About Us

About Us

PLUS extends your festival experience to more than what you see on stage. Experienced festivalgoers, newcomers, budding artists, and the young and old alike will be delighted that there are "More than Great Performances" at the Hong Kong Arts Festival!

Explore, experience, examine, experiment, engage. Join us in the Power of Performance!

EXTEND
[Family Weekend]

Family days full of fun-filled activities are a perfect way to introduce the young and the young at heart to opera, percussion, ballet and much more.

EXPERIENCE
[Plus Performance]

Exceptional lineup of special performances at unique settings for your enjoyment.

EXAMINE
[Festival Connect]

Talks, backstage tours, workshops and masterclasses by artists, casts and creative teams will give you an unmatched perspective into performances at the Festival.

EXPERIMENT
[HK Arts Festival@Cattle Depot Artist Village]

For the first time in its history, the Festival will turn Cattle Depot Artist Village into an incubation centre for the development of original works by outstanding local theatre, dance and music talents.

EXPLORE
[Education]

Specially curated programme of educational projects allows young audience members to engage with different genres of art from new perspectives.

EXTEND
[Festival & Beyond]

See what else is on. Whether on display or in the cinema, there are lots to enjoy.

Hong Kong Arts Festival (HKAF)

A Major International Arts Festival - In, Of and For Hong Kong.

HKAF launched in 1973, is a major international arts festival committed to enriching the cultural life of the city by presenting leading local and international artists in all genres of the performing arts as well as a diverse range of “PLUS” and educational events in February and March each year.

HKAF is a non-profit organization. Secured government baseline funding represents about 13% of the 2019 Festival’s HK$136 million budget, with another nearly 6% specially provided by the Government as time-limited additional funding for five years. Around 28% of the Festival’s income needs to come from the box office, and over 33% from sponsorship and donations made by corporations, individuals, and charitable foundations. It is anticipated that the remaining 20% will come from other revenue sources including the Government’s matching scheme, which matches income generated through private sector sponsorship and donations.

HKAF has presented top international artists and ensembles across multiple genres, such as*:

  • Opera
    Opera

    Bavarian State Opera, The Bolshoi Theatre, The Mariinsky Theatre

  • Chinese opera
    Chinese opera

    China National Peking Opera Company, Hebei Clapper Opera Troupe, Shanghai Zhang Jun Kunqu Art Center, Suzhou Kunqu Opera Company of Jiangsu, Zhejiang Xiaobaihua Yue Opera Troupe

  • Classical music
    Classical music

    Cecilia Bartoli, Riccardo Chailly, Gustavo Dudamel, Philip Glass, Yo-Yo Ma, Anna Netrebko, Gianandrea Noseda, Christian Thielemann, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Thomanerchor Leipzig, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Jazz and world music
    Jazz and world music

    Bobby McFerrin, Esperanza Spalding, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, Pink Martini

  • Dance
    Dance

    Mikhail Baryshnikov, Sylvie Guillem, Akram Khan, John Neumeier, American Ballet Theatre, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, Hamburg Ballet, New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

  • Theatre
    Theatre

    Peter Brook, Yukio Ninagawa, Robert Wilson, Berliner Ensemble, National Theatre of China, Royal Shakespeare Company

  • Large-scale special events
    Large-scale special events

    World of WearableArt, Zingaro

  • Outdoor events
    Outdoor events

    Power Plant, Super Pool, Chorus

HKAF actively collaborates with Hong Kong’s own creative talent and showcases emerging local artists. Over the years, HKAF has commissioned and produced over 200 local productions across genres including theatre, chamber opera, music and contemporary dance, many with successful subsequent runs in Hong Kong and overseas. Recent HKAF productions include Cantonese Opera - Pavilion of a Hundred Flowers, A Floating Family, Hong Kong Odyssey, Chinese Lesson, Danz Up, Datong – The Chinese Utopia, The Amahs, Blast, Wild Boar and Murder in San Jose, to name a few.

HKAF frequently partners with renowned international artists and institutions to produce exceptional works, such as Der Fensterputzer (The Window Washer) co-produced by HKAF, Goethe-Institut Hong Kong and Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Richard III and The Tempest produced by The Old Vic, BAM and Neal Street under “The Bridge Project” with HKAF as a co-commissioning institution, Green Snake co-commissioned with Shanghai International Arts Festival, and Dream of the Red Chamber co-produced with San Francisco Opera.

HKAF invests heavily in arts education for young people. Over the past 27 years, our “Young Friends” scheme has reached over 750,000 local secondary and tertiary school students. A variety of arts education projects serving primary, secondary, and tertiary school students have been launched in recent years, featuring activities such as student showcases, pre-performance talks, open rehearsals, opportunities to attend Festival performances, as well as in-school workshops and lecture demonstrations led by international and local artists. Donations to the “Student Ticket Scheme” also make available approximately 10,000 half-price student tickets each year.

HKAF organises a diverse range of “Festival PLUS” activities in community locations each year to enhance engagement between artists and audiences. These include films, lecture demonstrations, masterclasses, workshops, symposia, backstage visits, exhibitions, meet-the-artist sessions, and guided cultural tours.

 

*Details of past HKAF programmes can be found at
www.hk.artsfestival.org/en/about-us/past-programmes/past-programmes-2018.html

 

To find out more about sponsorship opportunities and donation details for the 47th Hong Kong Arts Festival, please contact the HKAF Development Department.