European Film Festival Hong Kong
Throughout history, they have always been refugees. They used to come from places closer to home. During second World War, the family of Swiss director Markus Imhoof, took in Giovanna, an undernourished eight-year–old Italian girl as part of a short-term program to host children. After the end of her stay, she had to go back to Italy. The Imhoof family privately arranged for Giovanna to come back to visit for a second time. In the end, the Swiss government insisted sending Giovanna back to Italy. She died of illness at the age of thirteen, soon after being forced to return. Imhoof takes this early experience of personal loss as a point of entry to the ongoing refugee crisis, the biggest mass displacement of people since World War II.
The Mini French-speaking Film Festival brings to the cinema lovers of Hong Kong an original cinema program with four movies originated from Belgium, Canada, Switzerland, and France to celebrate French. The Alliance Française in collaboration with the Consulate General of Switzerland in Hong Kong presents the film from Switzerland Toujours Aventurier.
Location: The Fringe Club, Upstairs Studio, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong
Mars en Folie
With "Mars en Folie" discover the French-speaking musical scene in Hong Kong!
Four groups, four nationalities, four musical identities, and one language: French. Whether it is through the rock style of Cherry Chérie (Canada), the electro-pop melodies of Suzane (France) and Stevans (Switzerland) or the ethnic rap of Témé Tan (Belgium), each interprets and celebrates the French language in its own way.
Touring across Asia, they will stop in Hong Kong for one night of fun and music, come and see them live at MoM Livehouse, on March 16th. It's open to all and free!
Location: MoM LiveHouse, 113-121 King's Road, North Point, Hong Kong
How does the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) work towards better respect for international humanitarian law (IHL)? The ICRC Regional Delegation in Beijing will share with us their global experience in humanizing armed conflicts and their local experience of humanitarian diplomacy in China. What help does the ICRC offer to regional states to incorporate, implement and enforce IHL? What has been the ICRC’s experience in lobbying regional states such as China to join IHL related treaties such as the Arms Trade Treaty? How does the ICRC interact with other international/ transnational actors in relation to conflict-related migration in the region and outbound investments into conflict zones regulated by IHL? More generally, what is the ICRC’s hope on influential states, such as China, which is also a permanent member of the Security Council, to enhance respect for IHL? This lunchtime seminar will explore these and many more uncharted crossroads between IHL and China.
Location: Room 723, 7/F., Cheng Yu Tung Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong
A panel of experts explores the mechanisms financing the Sustainable Development Goals, how investors are monitoring and evaluating them, and how Hong Kong positions itself in this growing landscape to capture the opportunities.
Location: Asia Society Hong Kong center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty
Hong Kong Arts Festival
Five decades since their appearance on American TV’s The Muppet Show brought them fame, Mummenschanz are still unrivalled masters of their art. Using surreal, life-size puppets, masks, light, shadow and awe inspiring optical illusions their colourful world of transformation enthralls audiences of all ages around the world. Timeless, ingenious and stunning visual theatre that makes dreamers of us all. Theatre magic from Switzerland for the whole family.
Location: Lyric Theatre, HKAPA and Auditorium, Yuen Long Theatre
Christian Frei: Tectonics of Humanity
Oscar-nominated and Sundance winning Swiss director-producer Christian Frei plays both truth and dare, and is known for his attempts at weaving documentaries about different walks of life. His topics cover lovesickness in New York, extinct mammoth hunting in Siberia, the Taliban’s destruction of the largest Buddha statue, war photographer James Nachtwey, space tourism and more. Through investigating humanity’s ways of life in the extremes, Frei uncovers profound faces and forces of human nature. Frei was president of the Documentary Film Commission for the film section of the Swiss Federal Office of Culture, and is now president of the Swiss Film Academy.
Lecture; Exhibition ; Movie
Panel Discussion and Film screening
The distinguished panelists will explain the Swiss political system, its mechanism of direct democracy, and talk about the progress (or lack of) on gender equality. Furthermore, they will explore the link between direct democracy and gender equality and discuss if the model of direct democracy can accelerate social justice.
Location: Goethe-Gallery & Black Box Studio, 14/F Hong Kong Arts Centre, No.2 Harbour Road
Roman Aebersold presents the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich and gives an introduction into the Votes & Voices exhibiton on display at Goethe Institute Hong Kong. Votes & Voices presents visual argumentation strategies and a pictorial rhetoric that have shaped Swiss campaign posters from 1918 to the present. As sensitive indicators of socio-political moods, and as valuable contemporary documents, the exhibits reflect not only the history of Swiss mentality but also global trends.
Location: Goethe-Gallery & Black Box Studio, 14/F Hong Kong Arts Centre, No. 2 Harbour Road
The Votes & Voices exhibition presents visual argumentation strategies and a pictorial rhetoric that have shaped Swiss campaign posters from 1918 to the present. As sensitive indicators of socio-political moods, and as valuable contemporary documents, the exhibits reflect not only the history of Swiss mentality but also global trends.
Location: Goethe-Gallery & Black Box Studio, 14/F Hong Kong Arts Centre, No.2 Harbour Road, Hong Kong