The 43rd Hong Kong Arts Festival Finale
30 March 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.
Behind the scenes and more: 2015 Hong Kong Arts Festival
25 February - 29 March 2015
Hong Kong’s Yue Opera Superfan
10 March 2015
Yue opera fans are mostly older 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 their house programmes from each of their Hong Kong visit, as well as hundreds of DVDs and videos tapes.”
Exhibiting now: “Datong and The World of Kang Youwei”
27 February 2015
As the chamber opera 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.
Exhibition: Datong and The World of Kang Youwei
Foyer, HK Cultural Centre
Feb 27 – Mar 29
THE “JOY” OF FLAMENCO
2 January 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 – a vocal advocate and passionate student of Flamenco, who will be jetting in to catch two performances on consecutive nights – “HKAF have picked the right dancers for sure.”
Since first discovering flamenco, 9 years ago, Mona will tell you that "Flamenco changed my life". Why don’t you let it change yours?
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Related programme: Gala Flamenca
The Making of Cinderella of Our Time
25 November 2014
Want to get a taste of what goes on behind the scenes of a ballet production? Watch the making of Dutch National Ballet's Cinderella here!
From choreography, rehearsals to costume and wig design, these videos will take you on a tour of the elaborate preparation and hard work behind this magical ballet!
Related Programme: Dutch National Ballet - Cinderella
Arvo Pärt received cultural award equivalent to Nobel Prize
4 November 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
The 43rd Hong Kong Arts Festival Kick-off Press Conference
13 October 2014
The 43rd Hong Kong Arts Festival Kick-off Press Conference was held on 13 October, announcing details on 137 performances, featuring 49 international and local ensembles or solo artists.
The press conference was hosted by Ronald Arculli, Chairman of the Hong Kong Arts Festival Society, Tisa Ho, Executive Director; and Grace Lang, Programme Director. Over 120 guests attended the press conference: journalists, representatives from the arts community, members of supporting and sponsoring organisations, and artists participating in the 43rd HKAF.
Heart of Coral Rerun in Taiwan!
1 October 2014
Enjoying a tremendous success at the 41st Hong Kong Arts Festival in 2013, Heart of Coral is invited by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department to do a rerun in Hong Kong Week in Taipei on October 31st and November 1st this year. Heart of Coral is a chamber opera about the life of the legendary Chinese female writer Xiao Hong. With Hong Kong talents Helen Lai, Chan Hing-yan, Lio Kuokman and Chinese playwright Yan Yu, this is an absolute must-see production for art and literary lovers! Book the programme Now!
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Live at Datong – The Chinese Utopia trailer shooting
30 August 2014
Datong – The Chinese Utopia, the all new chamber opera production is on the way! Commissioned and produced by the Hong Kong Arts Festival, 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.
Featured picture: Evans Chan (Front), Tang Shu-wing, Chan Hing-yan and Hong Kong Arts Festival Associate Programme Director So Kwok-wan. (Back: left to right)
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Datong: The Chinese Utopia
Visiting the magnificent Bolshoi Theatre
14 Jul 2014
Home to arguably the world's largest and most famous opera and ballet company, the Bolshoi Theatre is a symbol of Russia, and of Russian artistic excellence. Before the Bolshoi comes to Hong Kong for the first time with its combined forces of opera, ballet, orchestra and chorus, let’s go explore this magnificent institution.
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Follow Yue opera superstar Mao Weitao to Shengzhou, the place where Yue opera began.
20 Jun 2014
Yue opera superstar Mao Weitao returned to the place where Yue opera began, Shengzhou, with young Yue opera actresses in June to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the opera company she leads, Zhejiang Xiaobaihua Yue Opera Troupe. They were warmly welcomed by fans, Shengzhou local and visiting media.
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Live at The Amahs publicity photo shoot