Events by Other Organisations

The one-of-a-kind masterpiece
Lalique and Steinway & Sons “Masque de Femme” piano
First ever auction – for charity, in Hong Kong on 30th September, 2017


The one-of-a-kind masterpiece of customized art, “Masque de Femme” piano is the symbolization of the pursuit of perfection and finest quality of the French luxury crystal house, Lalique and world-renowned piano maker, Steinway & Sons. “Masque de Femme” piano is a blend of exquisite craftsmanship and artistic excellence.

In collaboration with China Guardian (Hong Kong) Auctions Co, on Saturday 30th September Lalique is to auction The “Masque de Femme” piano at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre during the China Guardian (Hong Kong) 5th Anniversary Full Moon Charity Gala Dinner. The net proceeds will be donated to Ai You Foundation to help disadvantaged children in mainland China who suffer from congenital heart diseases.

Mr Silvio Denz, Chairman and CEO of Lalique, has a deep passion for music and came up with the idea of co-operating with Steinway & Sons three years ago. He said, “I attended a concert in London during which I was mesmerized by a beautiful piano. I was wondering why we cannot produce a piano by Lalique. The logo of Steinway & Sons then flashed through my mind”. Mr Denz wrote to Steinway & Sons in Germany inviting them to co-operate in this project, and the legendary cooperation between these two famous brands with over a hundred years’ history each was created.

“Sometimes when you listen to piano, you will have the feeling like listening to the sound of the rain. We decorate the piano with over 1000 pieces of crystal, you may hardly see them but if the light is shining on them, they are sparkling. They look like a thousand of droplets and this was the effect we wanted. This is an exceptionally beautiful piano which will last for generations and we are very happy to be supporting such a good cause.”

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HONG KONG, 7 September 2017 – Retail Congress Asia Pacific, Asia’s leading annual retail event, returns to Hong Kong for the first time since 2011.

Organised by World Retail Congress, the seventh Retail Congress Asia Pacific edition will be held on 10 and 11 October 2017 at the Kerry Hotel in Hong Kong, bringing together prominent retail leaders from across the region.

Themed “Reshaping retail in Asia Pacific: Transform and Prosper”, the two day Congress features some of the brightest minds across the retail industry to discuss, debate and deliberate the critical issues that have been brought about by the rapid consumer adoption of digital and mobile channels at a speed and scale not seen anywhere else in the world. Like-minded delegates will further be inspired by thought-provoking keynotes from speakers including Guru Gowrappan, Global Managing Director of Alibaba Group, and José María Folache, CEO of Tous, Dustin Jones, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Macy’s China Limited, Frank Cancelloni, President – Asia Pacific of PVH Corporation and Sylvain Michel, Vice President Customer Experience of Lane Crawford.

“We are delighted to bring Retail Congress Asia Pacific 2017 back to Hong Kong after seven years. Hong Kong has a fantastic appeal for retailers across not only Asia Pacific but around the world too and our return to the city has already been very well received. This year’s Retail Congress Asia Pacific programme has brought together some truly outstanding speakers who will be able to focus on the real issues facing retailers in this incredibly dynamic and fast-moving retail landscape,” said Ian McGarrigle, Chairman of World Retail Congress Global Series.

He continued, “Keeping abreast of the ever-changing retail market, Retail Congress Asia Pacific constantly evolves to help the industry better navigate this disruptive landscape. From insightful ideas and sharing on the intricacies of the Asia’s rising retail business contributed by our stellar speakers, to the premium networking opportunities with fellow retailers and solution providers around the world, delegates will be guaranteed a highly valuable and enjoyable two days.”

The diverse, informative and thought-provoking Retail Congress Asia Pacific 2017 is fast approaching, so be sure to save the date and secure your place now. Stay tuned for event updates at

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AAL 20th Anniversary GALA PARTY

: Thursday, 9 November 2017 18.30-21.00


The Joseph E. Hotung Gallery for China and South Asia
British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG


Admission by ticket only
Tickets: £55 + VAT & booking fee (available via Eventbrite – see below – from July 2017)
Please note: tickets are non-refundable


for Outstanding Works of Art sponsored by Apollo magazine and Antiques Trade Gazette

The Joseph E Hotung Gallery for China and South Asia
The British Museum will reopen the Joseph E Hotung Gallery for China and South Asia in November 2017. The new display will include a new narrative for China and South Asia which will bring the story up to the present day. The redisplay will allow the Museum to add new types of objects to the gallery such as paintings and textiles which need regulated conditions for display. These will complement the existing types of objects on show, such as sculpture, ceramics, lacquer, jade and metal ware. Updated interpretation, new lighting and design will allow this extraordinarily rich collection to be better seen and understood by the Museum’s seven million annual visitors.

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Amick Vocal Concert Series – Clapham

Sun. Oct 8, 2017 at 7:30pm – Sat. Dec 9, 2017 at 7:30pm GMT

Don’t miss out on this exciting brand new ‘Amick Vocal Concert Series’ making its debut at St Paul’s Clapham! Starring three contrasting international singers; Mike Christie, Mary-Jess and Lesley Garrett CBE in three very different concerts. Tickets are only £15 each (£25 for Lesley Garrett), or for the incredible price of £50 you can buy tickets for all 3 concerts on these dates:

8th October – Mike Christie Autumn Tour 2017 – TICKETS
25th November – Mary-Jess Winter Tour 2017 – TICKETS
9th December – An Audience with Lesley Garrett CBE – TICKETS

Bass-baritone Mike Christie shot to fame as a member of multi-platinum selling vocal harmony group G4, who were Runners Up on the very first series of ITV’s The X Factor. An alumnus of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, Mike has performed in musicals in the West End, pantomime across the UK and numerous operatic roles, and has just finished his second summer season at Opera Holland Park in London. He has also written an opera called The Miller’s Wife, which premiered in London in 2013.

Mary-Jess is best-known as the winner of the Chinese ‘X Factor’ in front of 70 million viewers and singer of the official Downton Abbey theme, as well as being the UK representative of The GREAT Britain Campaign in 144 countries around the world.

Lesley Garrett is Britain’s most popular soprano. As well as performing on the opera and concert stage both in the UK and internationally, Lesley has recently starred in Carousel and The Sound of Music and appeared on television shows including Strictly Come Dancing, Loose Women and Celebrity Masterchef! She has also performed with artists as diverse as Michael Ball, Renee Fleming, Andrea Bocelli, Bryn Terfel and Lily Savage.

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Chinese at SOAS Language Centre

SOAS Language Centre provides short course tuition in Chinese (Mandarin) and in Cantonese on weekdays, during the evening, and on Saturday mornings. It also offers a range of intensive and semi-intensive courses during the Easter and summer periods, some of these for specific language-learning requirements (e.g. Chinese for Business; Chinese for the Martial Arts).

Studying Chinese at the SOAS Language Centre

In addition to its short courses, SOAS Language Centre also offers two full-time accredited programmes: the Certificate/Diploma in Communicative Chinese and the Certificate/Diploma in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language.

Chinese is a vibrant section within SOAS Language Centre and the study of Chinese is a popular choice with language learners from all walks of life. Currently, there are around a dozen teachers of Chinese, all of whom have considerable expertise in the teaching of Chinese as a foreign language.

Chinese Language Courses

Certificates and Diplomas

Certificate/Diploma in Communicative Chinese (full-time)

Teacher Training in Chinese

Certificate/Diploma in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language

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