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HKAAA E-newsletter (03.07.2015) – 3rd Hong Kong Arts Administration Recruitment Day / Dialogue with HKAAA: Mr Kuong Wa Fun, Erik, Managing & Creative Director of Creative Links (Macau) / Featured Event: Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra Swire Maestro Series “Nightingale & Firebird” / Association of Hong Kong Visual Arts and Culture Education - 2015-2016 Hong Kong Ecocinema Festival
 
Art Matters
 
3rd Hong Kong Arts Administration Recruitment Day
Following the huge success of our previous two rounds of Arts Administration Recruitment Day, the Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association is launching its third large-scale arts administration recruitment day at Sheung Wan Civic Centre on 15 August 2015 (Sat).

The Recruitment Day will serve as a platform for the participating arts organizations and job seekers, offering an opportunity for on-location job application and interview. Prestigious arts administration managers are invited to share with us their views and experience as well as the future and opportunities in the profession on the Recruitment Day.
 
 
Details of Recruitment Day:
Date: 15 August 2015 (Sat)
Time: 1:00-6:00pm (tbc)
Venue: Exhibition Hall, Sheung Wan Civic Centre (6/F, Sheung Wan Municipal Services Building, 345 Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong)

 
Details: http://www.hkaaa.org.hk/?a=doc&id=15006
 
Dialogue with HKAAA
 
Mr Kuong Wa Fun, Erik, Managing & Creative Director of Creative Links (Macau)
 
Erik: Mr Kuong Wa Fun, Erik, Managing & Creative Director of Creative Links (Macau)
HKAAA: Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association
 
 
HKAAA: Would you tell us something about your cultural and creative industries management service company?

Erik:  Creative Links serves as a cooperative network between Macau and the overseas cultural and creative industries. We provide arts groups/artists with market planning services and promote their works at worldwide arts markets, so that the arts groups/artists could concentrate on the creative.

State governments or city governments in Australia and some North European countries would subsidize independent arts managers to participate in Arts Markets abroad. Although these arts managers are more effective in promoting arts works of Macau abroad than the arts groups themselves, they have no ways to make money on their own. Therefore subsidies from the government are still preferred.

Creative Links also provides supervising service to arts groups/artists, giving opinions on their artistic orientation to help them make the most of their development. Other than that, we work on connecting arts groups/artists with potential collaborators, seeking for cooperation opportunities. In the long run, suitable arts managers are significant to the development of arts groups, therefore we also provide professional management skills training to arts administrators. In fact, we’d set up a new company and launched a series of arts management talks in late June.

In the meantime, we have a new scheme underway, which provides accommodation to independent artists and producers coming to Macau for arts and cultural activities. The scheme aims to help alleviate the project costs of arts practitioners, while making good use of vacant space and subsidizing out operation costs. The idea of this artist residency scheme is inspired by a Korean artist who would like to rent our workspace for writing a new theatre script, which prompted me to launch this scheme and support more overseas artists to do their art works or research in Macau.
 
 
HKAAA: Could you share with us the principle behind managing the workforce of Creative Arts?

Erik: I think it is too much of a risk to hold one single person responsible for all tasks. It is better to divide labor, for example in teams of overseas communication, curation, arts administration and operation. Everyone has a different working pattern and team work is the key to long-term development.
 
 
HKAAA: Other than the course that you are organizing, are there any art administration courses in Macau? 

Erik: I am currently studying for the Executive Master of Arts in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship at The Hong Kong Institute of Education. The programme helps rejuvenating myself and opens up collaboration opportunities by linking arts practitioners from different places. In Macau, the Certificate in Art Administration offered by the Institute for Tourism Studies (IFT) is only suitable for arts practitioners who newly join the profession. The course was launched four years ago by IFT and the Cultural Affairs Bureau of Macau as part of the “Programme for Human Resources Training in Cultural and Arts Management”. Arts practitioners aiming to enhance their arts management skills can apply for subsidy to study for the certificate course through the Programme. The course is open to anyone who would like to work as an arts administrator. 
 
 
HKAAA: Would you share with us the ecology and development of the cultural and arts scene of Macau?
 
Erik: Under the “Programme for Human Resources Training in Cultural and Arts Management” scheme, arts groups had the experience of recruiting full-time arts administrators, yet the subsidized salary offer is not attractive enough in retaining talents. Many people first set foot in the profession by working in small–scale arts groups, yet most of them would join government organizations after acquiring experience. Therefore it is difficult for the arts groups to retain or attract talents with arts administration working experience.

