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May brings, as every year, the Le French May Arts Festival. This year’s programme, which takes as its inspiration Victor Hugo’s “Life is a voyage”, is spread over two months and includes more than 120 events. We’ll be bringing you plenty from Le French May in coming weeks, but today we’re looking at the first Hong Kong exhibition of the work of painter, sculptor and conceptual artist Niki de Saint Phalle. On show at the Sha Tin Town Hall until early June are sculptures from her series “Nanas”.
In 2007, the play “War Horse” based on Michael Morpurgo’s popular novel for older children and young adults, premiered on stage. Set amidst the horrors of the First World War, it tells the story of a boy called Albert and his bond with his horse Joey. Michael Morpurgo himself thought staging the novel posed insurmountable problems and that the National Theatre of Great Britain, “must be mad” even to try. Well, thankfully they did try, and the production, as adapted by Nick Stafford, went on to wow audiences and critics in the West End and on Broadway, and win Olivier and Tony Awards. Directed by Marianne Elliot and Tom Morris, it’s on show in Hong Kong, accompanied by Chinese surtitles, until early June, and well worth a visit.
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra bass trombonist Pieter Vance Wyckoff was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2018. This year, the PVW Brain Tumor Foundation was set up in his name under the auspices of the Hong Kong Neuro-Oncology Society and with the support of musicians from the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. The foundation hopes to raise awareness of brain tumours and provide support for patients and their families. Next Tuesday, a group of Pieter’s friends and colleagues are giving a concert to launch the foundation. Some of them are here to tell us more.