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The Hong Kong Arts Festival

  • Celebrated: February
  • Location: Hong Kong
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Established in 1973 and held annually, the Hong Kong Arts Festival has proved to be a special cultural feast for locals and visitors alike.

It has hosted numerous rich and colorful performances (including ballets, symphonies, and operas) from China and overseas in the past 30 years, greatly enriching the horizons and fostering the artistic inclinations of Hong Kongers.

The Hong Kong Arts Festival is sponsored by various organizations, particularly the Hong Kong Jockey Club and the Leisure and Cultural Activities Department.

Festival Content and Highlights

As one of the signature highlights of the Hong Kong cultural scene, the Hong Kong Arts Festival is all-embracing. Classical music, folk music, Western operas, Cantonese operas, Peking operas, dancing, and symphonies fully meet the demand of visitors of various levels of artistic awareness and tastes.

A number of world-top music ensembles have performed during the Hong Kong Arts Festival, notably the Vienna Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Balletto del Teatro alla Paris, New Japan Philharmonic, San Francisco Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, and Shanghai Kun Troupe, as well as the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Folk Song Troupe, and Hong Kong Sinfonietta.

Many newly-launched pieces of music are performed during the Hong Kong Arts Festival. Top programs for this year include

  • The Bolshoi Opera's The Tsar's Bride,
  • Datong: the Chinese Utopia,
  • Barefoot Divas,
  • Joyce DiDonato's Drama Queens,
  • Les Arts Florissants' Academy for young singers — Le Jardin des Voix: An Italian Garden,
  • Complicite's Lionboy,
  • PuppetCinema's Planet Egg,
  • The Gate Theatre's Pride and Prejudice, and
  • Theatre Odeon's Les Fausses Confidences (False Admissions).

Cultural Forums

The Arts Festival Friends and the Youth Friends membership programs are held during the Hong Kong Arts Festival to popularize it. A number of forums are held, including art exchange, actress and actor interviews, and master lecture courses.

Travel EssentialsPerformances are held in the major theaters, exhibition halls of various sizes, and Hong Kong Cultural Center (right next to the Star Ferry Terminal by the Avenue of Stars).

The full program is to be announced in mid October on the Hong Kong Arts Festival official website. Tickets are on sale from late October to early December online or by fax. Those for famous artists may go quickly.

China Highlights can tailor-make a Hong Kong tour for you to take in the Hong Kong Arts Festival. Early booking is highly recommended. Take the opportunity to visit the major attractions of Hong Kong during the festival, including the Avenue of Stars and Victoria Peak.

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