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HKAAA E-newsletter (29.08.2014) - Art Matters / Removal Notice / Producer-oriented Theatre – Strategy and Experience Sharing by Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre
 
Art Matters
 
Review of 2014 Cultural Leadership Summit: "Do arts need administration too?" & Video archives of The Academy
"Do arts need administration too?" 
 
Original text: Delta Zhi July 2014
 
Text by: Tiny Snow
Translated by: Cindy Wong
 
“Why we always see similar faces in the exhibition halls? Do small art groups rely solely on their friends to stimulate the attendance of audiences? Do arts only take place in theatres or art galleries? In fact, why do people need arts? How to promote arts? Who needs arts? Art collectors? Financial elites? Doctors, lawyers or accountants? Labours, ordinary people? Or tourists?” Arts administrators always think about these questions for the sake of a better development of the arts organizations. While pursuing the answers, it is realized that there should be a well-developed arts scene before discussion.
 
Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association held an annual Cultural Leadership Summit themed as “Branding Hong Kong through the Arts?” on 4 and 5 June. There were over 40 local and overseas arts executives were invited to share and discuss different aspects of arts administration. One of the speakers, Prof. Daniel Chua, declared the definition of culture with a quote by T.S. Eliot, “Culture may be described simply as that which makes life worth living.”
 
Arts of Hong Kong?
 
With experience in organizing exhibitions for years, Grace Cheng observed a few years ago that it was always the same group of people who visit the visual arts exhibitions. If the public does not visit art galleries, the art pieces have to go into the public. With this idea, she then founded Community Artist Network (CAN), which collaborates with various artists and showcases their art works in public area. Certainly, she does not deny the value of art galleries, but public arts are essential as well. Chan Chu Hei, founder of HK People’s Fringe Festival shared his view that was inspired by Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Why there is no such festival in Hong Kong? And it led him to found HK People’s Fringe Festival which is stepping into its 3rd year. Growing out of nothing, many arts practitioners are attempting to let more people to know more about arts through different ways, such as new concepts or acquisition of overseas’ ideas.
 
When we talk about “Hong Kong arts”, doubtlessly it relates how people see Hong Kong. In tourists’ eyes, they may think of Cha Siu Bao (Chinese BBQ pork bun) or handbags of luxury brands. But for “Hong Kong arts”, what do they think about? In the Summit, there was a discussion about if a story is needed to present Hong Kong. On the cultural aspect of Hong Kong, an international city, Le French May, Taiwan Culture Festival etc were imported and has been growing vigorously in Hong Kong. Fredric Mao Chun-fai was being motivated by the imported arts and therefore has exported Hong Kong’s arts to Taiwan two years ago by holding Hong Kong Week. Furthermore, several years ago, the nine government-subvented arts organizations perform overseas every year to exchange. Tang Shu-wing hopes that Hong Kong will have a cultural atmosphere that makes local Taxi drivers know how to guide tourists to visit the cultural and artistic spots.
 
Learn from City of Culture 2013 and The Culture Yard
 
Shona McCarthy is the Chief Executive of the Culture Company, which was set up to lead Derry~Londonderry’s UK City of Culture 2013. Shona emphasized repetitively that cultural policy should be from the bottom up and should not focus on constructions. From her point of view, people as a story-teller and the story are most important. She thinks it is necessary for the public to build up a sense of belonging to the art festival because arts let people who they are. Everyone plays a role and involves in it, like Ichihara Art x Mix in Japan, which is very infectious.
 
Mikael Fock, the CEO and Creative Director of The Culture Yard (Denmark) shared his language system of arts. He asks all people who work with him to learn this system in order to make communication easier. He used The Culture Yard as an example to further explain the system. As an artistic garden, it can be viewed from three aspects, includes its sociability (recreational), educational feature (heritage, museum, architecture) and artistic characteristic (artwork). When it comes to the organization of an artistic project or performance, positioning can be done through four directions: traditional, trendy, elitist or experimental, it obviously can consist of one or more characteristics. For the division of audience, it can be regional, local, international and by country. For the rewards, apart from focusing on the number of the box office (explicit success), the spiritual influence to the audience’s should also be counted (implicit success). These divisions enable the producer and the production crew to have a clear vision about the direction and goal of their project. The promotion team can also understand thoroughly and cooperate with the production team.
 
Lucy Lu of Kwang Hwa Information and Culture Centre mentioned that three parties, regardless of the size, should be contributed in arts development. They are the government, the public and the charitable organizations. If the role of each party is understood by others, to devote in participation, to keep up creativity and positive thinking, it is still possible to accomplish an enormous plan like changing the arts environment in Hong Kong. When there are determined people to contribute for the next generation to grow in an artistic environment, it is optimistic that a flourished arts scene will be developed and sustained.
 
