The 44th Hong Kong Arts Festival programme highlights announcing in August 2015



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  • The 44th Hong Kong Arts Festival programme highlights revealed!

    8 May 2015

    With the final bow of opera queen Joyce DiDonato on May 6th, the 43rd Hong Kong Arts Festival has come to a close. Looking onwards, here’s a taster of our programme highlights next year!

    • Teatro Regio Torino – Simon Boccanegra, Verdi’s Requiem
    • Staatsballett Berlin – The Sleeping Beauty
    •...Continue to read

  • The 43rd Hong Kong Arts Festival Finale

    30 Mar 2015

    The 43rd Hong Kong Arts Festival (HKAF) celebrates its Official Finale on 28 March with a performance of Jewels by the Bolshoi Ballet. This year’s HKAF presents over 1,400 acclaimed artists from at home and around the world in 137 performances. Of the 112,000 available tickets, over 106,000 tickets have been sold, representing an average attendance of 95%. The total audience number is estimated at 117,000, including 11,000 Young Friends. A total of 16 new works/world premieres and 10 Asian premieres have been presented. A performance of Drama Queens by mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato is still to come on 6 May.

  • Behind the scenes and more: 2015 Hong Kong Arts Festival

    18 Mar 2015

  • Hong Kong’s Yue Opera Superfan

    10 Mar 2015

    Yue opera fans are mostly female, but in Hong Kong, there’s a superfan called Jonathan and he’s young.

    Jonathan was 6 in 1983, “I remember Five Daughters Offering Felicitations most vividly. It was grand, lots of characters, the costumes were beautiful. The story’s quite complicated. My mum’s a Yue opera fan, so every time they came to Hong Kong, she took me, and I grew to like it too. Because of that, I’ve got a large collection of their cassettes as well as ...Continue to read

    Related programme: Zhejiang Xiaobaihua Yue Opera Troupe

    24-29 Mar 2015
    Lyric Theatre, HKAPA

  • Exhibiting now: “Datong and The World of Kang Youwei”

    27 Feb 2015

    As the production of Datong - The Chinese Utopia enters its final stages, the HKAF is hosting the exhibition, “Datong and The World of Kang Youwei” at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre to give audiences an overview about the historical backdrop and the fascinating characters of Datong

    A trail-blazing political reformer and visionary thinker at the turn of the 20th century, Kang Youwei (1858-1927) envisioned a global utopia of human equality and solidarity. However, his advocacy of ...Continue to read

    Exhibition: Datong and The World of Kang Youwei
    Foyer, HK Cultural Centre
    Feb 27 – Mar 29 

    Related programme: Datong - The Chinese Utopia


    2 Jan 2015

    Hotly anticipated, Gala Flamenca promises to be a dance spectacular, bringing together some of Flamenco’s leading lights – “the best of the best from Spain”.

    For New York-based, Hong Kong native Mona Ko – an advocate and passionate student of Flamenco, who will be jetting in to catch two performances on consecutive nights – “HKAF have invited the right dancers for sure.”

    Since first discovering flamenco nine years ago, Mona tells you that "Flamenco changed my life." Why don’t you let it change yours?
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    Related programme: Gala Flamenca

  • Arvo Pärt received cultural award equivalent to Nobel Prize

    4 Nov 2014

    Three weeks ago on 15 October, the Japan Art Association in Tokyo presented Arvo Pärt with the prestigious Praemium Imperiale cultural award, considered equal to the Nobel Prize in the field of culture. The Imperiale prize has been presented since 1989 by the Japanese imperial family through the Japan Art Association. Hitachi, Prince of Japan, and honorary patron of the association personally presented Pärt with the award.

    In celebration of Pärt’s 80th birthday in 2015, Theatre of Voices performs a programme of the composers’s most beautiful choral music.

    Related Programme: Theatre of Voices
    Sample music |  More details about Pärt  

  • Live at Datong – The Chinese Utopia trailer shooting

    30 Aug 2014

    Evans Chan (Front), Tang Shu-wing, Chan Hing-yan and Hong Kong Arts Festival Associate Programme Director So Kwok-wan. (Back: left to right)

    Datong – The Chinese Utopia, the all new chamber opera production is on the way! Commissioned and produced by the HKAF, writer and filmmaker Evans Chan - the librettist of Datong, gathered with composer Chan Hing-yan, director Tang Shu-wing and conductor Lio Kuokman in the making of Datong’s promotional trailer. Set at the turn of the 20th century, the opera explores Kang Youwei’s vision of a global utopia and promises to be a dramatic and fascinating spectacle.

    Click here for more photos!

    Related Programmes:
    Datong: The Chinese Utopia

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Messages from HKAF

29 Mar 2015

On March 28th, the 43rd Hong Kong Arts Festival officially celebrated its official finale with the performance of Jewels by the Bolshoi Ballet. Mr. Tsang Tak-sing, Acting Chief Secretary for Administration and our Guest of honour, proposed a toast to mark the conclusion of this major annual international event.

27 Feb 2015

The 43rd Hong Kong Arts Festival (HKAF) officially opens on 27 Feb with a performance by Christian Thielemann and the Staatskapelle Dresden. This year’s HKAF presents about 1,500 acclaimed artists from around the world in 137 performances, including 16 new works/world premieres and 10 Asian premieres. Of the 110,000 available tickets, over 98,000 (88 percent) have been sold as of 27 Feb.

12 Dec 2014

The 43rd HKAF receives enthusiastic responses from audience, selling 60% of 110,000 available tickets with over 10,000 booking forms received by the close of advance bookings. Counter bookings begin at 10:00am on 13 December. Be sure to grab your tickets fast!

19 Nov 2014

Top 12 most popular programmes during Advance Bookings reveiled! Read more...

15 Oct 2014

[Programme Cancellation] The programme Les Fausses Confidences originally scheduled from the 20th to 22nd March 2015 has been cancelled due to the withdrawal of Isabelle Huppert from the production’s Asian tour.

13 Oct 2014

The 43rd HKAF full line-up revealed! Featuring 49 international and local ensembles or solo artists, there are 137 performances running mainly from 27 February to 29 March 2015. Advance bookings start from 12:00am on 15 October to 11:59pm on 2 December 2014. Grab the chance to enjoy up to 15% discount!

24 Jul 2014

Welcome message from Executive Director, Tisa Ho. Read more

24 Jul 2014

24 highlights from the 43rd HKAF programme pre-announced along with new theme and upgraded website. Stay tuned for the full programme lineup announcement in October! Read more

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