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 ” .
The old and working-class district of Sham Shui Po has now become a hip and creative area. As The Works has highlighted in past programmes, many artists, art galleries and spaces, design workshops, boutiques and cafes have all decided to set up shop there due to the relatively affordable rent. One new enterprise in the neighbourhood is Mudheytong Gallery. The three Hong Kong ceramic artists who founded the space say they hope not only to promote the art but also to engage the community.
Established in 2013 by Justice Centre Hong Kong, the annual Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize honours artists who explore human rights issues both locally and internationally. Six prizes were awarded this year. The winning works are on show at the Goethe-Institut Hong Kong until 6th June.
Guitarist Alan Cheung draws on both rock and metal music for his influences. He played in the local progressive metal band, “Mystic Dream” until it was disbanded in 2012.
He recently released a new single, “Betray the Truth” that he says took him three months to write and record. He’s here to tell us more, about that piece and about his work in general.
As we’ve previously reported the Covid-19 pandemic has led to tough times for many in the arts and culture sector. Although the government has allocated $150 million from the “Anti-epidemic Fund” to help the sector, a fair number of people aren’t eligible to apply. Although the second phase of the fund does cover freelance workers, they have to have contributed to the Mandatory Provident Fund in 2019 in order to apply for a $7,500 subsidy. Established organisations can apply in the first phase. But some organisations are saying it’s too hard to get official recognition, in the form of registration, in the first place. And that has effects not only on funding but also – they say - on their democratic rights.
"Here will we sit, and let the sounds of music Creep in our ears: soft stillness and the night Become the touches of sweet harmony.” Shakespeare wrote many lines, like that one from “The Merchant of Venice”, praising music. Many of his plays contain songs and dances, Lance Mok, a London-based pianist-composer who recently returned to Hong Kong is here to talk about a project to combine the words of Shakespeare’s complete sonnets with music. Based in London and Hong Kong pianist-composer Lance Mok has a broad performance repertoire that ranges from Bach to Ligeti. He likes to juxtapose relatively unknown pieces with more popular works. Also an active composer, Lance is now working on a project to create song cycles out of William Shakespeare’s complete sonnets. He’s here to tell us more, along with a former guest of The Works, harmonicist Gordon Lee.