innovation” Workshop: The key to innovate traditions—Experience of two Taiwanese performing arts groups
 
Event Information
 
Fee: HKAAA Member: $300 | Regular: $370
 
(Fee includes 1 ticket for “Meng Xiaodong” drama by GuoGuang Opera Company on 31/10/2014 OR 1 ticket for “Dazzling Brilliance” concert by Taipei Chinese Orchestra on 1/11/2014. Seats are designated. Fee covers ticket for seminar and luncheon.)
 
 
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FAME 2013 Journal – Ellen (Adelaide Festival Centre, Australia)

During the OzAsia festival, every theatre foyer was decorated with thousands of red kites.
 
Adelaide Festival Centre, Australia
 
August – September 2014
 
During my placement at Adelaide Festival Centre (hereinafter called AFC), I worked mainly on the OzAsia Festival (hereinafter called OzAsia) held in September2014.
 
Founded in 2007, OzAsia is one of the four key international art festivals presented by AFC. This three-week long festival is a combination of performances, films, exhibitions, talks, and workshops showcasing the rich artistic offerings from Asia. Among all events, the Moon Lantern Festival, a free community event held at the riverbank precinct close to AFC, is the most popular. It includes diverse performances, workshops, food and market stalls hosted by the local Asian community groups, a Moon Lantern Parade and a fireworks finale.
A senior staff who worked on the first OzAsia told me that, for the purpose of connecting South Australia with local Asian communities and promoting cultural diversity through arts and culture, the team first focused in curating programmes that could encourage and motivate the participation of local Asian communities. After doing some research, the team found that full moon celebration is popular among many Asian communities but they never celebrate it together. Therefore, after seeking support from some prestigious local Asian leaders and discussing with the Asian communities, they decided to organize an annual Moon Lantern Festival on the 15 of lunar August.
 
However, according to my observation, OzAsia has now been further developed as a significant channel to foster exchanges and collaborations between South Australia and Asian regions. Under the support of the Government of South Australia, AFC signed a memorandum with South Australia’s sister province - Shandong Government’s Department of Culture last year and this year. Following the memorandums, this year’s OzAsia focuses on Shandong and presents a wide range of works from Shandong including the dance drama “Red Sorghum”, acrobatic play “Dream of the Ghost Story”, Confucius Culture Exhibition and handicraft workshops. South Australia will bring over the Adelaide International Guitar Festival, alongside an indigenous arts exhibition and a festival of iconic South Australian films to Shandong next year. In addition to cultural exchanges, the memorandums also set out talent exchange programmes. South Australian Government will provide five scholarships to students or arts administrators in Shandong in which they can attend arts and cultural management courses in University of South Australia and undertake an internship in arts and cultural organizations including AFC.
 
As I am more familiar with Chinese culture and language, my main responsibilities in OzAsia team were to do Chinese and English translations and organize cultural visits for Shandong delegation composed of more than a hundred of performers, artists, craft masters and government officials. I did not only had the opportunity to work with local arts and cultural department (Arts SA), but also attended a number of official cultural activities, including visits to Art Gallery of South Australia, The South Australian Museum, Art Lab - a lab specialized in preservation and restoration for all works of art and historic items, State Library and Adelaide Zoo. On the nights watching the two OzAsia’s highlight performances from Shandong, I discovered that the number of Chinese and Asian audience was slightly increased than other performances, but most audiences were non-Asian, especially white people. Perhaps, the red-toned dragon printed on the promotional materials and the exotic performances are more attractive to the westerners.
 
As for the highly anticipated Moon Lantern Festival, following last year’s cancellation, it was cancelled again due to inclement weather. Only a few outdoor activities were scaled down and moved indoor to continue. Perhaps, AFC could consider organizing the Moon Lantern Festival on the day before full moon (Welcoming the Moon), and set the day of full moon (Mid-Autumn Festival) and the day after it (Sending off the Moon) as contingency plan in the future. I sincerely hope that next year's Moon Lantern Festival will be held smoothly!
 
