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HKAAA E-newsletter (12.07.2014)
 
Exclusive Interview with Arts Administrator
 
Dr David Tsui
Executive Director, Hong Kong Dance Company
 
With strong academic background (MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management and PhD from the Chinese National Academy of Arts) and years of arts administrative experience in China and Hong Kong, Dr David Tsui is dedicated in the promotion of cultural and creative industry education. HKAAA team is pleased to speak with Dr Tsui on his latest venture as Executive Director of the Hong Kong Dance Company.
 
HKAAA: What is it like to be the Executive Director of one of the 9 major arts groups in Hong Kong? Has your work life changed much?
 
David: It is very exciting to be the Executive Director of one of the 9 major arts groups in HK, and the position itself is also very challenging. Those arts groups are government subsidised. There are a lot of expectations from the Government, the professional scene, and the general public. For me, I have gained working experience in another major arts group, so I am quite well in adjusting my work life to fit in the new environment.
 
 
HKAAA: With a background steeped in arts administration as well as in other sectors, how did your previous work experiences help you in the current position? Do you foresee how these experiences will contribute to the development of Hong Kong Dance Company?  
 
David: I have worked for different organizations both from the commercial sector and non-profit-making sector. Those background and experience are very helpful to me in my current position. A government subsidised organisation also needs to continuously improve and enhance its efficiency, its products/services, and its relationship with target customers and the general public as a whole. Those knowledge and practices that I learnt from my previous positions are useful references for me to the development of HKDC.
 
 
HKAAA: After being in the position for a few months, do you think there is any potential that Hong Kong Dance Company will build closer ties with other local dance companies? 
 
David: HKDC is a member of the HK Dance Alliance, HK Dance Federation and Association of HK Dance Organisation whose memberships also comprise of most local dance companies. There are many collaborations with and within the three associations during the year. On the other hand, there are more potentials for HKDC to tie with other local dance companies and dance lovers. For example, we have organized master classes for professional dancers and general dance lovers. In future we may invite other dance companies jointly to organize events/activities that may benefit the whole dance scene in HK.
 
 
HKAAA: What do you think are the essential requirements to be an arts administrator in a dance company? How will your company move forward in this time of rapid arts and cultural development in Hong Kong? What do you think of the future of the local arts scene?
 
David: Same as for other performance arts organizations, one must know well in the arts form as an arts administrator. An open mind thinking and the willingness to explore opportunities, as well as capable to be creative are all important. From my point of view, HKDC will move forward along with the development of the arts scene and cultural environment in Hong Kong, and will also focus on the achievement of its missions.
 
 
About Dr David Tsui
Dr David Tsui obtained his MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management and received doctoral degree in the Graduate School of Chinese National Academy of Arts. He has experience working in various commercial sectors responsible for administration and management duties including financial management, human resources management, project management, property management, corporate strategy, marketing strategy and academic development. From 2001 David started working for cultural and creative organizations in both China and Hong Kong, specializing in corporate administration and management. He was the Finance and Administration Manager of the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre Ltd, then moved to the Shantou University Cheung Kong School of Art & Design where he was the Director of Administration and Administrative Officer, and later changed to the position as an Associate Professor, Vice Head of Design Philosophy Department, and Leader of the Creative Industry Marketing and Management Major of the School. Dr Tsui started teaching part-time at the Chinese University of Hong Kong since 2004.
 
Dr David Tsui is committed to promote cultural and creative industry education. His major research areas include cultural and creative industry management studies, commercial operations best practices benchmarking cultural and creative industries. He also provides consultancy services for cultural and creative organizations. Dr Tsui is now the Executive Director of Hong Kong Dance Company.
 
 
HKAAA Updates
 
Advocacy
Legco Meeting
 
Representative of HKAAA attended the meeting of Joint Subcommittee to Monitor the Implementation of the West Kowloon Cultural District Project on 9 June 2014, and presented the following submission:
 
Panel on Home Affairs and Panel on Development Joint Subcommittee to Monitor the Implementation of the West Kowloon Cultural District Project HKAAA’s proposal on “Development of Cultural Software” (Chinese Only)
 
Joint Subcommittee to Monitor the Implementation of the West Kowloon Cultural District Project (Agenda) 9 June 2014
 
 
Opportunities
 
  • Arts Funding
    • Hong Kong Arts Development Council Grants News - Grants available for application:
  1. 2014/15 Arts Venue Subsidy Scheme
  2. Multi-Project Grant
  3. Music/Dance/Drama Artistic Internship Scheme
  4. Rehearsal Venue Subsidy
 
 
10% off discount on Hong Kong Repertory Theatre “Attempts on her Life”!
Introduction
Handbill
 
Programme Details
Venue: Hong Kong City Hall Theatre
Date & Time:   10-12, 15-19 July 2014, 7:45pm / 12-13, 19-20 July 2014, 2:45pm
Original Ticket Price**: $140 - $280
 
**10% off discount for HKAAA Members. Applicable for purchases of standard price tickets at URBTIX outlets

Programme Enquiries:852-3103 5900
10% off discount on Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra “Fantastic Gods and Spirits of China”!
Introduction
Promotion Video
Handbill
 
Programme Details
Venue: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
Date & Time: 11 - 12 July 2014 (Saturday-Sunday) 8pm
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
 
10% off discount on Hong Kong Repertory Theatre “Three Tall Women”!
Introduction
Handbill
 
Programme Details
Venue: Hong Kong Arts Centre Shouson Theatre
Date & Time:   12, 16-19, 22-26 July 2014, 7:45pm / 13, 19-20, 26-27 July 2014, 2:45pm
Original Ticket Price: $140 - $280
 
**10% off discount for HKAAA Members. Applicable for purchases of standard price tickets at URBTIX outlets.
 
Programme Enquiries:852-3103 5900
Discount on Centre for Community Cultural Development “Creative Arts Therapies for Children, Parents and Carers: International Symposium and Workshops”!
Introduction
Handbill
 
Programme Details
Venue: Centre for Community Cultural Development / Jockey Club New Life Institute of Psychiatric Rehabilitation
Date & Time - Symposium: 9-10 Aug 2014 (Sat-Sun), 9:30am - 5:40pm
Date & Time - Workshop 1,2,3: 7,8,11 Aug 2014 (Thu, Fri, Mon), 9:30am - 12:30pm; 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Date & Time - Workshop 4: 7-8 Aug 2014 (Thu-Fri), 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Date & Time - Workshop 5: 6 Aug 2014 (Wed), 9:30am - 12:30pm; 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Date & Time - Workshop 6: 14-15 Aug 2014 (Thu-Fri), 7:00pm – 10:00pm
 
Original Ticket Price: $1,200 (Each Workshop) / $200 (Two-day symposium)
 
**$100 (each workshop) / $50 (Two-day symposium) off for HKAAA Members. Please register here.
 
Programme Enquiries:852- 2891 8483 / 852- 2891 8488 / 852- 5946 3855
 
20% off discount on Theatre Space “Checkmate”!
Introduction
Handbill
 
Programme Details
Venue: Theatre, Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre
Date & Time: 18-20 Dec 2014 (Thu-Sat), 7:45pm / 20-21 Dec 2014 (Sat-Sun), 2:45pm
Original Ticket Price: $250 / $180
 
**20% off discount for HKAAA Members. Please complete this booking form by 23 July.
 
Programme Enquiries:852-2540 1011
 
 
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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