監製:Diana Wan


    With his passion for classical and fingerstyle guitar, local guitarist Jacky Lau has appeared on the show several times. In 2013, he brought guitar masters Tommy Emmanuel and Martin Taylor to our studio. But he has recently been facing somewhat tough times. We paid him a visit to see how music and his faith keeps him going.

    As it has for more than two years, Covid-19 is still circulating worldwide, with different places adopting a wide range of strategies to control or attempt to live with it. It continues to make life difficult, not only – of course - for those who catch it, but also for organisations, including arts and music organisations, setting up events with international participation. For the annual Hong Kong Arts Festival, it has meant many adjustments to planned programming. Now, as Hong Kong is facing its fifth wave of the pandemic, many of this year’s planned in-venue programmes, such as a collaboration with Tai Kwun, have had to be cancelled. Still the festival has continued, with many overseas programmes accessible through online viewing. Its programme director Grace Lang is here to tell us more about that, and about the fourth edition of “No Limits”, a programme that showcases artists of different abilities.

    聯絡: wanyt@rthk.hk


    • The opening of Hong Kong Palace Museum, “31 Women”@10 Chancery Lane Gallery & in the studio: jazz band Fair Oaks Group

      The opening of Hong Kong Palace Museum, “31 Women”@10 Chancery Lane Gallery & in the studio: jazz band Fair Oaks Group

      Eight months after the opening of M+ museum in the West Kowloon Cultural District, the public had its first chance to visit the Hong Kong Palace Museum starting this month. With its capital cost provided by a HK$3.5 billion donation from The Hong Kong Jockey Club, the seven-storey museum is to showcase more than 900 items from the Palace Museum in Beijing.

      In 1943, Peggy Guggenheim presented “Exhibition by 31 Women” at her Art of This Century gallery in New York. It was one of the first exhibitions in the United States dedicated entirely to works by women. Until the end of July, “31 Women Artists – Hong Kong” at the 10 Chancery Lane Gallery is following in its footsteps: celebrating 31 local female artists. Curator Caroline Ha Thuc says the show is not intended to be a feminist exhibition, partly because many artists do not want themselves or their work to be classified solely by gender. Instead it’s an acknowledgement of the practices and the vitality of a wide range of work, featuring artists from different generations and diverse backgrounds, working in a variety of contexts and mediums.

      The founding members of the Fair Oaks Trio met in 2013 while studying at the Los Angeles Music Academy. They took their name from the avenue in which the academy is located. Since then, the original trio has expanded to become the Fair Oaks Group, and often collaborated with other musicians. The ensemble aims to “orchestrate ear-delighting and fair” – in the sense of pleasing to the mind - moments for its listeners. They are with us right now to tell us more.

    • Artist Sara Tse, Koak@Perrotin & in the studio: woodwind chamber ensemble, “M-eureka”

      Artist Sara Tse, Koak@Perrotin & in the studio: woodwind chamber ensemble, “M-eureka”

      The process of making porcelain was perfected in China somewhere between 1,200 and 2,000 years ago. It spread through Asia and as far afield as Europe, but was so identified with its place of origin that many English-speaking countries still call the final product “China” to this day. Porcelain is known for its hardness, whiteness, and translucency, and for its mix of durability, malleability, and beauty. For local artist Sarah Tse, these qualities make it ideal for preserving objects, emotions, and memories, and as “a tool for memory”.

      The San Francisco-based artist Koak has a Masters’ degree in Comics from the California College of the Arts. Her works may remind you of that comic influence and also of the work of Henri Matisse and Joan Miró, many focus on the lived experience and feelings of women. Currently on show at Perrotin gallery, “The Driver”, her first solo exhibition in Hong Kong, showcases her recent paintings and sculpture. The works were mostly created during the Covid pandemic, and express a range of emotions, including a sense of isolation and pressure, that many of us can identify with experiencing over the last two years.

      The woodwind chamber ensemble M.eureka! is made up of young professional musicians, all of whom are graduates from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
      They say the “M” from M.eureka! stands for music, and it’s combined with the ancient Greek word “eureka”, meaning “I have found it”. The ensemble aims to focus not only on the traditional chamber music repertoire but also on newly arranged orchestral works. Some of its members are with us now.