  • Ms Shona McCarthy is Director of Shona McCarthy Consulting. She is the former CEO of Culture Company 2013, former Director of the British Council in Northern Ireland, former Chief Executive of Imagine Belfast 2008, former Chief Executive of Cinemagic, an International Film Festival, former Director of the Foyle Film Festival and former Head of Exhibition at the Northern Ireland Film Council.
    UK City of Culture 2013: http://www.cityofculture2013.com/ 
     
  • Mr Mikael Fock is a member of Royal Danish Arts Council, Denmark. He directed or produced videos, TV shows and exhibitions. He is the founder of the arts and technology group, Vision 4 and a board member of WOCO, Wonderful Copenhagen.
 
Summit Resources - The Academy
 
Video archives of The Academy is now available for public online viewing, please visit our website Summit Resources for the details.

 
HKAAA Updates
 
Removal Notice
We are delighted to inform you that our office will be relocatd to 1/F, Parklane Building, No. 235 Queen's Road Central, Sheung Wan on September 5, 2014, Friday.
 
We will have very limited access to calls and emails during the period from September 5 to 10. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you.
 
Producer-oriented Theatre – Strategy and Experience Sharing by Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre
Date: 20 September 2014 (Saturday)
Time: 11:00a.m. – 1:00p.m.
Venue: Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association (Address: 1/F, Parklane Building, 233-235 Queen's Road Central, Sheung Wan) (Sheung Wan MTR A2 or E2 Exit) 
Language: Mandarin (No Simultaneous Interpretation)
Fee: $150 / HKAAA member; $200 / non-member
(Seats are limited. Please register now! Online registration Please click here.)
 
Presented by: Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association
With Special Thanks to: Asian Cultural Council Hong Kong
 
Speaker: Ms Jackie Zhang, Manager of Actors Department / Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee, Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre
Respondent: Mr Louis Yu, Executive Director, Performing Arts, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority 
Moderator: Ms Winona Chan, General Manager, Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association
 
About the Seminar
Ever since its company reform in 2009, the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre has adapted the producer-oriented operation model. Currently, the Center's management funds has a high self-sustaining rate of over 60%, and is a pioneer among fellow performing art groups as innovative and mature model.
 
The global art environment is rapidly changing. Topping up are various cultural projects locally – the implementation of various infrastructure of the West Kowloon Cultural District, renovation and launching of numerous old and new Leisure and Cultural Services Department venues, as well as heritage architectural projects such as the Central Police Station Revitalization Project. Now is especially relevant to explore on innovative and proactive ways in operating the theatre.
 
The Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association is pleased to have invited Miss Jackie Zhang, Vice Manager and Director of Actors Department, Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre, to share her valuable experience on how the Centre operates with producers as the central point in planning and promoting theatrical productions.
 
Through this seminar, local performing arts operators can interact and take reference from mainland productions on the experiences and strategic planning in producing self-financing creations, facilitating discussion in the possible long term development of Hong Kong theatre and evaluating the positioning and responsibilities of the producer.
 
To enrich the session, we have also invited Mr Louis Yu, Executive Director of Performing Arts, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, as respondent. HKAAA's General Manager, Miss Winona Chan, will moderate the session. 
 
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Featured Event
 
Exclusive guided tour for HKAAA members- Le French May exhibition "Paris‧Chinese Painting" - Legacy of 20th-Century Chinese Masters exhibition at Hong Kong Museum of Art
Learn more about the momentous revival of Chinese modern art and the generation of artists who, with paint brush in hand, brought two cultural traditions together anew.
 
About the Exhibition
Presenters: 
Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau,  Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Musée Cernuschi, Musée Guimet
Sponsor: Bank of China (Hong Kong) Private Banking
 
For the exhibition details, please visit the official website of Le French May:
http://www.frenchmay.com/en/programmes/paris-chinese-painting
 
About the Guided Tour for HKAAA Members
An exclusive docent-led exhibition tour is now available for HKAAA’s members:

Date: 13 September 2014 (Sat)
Tour Time: 5:00pm (Approx. 40mins)
Meeting time and point: 5:00pm at Lobby in 
Hong Kong Museum of Art
Exhibition Venue: Hong Kong Museum of Art - 10 Salisbury Road, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Language: Cantonese
Fee: Complimentary (HK$20 admission fee for the exhibition is waived by Le French May for HKAAA members)

Quota: 25 people
 
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Opportunities
 
Arts Job Vacancies
 
Arts Funding:
 
Hong Kong Arts Development Council Grants News - Grants available for application:
  1. 2015 Literary Arts Magazine Schemeal
  2. "2013/14 Xiqu Internship Scheme" (Chinese Only)
  3. Multicultural Arts Education Programme 
  4. Rehearsal Venue Subsidy
     
International Society for Performing Arts - Global Fellowship Program
 
 
 
15% off discount on Visible Record “Chinese Documentary Festival 2014”!
Introduction
Handbill
 
Programme Details
Date: 22 Aug 2014 to 4 Oct 2014
Original Ticket Price**: $70
 
**15% off discount for HKAAA Members. Please present your membership card at Urbtix Ticketing Office. (The discount is only available for purchase at Urbtix Ticketing Outlets.)
 
