Hong Kong’s World Cultures Festival mixes tango, Chinese opera, Irish music and breakdancing
World Cultures Festival programme also includes lectures, talks and outdoor performances
Tango Buenos Aires, the Shanghai Yue Opera House, The Chieftains and Jinjo Crew are among the 14 local and international acts taking part in this year’s World Cultures Festival.
Organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the biannual arts festival will also present a series of free pre-performance talks, lectures, outdoor performances and two public exhibitions to be held between October 16 and November 15.
The opening programme will be Tango Buenos Aires’ The Song of Eva Perón, a dance performance choreographed by Hector Falcón that charts the dramatic life of the former first lady of Argentina. The Shanghai Yue Opera House will close the festival with works from its diverse repertoire, including Butterfly Lovers and a selection of yue opera excerpts.
Representing Asia will be the taiko drum troupe Kodo from Japan and Seoul’s Jinjo Crew, the latter is said to be the first B-boy (breakdance) outfit to win five major international competitions including the Red Bull BC One Final (Paris), R-16 Korea World Final and UK B-Boy Championships (London).
On the musical front, three past Grammy winners – Angélique Kidjo will perform African music; The Chieftains, traditional Irish tunes; and Los Texmaniacs, contemporary rock/country.
Flying the local flag will be composers Lam Fung and Teriver Cheung, who will collaborate with French musician Jean-Michel Pilc and saxophonist Timothy Sun for a classical-jazz crossover concert. The Hong Kong Sinfonietta will team up with Polish composer and conductor Krzysztof Penderecki for a concert that will feature the troupe’s concertmaster James Cuddeford as violin soloist.
Into its fifth edition now, the World Cultures Festival has previously showcased artists from different regions including Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean and countries along the Silk Road.