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Feb. 7, 2017
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45th Hong Kong Arts Festival opens (Feb. 16 – Mar. 18, 2017)
Hong Kong Arts Festival is 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 nine 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, the festival’s theme is “In the moment” and the program is made up of works with a focus on living in the present while reflecting on the past and embracing hopes for the future. The festival’s opening performances will be the Bavarian State Ballet company’s production of La Bayadère. The festival’s final weekend will feature a program of contemporary world music under the title of “World Music Weekend” and featuring performances by talented groups from Turkey, Mali, Spain and other countries.
The theater program features a production titled 17 Border Crossings by American director Thaddeus Phillips, who has performed with Robert Lepage; the Martin McDonagh play The Beauty Queen of Leenane directed by Tony Award winner for Best Direction, Garry Hynes; the Czech Republic’s National Theatre Brno production of Janáček’s opera The Makropulos Case, among others. Also, local Hong Kong productions include works like the award-winning Hong Kong playwright Loong Man-hong’s trilogy of plays about a contemporary Hong Kong family titled A Floating Family.
As an Asian festival that also places importance on presenting the traditional Asian arts, the program also includes traditional Chinese Kun opera by the Shanghai Zhang Jun Kunqu Art Center and Cantonese opera, which is recognized as an Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, among other traditional arts.

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, an 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.
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