Keeping you up to date with the latest from the KT Wong Foundation.

Lady Davies on Ruan Lingyu, on Huffington Post

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In a recently published Huffington Post article written by KT Wong Foundation founder Lady Linda Wong Davies, Lady Davies shares her views on Ruan Lingyu – the iconic film star from China’s silent era who tragically took her life at the age of 26 – the position of women in Chinese society in the early twentieth century and the importance of screening the re-mastered version of her iconic film “The Goddess” in the UK for the first time.

“The story of The Goddess highlights the challenges faced by an impoverished single mother and prostitute struggling to put her son through school. The female lead, whose name we never learn, suffers a series of escalating hardships and humiliations at the hands of punishing authority figures,” Lady Davies.

Read the full article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/lady-linda-wong-davies/bfi-london-why-its-time-f_b_5966544.html

KT Wong hosts Proms dinner for Long Yu & guests

Long Yu, Qigang Chen,  Li Nan, Lady Davies and guests

On July 18, a day before the China Philharmonic Orchestra’s debut at the BBC Proms, the KT Wong Foundation – a major sponsor of the orchestra’s Proms debut – hosted an exclusive dinner for Maestro Long Yu, composer Qigang Chen, president of the CPO Li Nan, esteemed guests and friends.

One of the most internationally renowned Chinese conductors today, Long Yu grew up during the Cultural Revolution, when Western classical music was banned. But he later won admission to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and, after working in Europe, founded the China Philharmonic in Beijing. Although neither Long nor the orchestra are strangers to Britain, Saturday’s concert was a historical, breakthrough moment for Chinese classical music: the CPO became the first Chinese orchestra ever to perform at the prestigious BBC Proms.

The concert also included the UK premiere of Joie Eternelle, a set of variations on a traditional Chinese melody for trumpet and orchestra, written for Alison Balsom by Qigang Chen, a renowned Shanghai-born, Paris-based composer and a pupil of Messiaen.

Photos of the exclusive dinner can be viewed on our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.560979764012274.1073741828.251129408330646&type=1

KT Wong Founder Interviewed on Thoughtful China

Lady Davies interviewed by Harry Hui for TV show 'Thoughtful China'

‘Thoughtful China’ – a weekly talk show about creative, media & business affairs in China – recently invited KT Wong Foundation founder Lady Linda Davies, on to the show to discuss her drive to build bridges and to initiate interaction between China and the West on a cultural level.

During the interview, Lady Davies talks to guest host Harry Hui about what inspired her to become a cultural ambassador between China and the West, the foundation’s key initiatives, China’s cultural ambitions and how Chinese enterprises can play a larger role in bridging Chinese art and culture with the rest of the world.

Watch the full interview here: 

http://show.thoughtfulchina.com/chinas-cultural-ambitions-en.html

 

The KT Wong Foundation are proud to present Ole Scheeren’s Archipelago Cinema

On the 27th August 2012 the KT Wong Foundation presented Ole Scheeren’s Archipelago Cinema – a floating auditorium that formed part of the official selection of collateral projects in the 13th International Architecture Exhibition.

An evocative outdoor theatre located within the old harbour basin Darsena Grande of the Arsenale, Venice’s historic shipyard, Scheeren’s Archipelago Cinema was opened by Lady Davies

Archipelago Cinema was opened by Lady Davies who also presented the world premiere of acclaimed documentary maker, Horst Brandenburg’s ‘Against All Rules’ that explores the work and philosophy of German-born and Beijing-based architect Ole Scheeren.

Attending guests included the BBC’s creative director, Alan Yentob, Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Martin Roth and Director of the Barbican, Sir Nicholas Kenyon.

The Foundation are delighted to be supporting Ole Scheeren’s Archipelago Cinema and the world premiere of Horst Brandenburg’s ‘Against All Rules’.  As an architect working between China and the West, Scheereen’s pioneering vision complements the core ethos of the Foundation – to establish innovative cultural conversations between China and the rest of the world.

To read more about Ole Scheeren’s Archipelago Cinema, visit:

www.buro-os.com

Lady Davies attends the Palazzo Polignac celebrating the 13th Architecture Biennale in Venice

In Conversation

The KT Wong Foundation is proud to announce In Conversation, a new and dynamic platform initiating critical, cross-cultural dialogue with leading figures from the international arts and cultural industries.  The Foundation will host In Conversation exclusively here at ktwong.org; keep checking back for updates!

Coming soon at www.ktwong.org:

Martin Roth, Director of the Victoria & Albert Museum, In Conversation with Philip Dodd

Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, In Conversation with Philip Dodd

In Conversation with Nick Dear, Playwright, Author and Screen Writer