Hong Kong Arts Festival

HKAF was launched in 1973 and is a major international arts festival committed to enriching the cultural life of the city by presenting annually in February and March leading local and international artists in all genres of the performing arts as well as a diverse range of “PLUS” and educational events.

HKAF is a non-profit organization. Secured government baseline funding for the Festival in 2018 represents roughly 14% of its HK$125 million budget. Around 32% of the Festival’s income needs to come from the box office, and another 36% from sponsorship and donations from corporations, individuals, and charitable foundations. It is anticipated that the remaining 18% will come from other revenues including the Government’s matching scheme, which matches income generated through private sector sponsorship and donations.

HKAF has presented top international artists and ensembles across multiple genres, such as*:

  • Opera: Bavarian State Opera, The Bolshoi Theatre, The Mariinsky Theatre
  • Chinese opera: China National Peking Opera Company, Hebei Clapper Opera Troupe, Shanghai Zhang Jun Kunqu Art Center, Suzhou Kunqu Opera Company of Jiangsu, Zhejiang Xiaobaihua Yue Opera Troupe
  • Classical music: Cecilia Bartoli, Riccardo Chailly, Gustavo Dudamel, Philip Glass, Yo-Yo Ma, Anna Netrebko, Gianandrea Noseda, Christian Thielemann, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Thomanerchor Leipzig, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Jazz and world music: Bobby McFerrin, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, Pink Martini
  • Dance: Mikhail Baryshnikov, Sylvie Guillem, John Neumeier, American Ballet Theatre, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, Hamburg Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch
  • Theatre: Peter Brook, Kevin Spacey, Robert Wilson, Berliner Ensemble, National Theatre of China, Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Large-scale special events: Power Plant, Super Pool, World of WearableArt, Zingaro

HKAF actively collaborates with Hong Kong’s own creative talent and showcases emerging local artists. Over the years, HKAF has commissioned and produced over 200 local productions, including theatre, chamber opera, music and contemporary dance, many with successful subsequent runs in Hong Kong and overseas.

HKAF invests in arts education for young people. Over the past 26 years, our “Young Friends” scheme has reached over 730,000 local secondary and tertiary school students. A variety of arts education projects serving primary, secondary, and tertiary school students have been launched in recent years. Donations to the “Student Ticket Scheme” also make available approximately 10,000 half-price student tickets each year.

HKAF organises a diverse range of “Festival PLUS” activities in community locations each year to enhance engagement between artists and audiences. These include lecture demonstrations, masterclasses, workshops, symposia, backstage visits, exhibitions, meet-the-artist sessions, and guided cultural tours.

*Lists of past HKAF programmes can be found at

Committee Members


The Chief Executive The Hon Mrs Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, GBM, GBS

Honorary Life President

Sir Run Run Shaw, CBE (1907-2014)

Executive Committee
Mr. Victor Cha (Chairman)
Prof. Kingman Lo, MBE, JP, SBS (Vice Chairman)
Mr. William Li (Honorary Treasurer)
Mr. Edward Cheng, SBS, JP
Ms. Margaret Cheng
Mr. Anthony Lau
Mrs. Yu-san Leong
Prof. Gabriel Leung, GBS, JP
Ms. Miriam Yao
Mr. Sunny Yeung


Executive Director
Tisa Ho
Programme Director
Grace Lang
Associate Programme Director
So Kwok-wan
Programme Manager
Linda Yip
Susanna Yu*
Vanessa Chan
Programme Manager (Administration)
Shirley So
Asst. Programme Manager
Jacqueline Li *
Lam Kam Kwan*
Programme Coordinator
Joseph Wong*
Patricia Lee*
Programme Administration Officer
Sabrina Cho*
Logistics Manager
Elvis King*

Production Manager
Tsui Tsz Yee*
Production Officer
Michelle Cheung*

Senior Outreach Manager
Kenneth Lee
Assistant Outreach Manager
Bell Cheung*
Outreach Coordinator
Carman Lam*
Outreach Officer
Mitch Tam*
Arts Administrator Trainee
Kelvin Li*
Outreach Assistant
Michael Lee*

Senior Editor
Timothy Wong*
Sherlock Lam*
Assistant Editor
Eunice Chung*
Grace Lam*

Project Manager (Special Project)
Calvin Lai*
Marketing Director
Katy Cheng
Associate Marketing Director
Dennis Wu
Marketing Manager
Alexia Chow
Louis Cheung*
Marketing Manager (Ticketing)
Eppie Leung
Deputy Marketing Manager
Michelle Yeung*
Asst. Marketing Manager
Tiffany Ng*
Digital Marketing Specialist
Ben Chan*
Marketing Officer
Tony Mok*
Ticketing Officer
Lee Tung*
Customer Service Officer
Chelsea Wan*
Freya Ng*
Bonnie Cheng*

Development Director
Flora Yu
Development Manager
Alex So
Deputy Development Manager
Anna Cheung*
Asst. Development Manager
Conny Souw*
Lorna Tam
Arts Administrator Trainee
Esther Mok*
Development Officer
Mandie Choy*
Senior Accounting Manager
Katharine Chan
Assistant Accounting Manager
Sunny Lam*
Senior Accounting Officer
Janice Pang*
Accounting Officer
Peter So*
HR & Administration
HR and Administration Manager
Calvin Fung
HR and Administration Officer
Vivian Kan*
Executive Secretary
Heidi Tse
Receptionist/Junior Secretary
Virginia Li
General Assistant
Bonia Wong
*Contract Staff

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