Hong Kong Arts Festival

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Hong Kong Arts Festival in 2013

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.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4][5]

List of committee members (2015/2016)[edit]

Patron

The Chief Executive The Hon C Y Leung, GBM, GBS, JP

Honorary Life President

Sir Run Run Shaw, CBE (1972-2014)

Executive Committee

Mr. Victor Cha (Chairman)

Mr. James Riley (Vice Chairman)

Mr. William Li (Honorary Treasurer)

Mr. Anthony Lau

Mrs. Yu-san Leong

The Hon Martin Liao, SBS JP

Ms. Nikki Ng

The Hon Mr Justice Robert Ribeiro

Mr. Joseph Yam, GBM JP

Professor Gabriel Leung, GBS JP

Past and Current Chairmen and Directors[edit]

Year Festival Chairman Executive Director
1973 1st HKAF Sir Run Run Shaw CBE

邵逸夫爵士

1974 2nd HKAF
1975 3rd HKAF
1976 4th HKAF
1977 5th HKAF
1978 6th HKAF
1979 7th HKAF
1980 8th HKAF Mr. Keith Statham

史迪敦先生

1981 9th HKAF
1982 10th HKAF
1983 11th HKAF
1984 12th HKAF
1985 13th HKAF
1986 14th HKAF
1987 15th HKAF
1988 16th HKAF Mr. Tseng Sun Man

鄭新文先生

1989 17th HKAF
1990 18th HKAF The Hon Martin Barrow OBE JP

鮑磊先生

1991 19th HKAF
1992 20th HKAF
1993 21st HKAF
1994 22nd HKAF
1995 23rd HKAF Mr. Kau Ng

吳球先生

1996 24th HKAF
1997 25th HKAF
1998 26th HKAF
1999 27th HKAF
2000 28th HKAF
2001 29th HKAF
2002 30th HKAF Mrs Mona Leung SBS BBS MBE JP

梁紹榮夫人

2003 31st HKAF Mr. Douglas Gautier

高德禮先生

2004 32nd HKAF Mr Charles Y K Lee GBM GBS JP

李業廣先生

2005 33rd HKAF
2006 34th HKAF
2007 35th HKAF Ms. Tisa Ho

何嘉坤女士

2008 36th HKAF
2009 37th HKAF
2010 38th HKAF
2011 39th HKAF
2012 40th HKAF
2013 41st HKAF
2014 42nd HKAF The Hon Ronald Arculli GBM CVO GBS OBE JP

夏佳理先生

2015 43rd HKAF
2016 44th HKAF Mr. Victor Cha

查懋成先生

Past Festival Programmes (incomplete)[edit]

Year Programme Highlights

Opening Ceremony

Programme Highlights

Closing Ceremony

1996 Julio Bocca & Ballet Argentino
1997 Tan Dun Marco Polo Montreal Symphony Orchestra
1998 Richard Strauss Salome

Los Angeles Opera

Compania Nacional de Danza
1999 Cantonese Opera – An All-Star Night Hamburg Ballet

