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Hong Kong Arts Festival 2021

February 13, 2020 - March 14, 2020

Hong Kong Arts Festival

International top artists giving world class performances ranging from the classical to the avant-garde, and the familiar to the surprising – the Hong Kong Arts Festival 2020 is this vibrant city’s premier cultural happening.

Organised since 1973, the festival is now in its 49th edition and has grown into the territory’s biggest arts event of the year drawing thousands of spectators.

As with all events in 2021, it is best to confirm shortly befoe the event as to what is hapening and what safety requirements there are. Also check up with travel restrictions prior to setting out.

What is the Hong Kong Arts Festival?

During the four weeks of the Hong Kong Arts Festival 2020, leading artists from all over the world travel here to participate in all genres of the performing arts, from western, Cantonese and Peking opera, classical music and symphonies, to theatre, dance, jazz, world music and special large-scale happenings, as well as outdoor events.

While the festival offers a platform to both Asian and international top artists to showcase their talents, arts enthusiasts of all tastes can indulge themselves in an eclectic range of visual and performing arts when there’s something new to watch or listen to every single day. Especially lovers of music and theatre will find themselves like a fox in a chicken coop during this lavish cultural feast.

In addition, the festival also has a programme of “Festival PLUS” activities such as movies, exhibitions, workshops and master lecture classes, guided tours, meetings with artists and visits backstage.

Hong Kong Arts Festival 2020 programme

There are more than 100 performances and 200 events expected. The full programme of this year’s Hong Kong Arts Festival 2020 edition has now been announced, with highlights including:

The innovative cinema-ballet-theatre production “Dixit”, brought by director Marc Hollogne and the Béjart Ballet Lausanne as an homage to the Ballet’s founder Maurice Béjart and his creative vision;

A performance of Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos by the Bavarian State Opera, directed by Robert Carsen and with Asher Fisch as conductor;

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo performing The Taming of the Shrew, a work choreographed and directed by Jean-Christophe Maillot;

Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Yefim Bronfman at the piano;

An ode to Beethoven by Anima Eterna Brugge orchestra from Flanders in Belgium, playing on authentic period instruments;

The Four Early Southern Operas, bringing Story of the Wooden Hairpin, Story of the White Hare, Praying to the Moon, and Story of a Slain Dog;

Béjart Ballet Lausanne
The Béjart Ballet Lausanne. Photo by BBL Gregory Batardon

American violinist Midori Goto performing with the Festival Strings Lucerne, with as ensemble leader and artistic director Daniel Dodds;

The Prague Philharmonic Choir, conducted by Lukáš Vasilek, singing works by Bruckner, Schubert, Eric Whitacre, Pēteris Vasks, and contemporary composers from the Czech Republic;

The Basel Chamber Orchestra from Switzerland with baritone Christian Gerhaher and conducted by Heinz Holliger;

Great piano concertos including Pavel Kolesnikov playing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No 2 in F minor, Op 21; Yip Wing-sie playing Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No 3, Op 72b; and Jack Na playing Alexander Goehr’s The Master Said in world première.

For another, more sporty event, check out the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival later in the year.

Last year’s programme included German three-time Grammy award winner Thomas Quasthoff and his ensemble delivering moving jazz classics; Estonian Paavo Järvi conducting Japan’s leading NHK Symphony Orchestra; South Korean pianist Yekwon Sunwoo – the first Korean to win the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition – delivering a piano recital; French orchestra Les Siècles performing masterpieces of Berlioz; Chinese stage director Li Liuyi delivering an exciting, contemporary version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet; Spanish theatre director Calixto Bieito’s radical interpretation of Wagner’s quintessential romantic opera Tannhäuser; American ballet dancer, choreographer and director John Neumeier bringing his most celebrated creations with the Hamburg Ballet ensemble; and many others.

Hong Kong Arts Festival
Calixto Bieito’s interpretation of Wagner’s Tannhäuser (last year’s edition). Photo by Annemie Augustijns

When is the Hong Kong Arts Festival 2020?

This year’s 49th edition will take place in March 2021.

Hong Kong Arts Festival 2020 ticketing

Bookings at the counter open on 2 February 2021 at all URBTIX outlets. Tickets to performances at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts will also be available at all HK Ticketing outlets.

Hong Kong Arts Festival 2020 venues

Performance venues are in different locations spread over Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories and comprise of various theatres, cultural centres, town halls and concert halls. For a full overview of this year’s  venues click here.

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More details about the Hong Kong Arts Festival 2020

Watch the festival’s official website for its full programme and ticketing, and the Hong Kong Arts Festival PLUS site. The event also has a Facebook page with updates. As with all events in 2021, it is best to confirm shortly befoe the event as to what is hapening and what safety requirements there are. Also check up with travel restrictions prior to setting out.

For more ideas about things to do in Hong Kong:

Browse the Hong Kong Tourism Board website.

Cover image: Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo. Photo by Alice Blangero.


February 13, 2020
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