    
A group photo of all the friendly colleagues of             As part of the OzAsia Festival craftsmanship
AFC, taken at my farewell tea before my last                  workshop, Shandong Weifang kite master
day there!                                                                        Guo Hongli is supervising kids to make their own kites.
                                                                                        
 
FAME 2014 Journal - Evelyn (Sydney Theatre Company, Australia)

Sydney Theatre Company, Australia
 
Beautifully situated at the Sydney Harbour overlooking the iconic Harbour Bridge lies the Sydney Theatre Company (STC) in Walsh Bay. The vicinity is a cultural hub with offices of other performing arts companies including Bell Shakespeare, Sydney Dance Company, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. The Sydney Opera House is just within half an hour’s walking distance along the harbour.  
 
STC is an all-round performing arts company. It operates in-house Scenic Department, Costume Department, Ticketing and Customer Service Department.  Every morning when I step into the company’s doorway, I can see staff members working hard in building and painting sets, colleagues of the Costume Department working on sewing machines.
 
   
Costume Department                                                   Scenic Department
 
STC also runs two in-house theatres at its home base, the ‘Wharf 1’ and ‘Wharf 2’ for small and intimate productions, plus an 850-seat Sydney Theatre located at the opposite side of its home base; not to say it is also one of the resident companies of the Sydney Opera House. STC’s calendar is packed throughout the year and I was fortunate enough to attend the company’s three productions staged in three different venues within the first two weeks since my arrival, the productions were diverse in scale and context. 
 
The company has specialized teams to handle corporate sponsorships and donations, which proved to be reliable sources of revenue. I am currently working under the Community and Corporate Partnerships team and was fascinated that ‘The Loft”, a rehearsal room at the balcony level located above the storage area has turned into a VIP dining place at an evening to cater the company’s major sponsor and its guests.  The company’s Artistic Director, Executive Director and main cast members attended the dinner as well.  I was told that sponsors realize hosting events in such behind-the-scene areas will bring along memorable experience to the guests.  In-house lighting and chandeliers from the Props Department were used to add ambience to the special occasion.
 
Featured Event
 
[Featured Event]The Hong Kong Institute of Education - Executive Master of Arts in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship programme 2015 Intake

EMA(AME) Programme Provides Learning Platform for Experienced Cultural Managers from the Region
Application for Admission to 2015 Intake is Now Open
 
The Executive Master of Arts in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship EMA(AME) programme now invites applications for admission to its 2015 cohort. The EMA programme is offered by The Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd) with International Partner  Goldsmiths, University of London. This two-year part-time EMA programme is specially designed for in-service arts/cultural managers from Hong Kong and the region who have minimum five years of management experience.
 
Thanks to support from many cultural institutions in Hong Kong and the region, the first cohort of EMA participants comprises experienced cultural managers from five cities, namely Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Macau and Hong Kong. They serve in different roles in the arts/ cultural field. This unique mix and strong background of the participants provided a powerful learning platform and led to remarkable learning outcomes.
 
The EMA strives to enhance the international outlook of participants through partnership with Goldsmiths, bringing two courses related to “Cultural Entrepreneurship” to integrate non-profit arts and commercial cultural enterprises. Participants learn theories and latest international best practices from a teaching team comprising distinguished academics and senior practitioners from arts and cultural sectors in Hong Kong, Britain and Taiwan. Participants could choose a 5-day study trip to a spotlight city chosen in the Asia-Pacific region. To suit busy arts/cultural managers, participants are only required to attend two intensive 10-day teaching periods in February and August each year. In between the teaching modules, blended learning will be conducted through e-learning platforms.
 
Application deadline: 17 November 2014
 
Website:http://www.ied.edu.hk/ema
Brochure:http://issuu.com/ema_ame/docs/emabrochure_2/1
Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/emaplushk
Video (With EMA participant Testimonials):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tu9bjZ6GrFs
Enquiry:ema@ied.edu.hk / (852) 2948 7088 / (852) 2948 7139
 
Highlight Event
 
 
The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts - Symposium: Asian Transformation - New Perspectives on Creativity and Performing Arts Education (HKAAA Members can enjoy discounted rate!)

