Tai Kwun Conversations

The Book and the Sword in China and Italy’s Martial Culture

Tai Kwun Conversations – Unpacking the Reuse of Colonial-era Historic Buildings: Cases of Tai Kwun and the Rockbund Art Museum

Tai Kwun Conversations – Community Matters: Planning and Design through Narrating Community Stories

Tai Kwun Conversations – Making a Classic Modern: Frank Gehry’s Masterplan for the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Tai Kwun Conversations – A Vibrant New Arts Precinct in a Heritage Waterfront: The Revitalisation of Pier 2/3 of Walsh Bay Arts Precinct, Australia

Tai Kwun Conversations — Invisible Innovation: Revitalising the Central Police Station Compound

Laying the Groundwork: The Burra Charter and Heritage Values

The Book and the Sword in China and Italy’s Martial Culture

Healing Architecture: Tsz Shan Monastery’s Mindfulness Journey in Purifying Body and Mind

Heritage Reborn: Restoration of Duddell Street Steps and Gas Lamps

Crime, Justice and Punishment in Colonial Hong Kong

Beyond the Surface – How paint conservation tells the identity of a building

Creating a Liveable City: Combining Conservation and Development in Yangon

Beyond Memories: Conserving Heritage in France and Macao

Date & Time

1 Mar 2021 7:15pm–8:15pm




Free of charge


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Tai Kwun Conversations is a series of talks that brings together brilliant minds to discuss the challenges and rewards in pursuing a sustainable future through the active management of heritage resources. Join us at this monthly event to discover outstanding practices in heritage conservation and strike up a conversation with our renowned guest speakers.

At the beginning of the 21st century, Classical Chinese and Italian martial arts have survived in very different ways. On the surface, Chinese martial arts are a vibrant, living culture, while the Italian tradition has been lost save for the records in historical martial arts treatises. In reality, the two have much more in common than meets the eye.

This instalment of Tai Kwun Conversations brings Prof. Ma Lianzhen and Mr. Roberto Gotti – respectively the leading figures in the revival of historical fighting arts in China and Italy – to discuss the common challenges and goals they face.

This talk is an exhibition programme for “Way of the Sword: Warrior Traditions in China and Italy".

The event will be conducted in English.


Mr. Roberto Gotti

Prof. Omar Ma


Mr. Hing Chao

7:15pm – 8pm


8pm – 8:15pm


Mr. Roberto Gotti
Prof. Omar Ma