Hong Kong International Film Festival

The pick of the bunch

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 24 February, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 24 February, 2011, 12:00am

ArtWalk 2011

March 16, HK$450, various locations. Inquiries:

Filipino-Australian artist Alwin Reamillo is ArtWalk 2011's artist-in-residence as part of Artwalk Extra, which encourages working artists to infiltrate the crowds and galleries throughout the night. A performance, installation and visual artist, Reamillo will visit each gallery posing as a vendor of balut (a Filipino delicacy consisting of a fertilised duck egg). His work, such as the Thuringowa Helicopter Project, which toured Australia in 2009, is steeped in social commentary.

Hong Kong Arts Festival

February 17-March 27, various venues. Inquiries:

Executive director Tisa Ho says: 'In recent years, partly in response to the limited range of available venues, HKAF has been investigating unconventional spaces and ways to bring the artist and public together.' Sketches of Utopia, a 3-D installation, will bring the music of Bach, accompanying animated evolving architectural forms, to the Hong Kong Cultural Centre foyer.

Hong Kong International Film Festival

March 20-April 5, various cinemas. Inquiries:

Animation is the strong suit of this year's festival, with the Oscar-nominated The Illusionist from France and a tribute to the work of Japanese stop-frame puppet animation master Kihachiro Kawamoto, who died last year. His models are exquisite and his movies are marvellous. HKIFF has compiled a selection of Kawamoto's work that spans his career and will screen two of his last major works.

Hong Kong International Literary Festival

March 8-18, various venues. Inquiries:

'In Conversation With Hilary Spurling' offers a chance to speak with the prize-winning biographer and journalist at Grappa's Cellar on March 14 about her new book, Burying the Bones: Pearl Buck in China, a biography of Pearl Buck, the American writer who won the Nobel Prize for Literature for her novels about Chinese peasants.