Lingnan University has played an active role in co-organising the International Kun and Noh Research Forum in June 2011, the first international exchange and research platform of kunqu of China and Noh theatre of Japan, which were proclaimed as intangible cultural heritage of humanity by the UNESCO in 2001.
Prof Stephen Chan Ching-kiu, Academic Dean of the Arts Faculty and Professor of Cultural Studies at Lingnan, served as one of the co-convenors and speakers of the forum. He said it was well-received by Mainland Chinese, Hong Kong and Japanese artists, directors, producers and researchers, who saw it as a great but rare opportunity to contemplate and exchange experience on issues related to the sustainable development of traditional performing art forms like kunqu and Noh theatre. The Kwan Fong Cultural Research and Development Programme (KFCRD) plays a key role in facilitating the institutionalisation of this pioneering project and the development of strategic plans for effective preservation of intangible cultural heritage (performing arts) in Asia.
Jointly organised by Zuni Icosahedron and Lingnan’s KFCRD in Hong Kong, Jiangsu Performing Arts Group Kun Opera House in Nanjing and Za-Koenji Public Theatre in Tokyo, the June Hong Kong forum was followed by similar meetings and workshops in Nanjing and Tokyo in the same month. Building on this foundational work, the team has concrete plans to hold the next forum in Hong Kong in November, and the next strategic session in Tokyo in April 2012. KFCRD will continue to play a leading role. Stay tuned!