    • Digital art in HK, Chi Wing-lo@Kwai Fung Salone & in the studio: Sea Island Ferry x MOA

      Digital art in HK, Chi Wing-lo@Kwai Fung Salone & in the studio: Sea Island Ferry x MOA

      The enthusiasm in the art world for non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, continues. According to “The Art Market 2022” report, the value of NFT sales on the Ethereum, Flow and Ronin blockchains grew from US$4.6 million in 2019 to US$11 billion in 2021. The value of cryptocurrency has seen a lot of volatility lately, but the digital database and the technology itself: blockchain in the form of a public ledger, has made major inroads in the art market. It has also brought digital art to the fore, and that has brought new opportunities even for some Hong Kong artists.

      Hong Kong born Lo Chi-wing studied architecture at Harvard University. For decades, with his Italy-based company Dimensione Chi Wing Lo he’s focused predominantly on furniture design. Now based in Athens, Greece, he has also over the years developed a multi-disciplinary practice that includes architecture, interior design, furniture, object design and sculpture. He says he sees his objects and sculptures as “artefacts from an imaginary civilisation”. Many of them are on show until the end of July at Kwai Fong Salone in Tai Kwun in the exhibition: “Angels from Infinity”. Inspired by his childhood growing up in a small fishing village in the Eastern part of Hong Kong, the works, Lo says, represent his “angels”: spiritual companions that have guided and accompanied him since his youth, allowing him to escape from the mundanity of time and his surroundings.

      It’s 60 years since Hong Kong’s City Museum and Art Gallery, later split into the Museum of History and the Hong Kong Museum of Art, opened in City Hall.
      To celebrate that anniversary, the Hong Kong Museum of Art has organised a series of events, including the exhibition “In-between”, that features items from its four core collections. The exhibition also features a collaboration with local musical ensemble Sea Island Ferry.

    • Inclusive art programme,

      Inclusive art programme, "Arts Make SENse", "Emo gym"/"Double vision"@Tai Kwun & in the studio: Carpio Brothers

      We can all get something out of making art. It can be particularly helpful for people with special education needs, helping to boost cognition and learning, communication and interaction, and emotional and mental health. Artist Pak Sheung-chuen has been working as a consultant with social workers and SEN students on a three-year project encouraging them to express themselves through art. Last month, some of the works resulting from that project were on show at the Hong Kong Arts Centre.

      In today’s Arts Diary: two parallel exhibitions at Tai Kwun, “emo gym” and “Double Vision”, both of which focus on our experience and awareness of reality in delicate times. In “emo gym”, seven Hong Kong artists’ explore the effects of the digitalisation of human experiences and relationships, while “Double Vision” features interpretations by 14 international and local artists of the concepts of déjà vu and parallax.

      Music has been part of the Carpio family’s life for generations, and they’ve long been familiar to Hong Kong audiences. Tony Carpio’s family moved here from the Philippines when he was a teenager. His father and uncle were both musicians. Tony himself worked in the jazz genre and with big bands. Other family members such as Teresa and Rita Carpio are known for their contributions to the Cantopop scene. Tony Carpio came to Hong Kong when he was a teenager. His father and uncle were musicians. His dad was not particularly keen on him becoming a musician. He did anyway, fortunately, playing a variety of instruments including the electric and acoustic guitar, piano, bass, tenor banjo and flute. His career has encompassed making music with his big jazz band and smaller ensembles, producing, composing and music education. Chris and Bernard, his sons, are carrying on the family tradition. They are here to tell us about more about their musical heritage.

    • Art Basel HK & Art Central; Para Site@Art Basel & Art Tram Project

      Art Basel HK & Art Central; Para Site@Art Basel & Art Tram Project

      Thanks to the gradual relaxation of social distancing rules and Covid-restrictions in venues, and to the return of Art Basel Hong Kong and Art Central, the city’s art lovers have, in the past couple of weeks, once again had a chance to encounter a wide range of new works from both local and international artists. Although inbound travellers don’t have to spend quite as much time in quarantine as they did over the past two years, Covid-related restrictions still had some effect on both art fairs. Both were scaled down compared to the 2019 editions, partly for logistic reasons and partly because fewer collectors from the mainland and the rest of the world were expected to attend.

      As we saw earlier in the show, there was enthusiastic participation from local galleries, collectors, and artists in both Art Basel Hong Kong and Art Central this year. And their enthusiasm was shared by the public. Tickets sold out fast. Apart from giving galleries the chance to present and sell artworks, both fairs collaborate with art and cultural institutions in organising talks and programmes to highlight individual artists and engage with the public. The two fairs might be over for this year, but there are still many ongoing cultural events, and a lot of home-grown artistic talent, for us to keep an eye on.