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

2000 China National Symphony Orchestra Birmingham Royal Ballet

Edward II

2001 Rossini’s La Cenerentola National Ballet of China

Raise the Red Lantern

2002 Bolshoi Theatre

Boris Godunov

National Ballet of China

Raise the Red Lantern

2003 Stuttgart Opera

The Abduction from the Seraglio

Hamburg Ballet

Nijinsky

2004 Komische Oper Berlin

The Merry Widow

London Symphony Orchestra

under Gennadi Rozhdestvensky

2005 Polish National Opera

Otello

Conductor: Jacek Kaspszyk

Director: Mariusz Trelinski

Tenor: Richard Decker

Tenor: Krzysztof Bednarek

Ballet Nacional de Espana

Director: Jose Antonio

2006 Michael Tilson Thomas and San Francisco Symphony

Soloist: Lynn Harrell

Semper Opera Dresden and Opera Nuremberg

Mozart’s Don Giovanni

Conductor: Howard Arman

Director: Willy Decker

2007 Yuri Simonov and the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra

Soloist: Konstantin Lifschitz

Soloist: Boris Belkin

Soloist: Shen Wenyu

Tango Buenos Aires
2008 Stuttgart Ballet

Swan Lake

Choreographer: John Cranko

Vladimie Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra

Soloist: Nikolaj Znaider

Soloist: Jean-Yves Thibaudet

2009 Bernard Haitink and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Lisa Ono A celebration of 50 years of Bossa Nova
2010 Cantonese Opera Treasures Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra
2011 Cecilia Bartoli Lost Tango Ute Lemper and the Piazzolla Sextet
2012 The Hamburg Ballet John Neumeier

A Streetcar Named Desire

Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra - Daniel Harding
2013 American Ballet Theatre

Dance Gala

AD: Kevin McKenzie

Romeo and Juliet

AD: Kevin McKenzie

Choreography: Sir Kenneth MacMillan

Teatro Di San Carlo

Viva Verdi

Conductor: Michele Mariotti

Choral Director: Salvatore Caputo

2014 Guerzenich Orchestra Cologne Savonlinna Opera Festival Gala Concert
2015 Christian Thielemann & the Staatskapelle Dresden The Bolshoi Ballet - Jewels
2016 Compagnia Finzi Pasca - La Verità (The Truth) The Mikhailovsky Ballet - The Sleeping Beauty

New works and recent tours[edit]

The HKAF is very active at promoting and engaging homegrown creative talents and emerging artists through commissioning producing and publishing new works in theatre, chamber opera and contemporary dance. Some of these productions go on to successful subsequent runs in Hong Kong and overseas.

In 2008, the HKAF commissioned and produced the production, Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare for the 36th HKAF as part of its New Works series, and was later featured in a second run in the 40th HKAF in 2012 before participating in Globe to Globe, a World Shakespeare Festival at the Globe Theatre in London in which 37 of Shakespeare’s plays were performed in different languages. This was the first Cantonese production to be performed at the Globe.[6]

The HKAF in 2014 featured FILTH by Jingan Young, the first English language play ever commissioned by the festival.[7]

In 2013, the 41st HKAF commissioned the New Stage Series, Heart of Coral, a chamber opera about the life of Xiao Hong, one of the most celebrated female Chinese writers. The opera production was later featured in Taiwan at "Hong Kong Week 2014 @ Taipei" as part of a cultural exchange organized by the Hong Kong-Taiwan Cultural Co-operation Committee.[8]

The Crowd, another HKAF commissioned production which is written by Shanghai-based writer Yu Rongjun and directed by Hong Kong theater director, Tang Wai-kit for the HKAF in 2015 was also performed in Shanghai in April 2015.[9]

Co-commissioned by the HKAF and the Shakespeare’s Globe, renowned Hong Kong theatre director Tang Shu-wing premiered his Cantonese production of Macbeth at the Globe Theatre in London in August 2015, 4 years after the debut of his production of Titus Andronicus as part of the Globe to Globe initiative.[10][11] Macbeth was then staged at the 44th HKAF.

Awards, Achievements and Contributions[edit]