Programme Enquiries: 852-2540 7859
10% off discount on Hong Kong Repertory Theatre “The Emperor, His Mom, A Eunuch and a Man”!
Introduction
Handbill
 
Programme Details
Venue: Hong Kong City Hall Theatre
Date & Time: 26-30 August, 2-6 September 2014, 7:45pm / 30-31 August, 6-7 September 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 Repertory Theatre “The Professor”!
Introduction
Leaflet
 
Programme Details
Venue: Jockey Club Auditorium, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Date & Time: 6, 10-11, 13 September 2014, 8:15pm / 7, 13-14 September 2014, 3:15pm
Original Ticket Price**: $160 - $280
 
**10% off discount for HKAAA Members. Applicable for purchases of standard price tickets at URBTIX outlets.
 
Programme Enquiries: 852-3103 5900
20% off discount on Hong Kong Dance Company “Red Poppies”!
Introduction
Handbill
Promotion Video
 
Programme Details
Venue: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre
Date & Time: 12-13 September 2014(Fri-Sat), 7:45pm / 13-14 September 2014(Sat-Sun), 3:00pm
Original Ticket Price**: $330, $260, $180
 
**20% off discount for HKAAA Members. Please fill in the Purchase Form and return the form to Hong Kong Dance Company.
 
Programme Enquiries: 852-3103 1806
 
10% off discount on Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra “38th Orchestral Season Opening Concert: Picturesque Music - A Song Dynasty Painting Reinvented .Seeking Dreams on West Lake”!
19/9 Introduction
20/9 Introduction
Handbill
Promotion Video
 
Programme Details
Venue: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
Date & Time: 19 - 20 September 2014 (Fri-Sat) 8pm
Original Ticket Price**: $100, $150, $250, $380
 
**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 Zuni Icosahedron x Dance Forum “Dream Illusion Bubble Shadow”!
Introduction
Promotion Video
Handbill
 
Programme Details
Venue: Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Date & Time: 19 - 20 Sept 2014 (Fri - Sat), 8:15pm / 21 Sept 2014 (Sun), 3:00pm
Original Ticket Price**: $140, $190, $280, $420, $1,000(Charity Tickets)
 
**10% off discount for HKAAA Members. Please present your membership card at Urbtix Ticketing Office.
 
Programme Enquiries: 852-2566 9696
 
10% off discount on Theatre Noir Foundation “13”!
Handbill
 
Programme Details
Venue: Auditorium, Yuen Long Thatre
Date & Time of Cantonese Version: 20 - 21 Sept 2014 (Sat - Sun), 3:00pm / 20 Sept 2014 (Sat), 8:00pm
Date & Time of English Version: 27 Sept 2014 (Sat), 8:00pm / 28 Sept 2014 (Sun), 3:00pm
Original Ticket Price**: $220, $180, $140
 
**10% off discount for HKAAA Members. Please present your membership card at Urbtix Ticketing Office.
 
Programme Enquiries: 852-2904 7118 (Ms Fiona Lo)
 
20% off discount on City Contemporary Dance Company “In-between”!
Introduction
Handbill
 
Programme Details
Venue: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Studio Theatre
Date & Time: 26-27 Sept 2014 (Fri-Sat), 8pm / 27-28 Sept 2014 (Sat-Sun), 3pm
Original Ticket Price: $200, $140
 
**20% off discount for HKAAA Members. Please present your membership card at Urbtix Ticketing Office or fill in this form.
 
Programme Enquiries:852-2329 7803
 
10% off discount on Zuni Icosahedron “Contempt 2014”!
Introduction
Handbill
 
Programme Details
Venue: Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Date & Time: 26 - 27 Sept 2014 (Fri - Sat), 8:15pm
Original Ticket Price**: $280
 
**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 Social Theatre “Find Ghost Do the CE”!
Introduction
Handbill
 
Programme Details
Venue: Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Date & Time: 3 - 4, 9 - 11, 15 - 18 Oct 2014, 8:00pm / 4 - 5, 11 - 12, 18 - 19 Oct 2014, 3:00pm
Original Ticket Price**: (Friday to Sunday sessions) $180, $280 / (Wednesday and Thursday sessions) $162, $252
 
**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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