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Nominees- Best Ticketing Provider7-8-15

This was a category chosen by you the readers of HKELD! The ticketing market in Hong Kong has changed drastically over the past few years, including several digital startups and bilingual ticket services that aim to bring the Chinese and English speaking art communities together.

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Coming Soon... Chinese Opera Festival3-6-15

LCSD is sponsoring the third annual Chinese Opera Festival this summer in Hong Kong. Marked by a brilliant combination of opera, dances, acrobatics and martial arts, the festival is sure to delight parties of all ages and backgrounds.

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Preview-Doubt-Sweet and Sour Productions21-5-15

John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt was a smash-hit when it hit Broadway back in 2004. It walked away with tons of awards including Drama Desk Awards and Tonys. In 2005, it won Shanley the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was widely praised by critics for exploring tough issues within the Catholic Church. It was then made into a movie with Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Meryl Streep. Last year this production won 2 Hecklers for Best Director and Best Show. Sweet and Sour Productions is bringing back their award-winning show for a second run.

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In Pictures: Tsing Yi Bamboo Theatre Festival20-5-15

Presented at the football grounds for the next few days, the Tsing Yi Bamboo Theatre Festival is an annual celebration to honor the goddess of Tin Hau. It's a free exhibition of Opera; it also has food booths and crafts for sale.

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Third Culture Comes to HK19-5-15

What is Third Culture?

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Review-Macbeth-Sweet & Sour Productions17-4-15

The show starts as we enter a dim lit room. Who else is there to fill its presence but the three sinister Weird Sisters? Eerily lurking in their corners and conjuring the mists to rise around them. The set tells all: a solemn crown rests upon a Scottish flag in the midst of a floor marked with the signs of war – and above all this hangs a menacing and tattered blanket of ruin.

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Social Media as a Viable Tool for the Arts18-3-15

Recently, I attended a conference talk about advertising and the arts. One common question was asked in all the sessions. "Do you have experience in using social media and the inter-web in promoting theatre?" But it makes me think about how the landscape of theatrical advertising and outreach is changing in our modern era. In the "olden days" all one had was the three basics: 1) word of mouth 2) print 3) radio and tv...

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Review-Fight Night-Hong Kong Arts Festival1-3-15

I’ve been sceptical of politics and the democratic process since the year I first voted. It was 1979 and swept Mrs Thatcher to power. By the time I came out East in the ‘80s, the UK’s least worst system of ‘first past the post’ democracy - which had delivered ten years of non-majority ‘populism against the people’- seemed more of a charade than the unrepresentative but more economically efficient autocracies of colonial Hong Kong and mainland China.

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Review-The Paper Cinema's Odyssey-Hong Kong Arts Festival1-3-15

The Paper Cinema's performance of the Greek epic poem, Homer's Odyssey, was rather unique. It was actually an animation that could have been easily recorded and packaged into a DVD. But then, that's not the point. The brilliance and pleasure of The Paper Cinema is not only on what one sees or hears on the screen, but actually in witnessing how the animation, music and sound effects is created in realtime. It was like watching the "making of" of a movie while watching the movie itself.

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Review-Lionboy-Hong Kong Arts Festival28-2-15

The trouble with family friendly shows is that often as a parent you are consigned to having to endure patronizing messages wrapped in stories. They're full of plot holes and one dimensional characters, sugar coated with psychedelic colours, blinding colours and chipmunk music. Which makes this pleasant is when people who actually know what children are like, create stories and shows that children will actually like.

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