Executive Education Programme “A Global Perspective on Cultural Exchange”

Hong Kong Belt Road City to City Cultural Exchange Conference 2019
Hong Kong Belt-Road City to City Cultural Exchange Conference 2019

Conveners: Danny Yung and Mathias Woo

Theme : International Cultural Exchange – Strategies and the Future

Global order of cultural exchange will face new challenges because of China.
How do we react to these changes? How to turn changes into opportunities?
Solid knowledge-base planning would help facilitate and empower the cultural sector to re-exam their role in the new world order…

A Global Perspective on Cultural Exchange
– An executive training approach

The 2019 Conference is structured as an executive education programme for cultural practitioners and future leaders, to learn about global trends and to gain insights on international cultural practices and strategies, covering core cities under Belt and Road Initiative. With their wealth of hands-on experiences and professional know-how, the invited international experts will take conference participants through a learning process with presentations, dialogues and panel discussions during the two-day event. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with experts and researchers, for inspirational perspectives as well as practical knowledge that would be applicable in their work situation.

International Experts Presentation + Conversation

Cultural practitioners with extensive experience will be sharing their insight on cultural exchange in the global context, and discuss the potentialities of cultural exchange for HK and China under Belt and Road Initiative.

•On Europe & Germany: Prof Hans-Georg KNOPP
•On North America & the US: Ms Rachel COOPER
•On Japan: Prof Yusaku IMAMURA
•On ASEAN & Singapore: Ms Minli HAN

Professor Hans-Georg KNOPP is a cultural scholar, former Secretary General of the Goethe-Institute. With extensive experience in Asia, he is currently the Senior Strategic International Consultant at the Shanghai Theatre Academy, Shanghai.

Ms. Rachel COOPER has been at the Asia Society since 1993 and is the Director for Global Performing Arts and Special Cultural Initiatives, who has developed arts and cultural projects with special focus in Asia.

Professor Yusaku IMAMURA is professor of Global Art Practice at the Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of Arts. He was founder and Director of Tokyo Wonder Site, and former Counsellor on Special Issue to the Governor, Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

Ms. Minli HAN is a cultural observer and independent researcher, currently a PhD candidate in Cultural Studies in Asia at the National University of Singapore. She is also an entrepreneur who founded Filmgarde Cineplexes in Singapore in 2007.

Cultural Exchange Network Research: report

The report of four on-going researches about cultural exchange networks will be presented, providing an overview of the cultural landscape and exchange activities of 4 x 6 cities under the Belt and Road initiative.

(1) Belt-Road Cities Network:
Athens, Berlin, Hanoi, Istanbul, New Delhi, Tel Aviv

(2) ASEAN Cities Network:
Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Kuala Lumpur, Phnom Penh, Singapore, Yogyakarta

(3) Greater China Cities Network:
Beijing, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Shanghai, Taipei

(4) Greater Bay Area Cities Network:
Dongguan, Foshan, Guangzhou, Macau, Shenzhen, Zhuhai


10 Sep (Tue) 0930 – 1200 Cultural Exchange Network Research: Report
10 Sep (Tue) 1400 – 1700 Cultural Exchange Network Research: Focus Group Workshop and Discussion
11 Sep (Wed) 0930 – 1300 International Experts Presentation + Conversation

International Experts

Hans-Georg KNOPP  (Berlin)
Rachel COOPER (New York)
Yusaku IMAMURA (Tokyo)
Minli HAN (Singapore)

Guest Speakers from Belt-Road cities

CHANG Ping-hung, Wallace (Hong Kong)
Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong

Pure Yichun CHEN (Hangzhou/ Zurich)
Board Member, Bowen Art Foundation

Özlem ECE (Istanbul)
Director of Cultural Policy Studies, Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV)

HUI Cheuk Kuen, Desmond (Hong Kong)
Professor, Department of Social Science, The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong

LEE Chee Keng (Singapore)
Assistant Professor of Practice, Yale-NUS College

LEE Li-heng (Taipei/ Shanghai)
Senior curator for arts festival and program in the great China region

LIU Xiaoyi (Singapore)
Founder and Artistic Director, Emergency Stairs

Pawit MAHASARINAND (Bangkok)
Director, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre

Patravadi MEJUDHON (Bangkok)
Founder, Director and Teacher, Patravadi School Huahin

NGUYEN Thi Thu Ha (Hanoi)
Director of VICAS Art Studio, Vietnam National Institute of Culture and Arts Studies (VICAS)

TSENG Sun-man (Hong Kong)
Adjunct Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong & SPACE, University of Hong Kong

Udayan Vajpeyi (New Delhi)
Life trustee of the Raza Foundation




Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Belt-Road Master Classes

The Belt-Road performing arts master classes advocate dialogue and interaction amongst from Yogyakarta, Phnom Penh, Shanghai and Tokyo with the public. The workshops feature art forms from contemporary dance, traditional/ contemporary Javanese dance, traditional/ contemporary Cambodian dance and Kunqu.

Cross-Cultural Workshops

1. Classical Javanese Dance and Chinese Kunqu Cross-Cultural Workshop

Artists: Didik Nini Thowok (Yogyakarta), Shen Yili (Shanghai)

Date: 5 Sep (Thu)

Time: 5:30pm – 7pm

Venue: Studio Theatre, HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity

2. Traditional Cambodian Dance and Japan Contemporary Dance Theatre Cross-Cultural Workshop

Artists: Makoto Matsushima (Tokyo), Nget Rady (Phnom Penh)

Date: 6 Sep (Fri)

Time: 5:30pm – 7pm

Venue: Studio Theatre, HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity

One Belt One Road Traditional/Contemporary Arts Demonstration and Guided Arts Appreciation

Didik Nini Thowok (Yogyakarta), Shen Yili (Shanghai), Nget Rady (Phnom Penh), Makoto Matsushima (Tokyo), Jason Kong (Hong Kong), Nattapon Wannaun (Hat Yai), Amin Farid (Singapore) and Sabrina Sng (Singapore)

Session 1

Date: 4 Sep (Wed)

Time: 11am – 12:30pm

Venue: Multi-media Theatre, HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity

Session 2

Date: 10 Sep (Tue)

Time: 3:30pm – 5pm

Venue: Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Academic Partner: HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity, Shanghai Kun Opera Troupe, Patravadi School (Hua Hin), Emergency Stairs (Singapore)

Artists from Belt-Road cities

Didik Nini Thowok (Yogyakarta)
A classical Javanese dancer from Yogyakarta pioneering in Asian cross-gender performing arts

Shen Yili (Shanghai)
A cross-disciplinary Kunqu artist from Shanghai who is a National Class One Performer and receiver of the Plum Blossom Award for Chinese Theatre

Makoto Matsushima (Tokyo)
A Japan contemporary dancer cum choreographer, theatre director and performer

Nget Rady (Phnom Penh)
A contemporary dancer from Phnom Penh specializing in traditional Cambodian male masked dance, particularly that of the monkey role

Jason Kong (Hong Kong)
A young Cantonese opera performing artist from Hong Kong

Nattapon Wannaun (Hat Yai)
A traditional Thai dance youth artist from Hat Yai, Thailand

Amin Farid (Singapore)
A traditional Malaysian dance youth artist from Singapore

Sabrina Sng (Singapore)
A Singapore contemporary dance youth artist





Multi-media Theatre, HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity



Studio Theatre, HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity



Studio Theatre, HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity



Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre