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Thomas Heatherwick talks about his visionary design for MOCAA

Thomas Heatherwick talks about his visionary design for Africa’s first major contemporary art museum, which opens today.

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Africa Modern: creating the contemporary art of a continent

On September 17th 2017 the KT Wong Foundation will launch its publication of Africa Modern: creating the contemporary art of a continent. The brainchild of Thomas Heatherwick, visionary British architect, and Lady Linda Wong Davies, chairwoman of the KT Wong Foundation, the book is a celebration of the creative wave sweeping Africa, with a generation [...]

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The MOCAA, described as ‘Africa’s Tate Modern’, will be the continent’s biggest ever art museum

In Cape Town, on one of the world’s most recognisable waterfronts in the world, a vast new art museum, the biggest ever in Africa, is about to open, creating the biggest buzz in the continent’s collective creative world for many years. The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) has already been described as “Africa’s [...]

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The story of a building: Thomas Heatherwick

I first came to Cape Town more than two decades ago, when my studio had just been set up. At that time the Grain Silo was yet another industrial building on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront hiding from everyone in plain sight, but it was also somehow a prominent feature of the city’s landscape as [...]

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On art and ambition: Sisonke Msimang

I grew up in a home filled with books. We had subscriptions to National Geographic and Reader’s Digest. There was art on our walls. My parents listened to the BBC every morning. On Sundays it was mandatory that my sisters and I spent two hours reading in the bedroom we shared. So it came as [...]

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BBC Proms: Gurrelieder, Royal Albert Hall – sheer beauty

Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO forged Schoenberg’s disparate elements into a cohesive whole. Saturday’s Prom, uniting the London Symphony Orchestra with its incoming music director, Simon Rattle, underlined that talent. Rattle, after all, delights in luscious Romantic soundscapes, and here you had to marvel at the sheer beauty of Schoenberg’s orchestration. The “sunset” prelude [...]

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Supporting a new opera production at Edinburgh International Festival 2017

The KT Wong Foundation is proud to be supporting Opera Ventures, a new company set up by John Berry, formerly the Artistic Director of English National Opera.  Its first project will be a collaboration with Scottish Opera on a new production of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Greek, which will be performed at the 2017 Edinburgh International Festival on 5th [...]

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The Beijing Music Festival

The Beijing Music Festival, endorsed by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China and the Beijing Municipal Government, was founded in 1998 by Maestro Long Yu, the Artistic Director of the Beijing Music Festival Foundation.  The festival has since become one of the most significant and creative cultural events in the world. […]

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The KT Wong Foundation commissions a unique musical soundscape for South Africa at the 57th Biennale de Venezia

Lady Linda Wong Davies’ KT Wong Foundation (KTW Foundation) has commissioned and curated a unique musical soundscape written by South African composer Neo Muyanga to accompany the video art work: Passage by Mohau Modisakeng. for the 57th Venice Biennale  The piece will be premiered in the South Africa Pavilion at 4pm on 10th May, followed by [...]

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A Gala Concert to Celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Rooster 2017

The KT Wong Foundation and the Philharmonia Orchestra present a gala concert to celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Rooster 2017. Join the Philharmonia Orchestra, Long Yu (Artistic Director of the Beijing Music Festival and Music Director of the China Philharmonic), Maxim Vengerov and a roster of top-flight musicians from East and West including […]

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Berg’s gritty exploration of desire at ENO in unforgettable staging from celebrated artist and director William Kentridge.

Everyone falls victim to her fascinating beauty and irresistible magnetism. But it would be too simple to see her as a dangerous and amoral seductress. Maybe Lulu herself is really the victim? Even before she meets someone more deadly than she is. With a highly emotional and intensely expressive score, Lulu is one of the […]

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Robert Carsen directs a new production of Strauss and Hofmannsthal’s charming operatic comedy.

Der Rosenkavalier was Richard Strauss’s first original collaboration with the playwright Hugo von Hofmannsthal, following quickly on the heels of Strauss’s adaption of Hofmannsthal’s play Elektra. It marked the start of one of opera’s most important artistic partnerships: in his libretto for Der Rosenkavalier, as with their later collaborations, Hofmannsthal produced a text of astonishing […]

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KTWong Foundation hosted the post-performance party of the opera “A Midsummer Night’s dream” in Beijing

15th, October, KTWong Foundation proudly hosted the post-performance party of the opera “A Midsummer Night’s dream” at Beijing Sanlitun CHAO. Invited the cast and crew of the production “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and friends of the Foundation.

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KT Wong Foundation and Beijing Music Festival presented the “Masterclass: In conversation with Robert Carsen”

On 13th October the KT Wong Foundation introduced a new in depth interview series called Masterclass: In Conversation at the 19th Beijing Music Festival. Robert Carsen, one of the world’s leading opera directors opened the inaugural session coinciding with the China premiere performance of his seminal production of Benjamin Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream from the […]

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream is coming to Beijing Music festival!

In February 2016, the Beijing Music Festival announced its extensive cooperation with the renowned Festival d’Aix en Provence in the next 5 years. Benjamin Britten’s opera “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, the first project after the announcement, will be unveiled at the BMF this year at the Poly Theatre on Oct 15th and 16th. This unique […]

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Masterclass: In Conversation with Robert Carsen – Celebrating 30 Years in Opera in Beijing.

The KT Wong foundation and Beijing Music Festival are proud to present Masterclass: In Conversation with Robert Carsen – Celebrating 30 Years in Opera. It will host by James Chau and hosted at CHAO Sanlitun on 13th October. Robert Carsen was born in Canada and trained as an actor in Toronto and the UK. His […]

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LD’s dinner w Benedict Cumberbatch and Jiang Wen

On 11 July, LD had a relaxed dinner with Benedict Cumberbatch and his wife Sophie Hunter, the Chinese top director and actor Jiang Wen, his wife Zhou Yun, also a famous actor, in restaurant Park Chinois in London. Benedict Cumberbatch took a break from the shooting of BBC series “Sherlock” and go back to London […]

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Festival d’Aix & Beijing Music Festival Sign Five-Year Agreement

Two of the world’s most renowned music festivals have agreed an historic five-year artistic collaboration, orchestrated by the KT Wong Foundation. Bernard Foccroulle, Artistic Director of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, and Long Yu, Founder and Artistic Director of the Beijing Music Festival, signed an agreement on 10th October 2015 that will see an exchange of the […]

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The KT Wong Foundation Launches Young Chinese Musicians Scholarship Fund at The Palace of Versailles, France.

On 22nd June 2015, the KT Wong Foundation will be launching a new fund to help talented Chinese students to study in Europe. The Young Chinese Musicians Scholarship Fund will be launched to a specially invited audience in the beautiful Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles. Renowned Chinese Pianist Lang Lang will play for an […]

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Foundation Hosts Reception for Semele Premiere at BAM

Lady Davies, founder and chair of the KT Wong Foundation, hosted a special reception ahead the US premiere of Semele, which premieres at BAM, New York on March 4. This production of Semele, co-produced by the KT Wong Foundation and Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie | de Munt, sets a new standard in the fusion of […]

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