The Hong Kong Arts Festival Announces New Chairman

(Hong Kong, 27 October 2015) The Hong Kong Arts Festival Society announced today the election of Mr. Victor Cha as Chairman. This follows the retirement of The Hon Ronald Arculli at the Annual General Meeting of the Society on 23 October 2015 upon completion of three terms as Chairman.  

Mr. Cha is the Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of HKR International Limited, a Hong Kong-listed conglomerate (SEHK: 00480).  He also serves as an independent director in a number of Hong Kong listed companies, including SOHO China Limited and New World Development Company Limited, and a director of Mingly Corporation.   

Active in public service, Mr. Cha is a Member of the Board of Trustees of The Better Hong Kong Foundation and a Member of the Hong Kong-Japan Business Co-Operation Committee of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.  Mr. Cha was a Member of the Court and a Member of the Council of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University which conferred a University Fellowship on Mr. Cha in January 2011 in recognition of his contributions to the university and the community.  He was also a Member of the Council of The Hong Kong Institute of Education; a Member of the Advisory Committee of the Department of Mathematics of the City University of Hong Kong; a Member of the Board of Overseers of the Hong Kong Institute of Biotechnology; a Member of the Executive Committee and a Member of the Council of The Hong Kong Management Association.

Launched in 1973, the Hong Kong Arts Festival ("HKAF") is a major annual international celebration of the performing arts and one of the region’s premier cultural events. Held in February and March each year, HKAF presents over 1,400 artists in more than a dozen venues throughout Hong Kong, supplemented by about 250 Festival PLUS and arts education events.

HKAF presents the world’s top artists as well as stars of tomorrow and gives equal importance to great traditions and contemporary creations. HKAF also commissions and produces work in theatre, chamber opera and contemporary dance; some HKAF productions have toured to other Asian cities after their Hong Kong premiere.

HKAF is a non-profit organization. The estimated budget for the 2016 Festival is around HK$110 million. About 30% of its annual income comes from government funding, about 37% from the box office, and close to 32% from sponsorships and donations from corporations, individuals, and charitable foundations.

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