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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 the Associate Professor of Practice in Cultural Management and Director of the Master of Arts in Cultural Management Programme at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He is also a Visiting Professor at The Design School of Taylor’s University in Malaysia.


Prior to his current academic roles, Benny was part of the senior leadership team at Berjaya University College and KDU University College in Malaysia. He was an Adjunct Professor with UniPegaso Italy (2019-2023), a Visiting Scholar with Peking University’s Institute of Cultural Industries (2019-2020), and an Honorary Research Fellow with the University of Nottingham’s Asia Research Institute in Malaysia (2019).


Apart from his involvement in higher education, Benny is an active arts practitioner. Over the last 23 years, he has conceptualized and produced numerous theatre productions and art festivals, often focusing on issues affecting marginalized communities.


Benny also holds several governance and advisory roles. He is the Board Chair of Along the Edge Limited, a non-profit arts organization in Hong Kong. He is also a member of the Programme Sub-committee of The TENG Company in Singapore and a member of the Advisory Board of the University Arts Centre, CUHK Shenzhen. In 2023, he was appointed by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council as an Arts Advisor (Arts Administration) and Examiner (Drama) for a tenure of three years.

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    • Arts and Cultural Management
    • Cultural Policies
    • Arts and Social Change
    • Performance Studies
    • Digital Culture
    • Higher Education
    • 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)
    • 2020 – Present: Principal Investigator/ Cultural Studies Impact Coordinator, “Art and Aging”, Faculty of Arts’ Project Impact Enhancement Fund (1st and 2nd Instalments), Development of Impact Case Funding, and CRS Research Fund.
    • 2015 – 2016: Principal Investigator, “Performing Arts Festivals in Hong Kong – Issues and Challenges”, CUHK’s Direct Grant for Research, HK$96,900.
  • Books and Edited/Co-edited Books
    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 (2024). Bridging Cultures. Hong Kong: Department of Cultural and Religious Studies, the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
    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. 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.
    5. 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 Articles in Books/Journals
    1. Lim, Benny (Forthcoming, September 2024). Cultural Districts and Tourism in Hong Kong - A Case Study of West Kowloon Cultural District. In Tai-Chee Wong, Hoon-Peow See, Meg Milligan (Eds.), Cultural Tourism in the Asia Pacific: Heritage, City and Rural Hospitality. Cham: Springer Nature.
    2. Lim, Benny (2022). The Monetisation of Intellectual Property in Singapore’s Performing Arts. Journal of Arts Management, 4, 100-110.
    3. Lim, Benny (2022). Beyond Size and Scale: Reflections on Small Performing Arts Organizations. RICE Journal of Creative Entrepreneurship and Management, 3(1), 55-65.
    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 (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: Routledge.
    6. Lim, Benny, Cheng, Meggy, and Chou, Wai-In Rebecca (2019). Fundraising for classical music: Case studies from Hong Kong and Macao. In William Byrnes and Aleksandar Brkić (Eds.) The Routledge Companion to Arts Management, 425-437. London: Routledge.
    7. Lim, Benny & Chua, Lian Choon (2018). Malaysia’s Theatre and its Circuit of Culture. Critical Stages/Scènes critiques - The IATC journal/Revue de l'AICT, 18.
    8. Lim, Benny (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
    9. Lim, Benny (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.


  • 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. Solitude (2023, Hong Kong)
    2. Hektomeron Project – Singapore (2021, Romania)
    3. What Have I Learned in Hong Kong? Series (2016 – 2019, Hong Kong)
    4. Diaspora Series (2011 & 2012, Malaysia)
    5. Human Lefts Series (2005 – 2009, Singapore and USA)
    6. 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