In the Show – 12th August 2008

It might seem hard to believe that not so long ago Hong Kong was frequently described as a cultural desert. Today, there’s plenty going on, and the Hong Kong Arts Centre has played a major part in that transformation. This year, it celebrates its 30th anniversary by inviting local and overseas artists to create “site specific” artworks. Whether veteran artists such as Gaylord Chan or Wucius Wong, or younger talents like Kingsley Ng or Lam Tung-pang, they all share a common interest: a relationship developed with the Hong Kong Arts Centre over the years.

Just over a year ago, cinema lost two of its master directors with the deaths of Ingmar Bergman and Michelangelo Antonioni. As part of the summer Hong Kong International Film Festival there’s a mini-retrospective of the works of Ingmar Bergman. Gary Pollard, a long-time fan of the Swedish director, is in our studio to tell us more about the movies on show.

Art not only reflects the world around us. It’s also a way to show the inner world of the creator. For the mentally ill, it’s more than a form of creativity. It’s also a form of communication that allows them to reveal their inner realities. And it can even help them on the sometimes long road to recovery, as a new exhibition of work from patients of Castle Peak Hospital shows.

In our studio we have a performance by internationally award-winning local pianist Shum Kin-wai. He’s just returned from the 20th New Orleans International Piano Competition, where he was awarded the “Audience Prize”. For “The Works” tonight he plays Franz Liszt’s “Rigoletto Paraphrase”.

Want to take a look at the show? Click here to go straight to a streaming video.

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