The 37th Hong Kong Arts Festival Over 50% of Tickets Sold Counter Booking Begins Saturday (6 December)

December 02nd, 2008

The 37th Hong Kong Arts Festival (HKAF), which opens in February 2009, ends its six-week advance booking last Friday (28 November). Over 9,500 advance booking forms were received and over 50% of all tickets have been sold. This exceeds last year’s advance booking figures for the same period, showing that the demand for HKAF tickets remains strong.

Extra shows

HKAF is delighted to offer three additional shows. There will be one additional performance of Metamorphosis on 22 February (5:00pm); one additional matinee performance of Murder in San Jose on 8 March (3:00pm); and one additional evening performance of Lisa Ono – A Celebration of 50 Years of Bossa Nova on 9 March (8:00pm).

The Top 12 Best Sellers

Tickets for Wang Jian plays Bach @ IFC55 and Tim Crouch’sEngland are sold out. Based on the actual number of tickets sold, the top 12 favourite programmes are: English National Ballet: Alice in Wonderland, Pygmalion directed by Peter Hall, National Ballet of China: The Peony Pavilion, Shanghai Yueju Opera Theatre, Bernard Haitink and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lisa Ono: A Celebration of 50 Years of Bossa Nova, In-I: Co-directed and performed by Juliette Binoche and Akram Khan, Latvian National Opera: Alcina, Metamorphosis, Murder in San Jose, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Latvian National Opera: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.

Counter booking

Counter bookings of tickets will open at 10:00am on Saturday, 6 December atall URBTIX outlets. Tickets to performances at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Hong Kong Fringe Club will also be available at all HK Ticketing outlets.

How to Book

Fans and Festival goers who have not yet booked their seats can purchase their tickets over the counter at URBTIX outlets or through the URBTIX Internet Ticketing Service, from the end of this week. Tickets to performances at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Hong Kong Fringe Club will also be available from HK Ticketing outlets, or through its website at

As well as booking tickets over the counter, from 6 December patrons can order their Festival tickets via the following hotlines:

URBTIX Telephone Credit Card Bookings: 2111 5999
URBTIX Telephone Reservations: 2734 9009 (from 7 December)
HK Ticketing Booking Hotline: 31 288 288 (for performances at the HK Academy for Performing Arts and Hong Kong Fringe Club only)

The Festival Programme & Booking Guide is available at all URBTIX outlets. Free copies of the Festival CD samplers with audio excerpts of selected programmes can be picked up from the Festival Information Counters located at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and Hong Kong City Hall (while stock lasts). Information about the Festival can also be found on our website at

About Hong Kong Arts Festival

The Hong Kong Arts Festival is a charitable, non-profit organisation, with the mission of presenting an annual Festival for the cultural enrichment of the Hong Kong community. Since its inception, the Festival has established itself as a major international arts event, offering more than 100 events and other cultural activities in approximately five weeks from February to March.

For further enquiries, please contact Marketing Director Ms Katy Cheng on 2824 3555.

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