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Feb. 1, 2018
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46th Hong Kong Arts Festival opens (Feb. 23 – Mar. 24, 2018)
 
Hong Kong Arts Festival, an international performing arts festival that has continued to present works of some of the biggest arts companies of the East and West and many big-name artists since its first holding in 1973, will be held again this year on a large scale in venues around the city. For the past ten years, the festival’s executive director is Tisa Ho, who is also active in management of Singapore’s Esplanade, marketing and curatorial responsibilities for the Singapore Arts Festival.
This year’s festival adopts the notion of “What’s real to me” as a theme and programed with many works are informed by a highly personal view of reality, which the organizers hope will provoke viewers to think about, and perhaps to questioning their own understanding of what’s real. In the rapidly changing political, economic and cultural aspects of today’s world, where it is increasingly hard to say where reality is headed, are no easy answers to this question, but the festival seeks to pose it in the context of artistic communication.
There are an especially large number of dance works on this year’s program, including the American Ballet Theatre’s new work Whipped Cream choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky; Ballett Zürich’s production Anna Karenina with choreography by Christian Spuck; and invited from Japan is Saburo Teshigawara with his work Tristan and Isolde.
Among the works on the theatre program, Montreal’s contemporary circus company The 7 Fingers presents “Bosch Dreams,” a work that seeks to bring to the stage a world inspired by the surrealistic paintings of Hieronymus Bosch, and from the U.S. the off-off Broadway company Nature Theater of Oklahoma presents Pursuit of Happiness.

Festival Outline
One of the largest-scale performing arts festivals in Asia, the Hong Kong Arts Festival is annually held for about one month from February, after Chinese New Year. In 1972, the Hong Kong Arts Festival Society Ltd. was established by a gathering of prominent figures in Hong Kong society, and since the festival’s first edition held in 1973, it has been introducing excellent performing arts works from China and around the world for more than 30 years. It has been managed with support mainly from the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China and the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust.
The programs include performances of a wide range of arts productions from Asia and around the world, including opera, music, jazz, world music, theater, musicals, dance, exhibitions and more are held. The festival also offers full programs of workshops for young people and educational programs.
In the field of contemporary dance, the festival has begun a “Asia-Pacific Dance Platform” to present the works of young choreographers and dance artists active in Asia. With the aim of growing the audience for contemporary dance in Hong Kong, a concurrent program of workshops and discussions is also held. Furthermore, a new platform for crossover experimental works named the “New Stage Series” has also been newly established.
+ Hong Kong Arts Festival
https://www.hk.artsfestival.org/en/
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