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Asian International Arts and Antiques Fair; Shakespeare First Folio; Film Review: "X-Men 3 - The Last Stand", Violinist Wen Wei Performs (30 May 2006)


Although Hollywood Road and Cat Street have long been famous for their arts and antiques it's more than two decades since Hong Kong last had an antique fair. From last Friday for four days, the first Asian International Arts and Antiques Fair took place in the new Asia Expo in Chek Lap Kok. More than 140 exhibitors from all over the world, including mainland China and Taiwan, came to showcase and sell some of their finest treasures. A lot of the emphasis at that fair was on arts and antiques from Asia, but one item on display, courtesy of the auction house Sotheby's, is perhaps a quintessential example of Englishness. It's one of a limited number of intact surviving copies of what's been called "the most important book in English literature". The First Folio of the Collected Plays of William Shakespeare. In our movie review, Gary Pollard introduces "X-Men 3 - The Last Stand". It's directed by Brett Ratner, rather than the director of the two earlier instalments, Bryan Singer, and most reviewers have found it something of a disappointment. Our studio performance this week is from the young violinist Wen Wei. She was born in Chengdu in 1981. Now based in the United States, she's in Hong Kong this week to perform music by Sibelius and Bach with the Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra. She talks to us, and plays a movement from a Bach Sonata.

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Publish Date: 
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
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