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Guide to the Hong Kong Arts Festival

Preview: HK Arts Festival 2017

The 2017 Hong Kong Arts Festival features specialists in a wide variety of forms and a sampling of the eclectic: music from Monteverdi to Gainsbourg and African kora, dance from classical to Pina Bausch, opera from Janáček.

February 16th – March 18th, 2017

The Hong Kong Arts Festival (HKAF), launched in 1973, is a major international arts festival committed to enriching the cultural life of the city by presenting annually in February and March leading local and international artists in all genres of the performing arts as well as a diverse range of “PLUS” and educational events.

HKAF is a non-profit organisation. 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.

HKAF presents top international artists and ensembles, such as Cecilia Bartoli, Yo-Yo Ma, Philip Glass, Tan Dun, Riccardo Chailly, Christian Thielemann, Gustavo Dudamel, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Sylvie Guillem, Kevin Spacey, Robert Wilson, Peter Brook, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Mariinsky Theatre, Bavarian State Opera, the Bolshoi Theatre, New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, Zingaro, Royal Shakespeare Company, Berliner Ensemble and National Theatre of China.

HKAF actively promotes Hong Kong’s own creative talents and emerging artists, and has commissioned and produced over 100 new local productions in the past decade, including theatre, chamber opera, music and contemporary dance, many with successful subsequent runs in Hong Kong and overseas.

HKAF invests in arts education for young people. In the past 24 years, our “Young Friends” has reached over 700,000 secondary and tertiary school students in Hong Kong. A variety of arts education projects targeted at primary, secondary, and tertiary school students has been launched in recent years. Donations to the “Student Ticket Scheme” also make available about 8,000 half-price student tickets each year.

HKAF organises a diverse range of “Festival PLUS” activities in community locations each year to enhance the engagement between artists and audiences. These include lecture demonstrations, masterclasses, workshops, symposia, backstage visits, exhibitions, meet-the-artist sessions, and guided tours.

For full information, visit the Hong Kong Arts Festival website.

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Hong KongSascha Goetzel and the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra

Tüzün, MacMillan, Rimsky-Korsakov
Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra; Sascha Goetzel; Vadim Repin

Hong KongSascha Goetzel and the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra

Schulhoff, Saygun, Balakirev, Respighi
Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra; Sascha Goetzel; Gulsin Onay

Hong KongLa Bayadère

Minkus: La Bayadère
Marius Petipa; Patrice Bart; Bavarian State Ballet; Michael Schmidtsdorff; Igor Zelensky; Tomio Mohr

Hong KongElisso Virsaladze piano recital

Schumann, Schubert, Liszt
Elisso Virsaladze, Piano

Hong KongDavid Oistrakh Quartet and Elisso Virsaladze

Brahms, Schumann
Elisso Virsaladze; David Oistrakh Quartet
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Patchy vocal offering saved by superb orchestra in Verdi's Simon Boccanegra.
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Balanchine's Jewels , gloriously performed by the Bolshoi.

Balanchine’s Jewels is the perfect showcase piece to display the excellent dancers of the Bolshoi Ballet.
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The Flames of Paris: A feast of dancing

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The Tsar’s Bride: a powerhouse of dramatic detail

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Datong: Opera strikes political nerve in Hong Kong

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Dutch National Ballet's Cinderella

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Hong Kong Arts Festival : Contemporary Dance Series

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