[Cancelled] Hong Kong Arts Festival 2020 Returns with 125 World-Renowned Artists
Why We Recommend it
The 48th Hong Kong Arts Festival brings 125 music, theatre and dance performances from around the world, and introduces new works by local and overseas artists.
Kindly note that all performances in February and March 2020 have been cancelled due to the current epidemic. Please check HKAF’s website for updates on the programme changes and ticketing arrangements.
The Hong Kong Arts Festival is returning with a line-up of established performing groups. In the music category, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra and Hong Kong Sinfonietta will collaborate with both overseas and local composers and artists. Note-worthy units coming from overseas include Munich’s cultural icon Bayerische Staatsoper from Bavarian State Opera, as well as Prague Philharmonic Choir, one of Europe’s leading choral ensembles in the longest uninterrupted history among Czech professional choirs since its establishment in 1935.
The theatre category features a number of Asian or world premieres, including Julius Caesar performed by Zhang Jun and Wu Hsing-kuo, two Chinese opera stars from Contemporary Legend Theatre, and We Are Gay by Candace Chong, local acclaimed playwright who penned 35th May.
The dance category is an exciting showcase of world-class talents. Apart from Igor Moiseyev Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo and Sadler’s Wells London, among the many renowned dance and performing art groups, ballet superstar Sergei Polunin will dance in the exclusive Asian premiere Rasputin. Further to the introduction of overseas groups, the 2020 Hong Kong Jockey Club Contemporary Dance Series showcases collaborative works between local and overseas dance artists, whereas Asia Pacific Dance Platform re-interprets traditions through contemporary movements.
Launched in 1973, the Hong Kong Arts Festival is a major annual festival in the region and the territory’s premier cultural event. Featuring local and international artists in an eclectic array of music, theatre, dance, and popular entertainment, the festival takes place in over a dozen venues in February and March. In addition to commissions, the festival publishes and produces original work, mainly in theatre and multi-media, available for subsequent touring.