To explore the unique role that Asia is playing in creative practice and performing arts education in the 21st century, the Academy will host a symposium entitled Asian Transformation: New Perspectives on Creativity and Performing Arts Education. This symposium will see internationally renowned performing arts and creative industry practitioners participating alongside their Hong Kong counterparts and Academy staff and students in a three-day event from 20 to 22 November 2014 as part of the Academy’s 30th Anniversary celebrations.

The symposium will explore in open dialogues its theme:
“21st century Hong Kong is a dynamic and diverse cultural metropolis at a unique point of intersection between Asian and Western creative practice. With Asia ascendant on the world stage, Hong Kong’s identity as Special Administrative Region of China and its rich cross-cultural influences ideally position it to explore new creative paradigms and their potential to shape the future of performing arts education”.


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HKDI Gallery Presents: Japanese Poster Artists – Cherry Blossom and Asceticism

Date: 14 Oct 2014 – 30 Mar 2015 (Closed on Tuesdays, 21 & 28 Dec 2014 and 4 Jan 2015)
Time: 10am – 8pm
Venue: Ground Floor of d-mart, HKDI and IVE (Lee Wai Lee)
Address: 3 King Ling Road, Tseung Kwan O  (Tiu Keng Leng MTR Station, Exit A2)
 
Free Admission
 
Grand Inaugural
 
Date: 28 Nov 2014 (Friday)
Time: 5:30pm
Venue: Design Boulevard, HKDI and IVE (Lee Wai Lee)
 
Organiser, Co-organiser, Supporting Organisations and Media Partners
 
- Organiser: HKDI and IVE (Lee Wai Lee)
- Co-organiser: Museum of Design Zurich
- Supporting Organisations: The Consulate General of Switzerland in Hong Kong, Zurich University of the Arts, ZHdK: Connecting Space Hong Kong – Zurich, DNP Foundation for Cultural Promotion, Nomura International (HK) Limited, Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Design Council Hong Kong, Hong Kong Design Centre, Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association
- Media Partners: Artmap, Art plus, AM730, MiLK, The Standard 
 
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HKDI Gallery Presents: Re Rag Rug – Contemporary rug design by Studio Brieditis & Evans: Sweden

Date: 24 Oct 2014 – 23 Mar 2015 (Closed on Tuesdays, 21 & 28 Dec 2014 and 4 Jan 2015)
Time: 10am – 8pm
Venue: Mezzanine Floor of d-mart, HKDI and IVE (Lee Wai Lee)
Address: 3 King Ling Road, Tseung Kwan O  (Tiu Keng Leng MTR Station, Exit A2)
 
Free Admission
 
Grand Inaugural
 
Date: 28 Nov 2014 (Friday)
Time: 5:30pm
Venue: Design Boulevard, HKDI and IVE (Lee Wai Lee)
 
Organiser, Co-organisers, Supporting Organisations and Media Partners
 
- Organiser: HKDI and IVE (Lee Wai Lee)
- Co-organisers: Studio Brieditis & Evans, Swedish Institute
- Supporting Organisations: The Consulate General of Sweden in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Design Council Hong Kong, Hong Kong Design Centre, Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association
- Media Partners: Artmap, Art plus, AM730, MiLK, The Standard 
 
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Arts Job Vacancies
 
Arts Funding:
 
Hong Kong Arts Development Council Grants News - Grants available for application:
 
Rehearsal Venue Subsidy
 
Asian Cultural Council - Asian Cultural Council Fellowship Programme
 
Consulate General of France in Hong Kong & Macau - ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCY PROGRAMME CITÉ INTERNATIONALE DES ARTS PARIS 2015
 
British Council - China-UK Connections through Culture

 
National Central University (Taiwan) - World Sinophone Drama Competition for Young Playwrights - World Sinophone Drama Competition for Young Playwrights
 
 
 
10% off discount on Hong Kong Repertory Theatre "The Common Cold"!
Introduction
 
Programme Details
Venue: Hong Kong City Hall Theatre
Date & Time:  25-26, 28-31 October, 1, 4-8 November 2014, 7:45pm/ 26 October, 8-9 November 2014, 2:45pm
     
Original Ticket Price**: $160 - $280
 
**10% off discount for HKAAA Members. Please present your membership card at Urbtix Ticketing Office. Applicable for purchases of standard price tickets at URBTIX outlets.

