HK$150 RGS HK members , HK$200 Non members
This year's concert lecture focuses on Mongolia. The evening starts with a performance by Musicians from the National Orchestra of Mongolia, including a variety of traditional instrumental and vocal music.
Following this, Carl Robinson lectures on "Mongolia: Nomad Empire of Eternal Blue Sky ". This beautifully illustrated lecture provides a comprehensive and insightful virtual tour to the diverse natural history and rich culture of "The Land of Eternal Blue Sky ".
Mongolia is amazingly rich in history, spectacular geography and hospitable people. From his 20,000 kilometres of journeys on backwrenching roads to places few tourists see, Mr Robinson takes the audience on a tour explaining the history, geography, people and culture of this entrancing land.
Mongolia is a country of constant surprises. Renowned for its classic rolling steppe land, from where nomadic Mongol clans and confederations swept out to conquer much of the known world, it also boasts snowcapped peaks towering over wide, grassy valleys, meandering rivers and great lakes as well as badlands, dramatic gorges and mighty sand dunes rising from flat desert floors. Within these enormous vistas, much of the old Mongolia can still be found, with herdsmen, horses and heartwarming hospitality.
But in its growing cities a new Mongolia is emerging, with an extremely proud and hospitable population that is shaking loose from its Sovietera shackles and making the most of a liberating freemarket economy.
Mr. Robinson hails from the United States. Having studied in Hong Kong in the 1960s, he spent nearly a dozen years in Vietnam, first as a development worker and then as a journalist for the Associated Press until the fall of Saigon. He moved to Australia in the 1970s where he worked for Associated Press and Newsweek. He was also Media Manager for the Sydney 2000 Games and Production Adviser for the film The Quiet American. All along, Mr. Robinson has continued to travel, photo, lead tours and write prolifically. His publications include Illustrated Guide to Australia, Australia The Great South Land, and his guide to Mongolia, Mongolia: Nomad Empire of Eternal Blue Sky. Mr. Robinson, who is known for his wry sense of humour, has extensive public speaking experience and has done numerous television and radio interviews.