Sophie Turner strolls into the studio bang on time. She’s much taller than I expected. The long dowdy dresses that I associate with her famous TV character, have been replaced by black leggings and a bomber jacket – she rocks it well.
“Well good luck and I hope we don’t see your picture in tomorrow’s paper.” Although he said it with a smile, the shop assistant was deadly serious. We were about to drive over Black Bear Pass, high in the Rocky Mountains and one of the most notorious passes in America – and a route that had taken the lives of inexperienced drivers in the past. And inexperienced was a very apt word for my off-road driving skills.
Cover story for Australia Unlimited on head of the West Kowloon Culture District in Hong Kong - Michael Lynch
China isn’t just experiencing an economic boom, it’s revelling in an arts renaissance of sorts. The explosion of visual arts in both Hong Kong and the mainland in recent years, plus the arrival of major fairs including Art Hong Kong and international galleries such as White Cube has shifted the traditional cultural axis from West to East.
Michael Lynch is an Australian who is at the centre of this new and exciting creative period in China. Lynch is the CEO of Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD), a magnificent cultural and entertainment district spanning 23 hectares that has been in the works for 16 years.