    • Sugar & bamboo artist Louis To, Vivian Maier@f22 foto space & in the studio: guitarist Eugene Pao & pianist Ted Lo

      Sugar & bamboo artist Louis To, Vivian Maier@f22 foto space & in the studio: guitarist Eugene Pao & pianist Ted Lo

      Sugar art is the art of making centrepieces or sculptures entirely with sugar or sugar derivatives. The finished works can be both edible and decorative. Sugar art is said to date back to at least 3,500 BC in Egypt and possibly even further to 4,000 BC in Papua New Guinea when islanders in Papua New Guinea cut sugar cane for its sap. It was highly popular in Europe in Medieval times, and also has a long history in China, We’ve been talking to one man in Cheung Chau who makes sugar art, and he is known as the Sugarman.

      In 2007, two years before she died, former nanny Vivian Maier failed to keep up payments on storage space she had rented in Chicago. The goods she’d stored were auctioned. Three individuals bought some of her possessions, most going to John Maloof. They included 150,000 photographs, negatives, prints, hundreds of rolls of film, home movies, and audio interviews. John Maloof eventually discovered more about her only after reading a notice of her death in March 2009. Maier was born in New York City to an Austrian father and a French mother. She was unknown as a photographer during her lifetime, keeping her work to herself, but the images she had stored soon revealed her to have been a rare artist, specialising in capturing the life she saw on the streets. She sometimes even photographed herself. You can currently see a series of her self-portraits at f22 foto space as part of Le French May Arts Festival.

      “Jazz in the Neighbourhood” is a series of concerts funded by the government’s Venue Partnership Scheme. The organisers aim to promote jazz performances and educational programmes in Tsuen Wan Town Hall over the coming four years. The opening concert is next week, with guitarist Eugene Pao headlining. He is also releasing his first studio album in over 20 years. Joining him right now to tell us more are Clarence Chang and pianist Ted Lo, who’s also having a new solo album.

    • Miniature art, Amir H. Fallah@Denny Dimin Gallery & in the studio: Anna Lo & VSing

      Miniature art, Amir H. Fallah@Denny Dimin Gallery & in the studio: Anna Lo & VSing

      Humans have been creating miniature representations of reality since prehistoric times. Many of the earliest were funerary objects, but throughout the history of art miniatures have come in the form of paintings, drawings, engravings, book illustrations and sculptures. Miniature paintings came to the fore in the Renaissance, and portrait miniatures were particularly popular in Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries. Miniatures are a way of preserving memories, and here in Hong Kong, as elsewhere, some create them to capture things that may disappear, or that have already gone.

      And still on miniatures, miniature paintings have been a significant form of Persian art since the 13th century. Iranian native, Amir H. Fallah moved to the United States when he was a boy. His paintings explore portraiture. He says he’s interested in “turning the history of portraiture on its head”, and he draws on Persian miniatures as well as Western painting and imagery to deconstruct portraits and examine such issues as migration, celebration, and trauma. On show at Denny Dimin Gallery is the artist’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong. “Joy as an Act of Resistance”. It’s a new body of work about the psychological fatigue, the challenges, and feelings of bleakness, created by the Covid pandemic. For Fallah, creativity is a way of finding joy even in the face of pressure.

      Since its inception more than 70 years ago, the International Society for the Performing Arts has organised semi-annual ISPA Congresses at which performing art leaders and other participants get together to discuss ideas and issues related to their work. Twice a year, they organises congresses to bring together creative minds, practitioners, and leaders of the performing arts from different countries. Each year, one takes place in New York, the other in a city elsewhere in the world. Hong Kong is hosting one of this year’s congresses from 24 to 27 May. For the first time, the four-day congress will be livestreamed this year. It will include events such as panel discussions, the pitching of new works, and performance showcases. Composer, songwriter, pianist, singer and conductor, Anna Lo is one of the featured artists. She’s with us now.

    • Glass artist Wong Kwok-chung, Ibrahim Mahama@White Cube & in the studio: harmonicist Cy Leo's

      Glass artist Wong Kwok-chung, Ibrahim Mahama@White Cube & in the studio: harmonicist Cy Leo's "Harmonica Heroes"

      There are few materials more useful or aesthetic than glass, whether we want to look through it, drink from it, or make beautiful or decorative objects with it. People have been making and using the material for at least 3,600 years. New creative possibilities were opened up with technological advances from the glassmakers of the island of Murano in Italy, sometimes said to be the birthplace of modern glass art. Here in Hong Kong, despite the limitations of space, there are those still working creatively with glass.

