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Finding the perfect stage for buskers


Following the abolition of the Mong Kok pedestrian precinct, many buskers moved their stages to other districts. With a view to preventing the chaos in Mong Kok from happening in other areas, there have been calls for a licensing scheme. However, introducing any sifting systems will likely be criticised for jeopardising the nature of street performance. How should the society treat street performers if we would like to get the best of both worlds?

Fandom of the Opera: Reforming Cantonese Opera for a wider audience


In recent years, some local Cantonese opera troupes have been attempting to build new audience including youngsters and tourists, by rejuvenating Cantonese opera and strengthening its elements of internationalisation. To go global, the industry needs to tackle a number of challenges, such as how to facilitate non-Cantonese speakers to understand and appreciate Cantonese opera.

Reforming e-book lending service by improving its compatibility


Hong Kong Public Libraries’ e-book lending service allows people to borrow e-books anytime and anywhere. With the advancement of technology, however, e-book formats that are compatible with computers may not support smartphones. As times have changed, what kind of e-book lending service do we need?

Trying out HKPL e-books lending services


Few people know that Hong Kong Public Libraries (HKPL) provides e-books lending services. The Centre tested all four adult Chinese e-books libraries under HKPL, and spotted some possible reasons hindering the popularity of e-books lending services.

Lessons from South Korea: Lifting ban on product placement in TV programmes


The way people consume media changes, so as the regulation on free television programme services. Earlier this year, the Communications Authority launched the public consultation on whether current restrictions on product placement in television programmes (PPL) should be relaxed. What can Hong Kong learn from the experiences of South Korea?

Can paper books survive in the digital age?


While some people may blame the fall of the local publishing industry on online reading, a recent survey shows that many readers still enjoyed reading paper books. The real challenge facing the industry is the change of writers’ publishing models. What’s next for the printing industry?

Video-On-Demand: Ready to boost exports of domestic movies?


Hong Kong movies have a relatively low market share at the domestic box office, which explains why filmmakers seek new markets abroad. Apart from relying on major distributors for a silver screen release, Video-On-Demand platforms could be their alternative distribution channels, especially for the small-scale and independent films.

Reviving Hong Kong’s film industry


Seeing its favourable returns and potentials of market penetration, Hong Kong-Mainland co-production has become mainstream for filmmakers. However, this model may also aggravate the outflow of local film talent, leading to a succession problem in the industry. Even though various film financing schemes are in place, their limited budgets are insufficient to nurture young talent. Can Hong Kong learn from the experience of South Korea Government in financing filmmakers to restore Hong Kong movies from the golden age?

What should Hong Kong do to develop elite sports?


The 2017 Policy Address has devoted considerable space to promoting sports. In addition to resources deployments, what else can the Hong Kong Government do in facilitating sports development and nurturing talented athletes? The sports policies in Britain, Slovenia, Germany and Netherlands may shed light on the city’s situation.