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The 46th Hong Kong Arts Festival in 2018
Advance Bookings start 11 October 2017

(Hong Kong, 9 October 2017)   Today the Hong Kong Arts Festival (HKAF) announces details of the forthcoming 46th HKAF. Featuring over 1,700 outstanding international and local artists in 130 performances and over 300 complementary outreach and education activities, the Festival will run from 23 February to 25 March 2018. [Please refer to factsheet for statistics and programme introduction]

“The Hong Kong Arts Festival continues to be an annual highlight for Hong Kong, and highly anticipated by the most discerning audiences both in this city and in the region.

“In addition to organising these wonderful performances for our enjoyment next Spring, the Festival is also committed to making a long term impact on audience development and in artistic development. We therefore include a wide array of outreach and educational activities, and also offer an important platform for local artists.

“None of this would be possible without the support of our community. I must thank the many individuals, foundations and corporations whose contributions in the form of sponsorship and donations enable us to serve Hong Kong. I must express appreciation to the Hong Kong Government for its continued support. And the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust deserves a special mention for its strong and sustained partnership,” said Mr Victor Cha, Chairman of the Hong Kong Arts Festival.

“In the 46th HKAF, we take the notion of ‘what’s real to me’ to celebrate the realities created and communicated through the artistry, creativity and thoughtfulness of our participating artists as they reflect upon society of the day, on humanity as a whole, and on the art which they practice.  Additionally, we want to highlight the role of the audience as active co-creator and partner to the artist, making what is experienced in performance real, meaningful and mutually reinforced.  And, in the magical way in which great performances work, this deeply personal and unique experience is also shared with everyone present, thus creating another level of what’s real – both to the individual and to the collective ‘me’. ” said Ms Tisa Ho, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Arts Festival.

The budget of the 46th Festival is approximately HK$125 million. Secured government baseline funding for the Festival in 2018 represents roughly 14% of HKAF’s total income. Around 32% of the Festival’s income is expected to come from the box office, and another 36% needs to come from sponsorship and donations from corporations, individuals, and charitable foundations. It is anticipated that the remaining 18% will come from other revenues, including the Government’s pilot matching scheme, which matches income generated through private sector sponsorships and donations. [The projected 46th HKAF income sources can be found on the attached factsheet]


On top of fabulous performances, Festival PLUS offers audiences an exciting range of activities that enhance their Festival experience. Over 90 PLUS programmes will be organised in 2018, highlights 
  • “Richter × Pärt” Vox Clamantis – Concert at an Exhibition at the University Museum and Art Gallery of 
  • An Opera Adventure Day by Welsh National Opera with free foyer performance by WNO chorus members at Hong Kong Cultural 
  • ABT Recipe including children dance workshops led by American Ballet Theatre artists, pre-performance talks hosted by the visiting Artists will be held at the podium workshop at the Hong Kong Cultural 
Online registration via Ticketflap starts from 11 October for selected PLUS events. Details of all PLUS activities will be announced in December at 

Over the past 26 years, HKAF’s “Young Friends” scheme has reached over 730,000 local secondary and tertiary school students. In accordance with our educational principle – “Experiencing, Guiding, Perceiving and Enhancing”, Young Friends launched a variety of arts education projects in recent years to enrich the arts appreciation experience of young people. As well as attending selected rehearsals and performances, Young Friends members can participate in meet-the-artist sessions, workshops and lecture demonstrations by local and international performers. In addition, they are offered tailor-made Young Friends Specials events, with customised educational appreciation guides to supplement their experience with additional information about the performances. 

To develop members’ comprehensive understanding of the arts, Young Friends brings programme-based pre-show workshops led by local artists to secondary schools. As well as performance-related activities, Young Friends members can also participate in arts administration training workshops during the summer to gain insights into the cultural industry.


The Programme & Booking Guide is now available at all URBTIX outlets. Advance Bookings for the 46th HKAF are accepted by fax, post and on the Festival website ( from 12:00am on 11 October to 11:59pm on 30 November 2017. Audiences can enjoy up to 15% discount on their bookings during the Advance Booking period.

Counter Bookings start on 9 December. Patrons can book their tickets at URBTIX (online at, by phone (852) 2111 5999 or at URBTIX outlets.) Tickets to the performances held at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts will also be available at HK Ticketing outlets.


The 46th HKAF is grateful to its many sponsors, the main ones being: The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, ICBC (Asia), Sino Group, The Cha Foundation, China Construction Bank (Asia), China Everbright Limited, China Resources (Holdings) Co., Ltd., CITIC Capital Holdings Limited, Financial Times, Guotai Junan International Holdings Ltd., HKR International, The Hong Kong Chinese Enterprises Association, Industrial Bank, Ng Teng Fong Charitable Foundation, NOAH Holdings Limited, Primasia, Sequoia Capital China Advisors Limited, Shanghai Fraternity Association Hong Kong Limited, Shun Hing Group, Taiwan Sotheby’s International Realty, BNP Paribas, Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund and Tencent Foundation; Official Industry Partners including Finnair, Jaguar and POAD; and Major Hotel Partners including Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, InterContinental Hong Kong and Marco Polo Hong Kong.

About the Hong Kong Arts Festival  (HKAF)

Launched in 1973, the Hong Kong Arts Festival is a major international arts festival committed to enriching the cultural life of the city. In February and March every year, the Festival presents 1,400 of the world’s top artists and stars of tomorrow in approximately 120 performances, placing equal importance on great traditions and contemporary creations. The Festival also commissions and produces work in theatre, music, chamber opera and contemporary dance by Hong Kong’s own creative talents and emerging artists, many of which have had successful subsequent runs both locally and overseas. The Festival also presents over 300 “PLUS” and educational activities that offer diverse arts experiences to the community as well as tertiary, secondary and primary school students.

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