Programme Enquiries:852-3103 5900
10% off discount on Hong Kong Repertory Theatre "A Giant Cookie"!
Introduction
 
Programme Details
Venue: HKRep Black Box
Date & Time:  25-26, 28-31 October, 1-2 November 2014, 8:00pm
     26 October, 1-2 November 2014, 3:00pm
Original Ticket Price**: $180 (Free Seating)
 
**10% off discount for HKAAA Members. Please present your membership card at Urbtix Ticketing Office. Applicable for purchases of standard price tickets at URBTIX outlets.

Programme Enquiries:852-3103 5900
 
20% off discount on The Box “The World was Made on a Sunday”!
Intoduction
Handbill
 
Programme Details
Venue: Shouson Theatre, Hong Kong Arts Centre
Date & Time: 31 October-
1 November 2014 (Fri-Sat) 8:00pm / 2 November 2014 (Sun) 3:00pm
Original Ticket Price**: $230, $180

**HKAAA Members are offered 20% off discount. Please contact Mickey at 852-9083 6268 for ticketing.
 
Programme Enquiries:852-9083 6268
 
10% off discount on Theatre Noir “Miss Rose – Romantic Musical “Behind a Desk””!
Introduction
Handbill
Promotion Video
 
Programme Details
Venue: Auditorium, Yuen Long Theatre
Date & Time: 15 & 22 November 2014 (Sat) 8:00pm / 16 & 23 November 2014 (Sun) 3:00pm

Original Ticket Price**: $220, $180, $140

**HKAAA Members are offered 10% off discount. Please present your membership card at Urbtix Ticketing Office.
 
Programme Enquiries:852-2904 7118 

 
10% off discount on Zuni Icosahedron "0 | 2"!
Introduction
Handbill
 
Programme Details
Venue: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Studio Theatre
Date & Time: 14-15 November 2014 (Fri-Sat) 8:00pm / 16 November 2014 (Sun) 3:00pm
Original Ticket Price**: $180, $280
 
**HKAAA Members are offered 10% off discount. Please present your membership card at Urbtix Ticketing Office.
 
Programme Enquiries:852-2111 5999
 
10% off discount on Utopia Cantonese Opera Workshop “His Butterflies”!
Introduction
Handbill

Programme Details
Venue: Ko Shan Theatre New Wing, Auditorium
Date & Time: 28 & 29 November 2014 (Fri-Sat) 7:30pm
Original Ticket Price**: $248, $208, $168, $128

 
**HKAAA Members are offered 10% off discount. Please present your membership card at Urbtix Ticketing Office.

Programme Enquiries:852-3761 6661

 
 
10% off discount on Zuni Icosahedron "Red Rose, White Rose"!
Introduction
Handbill
 
Programme Details
Venue: Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Date & Time: 28-29 November 2014 (Fri-Sat) 8:15pm / 4-5 December 2014 (Thu-Fri) 8:15pm / 6 December 2014 (Sat) 3:00pm
Original Ticket Price**:  $140, $190, $280, $420 / $126, $171, $252, $378 (Thu session)
 
**HKAAA Members are offered 10% off discount. Please present your membership card at Urbtix Ticketing Office.
 
Programme Enquiries:852-2566 9696
 
10% off discount on Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra “Encore II”!
Introduction
Handbill
 
Programme Details
Venue: Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall
Date & Time: 29 November 2014 (Saturday) 8:00pm
Original Ticket Price**: $100, $150, $250, $300
 
**HKAAA Members are offered 10% off discount. Please present your membership card at Urbtix Ticketing Office.

Programme Enquiries:852-3185 1600
 
 
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