Hong Kong Arts Festival

A Major International Arts Festival – In, Of and For Hong Kong

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

HKAF is a non-profit organization.The total budget for FY2019/2020 (including the 48th Hong Kong Arts Festival and 2020 “No Limits”) is approximately HK$157 million. Secured government baseline funding represents about 12% of the total budget, with another around 5% specially provided by the Government as time-limited additional funding for five years since 2018/19. Nearly 24% of the Festival’s income needs to come from the box office, and around 40% from sponsorship and donations made by corporations, individuals, and charitable foundations. It is anticipated that the remaining 19% will come from other revenue sources 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*:

  • Western Opera: Bavarian State Opera, Oper Leipzig, 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, Seong-Jin Cho, Gustavo Dudamel, Philip Glass, Yo-Yo Ma, Denis Matsuev, Anna Netrebko, Gianandrea Noseda, Seiji Ozawa, Thomas Quasthoff, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Christian Thielemann, London Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Thomanerchor Leipzig, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Jazz and world music: Bobby McFerrin, Youssou N'Dour, Esperanza Spalding, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, Pink Martini
  • Dance:  Mikhail Baryshnikov, Sylvie Guillem, Akram Khan, American Ballet Theatre, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, The Hamburg Ballet – John Neumeier, New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch
  • Theatre: Peter Brook, Robert Lepage, Yukio Ninagawa, Robert Wilson, Berliner Ensemble, National Theatre of China, Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Large-scale special events: World of WearableArt, Zingaro
  • Outdoor events: Power Plant, Super Pool, Chorus

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 across genres including theatre, chamber opera, music and contemporary dance, many with successful subsequent runs in Hong Kong and overseas. Recent HKAF productions include Cantonese Opera - Pavilion of a Hundred Flowers, A Floating Family – A Trilogy, Hong Kong Odyssey, Chinese Lesson, Danz Up, Datong – The Chinese Utopia, The Amahs, Blast, Wild Boar and Murder in San Jose, to name a few.

HKAF frequently partners with renowned international artists and institutions to produce exceptional works, such as Der Fensterputzer (The Window Washer) co-produced by HKAF, Goethe-Institut Hong Kong and Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Richard III and The Tempest produced by The Old Vic, BAM and Neal Street under “The Bridge Project” with HKAF as a co-commissioning institution, Green Snake co-commissioned with Shanghai International Arts Festival, and Dream of the Red Chamber co-produced with San Francisco Opera.

HKAF invests heavily in arts education for young people. Over the past 28 years, our “Young Friends” scheme  has reached over 768,000 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, featuring activities such as student showcases, pre-performance talks, open rehearsals, opportunities to attend Festival performances, as well as in-school workshops and lecture demonstrations led by international and local artists. 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 films, lecture demonstrations, masterclasses, workshops, symposia, backstage visits, exhibitions, meet-the-artist sessions, and guided cultural tours.

HKAF actively promotes inclusiveness and understanding via the arts to every corner of the community. The “No Limits” project, co-presented with the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, was launched in 2019. Through a series of performances and diverse arts experiences for students and the community, “No Limits” strives to create an inclusive space for people with different abilities to share the joy of arts together.

*Details of past HKAF programmes can be found at

To find out more about sponsorship opportunities and donation details for the 48th Hong Kong Arts Festival, please contact the HKAF Development Department.

Email: dev@hkaf.org

Direct Lines: (852) 2828 4910/11/12

Website: www.hk.artsfestival.org/en/support-us

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, GBS, 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
Vanessa Chan
Susanna Yu*
Lam Kam-Kwan*
Asst. Programme Manager
Joseph Wong*
Tracy Tam*
Programme Coordinator
Angus Wu*
Programme Manager (Administration)
Shirley So
Programme Officer (Administration)
Tracy Cheung*
Logistics Manager
Elvis King*
Production Manager
Shirley Leung*
Asst. Production Manager
Benny Mok*
Asst. Technical and Production Manager
Jacob Chan*

Senior Outreach Manager
Kenneth Lee
Deputy Outreach Manager
Bell Cheung*
Asst. Outreach Manager
Joe Tang*
Outreach Coordinator
Mitch Tam*
Carman Lam*
Li Long-hin*
Outreach Officer
Kelvin Li*
Michael Lee*

James Liu*
Gloria Furness*
Asst. Editor
Grace Lam*
Melody Lai*

Senior Project Manager 
Camelia Yeung*
Project Coordinator
Arthur Lo*
Programme and Production Manager
Christy Chow*
Programme and Outreach Manager
Connie Chan*
Marketing Director
Katy Cheng
Associate Marketing Director
Dennis Wu
Marketing Manager
Alexia Chow
Dennis Chan*
Natalie Wong*
Deputy Marketing Manager
Michelle Yeung*
Asst. Marketing Manager
Joel Kwok*
Digital Marketing Specialist
Ben Chan*
Marketing Officer
Bonnie Cheng*
Hedy Law*
Arts Administrator Trainee
Jeff Cheng*
Marketing Manager (Ticketing)
Eppie Leung
Ticketing Officer
Amber Lam*
Chung Cheuk Yau*

Development Director
Flora Yu
Development Manager
Anna Cheung*
Mak Tsz Kam*
Deputy Development Manager
Lorna Tam
Asst. Development Manager
Conny Souw*
Development Officer
Alana Wan*
Antonia Yuen*
Arts Administrator Trainee
Lois Ng*
Head of Accounts Department
Teresa Kwong
Asst. Accounting Manager
Connie To*
Senior Accounting Officer
Janice Pang*
Accounting Officer
Peter So*
HR & Administration
HR and Administration Manager
Calvin Fung
HR and Administration Coordinator
Vivian Kan*
Asst. to Executive Director
Connie Ho
Receptionist/Junior Secretary
Virginia Li
General Asst.
Bonia Wong
*Contract Staff