I would like to have arts practitioners from Taiwan or Mainland China in my staff too. They are more determined and passionate the profession as they envision plenty development opportunities in the future. They are not easy to hire by government organizations because they are from overseas. I think it is important for arts practitioners to adjust one’s mindset and lifestyle and not to always compare with other industries. One would adapt more easily and achieve targets.

I submitted a proposal to the Advisory Council about urban planning two years ago. The idea is that art spaces could be as prosperous as casinos in Macau too if art is brought to community facilities and schools.

I think that we ought to seek reference from the future trends and direction of development in different regions rather than the existing or past development, otherwise we would always be lagged behind.
 
 
HKAAA: Thank you for your sharing.
 
 
Creative Links
http://creativelinks.asia

 
Featured Event
 
 
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra Swire Maestro Series “Nightingale & Firebird”
We close our season with two dazzling masterpieces by Stravinsky – suite from The Firebird, the revolutionary ballet which propelled him to fame, and Song of the Nightingale, based on western visions of exotic China’s imperial court. Conductor Jun Märkl is joined by dazzling virtuoso Arabella Steinbacher in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto.
 
Programme Details
Venue: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
Date & Time: 3 & 4 July 2015 (Fri & Sat) 8:00pm 
Original Ticket Price**:$120, $200, $300, $400

 
Details:
http://www.hkphil.org/eng/concerts_and_ticket/concerts/concertdetail.jsp?id=473
 
 
Association of Hong Kong Visual Arts and Culture Education - 2015-2016 Hong Kong Ecocinema Festival
Organized by Association of Hong Kong Visual Arts and Culture Education and co-organized by CULTaMAP, 2015-2016 Hong Kong Ecocinema Festival brings the best local and international eco-films to Hong Kong audiences.
 
Programme Details
Date & Time: 04 July 2015 (Saturday) 10:30am & 1:30pm
Venue: Hong Kong Arts Development Council
Screening: *Eco-animation series
 
Date & Time: 05 July 2015 / 12 July 2015 (Sunday) 3:45pm
Venue: TC2 Cafe Workshop
Screening: Cotton, * Heavy Metal
 
Date & Time: 17 July 2015 (Friday) 8:00pm
Venue: C&G Artpartment
Screening: *Yeung Yeung with Cows, Environmental Art Movement at Plum Tree Creek and a secret film
 
*With post-screening talk in Cantonese
 
Ticket Price: Free admission
Online Register: http://goo.gl/forms/X62w8bBpTt
Programme Enquiries:  852-3487 5279
Details: hkecocinema.cultamap.com
 
 
Opportunities
 
Arts Job Vacancies
 
Arts Funding:
 
Hong Kong Arts Development Council Grants News - Grants available for application:
 
Invitation for Proposals – Multi-Project Grant
( 1 April 2016 – 31 March 2018 )

 
2015墾丁生態旅遊社區公開徵求藝術家作品
 
 
20% off discount on Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra “Fusion II - Gehu and Bass Gehu Recital”!
Introduction
Handbill
 
Programme Details
Venue: Sheung Wan Civic Centre Lecture Hall
Date & Time: 3-4 July 2015 (Friday, Saturday) 8:00pm
Original Ticket Price**:$200

 
**20% off discount for HKAAA Members. Please present your membership card at Urbtix Ticketing Office. 
 
  1. Programme Enquiries:  852-3185 1600
20% off discount on Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra “China Taiping Insurance (HK) Company Limited proudly supports: Chyi Yu & HKCO”!
Introduction
Handbill
 
Programme Details
Venue: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
Date & Time: 10-11 July 2015 (Friday, Saturday) 8:00pm
Original Ticket Price**:$150, $200, $300, $400

 
**20% off discount for HKAAA Members. Please present your membership card at Urbtix Ticketing Office. 

Programme Enquiries:  852-3185 1600
 
 
10% off discount on Hong Kong Repertory Theatre "The Abandoned Harbour"!
Introduction
Handbill
 
Programme Details
Venue: Hong Kong City Hall Theatre
Date & Time: 11, 14-18, 21-25 Jul 2015, 7:45pm / 12, 18-19, 25-26 Jul 2015, 2:45pm
Original Ticket Price**: $160 - $280

