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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 organisation. Its principal income sources are recurrent funding from the government, box office revenues, and sponsorship and donations made by corporations, individuals and charitable foundations which form a significant portion of total income and also enable HKAF to receive support from the Government’s matching scheme that matches income generated through private sector sponsorship and donations.
In 2010, Cantonese opera veterans Man Chin-sui and Leung Siu-sum decided to adapt the Great Flood from the Book of Genesis for Cantonese opera, and the ground-breaking venture met with an enthusiastic response. Trailblazing as it was, it was artistically traditional to the core, honouring all the quintessential elements of Cantonese opera. The new production for the 49th HKAF is promised impressive pomp and bravura as well as the memorable singing and brilliant staging of the original production.
Behind-the-scenes videos for this special opera are available as part of the PLUS programme.
Approx 3 hrs incl one interval.
Performed in Cantonese with English and Chinese surtitles.
Jockey Club Local Creative Talents Series
Journey to the West Rewind/Women Like Us
The Jockey Club Local Creative Talents Series’ Journey to the West Rewind / Women Like Us provides two bold subversions of the “happily-ever-after”. These separate adaptations inspired by the Ming dynasty classic and two of Hong Kong author Xi Xi's short stories are presented in Chinese and Western operatic formats, respectively.
National Theatre Brno
Janáček’s Jenůfa has remained as universal and poignant since its premiere, despite its long-drawn rise to national acclaim. A staple of the National Theatre of Brno, this award-winning production retells the disfigured heroine’s tragic loss and her ultimate redemption through the discerning perspective of the camera.
Widely recognised for his exceptional elegance and sophisticated interpretation of Chopin, young Canadian pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin is one of the most gifted and captivating pianists of his generation. A student of Janina Fialkowska, protégé of Arthur Rubinstein, Richard-Hamelin made his breakthrough after winning the silver medal at the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, as well as the Krystian Zimerman Prize for the best sonata performance.
In the upcoming Festival, audiences will be treated to a panorama of Richard-Hamelin’s talent in three online performances.
Charles Richard -
Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra
Music about China
The Music about China series, jointly launched by the HKCO and the Hong Kong Arts Festival in 2007, has premiered a considerable number of works by composers from Greater China and beyond. As the series enters its 15th year, it has been designated the opening programme of the Hong Kong Arts Festival 2021.
Inspired by Beethoven -
Hong Kong Sinfonietta‧Eroica
International Tchaikovsky Competition laureate Edgar Moreau will dazzle with Haydn’s Cello Concerto No 1, under the baton of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta’s principal guest conductor Christoph Poppen, in a programme that also includes Beethoven’s sublime “Eroica” Symphony.
A highlight to be presented in 2022, Yat-sen will be presented to audiences of the 49th HKAF in a bare-stage preview in March 2021.
Yat-sen brings together some of the most illustrious names in Hong Kong film and theatre. Composer Peter Kam, winner of the Silver Bear for best film music at the Berlin Film Festival, offers a powerful and captivating score, accompanied by superlative lyrics by Chris Shum. It is directed by Hong Kong-raised Eugene Ma, faculty member of Columbia, Harvard and Yale Universities, with the script by experienced movie screenwriter Sunny Chan.
Approx 2 hrs 30 mins incl one interval.
Performed in Cantonese.
Jockey Club Local Creative Talents Series
Musical: Yat-sen (tentative title)
Theatre artist Anita Rochon set herself the challenge of making a live touring piece that puts no performer on tour in order to reduce “her” carbon footprint. Using a temperamental broadcast green screen, Pathetic Fallacy tackles a changing relationship to weather. Two award-winning local actors—a different one in each performance—take on the central role in this innovative and provocative work that circles around climate change and lands on one person.
Matthew Bourne has been hailed as “the great showman of British dance” by The Daily Telegraph. His radical reinterpretations of classic works in ballet, theatre and cinema regularly elicit rave reviews from critics, and enchant audiences of all ages.
Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet is a passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic story of love and conflict. Here "difficult" young people are mysteriously confined by a society that seeks to divide them and crush their youthful spirit and individuality. A timeless story of forbidden love, repressed emotions and teenage discovery, filmed live at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London especially for cinemas.
Approx 1 hr and 30 mins
This programme contains moderate violence, bloody images and sexual violence
A New Adventures Production
Ballet Film Romeo & Juliet
Hong Kong Jockey Club Contemporary Dance Series 10th Anniversary
Dance On and Off
Celebrate ten phenomenal years of local contemporary dance in this special and final edition of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Contemporary Dance Series (CDS), in which we invite you to explore the best of the platform in a series of provocative new works, revamped audience favourites, and thoughtfully curated commemorative media.
Introduction of some works on the website
More than 90% of "SteamPunk Airship" is made up of plastic waste.
A year has passed since the epidemic, sales of disinfection and cleaning supplies have doubled, and plastic bottles went to the landfill after they were used! Alan Sin stared at the plastic bottles at home for a long time. Alan Sin took the bottles and started cutting. Small decorations were added, colours were painted, and they gradually became what they are now.
Sin was in love with the steamer product of the British Victorian Industrial Revolution. Since then, illustrators and film creations have produced many SteamPunk airship that violate physical science.
2015, works more than six years ago.
It was particularly hot in the summer that year. The "garden" behind the Cattle Depot Artists Village was covered with branches and leaves of different shapes and sizes. They were dried repeatedly after the rain, and the leaves were shaped by sunlight and rain.
Alan Sin just added a little bit of effort to the condition of the plant texture to create a joint exhibition in the autumn.