Liberatum Hong Kong
27-29 April 2012
Liberatum will hold it’s first Hong Kong International Festival & Summit from 27th-29th April 2012. Liberatum Hong Kong will bring together international cultural icons, creative leaders and acclaimed artistic minds to Hong Kong to connect them with their counterparts in Asia through an original and captivating programme. Liberatum aims to celebrate contemporary Hong Kong culture and the modern face of the city.
After the great success of Liberatum festivals in different parts of the world including Istancool in Istanbul, Liberatum’s founder and artistic director Pablo Ganguli and Liberatum co-founder and creative director for Hong Kong and Mainland China, Rosey Chan will bring leading artistic personalities from the world over to Hong Kong, with a programme aimed at captivating and opening global minds. Some of the participants confirmed to attend include legendary singer Marianne Faithfull, renowned American screenwriter and filmmaker Paul Schrader, Nobel prize winning author Sir VS Naipaul, Wing Shya, Rosey Chan, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, Terence Koh, Neil LaBute and Mike Figgis among many others.
Liberatum Hong Kong promises to be a mesmerising festival of art, design, fashion, literature, film, music and ideas. Building on the achievements of the previous global festivals, our vision is to produce an awe-inspiring three-day cultural convention, featuring a diverse and stimulating programme, and further raising the profile of Hong Kong as a forward-thinking world city. Liberatum HK will enhance the reputation of Hong Kong as a great cultural city and pay tribute to Hong Kong’s cultural heritage. It will present an ambitious and original programme, which will aim to place Hong Kong firmly at the centre of the international cultural scene in 2012.
Hong Kong continues to evolve and an event such as Liberatum Hong Kong 2012 will serve to nurture the city’s cultural identity locally and on the world stage.
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The international cultural diplomacy foundation Liberatum connects the world’s finest cultural and media minds through global inspiring festivals, summits and illuminating cultural celebrations. Our objective is to further strengthen relations between different countries through the power of the arts. Liberatum festivals mix film with millinery, art with literature, fashion with poetry and opera with architecture in alluring and riveting ways. Our mission is to present global audiences with remarkable programmes of the highest calibre featuring world renowned cultural icons as participants. Liberatum collaborates with leading thinkers, film directors, actors, authors, philosophers, musicians, architects, artists, dancers, ballerinas, producers, fashion designers, art directors, editors in chief and business figures. We are certain you will find the world of Liberatum, its high quality programming extremely inspiring.
Short films from Liberatum’s ISTANCOOL cultural diplomacy festival in Istanbul – June 2011.
Pablo Ganguli and Liberatum
In 2011, the international cultural brand Liberatum completed ten years of creating Liberatum global cultural diplomacy festivals and artistic ventures around the world. Over the last ten years, Liberatum’s founder and artistic director Pablo Ganguli has presented a new kind of innovative cultural diplomacy festival on the world stage. Countries as diverse as Russia, India, Morocco, Papua New Guinea and Turkey have hosted remarkable Liberatum projects – from education to human rights, science to fashion, and literature to cinema. Special Liberatum events have taken place in major European cities such as Paris and London featuring leading cultural figures of our times. Liberatum programmes consist of opera, theatre, modern ballet, art exhibitions, music and dance performances, fashion events, architecture , film screenings, debates, discussions, talks and Q&As. The festival events are open to the public completely free of charge and our mission is to connect the finest international cultural minds with their counterparts in the country where we host the festival. The audience enjoys access and dialogue with participants and collaborators. But what sets Liberatum apart is the way it weaves all these artforms together in unconventional forms to produce memorable results.
Some of the international collaborators, participants and guests at Liberatum events and festivals have included James Franco, Nobel Laureate Sir VS Naipaul, actress Goldie Hawn, filmmakers Andrei Konchalovsky, John Hillcoat, Stephen Frears, Shekhar Kapur, Sir Richard Eyre, Mike Figgis, Christopher Hampton, Terry Gilliam, musicians and conductors Thomas Ades, William Orbit, Johnny Borrell, Peter Donohoe, Annie Lennox, Valery Gergiev, Alex James, Michael Nyman, authors Gore Vidal, Saadi Youssef, Vikram Seth, Hanif Kureishi, Martin Amis, Benjamin Zephaniah, Orlando Figes, Hari Kunzru, Nadeem Aslam, media figures GQ editor in chief Dylan Jones, Evening Standard editor in chief Geordie Greig, Dazed and Confused and AnOther Magazine editor in chief Jefferson Hack, Vogue Italia editor in chief Franca Sozzani, Janet Street-Porter, Wallpaper editor in chief Tony Chambers, Jon Snow, artists and curators Gavin Turk, sculptor Antony Gormley, Ekow Eshun, Sir Mark Jones, Michael Craig-Martin, Grayson Perry, Serpentine Gallery director Julia Peyton-Jones, Terence Koh, Waris Ahluwalia, Polly Morgan, Sir Norman Rosenthal, Royal Academy CEO Charles Saumarez Smith, Hermitage Director Mikhail Piotrovsky, politicians Rory Stewart, former UN Under-Secretary General Shashi Tharoor, Clare Short, fashion designers and style icons Daphne Guinness, Lily Cole, Jasper Conran, Gareth Pugh, Stephen Jones, Philip Treacy, Henry Holland, Academy Award winning actress Tilda Swinton, Cannes Best Actress award winner Kirsten Dunst, Courtney Love, Michael Stipe (REM) and architect Zaha Hadid – to name but a few!
Rosey Chan has been appointed Creative Director of the first Hong Kong Liberatum Festival, a major international cultural festival and summit, which will take place in HK April 2012.
Pianist, performance artist, composer and curator, Rosey Chan lives and works in London where she regularly performs and collaborates on a myriad of projects with artists working in dance, visual art, film, architecture, music, and fashion. Classically trained at the Royal College of Music, she has performed at many internationally-renowned venues including the Royal Opera House, the Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, the Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and the Pompidou Centre.
In 2008, Rosey began to diversify her repertoire by absorbing influences as various as jazz improvisation, contemporary electronic music, film scoring and performance art. Her multi-media performances have premiered at Frieze Art Fair and the Hong Kong Art Fair. Rosey’s first solo album ‘ONE’ was produced by Sting and featured tracks by, among others, Bach, Debussy, Bill Evans and Tom Waits. Her next album ‘Surface Tensions’ is in production.
Rosey’s ongoing series of explorations and collaborations examine the context in which her influences combine, and by subtly shifting the emphasis of one element in relationship to another creates a new perspective; using her inventive instincts to create something rigorously grounded that also breaks the constraints of convention. Thus creating a new artistic space for herself. Bach, Bill Evans, fashion, photography, film and art all converse with each other.