In view of the reopening of performing venues on 19 February, the Hong Kong Arts Festival announces changes to in-venue programmes. Please visit this page for details.

Hong Kong Arts Festival

An International Arts Festival in Hong Kong
Connecting China and the World

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. The total budget for FY2021/22 (including the 50th Hong Kong Arts Festival and 2022 "No Limits") is approximately HK$124 million. Current Government annual funding accounts for around 21% of the Festival's total income. Around 16% of the Festival's income needs to come from the box office, and around 45% from sponsorship and donations made by corporations, individuals and charitable foundations. The remaining 18% is expected to 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*:

  • Western Opera: Bavarian State Opera, Oper Leipzig, The Bolshoi Theatre, The Mariinsky Theatre
  • 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: Cecilia Bartoli, Riccardo Chailly, Seong-Jin Cho, Gustavo Dudamel, Philip Glass, Yo-Yo Ma, Denis Matsuev, Anna Netrebko, Gianandrea Noseda, Seiji Ozawa, Thomas Quasthoff, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Tan Dun, Muhai Tang, Christian Thielemann, London Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Thomanerchor Leipzig, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Jazz and world music: Bobby McFerrin, Youssou N'Dour, Esperanza Spalding, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, Pink Martini
  • Dance:  Mikhail Baryshnikov, Sylvie Guillem, Akram Khan, American Ballet Theatre, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, The Hamburg Ballet – John Neumeier, New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch
  • Theatre: Peter Brook, Robert Lepage, Yukio Ninagawa, Robert Wilson, Berliner Ensemble, National Theatre of China, Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Large-scale special events: World of WearableArt, Zingaro
  • 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 250 local productions across genres including Cantonese opera, theatre, chamber opera, music and contemporary dance, many with successful subsequent runs in Hong Kong and overseas. Recent HKAF productions include Gangsters of Hong Kong, Always by Your Side, Pavilion of a Hundred Flowers, A Floating Family – A Trilogy, Hong Kong Odyssey, Danz Up, Datong – The Chinese Utopia, The Amahs 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 30 years, our “Young Friends” scheme has reached over 800,000 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.

HKAF actively promotes inclusiveness and understanding via the arts to every corner of the community. The “No Limits” project, co-presented with the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, was launched in 2019. Through a series of performances and diverse arts experiences for students and the community, “No Limits” strives to create an inclusive space for people with different abilities to share the joy of the arts together.

(Updated December 2021)

*Details of past HKAF programmes can be found at


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


Direct Lines: (852) 2828 4910/11/12



Committee Members


The Honourable John Lee Ka-chiu, SBS, PDSM, PMSM The Chief Executive Hong Kong Special Administrative Region People’s Republic of China

Honorary Life President

Sir Run Run Shaw, CBE (1907-2014)

Executive Committee
Mr. Victor Cha (Chairman)
Prof. Kingman Lo, SBS MBE JP (Vice Chairman)
Mr. Colin Farrell (Honorary Treasurer)
Mrs. Betty Yuen Cheng
Ms. Margaret Cheng
Mr. Michael Fung
Ms. Joanna Hotung
Mr. Sebastian Shiu-Wai Man
Dr. Dennis TL Sun, BBS, JP
Ms. Miriam Yao
Mr. Sunny Yeung


Executive Director
Tisa Ho
Assistant to Executive Director
Connie Ho
Programme Director
Grace Lang
Programme Director
So Kwok-wan
Programme Manager
Cathy Cheng*
Programme Manager
Samantha Szeto*
Programme Manager
Katie Ma*
Programme Manager
Sophie Liao*
Programme Manager
Tracy Tam*
Programme Coordinator
Pecky Chan*
Logistics Manager
Elvis King*
Programme Manager (Administration)
Shirley So
Programme Officer (Administration)
Michelle Lam*
Production Manager
Shirley Leung*
Asst. Production Manager
Benny Mok*
Outreach Manager
Joe Tang*
Outreach Manager
Carman Lam*
Outreach Coordinator
Janet Chow*
Outreach Coordinator
Tracy Cheung*
Outreach Officer
Lilian Lam*
Outreach Assistant
Leona Hon*
Editor (Half time)
Oliver Farry*
Assistant Editor
Rebecca Lee*
No Limits
Senior Project Manager
Grace Zhang*
Programme and Outreach Manager
Alice Sze*
Programme and Outreach Manager
Michelle Yim*
Programme and Outreach Coordinator
Jasmine Poon*
Programme and Outreach Coordinator
Kelvin Ho*
Marketing Manager
Ho Sze Wai*
Assistant Marketing Manager
Stephanie Wong*
Assistant Technical and Production Manager
Jacob Chan*
Senior Accounting Officer
Janice Pang*
Marketing Director
Katy Cheng
Associate Marketing Director
Eugene Lo
Assistant Project Manager - Marketing
Hades Tam*
Assistant Project Manager - Marketing
Hill Li*
Marketing Manager
Valentina Wong*
Deputy Marketing Manager
Tobie Chan*
Deputy Marketing Manager
Stephanie Cheung*
Assistant Marketing Manager
Sally Hui*
Assistant Marketing Manager(Digital Marketing and Social Media)
Margaret Tsang*
Marketing Manager (Ticketing)
Eppie Leung
Senior Ticketing Officer
Stephanie Chan*
Development Director
Flora Yu
Development Manager
Sharon Lam*
Development Manager (Major Gifts)
Fiona Chung*
Development Manager
Lorna Tam
Deputy Development Manager
Connie So*
Development Assistant
Winky Heung*
Arts Administrator Trainee
Katrina So*
Finance Director
Teresa Kwong
Account Manager
Connie To*
Accounting Officer
Catherine Chung*
HR & Administration
Human Resources and Administration Manager
Janet Yeung*
Receptionist/Junior Secretary
Virginia Li
General Assistant
Bonia Wong
Information Technology
Information Technology Manager
Derek Chan*
*Contract Staff