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.

It’s a big birthday, halfway to 100! Our first thought was to acknowledge and thank as many partners as possible. So we began by sending out invitations to Share a Story. The invitation is still open, and we very much look forward to hearing from you.

As you can imagine, we have been planning this extra-special Festival for several years now, and we are thrilled that some plans can be realised, starting with the ground-breaking interactive opera experience Laila, thanks to the support of The Hong Kong Jockey Club. We believe that this will be a milestone in the exploration of Arts X Tech for the Festival, for Hong Kong, and for the global arts community. The new Jockey Club InnoArts Series is another marker in this watershed year.

Projects postponed from previous years can now be presented: the musical Yat-sen and the play We Are Gay. In Cantonese opera, we continue to explore contemporary work while paying tribute to past masters, in this case the inimitable Sun Ma Sze Tsang. Partnerships with local artists and ensembles are being continued or renewed, with the Hong Kong Philharmonic fittingly performing Mahler’s Symphony No 2 to open the Festival. Additionally, a range of wonderful national and international artists join us despite the need to quarantine.

There are also stellar productions from our international partners presented in digital form in venues as well as online, and our experiments in presenting filmed and live content alongside one another stretch the definition of hybridity. Covid-19 has accelerated developments in performance designed for digital delivery, and some of the most interesting are featured at this Festival.

Despite the current limitations on travel and touring, we continue to make connections across the world in our mission to serve as a focus for cultural exchange. We hope that you will also stay connected with us throughout the Festival period and beyond, and that many of the programmes presented here will be of interest to you.

Tisa Ho
Executive Director
Hong Kong Arts Festival