Conference on "BEYOND THE ‘BIG NINE’ – Rethinking the Future of Small and Medium Performing Arts Organizations in Hong Kong"


6 May 2016 - 7 May 2016


9:00am – 6:00pm


LT4, Yasumoto International Academic Park, Chinese University of Hong Kong


Professor William Byrnes (Southern Utah University, USA), Ms. Chen Yu-An Chen (Kang Chiao Bilingual School, Taiwan), Dr. Cheng Wai Pang Damian (CUHK), Prof. Huang Lan-Kuei (Taipei National University of the Arts, Taiwan), Ms. Joanna Lee (Independent Performing Art Administrator), Dr. Leung Wai Sze (HKAPA), Mr. William Wong (CUHK) and Miss Isabella Yun (CUHK)


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Event Details:

For the financial year 2014/15, the nine major Performing Arts Organizations (otherwise known as the ‘Big Nine’) secured over HK$330 million of direct funding from the government, while the Arts Development Council only received about HK$120 million, aimed to support the remaining pool of performing and visual arts organizations. This disparity has been the situation in Hong Kong for decades and it raises several issues worthy of discussions. The conference seeks to explore and discuss possibilities for performing arts organizations outside the ‘Big Nine’, in this current macro-environment. Possible topics include: 1. New thinking and directions in managing smaller performing arts organizations in Hong Kong. 2. New directions/ shifts in funding policies in Hong Kong. 3. New directions in fundraising for performing arts organizations outside the Big Nine. 4. The role of major performing arts organizations (the Big Nine) in the development of the performing arts landscape in Hong Kong. 5. Discussions of case studies from outside Hong Kong.