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Man Hong Kong International Literary Festival; Asia Art Archive Relocates; Film Review - "Pan's Labyrinth" (20 Mar 2007)


We begin this week with literature. For fans of writing and writers, the Man Hong Kong International Literary Festival has been an event to mark in the diary for the past seven years. In that time its line-up has grown. So has its reach. It now has a sister event, the Shanghai International Literary Festival, which is in its fourth year, and many visiting authors, from all genres of writing, make it to both. Star authors featured in our story include Gore Vidal, Jan Morris, Madhur Jaffery, Sun Shuyun, and Guo Xiaolu. The Asia Art Archive opened its doors to the public just over five years ago. Since then it has grown fast. Its original location soon proved too small for its needs so the archive has just moved into a new space. The mostly privately-funded organization doesn't fit most traditional definitions of an archive. It doesn't just store materials and reference, although that is one of its functions. It regularly brings in speakers, publishes books, photographs and records important Asian exhibitions and biennials, and lists ongoing art activities. In our film review, Gary Pollard talks to us about Guillermo del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth". It's a movie that mixes fascism and fairy tale, but it's far from being a movie for children.

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Publish Date: 
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
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