Putting this all in perspective is "Mi Casa es su Casa," an exhibition by the Society for Community Organization (SoCO), in the subject-appropriate setting of a "tong lau” in Sham Shui Po, a district where urban decay is particularly severe.
Lack of housing, overcrowded living space and unhygienic living conditions are all problems Hong Kong residents face—but, for some, the problem is much direr.
HK Magazine: When did you start learning magic?
Avon Lee: I started quite late. I remember reading about a magic class in the newspaper when I was 23, and decided to go with some colleagues. At my first lesson, I asked the teacher, “How do you make a bill float?” He showed us the secret in a few steps. I was amazed at how simple it was. It was also the first time I understood the mechanics of a trick before I saw the performance, and it left a very strong impression on me.
Local magician Avon Lee is challenging the Guinness World Record for the most costume-change illusions in one minute. KK Rebecca Lai talks to him about his journey as a magician.
Other than the highlighted events below, the Hong Kong Arts Festival will bring an array of world-renowned shows. Advanced booking packages are available from now until August 20 for selected programs, and a full list of programs will be announced in early October 2012.
With a full line up of over 40 programs, the next Hong Kong Arts Festival (February 21st - March 22nd, 2013) is one of the biggest yet. If you missed out last year, take advantage of pre-bookings to secure yourself a spot well in advance.
Hennessy Cognac brings music fans together at the Kowloon Bay International Trade & Exhibition Centre (KITEC) on 10 August 2012, 9pm to 12 am.
Featured artists include hot rising diva and three-time nominee of the Golden Melody Awards for Best Mandarin singer from Taiwan, A-Lin; local rock band Mr., who has already performed twice at the Hong Kong Coliseum; new local duo of YouTube fame, Robyn & Kendy; son of local legend George Lam, Alex Lam; and Candian DJ Antwone.
Following Hennessy's expression, "Dare to pursue your dream," Hennessy Artistry presents 5 musical acts that combines music and mixology.
If you're ready to challenge yourself this summer, consider open water swimming. True, it’s not your typical beach day, or a hardcore training session at the pool, but open water swimming—with its waves, tides and unexpected currents, all while churning through longer distances than other aquatic events—presents a different kind of challenge.
From how to prepare to upcoming races, KK Rebecca Lai encourages you to leave the comfort of a swimming pool this summer.
(UK/USA) Comedy/Animation. Directed by Peter Lord, Jeff Newitt. Starring Hugh Grant, David Tennant, Imelda Staunton, Martin Freeman. Category I. 88 minutes. Opened Jul 26.
HK Magazine: What is your design philosophy?
William Lim: Architects have a kind of social obligation to improve urban environments. Architecture is about people. I always feel that architects are only doing maybe half of the job—the other half is really [done by] the occupant using the space. Whatever we do, the design has to be really appropriate for the function of the space. So for each problem, there’s a special way of solving it.
HK: Can you give us an example?
Developed by William Lim and Stanley Wong (anothermountainman), “Journey to Tomorrow” is a series of portraits in which people pose with an object that represents their vision of Hong Kong in 20 years. Lim tells KK Rebecca Lai about the project and his thoughts on architecture.
Featuring Korean groups Girls' Generation, U-KISS, SHINee and B.A.P., along with DJ Schedule 1, the concert promises a 2-hour K-pop dance party.
5 reasons why these groups might be worth your time:
Five Korean musical acts are gathering on July 2 at K-POP Nation Concert in Macau 2012.
Local artist Lee Kit is representing Hong Kong at the 55th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale 2013—one of the world's most important art events. As a leading artist in Hong Kong's contemporary art scene, Lee Kit is hoping to achieve the best exhibition and marketing outcome for Hong Kong.
Knowledge of Design Week (KODW), June 25 - 29 at Hotel Icon, presents an opportunity for businesses and organizations to exchange ideas on creative design. Focusing on the latest design engineering, applications and strategies, the conference aims at providing a platform for design exchange and education.
Highlighted events include the "Ageing and Design Conference," which features speakers from around the world sharing people-centered design solutions with an age-inclusive attitude.