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

Programme Enquiries:  852-3103 5900
 
20% off discount on La P en V A Dance Lyric “Imprint of Life”!
Introduction
Handbill
 
Programme Details
Venue: Theatre, Sheung Wan Civic Centre
Date & Time: 17-18/7 (Fri-Sat) 8:00pm
Original Ticket Price**: $180, $110 (Full time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above and people with disabilities) 

 
**20% off discount for HKAAA Members. Please present your membership card at Urbtix Ticketing Office. 

Programme Enquiries:  852-3761 6661
 
10% off discount on Hong Kong Repertory Theatre "The Emperor, his Mom, a Eunuch and a Man"!
Introduction
Handbill
 
Programme Details
Venue: Auditorium, Ko Shan Theatre New Wing
Date & Time: 24-25 Jul 2015, 7:45pm
25-26 Jul 2015, 2:45pm
Original Ticket Price**: $180 - $280

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

Programme Enquiries:  852-3103 5900
 
20% off discount on Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra “International Arts Carnival 2015 - Shaolin”!
Introduction
Handbill
 
Programme Details
Venue: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
Date & Time: 24-25 July 2015 (Friday, Saturday) 8:00pm
Original Ticket Price**:$100, $150, $250, $300

 
**20% off discount for HKAAA Members. Please present your membership card at Urbtix Ticketing Office. 

Programme Enquiries:  852-3185 1600
 
 
10% off discount on Zuni Icosahedron “The Magic Flute Playground”!
Introduction
Handbill
Promotional Video
 
Programme Details
Venue: Multimedia Theatre, HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity
Date & Time: 31/7 (Fri) 7:30pm, 1/8 (Sat) 11am, 2:30pm, 5pm, 2/8 (Sun) 11am, 2:30pm
Original Ticket Price**:$220

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

Programme Enquiries:  852-2566 9696
 
10% off discount on Zuni Icosahedron “Ping-Pong”!
Introduction
Handbill
Promotional Video
 
Programme Details
Venue: Multimedia Theatre, HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity
Date & Time: 7-8/8 (Fri, Sat) 7:30pm / 8-9/8 (Sat, Sun) 3pm
Original Ticket Price**:$220

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

Programme Enquiries:  852-2566 9696
 
 
10% off discount on Chung Ying Theatre Company “The Big Big Day” (Re-run)!
Introduction
Handbill
 
Programme Details
Venue: Hong Kong City Hall Theatre
Date & Time: 21-22, 25-29 August 2015 8:00pm / 21-23^, 29-30 August 2015 3:00pm
^This is an Accessible Performance with Audio Description (Cantonese), Theatrical Interpretation and Accessible Captions (Chinese)
Original Ticket Price**: $180, $110 (Full time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above and people with disabilities) 

 
**10% off discount for HKAAA Members (max. 2 tickets). Please present your membership card at Urbtix Ticketing Office. 

Programme Enquiries:  852-8106 8338
10% off discount on Zuni Icosahedron “1587, A Year of No Significance”!
Introduction
Handbill
Promotional Video
 
Programme Details
Venue: Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Date & Time: 17-19/9 (Thu-Sat) 7:45pm / 20/9 (Sun) 2:30pm
Original Ticket Price**: $480, $280, $190, $140 (Fri, Sat & Sun sessions) / $432, $252, $171, $126 (Thur session) 

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

Programme Enquiries:  852-2566 9696
 
 
Year-round benefits for HKAAA members
  • Hong Kong Art School (HKAS)
    • An exclusive 10% discount for enrolment into short courses conducted by HKAS (Referring to courses that are categorized under the "Short Courses" section on HKAS website or as printed in the designated short course brochure, which is published on a half-yearly basis)
    • An exclusive 10% discount for enrolment into modules of the Professional Diploma in Fine Art (PDFA). (The PDFA modules are offered on a relatively flexibale basis, each module lasts for around 8 weeks; participants can enroll into individual modules without completing the programme. Currently, modules/ programmes accredited at Level 4 and Level 5 of the Qualifications Framework (QF) are being offered by the School).
 
  • The programme information above was provided by the relevant programme presenters who are responsible for the information’s content and accuracy. 
  • Programmes and artists are subject to change by hosting organsiations.
  • For details and enquiries of the programmes presented in this eDM, please contact the relevant organiser directly.
 
 
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Tel: 852 - 2877 7268
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