Numbers add up nicely as arts festival wraps up for another year

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 11 March, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 11 March, 2009, 12:00am

It's over for another year. The 37th Hong Kong Arts Festival had 190 performances and supporting events, entertaining a total of 117,000 audience members.

Those are just some of the stats, as the organisers take a bow, pat themselves on the back and get ready to organise the next one.

Oh, a few more. Of 122 ticketed performances, 74 were sold out; and of the 102,000 tickets available at box offices, more than 94 per cent were sold. There were eight world premieres and eight Asian premieres. There was ballet, orchestras playing, Lithuanian clog dancing (just kidding) - but, seriously, a great range of performances that show Hong Kong is truly on the arts map.

Festival executive director Tisa Ho said: 'The range of programmes in the 37th HKAF is remarkable - from baroque to bossa nova - truly a reflection of the diversity and dynamism of Hong Kong.'

Festival chairman Charles Lee Yeh-kwong added that performances were staged in the New Territories at locations that had not previously been used.

He also highlighted initiatives, including: the Mentorship Scheme, which seeks to nurture local talent; the Asia-Pacific Dance Platform, which connects the festival to contemporary dance practice in the region; and the Credit Suisse Emerging Artist Series, which offers a showcase to rising stars on the international scene.