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High Wire Act: How a one-woman cultural exchange is connecting Europe and China

With it's eclectic programme of opera, art, architecture and design, the London-based KT Wong Foundation has been bridging the creative landscapes of Britain and China since 2007, and established itself as a cultural force. According to its founder, Lady Linda Wong Davies, the initial objective was simple. 'I just wanted to show that China's culture is [...]

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Lady Linda Wong Davies Shares a Glimpse of Her Personal Collection with House & Garden South Africa

Lady Linda Wong Davies, founder and chairman of the KT Wong Foundation, is a champion of the arts, both local and international, and shares a glimpse of her personal collection at her home in Cape Town.

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The Beggar’s Opera, directed by Robert Carsen will open at the Edinburgh International Festival

The Beggar’s Opera, directed by Robert Carsen will open at the Edinburgh International Festival on August 16th 2018, and follows a highly successful partnership in 2017 between Scottish Opera and the KT Wong Foundation to present Mark Anthony Turnage’s Opera Greek. The KT Wong Foundation’s ongoing partnership with the Theatre des Bouffes du Nord is [...]

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Theatre des Bouffes du Nord to support a new production of Beggar’s Opera

Director Robert Carsen has worked in many of the world’s most prestigious opera houses and theatres. The production’s original music direction is by William Christie, a pioneering figure in early music and founder of virtuosic Baroque ensemble Les Arts Florissants. With an eminent international cast of actor-singers, plus period musicians from Les Arts Florissants, this [...]

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George Benjamin’s Written on Skin will be performed at the Beijing Music Festival and at the Shanghai Symphony Hall

This year’s Beijing Music Festival (BMF) is taking the theme “East meets West”. It will be the first edition under new artistic director Shuang Zo, after festival founder and acclaimed conductor Long Yu announced this week that he is stepping down. “I’m proud to announce that I’m stepping down as artistic director of BMF after [...]

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The Beggar’s Opera at the Edinburgh Festival: updated for the Brexit era

It’s almost a relief to hear that when The Beggar’s Opera comes to the Edinburgh International Festival in August, it won’t be set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a convict ship or in any of the other unexpected locations to which this irrepressible work has been taken over the years. Instead John Gay’s “Newgate Pastoral”, which [...]

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BBC World News is broadcasting artist William Kentridge’s most ambitious project to date ‘The Head and the Load.’

BBC World News is broadcasting artist William Kentridge's most ambitious project to date combining music, dance, film projections, mechanised sculptures and shadow play to create an imaginative landscape on an epic scale. The BBC film explores the creation of 'The Head and the Load' which will bring to life the untold story of the hundreds [...]

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Africa Utopia celebrates the arts and culture of one of the world’s most dynamic and fast-changing continents.

In 2012, Southbank Centre launched Africa Utopia, a festival dedicated to bringing art and ideas from Africa and the African diaspora to audiences in the UK. We ask what the West can learn from this rapidly changing continent. Championed by Africa Utopia artistic collaborator, Senegalese singer and human rights advocate Baaba Maal, the festival’s first [...]

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The KT Wong Foundation is exclusive co-production partner of a new production of Beggar’s Opera

The KT Wong Foundation has agreed with the Theatre des Bouffes du Nord to support a new production of Beggar's Opera, directed by Robert Carsen in a new updated version in English by Ian Burton and Robert Carsen. Music direction is by William Christie and Les Arts Florissants. This opera is regarded as the original [...]

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The BBC Proms 2018: Anna Meredith & 59 Productions

A new work by Anna Meredith and 59 Productions, Five Telegrams draws on communications sent by young soldiers in 1918 and features specially-produced digital projections, creating a unique spectacle. With the BBC Proms Youth Ensemble conducted by Sakari Oramo. Richard Slaney, Managing Director of 59 Productions, says: "59 Productions are thrilled to be transforming the [...]

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Tate Modern commemorates the significant contribution of African men and women in the First World War

Tate Modern joins forces with 14–18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, to commemorate the significant contribution of African men and women in this conflict The world premiere of this major new work is performed against the dramatic backdrop of Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. William Kentridge’s latest project combines music, [...]

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“Courageous show is a tribute to hope and a sobering reminder” ✮✮✮✮✮

The Jungle review: Evening Standard Arts - "Courageous show is a tribute to hope and a sobering reminder" ✮✮✮✮✮ The velvet guts of the West End’s Playhouse Theatre have been ripped out for this raucous, passionate show, which takes us inside the infamous Calais Jungle. Miriam Buether’s design places a large chunk of the audience in [...]

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Festival dei Due Mondi di Spoleto to stage Robert Carsen’s The Beggar’s Opera

The Italian Touring Club is at the side, as in previous years, of the Festival dei Due Mondi di Spoleto now in its 61st edition. An unmissable appointment, which gives way to the Italian cultural summer - this year from 29 June to 15 July - with its original character and its international prestige. A [...]

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THE JUNGLE Wins South Bank Sky Arts Award!

The Jungle by Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson has won the South Bank Sky Arts Award in the 2018 Theatre category. The production is set in Europe's largest unofficial refugee camp, the Calais Jungle, which in 2015, became a temporary home for more than 10,000 people. A National Theatre and Young Vic co-production with Good [...]

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Long Yu has announced that Zou Shuang will take over the position Artistic Director

Long Yu, the pre-eminent Chinese conductor with an established international reputation has announced that Zou Shuang will take over the position Artistic Director. Long Yu will continue as the Chairman of the Art Committee at the Beijing Music Festival.

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Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Announces 2018-19 Season

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra announces 2018-19 season. The season includes the Chinese premiere of Sir George Benjamin’s Written On Skin, as part of the Beijing Music Festival.

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Robert Carsen’s production of Verdi’s masterful comic opera is filled with wit, humour and sheer joie de vivre

Old, large and lecherous, Sir John Falstaff can’t resist the ladies. But they can resist him, and three of them plot to put an end to his advances once and for all. After being tossed in a laundry basket and tipped into the Thames, Falstaff is feeling distinctly sorry for himself. But when the plot [...]

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The Edinburgh International Festival

The Edinburgh International Festival (3-27 August) 2018 will open with a free outdoor digital performance celebrating Scotland’s Year of Young People and reflecting on the centenary of the end of World War I. The opera programme features three staged productions across ten performances at the Festival Theatre and King’s Theatre, and two concert performances at […]

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DG Signs Long Yu and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra

Deutsche Grammophon has just announced an exclusive contract with the high-profile Chinese conductor Long Yu and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. In recent years China has experienced a massively expanding audience for classical music, while a number of its leading young soloists have achieved immense international prominence, not least the pianists Lang Lang, Yundi Li and [...]

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