The internationally renowned annual Hong Kong Arts Festival (HKAF) will be back in full blast this year from the 27th of February to the 29th of March. Launched in 1973, this festival was founded to enrich and promote the cultural side of the city and is now the pinnacle of Hong Kong’s performing arts events and showcases local and international leading artists.
An integral part of Hong Kong’s cultural scene, the festival uses money received from the event to invest in arts education and in the past 23 years, has contributed to art programs involving 700,000 high school and university students in Hong Kong.
The festival includes about 150 performances and over 250 events, with a little something for everyone, from classical music and flamenco to Chinese Opera and, unlike other festivals, the HKAF aims to bridge the gap between artist and audience by including activities such as masterclasses, backstage visits, workshops, symposia and meet-the-artist sessions.
Some of the acts that we’re excited about include:
The Tsar’s Bride – Bolshoi Opera classic. This thrilling opera by Rimsky-Korsakov is world-renowned and a must see only for its name and the fact that it is being conducted by the one and only Gennadi Rozhdestvensky.
Short stories by Samuel Beckett – An exclusive Asian premiere. Walter D Asmus brings the world of his close collaborator and friend, Samuel Beckett to life with the help of actress Lisa Dwan in three of Beckett’s seminal works Not I, Footfalls and Rockaby.
Zhejiang Xiaobaihua Yue Opera Troupe – The all female troupe is a household name in China and they will be celebrating their 30 year anniversary at the HKAF this year. Their performances will include the Chinese classic The New Butterfly Lovers and the troupe’s classic, Five Daughters Offering Felicitation.
Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic – One of the most talented conductors of our time will be performing two concerts that will include performances Mahler’s Sixth Symphony and John Adam’s City Noir among other gripping orchestral music spanning the last 120 years.
Gala Flamenca – Feel the passion and intensity of the fusion of traditional and contemporary Flamenco with world famous line-up of interpreters including the hero, Antonio Canales, the legendary Carlos Rodríguez and up and coming Jesús Carmona.
Hotels in Hong Kong
If you’re planning a visit to Hong Kong for the festival or at any time of the year you simply cannot go wrong with the following:
The legendary Four Seasons stamp of approval in Hong Kong. Gorgeous views over Victoria harbor, Michelin starred cuisine and a prime location at the heart of the central district.
“The Grande Dame of the Far East” a Hong-Kong legend and one of the best hotels in the world since 1928.
The hotel that started it all for the legendary hotel group the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong enjoys a sleek design, central location and great views over Victoria Harbor and Michelin starred dining.
Located in the tallest building in Hong Kong and features some of the most stunning views over Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.
One of the trendiest spots in Hong Kong. Contemporary designs and great nightlife in this intimate boutique hotel.
Andre Fu designed and with outstanding views over Hong Kong. This is a fabulous boutique hotel with some of the biggest hotel rooms in the country.