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Feb. 12, 2015
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Hong Kong Arts Festival opens (Feb. 27 – Mar. 29, 2015)
Hong Kong Arts Festival is one of the largest performing arts festivals in Asia. This year, in its 43rd holding, the focus of the programming s “women,” this being 40th year since UNESCO initiated the International Women’s Year in 1975. The widely varied program spans from the classical genres of opera, orchestra, ballet and Peking Opera to contemporary dance and theater. The festival’s executive director is Tisa Ho.
Highlights in the theater program include The Amahs (a story of three sisters in Hong Kong in the 1950s) by Roger Lee, co-writer of the award-winning film A Simple Life, and Hong Kong’s leading female playwright Wong Wing-ze; and The Crowd: A Study of Popular Mind a play inspired by Gustave Le Bon’s play by the same name and Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People written by China’s most produced living playwright, Nick Yu, and directed by Hong Kong actor-director Tang Wai-kit (collaborative production with Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre).
Among the foreign invited performances are Dublin’s Gate Theatre’s production of Pride and Prejudice based on the Jane Austen novel (directed by Alan Stanford) and Complicite’s adaption of Zizou Corder’s best-selling adventure trilogy, Lionboy, which is its first show created especially for families and young people. Also on the program is Fight Night, an internationally acclaimed collaborative production by Belgium’s extraordinary Ontroerend Goed and Australia’s The Border Project that incorporates game-style devices; and Britain’s Paper Cinema’s musical production titled Odyssey, a trilogy of Beckett’s late works staged by London’s Royal Court Theatre in collaboration with actress Lisa Dwan.
On the dance program are productions by the Bolshoi Ballet and the Dutch National Ballet, as well as an array of performances for the 7th edition of the Asia Pacific Dance Platform showcasing young choreographers and dance artists, including Edward Lam (Hong Kong) directing Taiwan’s first all-male dance company, HORSE in a piece titled 2 Men; and Traces by Korea’s Hyoseung Ye.

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.
Tisa Ho has served as the festival’s executive director since 2007. The main venues are the Hong Kong City Hall, the Hong Kong Culture Centre and others, where 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.
+ Hong Kong Arts Festival