Credit Suisse Sponsors Hong Kong Arts Festival Emerging Artists Series

Febuary 04th, 2009

Hong Kong, February 4, 2009 Credit Suisse and the Hong Kong Arts Festival (HKAF) jointly announced today that they have entered into an exclusive three-year partnership, which will see Credit Suisse stand as the title sponsor of HKAF’s first-ever “Emerging Artists Series”.

The Credit Suisse Emerging Artists Series comprises performances by some of the most impressive young talent representing different art forms. These featured artists have launched career on international stages and attracted the interest of international audiences. The Series provides a platform for the featured artists to showcase their inspiration, creativity and talent during the HKAF.

This year, the Series will showcase bass-baritone Shenyang, who was the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2007; Trey Lee, who was the winner of the Elle Style Awards Musician of the Year 2007; and Dick Wong, renowned Hong Kong contemporary dance choreographer.

“We are delighted to be able to extend and consolidate our support for exciting new talent with this partnership. This is about building for the future, it is cultural heritage in the making,” said Tisa Ho, Executive Director of the HKAF.

“We are very proud to be supporting the HKAF, and in particular, its efforts to provide a platform for gifted emerging artists to showcase their talent in such an internationally renowned event. This partnership reflects Credit Suisse’s sponsorship philosophy, which recognizes the importance of nurturing young artists as the key to maintaining cultural diversity in the future,” said Kai Nargolwala, Credit Suisse’s Asia Pacific Chief Executive Officer.

The 37th HKAF is running from 6 February to 8 March 2009. With over 150 performances and related events, this annual celebration of the arts is a major highlight in Asia and an excellent display of the world’s top talent and an important platform for promising local and international talent.

Credit Suisse has been an active supporter of the arts, fostering partnerships with institutions around the globe, including the Beijing Music Festival, Singapore Art Museum, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Shanghai Museum, National Gallery London, Lucerne Festival, Salzburg Festival and the New York Philharmonic.

For further information about the Hong Kong Arts Festival, please go to:

Katy Cheng, Marketing Director, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Telephone +852 2824 3555
Josephine Lee, Corporate Communications Credit Suisse, Telephone +852 2101 6041

Hong Kong Arts Festival
The Hong Kong Arts Festival (HKAF) 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, HKAF has established itself as a major international arts event, offering more than 100 events and other cultural activities from February to March. The Young Friends Scheme, also an initiative of the HKAF, nurtures and stimulates interest in the arts among secondary school and university students. Over the past 15 years a total of 460,000 students have participated in a variety of year-round activities.

Credit Suisse
As one of the world's leading banks, Credit Suisse provides its clients with private banking, investment banking and asset management services worldwide. Credit Suisse offers advisory services, comprehensive solutions and innovative products to companies, institutional clients and high-net-worth private clients globally, as well as retail clients in Switzerland. Credit Suisse is active in over 50 countries and employs approximately 49,000 people. Credit Suisse is comprised of a number of legal entities around the world and is headquartered in Zurich. The registered shares (CSGN) of Credit Suisse's parent company, Credit Suisse Group AG, are listed in Switzerland and, in the form of American Depositary Shares (CS), in New York. Further information about Credit Suisse can be found at

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