Hong Kong Arts Festival
The Hong Kong Arts Festival (香港藝術節) (HKAF), founded in 1973, is an annual series of cultural programmes in Hong Kong, with many performances from other parts of the world.
Held every February/March, HKAF has become an important focus of Hong Kong cultural life and promoter of the performing arts. Programme highlights are announced in August each year, with full line up and advance booking from October to December.
Genres seen and heard at the Hong Kong Arts Festival include classical music, Chinese music, world music, Western opera, Chinese opera, drama and dance. HKAF presented top international artists and ensembles, such as Cecilia Bartoli, Jose Carreras, Yo-Yo Ma, Philip Glass, Kurt Masur, Riccardo Chailly, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Sylvie Guillem, Kevin Spacey, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre, Bavarian State Opera, New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, Zingaro, Royal Shakespeare Company, Moscow Art Theatre, and Beijing People's Art Theatre.
The Hong Kong Arts Festival also commissions, produces and publishes new works in theatre, chamber opera and contemporary dance by Hong Kong’s creative talents and emerging artists, many with successful subsequent runs in Hong Kong and overseas. The 2014 festival featured FILTH by Jingan Young, the first English language play ever commissioned by the festival.
HKAF invests in arts education for young people through various projects. The "HKAF Young Friends" has reached about 700,000 secondary and tertiary school students since 1992. Close to 9,000 half-price student tickets are issued each year.
Over 100 Festival PLUS activities are organised in community locations each year to enhance the engagement between artists and audiences. These include lecture demonstrations, masterclasses, workshops, symposia, backstage visits, exhibitions, meet-the-artist sessions, and guided tours.
The Hong Kong Arts Festival Society Limited is a non-profit organisation, with about 30% of annual revenue from government funding, around 40% from the box office, and the remaining 30% from sponsorships and donations from corporations, individuals, and charitable foundations.
List of Committee Members
- Chairman: Ronald Arculli
- Vice Chairman: Victor Cha
- Honorary Treasurer: William Li
- Members: Prof David Gwilt, Anthony W K Chow, Anthony Lau, Yu-san Leong, Ms Nikki Ng, Justice Ribeiro, James Riley, Joseph Yam
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Hong Kong Arts Festival.|
List of Staff
Executive Director: Tisa Ho
Programme Director: Grace Lang
Associate Programme Director: So Kwok-wan
Programme Manager: Linda Yip, Kitty Leung
Assistant Programme Manager: Susanna Yu
Programme Coordinator: Lam Kam Kwan
Programme Officer: Becky Lee, Mimi Lam
Logistics Manager: Elvis King
Technical Manager: David Wan
Assistant Production Manager: Shirley So
Outreach Manager: Kenneth Lee
Outreach Coordinator: Jacqueline Li
Outreach Officer: Ainslee Chan, Joseph Wong
Marketing Director: Katy Cheng
Marketing Manager: Alexia Chow, Wendy Chung, Nick Chan
Assistant Marketing Manager (Ticketing): Eppie Leung
Assistant Marketing Manager: Anthea Leung
Marketing Officer: Cheung Hoi Suen
Ticketing Officer: Ip Chun Ching Jan
Development Director: Flora Yu
Development Manager: Alex So
Assistant Development Manager: Eunice Chan, Alyson Chan
Development Officer: Iris Wong
Arts Administrator Trainee: Lorna Tam, Tszlam Yip
English Editor: Nicolette Wong
Accounting Manager: Katharine Chan
Senior Accounting Officer: Andy Chau
Accounts Clerk: Bonia Wong, Bless Wong
Executive Secretary: Heidi Chan
Receptionist/Junior Secretary: Virginia Li
- Lok, Evelyn (16 January 2014). "Jingan Young". HK Magazine. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
- Young Friends of the Hong Kong Arts Fetival website
- Festival PLUS website
- About Us, Hong Kong Arts Festival
- Hong Kong Arts Festival promises stellar line-up of performances SCMP, 14 October 2014