1 September 2021: The independent multi-arts centre The Hong Kong Arts Centre (HKAC) cancelled musician and activist Denise Ho’s venue for concerts planned to be staged at HKAC due to “public safety”, reported Reuters.
We regret to announce that the Hong Kong Arts Centre (HKAC) has informed us about the abrupt cancellation of our approved booking for Denise Ho’s performance “Hocc Shouson Live 2021”, at the Shouson Theatre from 8th to 12th September 2021. pic.twitter.com/XhppUjzLyH
— Denise Ho (@hoccgoomusic) September 1, 2021
Reuters reports that the venue cancellation comes days after a newspaper’s article depicted Ho as colluding with foreign authorities to “undermine China”.
According to South China Morning Post, another newspaper claimed in an article published on 24 August 2021 that Ho is currently “on police radar” for supporting activists arrested under the national security bill for participation in an unofficial election.
After the cancellation, the HKAC announced that the reservation fee of HK$127,800 (approximately 14,000 euros) had been returned to Ho.
Freemuse’s research in The State of Artistic Freedom 2021 report highlights 289 acts of censorship affecting 469 artists, artworks, events and venues in 2020.