      Ibrahim Mahama’s first exhibition in White Cube Hong Kong, “Half of a Yellow Sun”, features fabric paintings in which he explores the history of materials, cultural identity and commerce. The title of the exhibition is inspired by Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel about the Biafran War in the 1960s. Over the years, Mahama has collected materials, exchanging new cloth for old, mostly from female traders in markets across Ghana. Some of the most colourful fabrics he uses are “Dutch wax” prints, originally made and traded by Dutch companies operating along the coastline of West Africa in the 19th century. For him, the fabrics act as cultural metaphors, representing the diversity of national and pan-African identity and history.

      Although many Covid-19 social-distancing rules have eased and arts and performance venues re-opened, it’s now too late for some previously cancelled or postponed performing arts events and activities to take place according to their original plan. One such event is “Harmonica Heroes”, a Hong Kong Arts Festival programme in Tai Kwun. Curated by harmonicist Cy Leo, the concert was originally going to have over a hundred harmonicists perform classical, folk, blues, and jazz pieces in the open air. It’s still happening, but the format has changed. Cy Leo is here to tell us more.

    • CHAT’s “The Spinning East Asia Series II” exhibition & in the studio:  CCDC's Astor Piazzolla’s Tango Operita

      CHAT’s “The Spinning East Asia Series II” exhibition & in the studio: CCDC's Astor Piazzolla’s Tango Operita "Maria de Buenos Aires"

      The Mills’ non-profit cultural arm, the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile, or CHAT, focuses on exhibitions and co-learning programmes related to woven textiles. Last year, they organised “Spinning East Asia”, inviting more than 40 artists, designers, and researchers from the region to examine the socio-cultural complexity of textile culture. The first part of the project was exhibited last year, and the second part is currently on show until early August.

      Astor Piazzolla created his only tango opera, “Maria de Buenos Aries” in 1967 with a libretto by poet and lyricist Horacio Ferrer. A pioneering work in the new style of tango, Nuevo Tango, the two-part opera brings together scholarly writing, popular melodies, jazz, tango, and classical music. It should be performed by at least three vocalists, narrators, orchestration, and - often - dancers. This month the City Contemporary Dance Company is presenting the opera: the story of the birth and death of Maria, a prostitute born on a day “when God was drunk”, under Helen Lai’s direction and choreography. Some of those involved in the production are here to tell us more.

    • New art spaces: Sunsmith and Odds & Ends, HK old photos@ASHK & in the studio: True Colors Symphony

      New art spaces: Sunsmith and Odds & Ends, HK old photos@ASHK & in the studio: True Colors Symphony

      Many welcomed the government’s announcement last week of a relaxation of pandemic-related restrictions. Restaurants can welcome customers at night. Cinemas, museums, and performance venues can open again. So can art galleries. And as Art Basel Hong Kong and Art Central prepare for their upcoming events, many are hoping to get back to business as usual. There are even some new kids on the block.

      Hong Kong changes fast. That can be a good thing, but one side effect is that we can quickly lose connections with our past and forget the way Hong Kong and its people used to look. Photographers, both those based here and those passing through, help to preserve that past. On show at the Asia Society’s Hong Kong Center until early June are 87 photographs of Hong Kong from the 1940s to the 1970s through the eyes of three such photographers. German photographer Hedda Morrison arrived in 1946 and stayed for six months. She photographed Hong Kong’s people and its streets. New Zealand-born Brian Brake came in 1957 and lived here, on and off, up to the mid-1970s. Singaporean sailor Lee Fook Chee arrived in 1947, worked as a photographer for many years, and remained here until his death in 2012.

      The PMA Music Foundation (PMF) was set up in 2003 to promote inclusivity and to enable musicians and other inspirational figures to work with those often side-lined by society. In 2019 the organisation founded True Colors Symphony, an inclusive orchestra, to develop and highlight the musical talents of the differently-abled, and those from different demographic groups and ethnicities. The Symphony also has 66 choir members. In 2020, they gave their inaugural performance at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Project manager Mandy Li and erhu player Yang Enhua are here to tell us more.