This year Lingnan Arts Festival opened with Kunqu opera The Peony Pavilion performed by the rising stars of the Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe, Weng Jiahui and Yuan Jia, on 19 March. Vice-President Prof Jesús Seade and Dean of Faculty of Arts Prof Stephen Chan welcomed the 700-strong audience. Mrs Seade and Prof Meaghan Morris, Co-ordinator of Kwan Fong Cultural Research and Development Programme, presented bouquets to the actresses at the curtain call.
An evening concert of the RTHK Quartet on 26 March also drew more than 200 students, staff and members of the public.
On 20 March, Mr Ashish Rajadhyaksha, a senior fellow at India’s Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, shared with Lingnan staff and students the diversity and developments of Indian cinema beyond Bollywood. Among all the film excerpts shown, Ekta Kapoor’s Love, Sex aur Dhokha candidly exposes lives in three loosely-linked tales shot with hand-held amateur video camera, CCTV camera and hidden camera. As part of a larger body of work that Vivan Sundaram has done over urban waste, an experimental video titled Turning – shot in still and moving images – uses large amounts of waste materials to construct the cityscape.
On 22 March, the Art Gallery was packed with more than 100 students attending the Music Dialogue by renowned lyricist Chow Yiu-fai and singer-songwriter Ellen Loo.
A series of short films celebrating deaf culture will be shown on 2 April. Don’t miss it!