HKADC announces new council members

20 February 2002, Hong Kong SAR, China

The Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC) recently announced its new membership, including Chair and Vice-Chair, appointed from 2002 until 2005. Dr Patrick Ho, an opthamologist and previous member of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Society committee, has been re-appointed for a further term as Chair. Ho has served on ADC since 1997, and is also an ex-officio member of the Culture Commission. Darwin Chen, a previous Director of the Hong Kong government’s Cultural Services department, and 32-year public service veteran, has been appointed Ho’s Vice-Chair. Chen is also a board member of the Hong Kong Ballet, the Hong Kong Festival Society and the Hong Kond Philharmonic Orchestra, and was recently awarded an Honorary Fellowship from Hong Kong University’s Academy of Performing Arts for what is considered his outstanding contribution to the nation’s arts and cultural development. The ADC’s ordinary members include: former Cantonese opera performer Chan Kim-seng; Managing Director / Chief Editor of Commercial Press (HK) Chan Man-hung; composer Professor Chan Wing-wah; the Independent Learning Centre’s Dr Cheung Ping-kueng; msuician Barbara Fei; independent artsworker May Fung; businessman Liu Tit-shing; and Director of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Professor Lo King-man. Both Ho and Darwin were recently on-hand for the unveiling of a council-funded project in Tung Chung, which is bringing artworks to public housing sites. According to a report in a recent HKADC newletter, Ho said the project was a successful step in the exploration of new spaces for the arts, which would arouse greater community appreciation of the arts and culture. Further information regarding the HKADC is available online at: