October 29, 2003
Harbour Fest Scandal Part 48
For those not living in HK it might seem a wonder why there is so much angst over this. Here's a mini-link fest to show you what others and I are talking about: here, here, here, here, here and my own here and here. It's a lame little festival, hurriedly and poorly organised. If it was a private matter then it would be laughable and a little sad but nothing more.
But it is not. The HK Government has invested HK$100 million subsidising it. That's almost US$13 million of taxpayer money supporting a music festival that in large part only interests the expat community. The Government is in a fiscal mess and can still find the dollars for this shlamozel. The festival is organised by the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham). Not a professional events organiser or music promoter, but a Chamber of Commerce. They knocked the whole thing together in 3 months with no prior experience and it is showing.
Today it has gone from bad to worse. According to this article inThe Standard:
The company designated by the American Chamber of Commerce to run the Harbour Fest is owned by its chairman, Jim Thompson, and his wife, a company search shows. The company designated by the American Chamber of Commerce to run the Harbour Fest is owned by its chairman, Jim Thompson, and his wife, a company search shows.
This is the company that has the contract for this festival for the next 5 years. No details yet if the HK Government intends to keep giving the subsidy.
Let's list the issues here:
No doubt there are more issues but I cannot be bothered going on. It is a true scandal of the highest order and thankfully the press and public are not putting up with it. The new found voice of public opinion is again being heard in HK.
Imagine this happening in a country such as Australia or a state like California. The outcry and outrage would be deafening.
I hope that something comes of all of this.
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Update on Harbour Fest Debacle
Excerpt: Conrad also has more to say on the (Bottom of the ) Harbour Fest, along the lines of my post this morning. I really hope this is one scandal that doesn't just "go away". Someone needs to be held accountable....
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Tracked: October 29, 2003 05:20 PM
Well of course in no civilized country would this be tolerated.
This is just the GWEILOS doing their best to act Chinese.
You should, You're paying for it.posted by: Bubba on 10.29.03 at 06:38 PM [permalink]
But who's playing? KC & the Sunshine Band, the Captain & Tennille, and David Soul? You've got yer class-action suit right there.posted by: Tuning Spork on 10.30.03 at 09:37 AM [permalink]