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Once every twenty years, masters from the Jiangsu Province Kunqu Opera Company travel around the primary schools of northern China. They are looking for beautiful faces, strong bodies and pitch-perfect voices; they are looking for the next generation of Kunqu opera stars. Kunqu opera is considered...
HK Magazine: Did you ever get in trouble as a kid for playing drums at the dinner table with your chopsticks? Simon Chiu: No, I never did that! I didn’t actually start playing drums until I was in my teens, and even then I didn’t start practicing until after my family left the house. HK...
Dec 8 2006
HK Magazine: You are sometimes considered a celebrity among Gundam modelers. Anthony Kwok: Um, yes. Within this field. This award has been given once a year so there have only been a few winners since it started in 2000. Contestants must send their creation to Japan in order to participate in the...
Dec 8 2006
HK Magazine: How does your new band compare with Miles Davis’? Kei Agaki: The band I’m with now is the best band I’ve been with. Obviously we’re not kids any more but we still like to have a good time. Miles was a very private person. He had this immense persona, which...
Dec 1 2006
HK: What’s the story behind The Yours? Nic Wong: We’ve been playing together for nearly two years. Jack and I were friends before. Later on we found Ho through an internet chat room. We knew Azia through other friends and we knew he could play the bass. We’re called The Yours...
Nov 24 2006
My Life As A Dancer
The 2007 Hong Kong Arts Festival has plenty to celebrate. First, it’s the festival’s 35th anniversary and they’ll be celebrating with 163 arts events over 30 days. Second, it’s the centenary of drama in China (it all began with Ibsen) and third, it’s the ten year...
HK Magazine: So how long have you known Gloria Gaynor? Alex Briley: We’ve known her since the start of the disco era. But when we actually met... I’m not sure, probably back in the 70s. It was all a bit of blur, but usually if we all sit down together one of the six of us should...
HK Magazine: You recently curated a group exhibition – why did you initiate that project? Simon Birch: I’m always complaining about the Hong Kong art scene so I did this to stop moaning and do something interesting. It was a risk and a bit of an experiment but that’s how things...
Nov 17 2006
I was born into a big family with eight elder siblings. I am the youngest. My mom passed away in 1998 but the very thought of her still empowers me. I grew up in Wong Tai Sin, one of the poorer districts that reveals the darker side of Hong Kong's society. So drug addiction and crimes are not...
Nov 17 2006
Kai Tak, 1970's
The history of Hong Kong transport has been a long and fascinating journey. To mark the closure of the Central Star Ferry pier and to remember other milestones in Hong Kong’s transportation history, the Conservancy Association Center for Heritage is holding a landmark exhibition on the...
Nov 17 2006