Organised by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, the annual Fresh Wave programme has been making dreams come true for passionate and aspiring filmmakers for the past eight years. Winners of Fresh Wave 2013 share with readers their thoughts after the competition. In this issue, we also have Arts Ambassadors recalling memorable highlights of their Taipei Arts and Culture Tour, and 3 local cultural leaders sharing the experience they gained in overseas exchanges and internships.
To showcase the creativity and achievements of local dance art, the Hong Kong Arts Development Council organised the Hong Kong Dance Festival 2013 in collaboration with a number of professional dance groups and community partners.
This issue features local artist Lee Kit’s solo exhibition ‘You (you).’, the first co-presentation by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and the M+, Museum for Visual Culture of the West Kowloon Cultural District at the International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. It also highlights a number of arts events held locally, including the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards 2012, the Outstanding Arts Teacher Awards and the Response Exhibition of the 13th Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition.
Successfully concluded last December, Fresh Wave 2012 brought to stage, once again, a fine selection of international short films and a new generation of local film talents. In this issue, ArtNews talks to the winners of Fresh Wave 2012 who share with us their creative process and aspirations. You will also find a review of various local and overseas cultural exchange activities organised by ADC, including the Manhattan Hong Kong Music Festival, the 4th Arts Forum for Cross-Straits, Hong Kong and Macao and the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Creative Arts Festival.
Artnews Issue 14 casts spotlights on the ADC’s works on promoting cultural exchange which puts HK’s art on the map. It includes the Liverpool Biennial, the Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition, the Study Visit to Taipei and Fresh Wave directors’ participation in different international film festivals.
Putting its finger on the pulse of the city life, Artspiration is sleek and chic weekly TV series that offers a refreshing take on the who and what of art and cultural events in Hong Kong and around the globe. Presented by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and the Television Division of Radio Television Hong Kong, each 30-minute episode of the 32-part Artspiration is designed to challenge your notions of art and life, spark your inspiration and ignite your artistic soul.
Organised by the ADC, Fresh Wave 2011 successfully concluded in December last year. The many events in a period of over six months—from local competition to international short film festival, from sharing session by renowned film director to the interaction among young filmmakers from around the world and the Closing Ceremony cum Award Gala—proved a veritable feast of films for young local artists. Besides, the event was also a platform that fostered improvement of standards and propelled development of local films.
Drawn from 656 primary, secondary and special schools across Hong Kong, the third cohort of Arts Ambassadors got together and pledged to put their artistic talents to good use and share the fun in the arts at the 3rd Arts Ambassadors-in-School Scheme (AAiSS) Recognition Ceremony held at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium on 9 July. With the fourth edition of the Scheme now calling for nominations, the time is ripe for participants and staff to weld experiences of the past and expectations of the future – for greater heights and breaths of the Scheme ahead.
The excitement of the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards 2010 culminated in a prestigious presentation ceremony held in the City Hall Concert Hall on 27 April 2011. This major annual arts event recognized and honoured 28 local artists, arts organisations, schools and business organisations who have outstanding artistic achievements and significant contributions to the development of the arts in Hong Kong.
As the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (ADC) has begun its new term for 2011-13, all members will be meeting the readers in this issue for the first time. They will present their new vision for the ADC’s future, and their hopes for the Hong Kong’s artistic and cultural community. The new issue features an exclusive interview with the ADC’s new Chairman, Mr Wilfred Wong, who tells us how he will draw on his management experience and vision to promote the development of local arts.
Outside Hong Kong, we have the Chief Executive Officer of The Absolutely Fabulous Theatre Connection, Ms Lynn Yau, a recipient of the Hong Kong Scholarship on the Clore Leadership Programme, to give us a glimpse of her new training experience in the United Kingdom. In addition, two new columns make their debut in this issue. “The AAiSS Funfair” column reports the latest events and activities of the Arts Ambassadors-in-School Scheme. Another new column is “Offstage”, in which a particular arts practitioner will be invited to share his or her life and work experiences and encounters with the readers in every issue.