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Prof. LIM  Kok Wai Benny

Prof. LIM Kok Wai Benny

Associate Professor of Practice in Cultural Management

M.F.A (LABA, Italy), M.I.H.T (GMU, Italy),
LL.M. (UCLan, UK), Ph.D. (USW, UK)

About Prof. LIM Kok Wai Benny

Benny Lim is Associate Professor of Practice in Cultural Management and Director of the Master of Arts in Cultural Management programme with the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He is also Visiting Professor with the Design School of Taylor’s University (Malaysia) and Adjunct Professor of Communication and Media Studies with UniPegaso (Italy).


Prior to his current appointments, Benny was in the senior leadership team of both Berjaya University College and KDU University College in Malaysia. He was a Visiting Scholar of Peking University’s Institute of Cultural Industries (2019-2020), Honorary Research Fellow of University of Nottingham’s (Malaysia) Asia Research Institute (2019), and Visiting Assistant Professor of Macau’s Institute of Tourism Studies (2015-2016).


For more than two decades, Benny has produced and conceptualised over 70 different performances and arts festivals. He was a Board Member of Hong Kong Justice Centre between 2014 and 2016. Currently, Benny is the Board Chair of Along the Edge Limited, a non-profit arts organisation in Hong Kong, as well as a member the Programme Sub-committee of The TENG Company, Singapore. In January 2023, Benny is appointed as an Arts Advisor (Arts Administration) for the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.

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    • Arts and Cultural Management
    • Cultural Policies
    • Arts and Social Change
    • Performance Studies
    • Digital Culture
    • Higher Education
    1. 2021 – Present: Co-Principal Investigator, “An Ecology of Care for the Arts: Arts practices, policy making and arts pedagogy”. (Co-PI: Dr Elizabeth de Roza, Head of Performing Arts Research and Postgraduate Studies Coordinator, HKAPA)
    2. 2020 – Present: Principal Investigator/ Cultural Studies Impact Coordinator, “Art and Ageing”, Faculty of Arts’ Project Impact Enhancement Fund (1st and 2nd Instalments) and Development of Impact Case Funding, HK$470,000 combined.
    3. 2015 – 2016: Principal Investigator, “Performing Arts Festivals in Hong Kong – Issues and Challenges”, CUHK’s Direct Grant for Research, HK$96,900.
    1. Lim, Benny & de Roza, Elizabeth (Forthcoming). An Ecology of Care for the Arts: Arts practices, policy making and arts pedagogy. Champaign, IL: Common Ground Research Networks. (Contract awarded)
    2. Lim, Benny (2022). Beyond Size and Scale: Reflections on Small Performing Arts Organizations. RICE Journal of Creative Entrepreneurship and Management, 3(1), 55-65.
    3. Lim, Benny & Ho, Hing-kay Oscar (Eds.) (October 2021). Empower Arts, Animate Communities. Hong Kong: Department of Cultural and Religious Studies, the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
    4. Lim, Benny (2021). Coronavirus disruptions to the private higher education sector in Malaysia In J. S. McKeown, K. Bista, & R. Y. Chan (Eds.),Global higher education during COVID-19: Policy, society, and technology, 92-103. STAR Scholars.
    5. Lim, Benny (September 2019). A Postmodern Approach to Curating and Managing Arts Festivals. In William Byrnes and Aleksandar Brkić (Eds.) The Routledge Companion to Arts Management, 263-275. London and New York: Routledge. DOI: 10.4324/9781351030861-18
    6. Lim, Benny & Chua, Lian Choon (December 2018). Malaysia’s Theatre and its Circuit of Culture. Critical Stages/Scènes critiques - The IATC journal/Revue de l'AICT, 18.
    7. Lim, Benny (September 2018). Representations of Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District by Local English Newspapers. Southeast Asia: A Multidisciplinary Journal. Vol. 18, pp. 44-54. UBD FASS
    8. Lim, Benny (September 2018). Postmodern Self-Reflexive Drama and the Deconstruction of Space - Case Studies from Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong. In Vladislava Fekete and Zuzana Uličianska (Eds.) Contemporary Drama and Performative space: from Playwriting to Immersive Theatre, 115-135. Bratislava (Slovakia): Theatre Institute Bratislava.
    9. 何慶基,林國偉 (聯合主編)( 2017 年)《藝術與社群》。 香港中文大學文化及宗教研究系。ISBN 978-988-77228-1-6.
    10. 何慶基,林國偉 (聯合主編)( 2016 年)《中介位置》。香港中文大學文化及宗教研究系。 ISBN 978-988-77228-0-9.
  • Selected Festival Curation/ Direction
    1. Along the Edge Arts Festival (2018 – 2020, Hong Kong)
    2. Saving the Past for the Future Festival (2017, Hong Kong)
    3. We Gain, We Lose Arts Festival (2016, Hong Kong)
    4. Umbrella Festival (2015, Hong Kong)
    5. Moving Sounds; Leisure Motions Arts Festival (2014, Hong Kong)
    6. Initiation International Performance Festival (2005 – 2007, Singapore)
    Selected Performance Projects
    1. Hektomeron Project – Singapore (2021, Romania)
    2. What Have I Learned in Hong Kong? Series (2016 – 2019, Hong Kong)
    3. Diaspora Series (2011 & 2012, Malaysia)
    4. Human Lefts Series (2005 – 2009, Singapore and USA)
    5. Death.Mother Series (2004 – 2008, Singapore and Hong Kong)


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Prof. Lim Kok Wai Benny  | Research keywords in Cultural Studies: Performing Arts