With cultural landscapes changing at a rapid pace, the need to balance artistic pursuits and audience development has become a common challenge for producers across all disciplines. To reflect the theme of this year’s Producers’ Network Meeting & Forum – “Championing Innovation” – our Public Forum brings together three representatives from mainland China, Taiwan and the UK to share their experiences of challenging the status quo.

Emma Gladstone, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Dance Umbrella in the UK, shares her experience of repositioning and rebranding a long-established international festival, looking at the progress made in reaching new audiences and the tools she employs day to day to maintain a spirit of invention. Crystal D, an independent curator working in mainland China, shares her experience of organising the Xintiandi Performing Arts Festival in Shanghai, examining the ways in which the festival has integrated performing arts into the city’s commercial and public arenas, and the opportunities that the use of innovative performance spaces has been created for practitioners. And Lin Fang-Yi, an independent curator, critic and composer in Taiwan, shares her experience of creating a comprehensive new support system to help promote contemporary music within the developing Taiwanese music industry and nurture the international development of Taiwanese musicians.

18 May 2018 (Friday) 

2:30pm – 5:00pm 

Jockey Club Hall, Asia Society Hong Kong Center 

Target Participants:
Producers, curators, arts administrators, cultural management students and arts organisations

Conducted in Mandarin and English with Cantonese, Mandarin and English simultaneous interpretation 

Emma Gladstone (Artistic Director and Chief Executive, Dance Umbrella, United Kingdom)
Crystal D (Independent curator, mainland China)
Lin Fang-Yi (Independent curator, critic and composer, Taiwan) 

Alison Friedman (Artistic Director, Performing Arts, WKCDA)
Anna CY Chan (Head of Dance, Performing Arts, WKCDA)
Low Kee Hong (Head of Theatre, Performing Arts, WKCDA)
Kung Chi Shing (Artistic Associate (Music), Performing Arts, WKCDA) 

Free admission. Limited capacity on a first come, first served basis. 

Online registration is now closed.

Adverse Weather Arrangement:
If a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is in force after 10:30am on the day of the event, the talk will be cancelled. If a black rainstorm warning is in force 2 hours before the event, the organiser will decide if the event will continue as scheduled. Announcements will be made here.

The organiser reserves the right to change the programme content and speakers. All changes will be announced on the website. 

Ms. Wong (852) 2200 0808, pa1@wkcda.hk