Inside Hong Kong’s Arts and Cultural Scene: Conversations with Hong Kong’s Leading Arts and Cultural Administrators, Educators, Producers, and Presenters


Patrick Lo – Director, Liberal & Martial Arts Association (Hong Kong); Former Associate Professor, Faculty of Library Information & Media Science, University of Tsukuba
Rebekah Okpoti – Lecturer, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, England
Wei-En Hsu – Associate Professor, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong
Hermina G.B. Anghelescu – Professor, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Dickson K.W. Chiu – Lecturer, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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“I am so glad that we are getting to know Inside Hong Kong’s Arts & Cultural Scene: Conversations with Hong Kong’s Leading Arts & Cultural Administrators, Educators, Producers, and Presenters, a book by Dr. Patrick Lo, Wei-En Hsu, Dr. Rebekah Okpoti, Prof. Hermina Anghelescu, and Dr. Dickson Chiu. As China’s gateway between the West and the East, Hong Kong’s development is always closely watched by the world. Thus the publishing of this most updated collection of brilliant thoughts from the movers and shakers of Hong Kong’s ever-evolving arts scene is well timed. It affords us a glimpse through this unique sphere inside-out.”Bright Sheng, The Leonard Bernstein Distinguished University Professor of Music, School of Music, Theater and Dance, University of Michigan, Helmut and Anna Pao Sohmen Professor-at-Large, Institute for the Advanced Studies, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

“As Hong Kong’s cultural and creative industries are moving forward at full speed in the post-Covid19 recovery, Inside Hong Kong’s Arts & Cultural Scene: Conversations with Hong Kong’s Leading Arts & Cultural Administrators, Educators, Producers, and Presenters presents timely and unique voices of the movers and shakers in the education, service and commercial sectors of visual and performing arts. A nice pair to Dr. Patrick Lo’s previous Creating a Global Cultural City via Public Participation in the Arts: Conversations with Hong Kong’s Leading Arts and Cultural Administrators.” – Professor Emilie Yueh-Yu Yeh, Lam Wong Yiu Wah Chair Professor of Visual Studies, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Director of Centre for Film and Creative Industries, Lingnan University, Hong Kong

“This is an important collection of conversations with major figures in Hong Kong’s Arts and Cultural Scene, giving the readers an informed understanding and fresh perspectives to make sense of ongoing changes and future development.” — Professor Lui Tai-lok JP, Chair Professor of Hong Kong Studies; Director, The Academy of Hong Kong Studies

Inside Hong Kong’s Arts & Cultural Scene: Conversations with Hong Kong’s Leading Arts & Cultural Administrators, Educators, Producers, and Presenters has provided a comprehensive picture of cultural mediators and their contributions over the last decades. We can see how art promotors, at every level, drive organisational excellence and unleash the full potential of Hong Kong being a Global Cultural City.” Heidi Lee, Executive Director, The Hong Kong Ballet

“This book provides a clear vision of art and cultural industry in Hong Kong by interviewing several important representatives currently active in the related fields. Through their interviews, the reader can grasp an overarching—yet solid and coherent—idea about the definitions and contents of different administrative and institutional subjects ranging from executives, directors, chairpersons, curators, composers, to performers. As their interviews unfold, we can cross compare the diverse aspects of different careers in terms of their (1) criteria, education background, and specific qualification requirements, (2) mission and responsibility, and (3) challenge, development, and achievement.  For those who are interested in art and cultural politics and developments in HK, Inside Hong Kong’s Arts & Cultural Scene, with many concrete working experiences shared by leading experts in their respective areas, is surely a resource that you must consider.” – Dr. Yi-Cheng Daniel Wu, Associate Professor of Music Theory, Soochow University School of Music

In the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Hong Kong, the rich and complex cultural scene thrives under the guidance and stewardship of visionary leaders. These exceptional individuals, leading arts and cultural administrators, educators, producers, and presenters possess a deep understanding of the transformative power of the arts and work tirelessly to shape the cultural landscape of the city. A series of insightful and inciteful conversations take readers on a captivating journey into the personal lives and professional achievements of prominent players who have contributed to shaping the development of art institutions and fine arts practices that have established Hong Kong’s artistic identity. Through inspiring stories of the individuals who envisioned these institutions and brought them to life, we recognise the challenges they faced, their innovative approaches, and the lasting impact of their visionary leadership.

For those who are in Hong Kong and plan to enter the business of Arts Management, this book is a must-read. It maps the locations, cultural venues, and spaces available. There is huge potential and opportunity for new businesses and artists in Hong Kong. Recognising the potential impact and importance of public art and finding new ways to engage each various strata of the local community would be an interesting place to start developing your business model. For those who are not based in Hong Kong and are looking into this scene, we can gain a new perspective on what innovation looks like.

Table of Contents

Foreword (1)

Foreword (2)

Authors’ Biographies

Hong Kong’s Global Art Market and Its Local Art Scene
Hong Kong’s Performing Arts Ecology
Aims of the Book
Arts Management Professional Practices and Developments

Chapter 1. Flora Yu, Executive Director, Hong Kong Arts Festival Society Ltd.

Chapter 2. Dr. Yu-Chieh Li, MACAH Programme Director, Lingnan University

Chapter 3. Dr. Daisy Yiyou Wang, Deputy Director, Hong Kong Palace Museum

Chapter 4. Professor Laurence James Wood, Associate Head, Department of Cultural & Creative Arts, The Education University of Hong Kong

Chapter 5. Frank Vigneron, Professor and Chair, Fine Arts Department, the Chinese University of Hong Kong

Chapter 6. Dr. Anna Kwong, Programme Director, Centre for the Arts, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Chapter 7. Professor Louis Nixon, Former Director, Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University

Chapter 8. Elaine Yeung, Former Deputy Director, Leisure & Culture Services Department (Culture), Government of Hong Kong

Chapter 9. Sandy Angus, Chairman, Angus Montgomery Arts

Chapter 10. Thomas Warren, Regional Head of Archives, the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC)

Chapter 11. Benedikt Fohr, Chief Executive, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra

Chapter 12. Vennie Ho, Executive Director, Hong Kong Philharmonic

Chapter 13. Anders Hui, Second Associate Concertmaster of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Part-Time Lecturer, School of Humanities & Social Science, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

Chapter 14. Cho-Liang Lin, Music Director, Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival

Chapter 15. Dr. Celina Chin, Executive Director, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra

Chapter 16. Colin Touchin, Presenter, RTHK Radio 4

Chapter 17. Dr. Winton Au, Founder, One Month One Art

Chapter 18. Michelle Kim, Founder & Artistic Director, Hong Kong Generation Next Arts

Chapter 19. Lindsey McAlister, Founder of Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation and Wendy Tsang, Director of Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation

Chapter 20. Dr. Mui Kwong-chiu, Chairman of Hong Kong Composers’ Guild

Chapter 21. Levina Li-Cadman, Co-Founder, Art-Partners Hong Kong

Chapter 22. Paul Tam, Executive Director, Performing Arts Division, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority

Chapter 23. Scarlett Jie Chen, Former Head of Development for Performing Arts, West Kowloon Culture District

Chapter 24. Ian Leung, Former Senior Programme Manager, Hong Kong Arts Centre

Chapter 25. Anita Lam, Co-Founder & Curator, the Collective HK

Chapter 26. Louis Siu, Founder and Artistic Director, Toolbox Percussion

Chapter 27. Chi-Yung Wong, Installation Artist & Artist-Curator

Chapter 28. Andrew Strachan, General Manager Asia, Member of the Executive Committee, Art Basel, (2011-2022)




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