Austin Wang | Louis Yu | Cheung Fai | Joris Janssens | Anna CY Chan | Low Kee Hong

Austin Wang (Taipei)
Director, Taipei Performing Arts Center

With a profound understanding of literature and the ability to exploit modern technology, Wang graces the theatre playground with his humor, insight and exuberance. He is one of a handful of theatre designers who could directly communicate with playwrights and convey his designing philosophy precisely with eloquence.

Wang received a BIAA award in Warsaw in 2004. In 2007, he sat on the judging panel of Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space (PQ) and acted as the convener of the Taiwan team. The Taiwan Exhibition won the Gold medal for the best use of theatre technology that year. He was the director of stage design at 2009 Deaflympics in Taipei. In 2014, he received National Award for Arts from The National Culture and Arts Foundation in Taiwan.

Louis Yu (Hong Kong)
Executive Director, Performing Arts, WKCDA

Louis Yu Kwok-lit joined the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority in 2010 as the Executive Director of Performing Arts. He is responsible for steering the planning and development of the performing arts facilities in the district, and for overseeing the strategies, governance, programming and operating models for these facilities.

Since joining West Kowloon, Louis has played a pivotal role in leading the design and construction of the Xiqu Centre, Freespace and the Lyric Theatre Complex. The team is now looking at the next stage of development.

Louis has overseen the launch and co-organisation of several talent-nurturing and artistic development programmes for Dance, Drama and Theatre Arts, Music and Xiqu, including “International Workshop Festival of Theatre”, “New Works Forum” and “Producers’ Network Meeting & Forum”. These programmes bring together artists and arts administrators from the region and around the world, including mainland China, Taiwan, France, Germany and the UK, to help initiate artistic exchange and collaboration.

He has also led the production and co-presentation of a number of well received audience development programmes, such as “West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre”, “Freespace Fest”, “Freespace Happening” and “Rising Stars of Cantonese Opera”.

Under his leadership, exchange initiatives have been established with cultural organisations in mainland China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and the UK. A Letter of Intent has also been signed with the Shanghai Center of Chinese Operas to begin a long-term partnership of operational exchange and collaboration on artistic development.

Louis has over 28 years of experience in arts administration and management. Before joining West Kowloon, he was the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and worked with the Hong Kong Arts Centre for 13 years, serving as the Executive Director from 2000 to 2007.

Cheung Fai (Beijing / Shanghai)
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, feverchina

Cheung has 30 years experience in the performing arts, cultural industry and media/marketing, of which 15 years were in China. He is Founder/CEO of feverchina and Shanghai Marvels Marketing, two cultural companies he founded in 2007; and Chief Strategic Officer of Beijing Artists Association. He was Artistic Advisor and Curator of Helsinki Festival’s China Focus Program; Artistic Advisor & Program Director of KunstenFestivaldesArts, Brussels; Associate Artistic Director of Franco Dragone Entertainment Group; CEO of Shanghai Zendai Himalayas Performing Arts Company and Artistic Director of DaGuan Theatre; Director of Production (Asia) of Jack Morton Worldwide; Producers of many international arts festivals, theatre/arts projects and touring, several big music festivals in China; Web Director of Corp; Editor-in-chief of CrossOver Art Magazine; Founder of International Association of Theatre Scenographer, Architect and Technicians (OISTAT) Hong Kong; Founder of International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC) Hong Kong; Advisor of School of Technical Arts - Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts, etc.

Joris Janssens (Brussels)
Head of Research, Flanders Arts Institute

Flanders Arts Institute is the supporting organisation for the arts in Flanders. Since 2001, he has been working at the Vlaams Theater Instituut (VTi), first as researcher and later as director. In 2015, VTi merged with the institutes for visual art and music to become Flanders Arts Institute. Janssens holds a Ph.D. on Linguistics and Literature: Germanic Languages from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. From 1997 to 2001, he worked at the Department Literatuurwetenschap, Netherlandic Studies of KU Leuven. In 2001, he worked at the Department for Nederlandistik, University of Vienna. He has published and edited books and articles, mainly on performing arts practice, policies and literary history.

Anna CY Chan (Hong Kong)
Head of Artistic Development (Dance), WKCDA

Anna CY Chan is the Head of Artistic Development (Dance) of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority. She is responsible for shaping the district’s artistic direction and strategies for dance.

Under her leadership, a series of “New Works Forum” programmes have been launched and co-presented, including “Dance Dialogue with Wayne McGregor”, “Screendance” and “Writing Choreographic Process”, etc. These programmes explore innovative forms of creating and performing, and new ways of discussing and thinking about topics related to contemporary performances.

In 2007, Anna became the Vice-President (East Asia) of the World Dance Alliance Asia Pacific. Prior to this, she was the Head of the Performing Arts Education Centre at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. During her tenure, the Centre created several successful community engagement projects, including “smARTS Journey” and “Performing Arts Marathon”. She was also the Chairperson of the Hong Kong Dance Alliance from 2006 to 2011.

Low Kee Hong (Hong Kong)
Head of Artistic Development (Theatre), WKCDA

Low Kee Hong is the Head of Artistic Development (Theatre) of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority. He is responsible for formulating the district’s artistic direction and strategies for Drama and Theatre Arts.

In this role, Kee Hong has overseen the launch and co-presentation of several projects, including the outdoor arts event series “Freespace Happening” and the world-wide exchange programme “International Workshop Festival of Theatre” – projects that have stimulated new discussion and discourse around contemporary modes of creation.

Before joining West Kowloon, Kee Hong was the Artistic Director and General Manager of the Singapore Arts Festival from 2009 to 2012. During that time, one of his key initiatives was the launch of “com.mune”, a year-long education and outreach programme designed to sustain the festival’s engagement with the public beyond individual shows. Kee Hong was also General Manager of the Singapore Biennale.