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20th International Congress of the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) to be held in Hong Kong (June 6 to 11, 2006)
 ISPA in a membership type international non-profit organization that was founded in 1949 for the purpose of building an international network for professionals in the performing arts fields. Taking a broad perspective on the performing art environment, ISPA seeks to establish international tie-ups, foster new leaders in the field and elevate the role of the performing arts in society. The Society has roughly 600 individual and organization members in 50 countries around the world today, including representatives of halls and theaters, arts company leaders, artist managers, government agency officials, producers and the like. Two congresses are held a year, one in January in New York where the Society’s headquarters are located and the other on a rotating basis in one of the member countries in June. Its other activities include running a website and disseminating information to its members with publishing the newsletters.
The theme of ISPA’s 20th International Congress to be held in June in Hong Kong is “The New Silk Road for the Performing Arts,” using the name of the old trade route between China and the West as a symbol of the desire to promote new development and exchange in the performing arts between Asia and the West.
Conferences will be held on the six sub-themes of “Touring Opportunities in Asia,” “Strategies and Thinkings Behind Asia's Performing Arts Centres,” “Discovering and Reproducing Authentic Arts,” “Remaking of Tradition – Music,” “Remaking of Tradition – Theatre” and “Remaking of Tradition – Dance.” Participating as panelists in the Remaking of Tradition – Theatre conference from Japan will be the Kyogen actor and artistic director of the Setagaya Public Theater, Mansai Nomura and the same theater’s general producer Hiroshi Takahagi. Visit the congress’ website for details about other events on the program.
+ISPA's 20th International Congress   http://www.ispa.hk/en/schedule.php
International Society for Performing Arts (ISPA)   http://www.ispa.org/index.html
+Inquiries to:
The Arts Organizations Office, 5/F., Leisure & Cultural Services Headquarters, 1-3 Pai Tau Street, Sha Tin, Hong Kong
Fax: (852) 2696 3581
E-mail: wkkyan@lcsd.gov.hk, rcmyu@lscd.gov.hk
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