RTHK' s The Works focuses on Hong Kong's arts and cultural scene. The Works features news and reviews of visual and performing arts, design, literary and other “ works ” .
Modern day China is the backdrop for the political thriller, “Song of Grief”, by local theatre company, Cinematic Theatre. It’s the story of what happens when a man with a knife storms into an elite primary school and attacks children. It explores the conflicting motivations of those deciding just how the government should respond to, or cover up, the event and its motivating factors.
Last week, we looked at contemporary art in Tai Kwun, but of course the police station, court, and prison complex has also been part of its neighbourhood for more than a century and has been a major part of that neighbourhood’s history. The exhibition “100 Faces of Tai Kwun” tells 100 stories of the people who lived, or still live, in the nearby streets.
The town of Iznik in Turkey is known for its decorated pottery, highly coloured and emphasising, in particular, cobalt blue patterns under a colourless glaze. The tradition started in the last quarter of the 15th century but had diminished and practically disappeared by the end of the 17th century. But Iznik pottery is still a source of inspiration, and until the middle of August, the University of Hong Kong’s University Museum and Art Gallery is presenting 40 ceramic works by Turkish artists Mehmet Gursoy and Nida Olcar that fuse the tradition with contemporary design.
Now in its third year, the Altamira Hong Kong International Guitar Symposium is a chance for classical guitarists to meet, perform, chat, and explore the heritage and musical range of the instrument. The five-day event includes concerts, forums, and masterclasses, and features over 20 speakers from all over the world.
Joining us now in the studio are “SoloDuo” from Italy and the symposium’s organiser, Au Man-bun.