In the Show – 5th January, 2010

In 1999, the former Hong Kong Fringe Festival was transmuted into the City Festival. Apart from the performing and visual arts, the festival includes cultural exchange projects, heritage and living history programmes, workshops on urban studies, and more.

It has also, each year, spotlighted different cities around the region, including Adelaide, Kaohsiung, Seoul, Bangkok, Shanghai, and Singapore.

This year, it’s looking a little closer to home, to Guangdong, and among the acts featured will be many Guangdong-based folk musicians.

Three years ago, producer Emmanuel Benbihy asked 21 directors to each make a short segment focusing on a different neighbourhood of Paris. For a movie called “Paris, je t’aime”. Now he’s returned with a similar formula in “New York, I love you”. This time there are fewer directors, and perhaps New York doesn’t have quite the same romantic cachet as Paris. Gary Pollard tells us more.

The day before we aired was the final day of the Hong Kong-Pinoy Theatre Festival, which had been running since December 4th. Organised by The Asian People’s Theatre Festival Society, it included a series of workshops that encouraged people from different ethnic groups to share their stories. We spoke to some of the participants.

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