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Rosh Hashanah, in Hebrew means “head of the year”. It is the beginning of the year according to the traditional Jewish calendar and a time of inner renewal and divine atonement. This year’s celebration started last Monday on September 6th and ended on the evening of Wednesday, 8th. Rosh Hashanah is the first day of the High Holidays or “Days of Awe”, which ends with a 25-hour fast called Yom Kippur or "Day of Atonement" that begins on the evening of 15th September. It is the holiest Jewish holiday of the year, filled with traditions and meaning. Carol Man, a Hong Kong Chinese artist who has adopted the Jewish faith, has long been intertwining her cultural identities in her artistic journey.
At Tang Contemporary Art gallery, co-curators Giuliana Benassi and Michela Sena, have selected over 15 works by six young Italian artists that address the current period of instability and uncertainty in our world. The exhibition is called “Ineffable Worlds”. The artists taking part are Marta Mancini, Andrea Martinucci, Alessandro Giannì, Luca Grimaldi, Marco Eusepi, and Giulia Dall’Olio. Among the themes and subjects they examine are technology and the digital world, pop culture, nature and temporality, abstraction and figuration, space, and a “mythology of the future”.
The life expectancy of Hong Kong’s population, like that of many places elsewhere in the world, is longer than it used to be. Many societies are having to make new adjustments for ageing populations. The good news though is that in general, older people are staying healthier and active for longer. Old age is being redefined, and more of us are realising that getting older shouldn not necessarily mean giving up your sense of fun or your passions. The men who make up the local band, “Men of Winds” are all 50 or older. And their passion for music is undiminished.
Most of us in Hong Kong today are the descendants of people who came from Guangdong in the 19th to 20th centuries. As a result, the majority of Hong Kong’s population speaks Cantonese. A smaller percentage, now mostly the older generation and village residents, still speak other dialects. “LauZone” is a colloquial Cantonese term for non-Cantonese natives. It is also the title of a show in Tai Kwun’s “Spotlight” season of performing arts, that examines the relationship between identity and dialect.
"To be Continued”, the group exhibition currently on show at Sin Sin Fine Art, brings together the backgrounds, minds, experiences and styles of six artists from three generations. They are Ken Chung, Justin Hui, Grace Liu, Kate Ouyang, Wong Tong and Sin Sin Man herself, and they work in a variety of techniques and media including painting, photography, textiles, jewellery, and found, discarded or random everyday objects.
John and Michelle Phillips wrote the song “California Dreamin’” in the cold New York winter of 1963 as they were missing – and yes, dreaming of - sunny California days. It was first recorded by Barry McGuire, but it was their own version, as part of “The Mamas and the Papas, that made it popular around the world. “California Dream” is the title of local singer-song writer Helen Z’s new EP which contains eight English songs. Earlier this week, she came to our studio to tell us what California means to her.