Hong Kong Symposium
13-16 October 2008
The Clore Leadership Programme brings top UK cultural leaders to Hong Kong.
The Clore Leadership Programme was invited to organise the first ever international cultural leadership symposium in Hong Kong from 13-16 October 2008.
"Taking Cultural Leadership into the Future" was a high profile symposium supported by the Hong Kong Home Affairs Bureau and aimed at developing future cultural leaders, enhancing training and professional development, and strengthening cultural exchange and co-operation. The symposium was organised in partnership with the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, one of Asia's leading institutes of higher arts education.
The Rt Hon Lord Smith of Finsbury, Founding Director of the Clore Leadership Programme and Chair of the Symposium said, "We are delighted to be able to contribute to the Hong Kong Government's vision of nurturing cultural leaders in the territory and look forward to closer collaboration between our two countries."
The symposium included keynote addresses by Tony Hall, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House and Baroness Julia Neuberger and discussions on the themes of Partnership, Learning and Participation and Marketing, Fundraising and Advocacy. Speakers from the UK who spoke at the symposium were: Maria Balshaw (2004/5 Clore Fellow and now Director of the Whitworth Gallery, Manchester) Lucy Bird (Director of Marketing and Development, The Sage Gateshead), Andrew Dixon (Chief Executive, NewcastleGateshead Initiative), Kingsley Jayasekera (Marketing and Communications Director, Sadler's Wells), Peter Jenkinson (Cultural Broker), Michael Lynch (Chief Executive of the Southbank Centre), Paul Reeve (Head of Education, Royal Opera House), Ros Rigby (Performance Programmer for The Sage Gateshead) and Jane Wentworth (Strategic branding consultant). Each day included contributions by local speakers and facilitated break-out sessions to encourage further discussion and deeper engagement in specific areas.
Hong Kong arts managers from a wide range of venues and institutions were invited to attend the symposium, as were emerging leaders from professional arts organisations and performing groups.