Daily Archives: March 13, 2015


EVENT – Where Beer Meets Knowledge: “Raising the Bar” Talks

Raising the Bar, an international NGO aimed at making education a part of a city’s popular culture, will hold its first mass education event in Hong Kong on March 31st.

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Ten top academics from local universities will be giving lectures in bars scattered around Central, Sheung Wan and Soho, on topics from Internet freedom to ethnic tension, fiction writing to community innovation. They include: Avron Boretz (CUHK), Cesar Harada (Goldsmiths), Chan Sze-Chi (BU), Dekai Wu (HKUST), Jason Ng (HKU), Karen Laidler (HKU), Kristof van den Troost (CUHK), Lokman Tsui (CUHK), Puja Kapai (HKU), Xu Xi (CityU)

The aim, like its original New York event, is to bring outstanding higher educators from the ivory tower to a wider community. Venues include the Boom Art Bar, Club 71, Culture Club, Fringe Club, KEE Club, Libertine, Little Lab Central, Orange Peel, Salon No. 10, and Sense 99.


PHOTOGRAPHY – Highlights from Art Basel Hong Kong 2015, Hall 1

Hong Wrong at Art Basel 2014

Art Basel 2015 has kicked off with public show dates from Sunday, March 15th to Tuesday, March 17th.

Tickets start from HK$250 via HK Ticketing. (Advance tickets for Sunday are sold out, but a limited number are available on the door)


HISTORY – Fascinating, Newly Restored Old Hong Kong Newsreels: Part 2

The news and film archive British Pathé have uploaded a number of short, revealing old newsreels related to Hong Kong (click here for Part 1). Many of the 1-minute vignettes give an insight into how Britain saw its role in the world, whilst some of the clips are steeped in Orientalist mystification.

Here is an early clip from 1932 celebrating the discipline and loyalty of the colony’s Indian troops, as they “impressed” the “natives” of Hong Kong…