Year Programme Awards
2005 《法吻》 第十五屆香港舞台劇獎

最佳劇本 莊梅岩

最佳男主角(悲劇/正劇) 李鎮洲

十大最受歡迎劇目

15th HONG KONG DRAMA AWARDS

Best Screenplay 莊梅岩

Best Actor (Tragedy / drama) 李鎮洲

Top ten most popular repertoire

2009 《泰特斯》Titus Andronicus 第十八屆香港舞台劇獎

最佳舞台設計 陳志權

最佳燈光設計 張國永

十大最受歡迎劇目

18th HONG KONG DRAMA AWARDS

Best stage design 陳志權

Best Lighting Design 張國永

Top ten most popular repertoire

2010 《聖荷西謀殺案》Murder in San José 第十九屆香港舞台劇獎

最佳導演(悲劇/正劇) 李鎮洲

最佳劇本 莊梅岩

最佳女主角(悲劇/正劇) 劉雅麗

十大最受歡迎製作

19th HONG KONG DRAMA AWARDS

Best Director 李鎮洲

Best Screenplay 莊梅岩

Best Actress (tragedy / drama) 劉雅麗

Top ten most popular repertoire

2011 《香港式離婚》The Truth About Lying 第二十屆香港舞台劇獎

最佳整體演出

最佳劇本 黃詠詩

最佳女主角(悲劇/正劇) 黃慧慈

十大最受歡迎製作 [12]

20th HONG KONG DRAMA AWARDS

Best Overall Performance

Best Screenplay 黃詠詩

Best Actress (tragedy / drama) 黃慧慈

Top ten most popular repertoire

Timeout Best Production 2010 [12]

2012 《重回凡間的凡人》An Ordinary Man 第二十一屆香港舞台劇獎

最佳女配角(悲劇/正劇)

何英瓊

21st HONG KONG DRAMA AWARDS

Best Supporting Actress (tragedy / drama) 何英瓊

2013 《野豬》The Wild Boar 第二十二屆香港舞台劇獎

十大最受歡迎製作最佳舞台設計 曾文通

22nd HONG KONG DRAMA AWARDS

Top ten most popular repertoire

Best stage design 曾文通

2014 《爆‧蛹》Blast 第二十三屆香港舞台劇獎

十大最受歡迎製作

23rd HONG KONG DRAMA AWARDS

Top ten most popular repertoire

Recent Publications[edit]

Year Publication
2009 《黑天鵝》

《聖荷西謀殺案》

Black Swan

Murder in San José

2010 《香港式離婚》

《情話紫釵》

The Truth About Lying

The Liaisons

2011 《重回凡間的凡人》

《矯情/回收旖旎時光》

An Ordinary Man

Pretense / Recycling Times

2012 《愛之初體驗》

《野豬》

《示範單位》

Journey to Home

The Wild Boar

Show Flat

2013 《屠龍記》

《蕭紅》

《爆‧蛹》

Smear

Heart of Coral

Blast

2014 《森林海中的紅樓》

《末族》

Red Chamber in the Concrete Forest

FILTH

2015 《金蘭姊妹》

《大同》

《烏合之眾》

The Amahs

Datong

The Crowd

2016 《論語》 Chinese Lesson

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lok, Evelyn (16 January 2014). "Jingan Young". HK Magazine. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  2. ^ Young Friends of the Hong Kong Arts Festival website
  3. ^ Festival PLUS website
  4. ^ About Us, Hong Kong Arts Festival
  5. ^ Hong Kong Arts Festival promises stellar line-up of performances SCMP, 14 October 2014
  6. ^ "Titus Andronicus". TANG SHU-WING THEATRE STUDIO (in Chinese). Retrieved 2016-04-20. 
  7. ^ "Jingan Young". HK Magazine. Retrieved 2016-04-20. 
  8. ^ ""Hong Kong Week 2014 @ Taipei" to show the essence of Hong Kong culture (with photos)". www.info.gov.hk. Retrieved 2016-04-20. 
  9. ^ "Crowd work - Global Times". www.globaltimes.cn. Retrieved 2016-04-20. 
  10. ^ "Chinese productions of Shakespeare return to the Globe in London". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2016-04-20. 
  11. ^ "Macbeth performed in Cantonese by Tang Shu-wing Theatre Studio, Hong Kong / Shakespeare's Globe". www.shakespearesglobe.com. Retrieved 2016-04-20. 
  12. ^ a b "Best of 2010: Best Hong Kong Stage Production". www.timeout.com.hk. Retrieved 2016-04-20. 

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