With the HKAF team, I am delighted to introduce the programmes of the 47th HKAF.

As you will see, this Festival will feature great artists at the height of their powers, revered and applauded for their achievements, alongside rising stars who are on track to light up future firmaments. There are classical works which show deep respect for roots and traditions, as well as disruptive experiments which seek to energize, engage and renew. This year, we also explore new and alternative spaces in which to present Festival performances.

All this is reflected and contained in our theme, ‘at every stage’. We see this ‘stage’ in both space and time, as site and as process. We see performers and creators at different stages of their artistic development, and we see different stages in the progress of a great work. And there are the physical stages in which we bring artists and audiences together—the major venues as well as spaces like Tai Kwun and Cattle Depot Artist Village.

Taking a wider perspective, there is reference also to different formative stages in the journey of life as well as in art. We investigate seminal stages in which character is shaped—in the concept of home, in high-stakes games and in extreme conditions. As for the Festival itself, we welcome back some of the wonderful artists who have made their mark on our stages throughout the Festival’s own continuing journey, as we greet those making their premiere with us.

We hope you will be as excited as we are about the wonderful programmes and artists presented in 2019. Do mark your diary and book early to be sure of obtaining the best tickets. Adding a donation with your booking would also be very welcome!

Tisa Ho
Executive Director
Hong Kong Arts Festival