Hong Kong Arts Festival


Photo: KC Creative

For several years the Hong Kong Arts Festival has been supporting new playwrights by way of commissions and script publication in Chinese and English. These productions are now annual festival highlights; last year Santayana Li made a solid debut with Journey to Home and Yan Yu's Jiao Qing (2011) was memorable.

Tuesday, 12 March, 2013, 10:27am

Yasmin Levy - sorrow by song but not by nature

Singer-songwriter Yasmin Levy prefers the sad songs. She will be performing at the Cultural Centre tonight. Photo: Jonathan Wong

With a voice as beautiful as hers, it's hard to believe Yasmin Levy's songs come from a very dark place. Yet like all great art, it's the darker side of the human condition that brings out the best.

9 Mar 2013 - 5:03am 1 comment

Hong Kong themes give hometown heroes an on-screen presence at HKIFF

Hong Kong themes give hometown heroes an on-screen presence at HKIFF

Even before the Hong Kong Arts Festival ends on March 24, some local culture vultures are already looking ahead to another of the city's annual bumper cultural events.

10 Mar 2013 - 4:21pm

Letters to the Editor, March 8, 2013

No need to restrict sales of formula. Photo: Edward Wong

With his sixth budget, Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah failed to alleviate the problem of the wealth gap in Hong Kong. Tsang obviously feels it is important to be cautious, but there are times when you can be over-cautious.

8 Mar 2013 - 3:51am

Reviews: Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble

Photo: Julien Benhamou

The appearance of Marc Minkowski's 40-member ensemble on Friday as part of the Hong Kong Arts Festival seemed a great way to start the weekend. The players' skill was assured; the packaging carried the question marks.

5 Mar 2013 - 11:40am

Reviews: Chinglish

Photo: Kevin Berne

David Henry Hwang's comedy about miscommunication and misunderstanding between two cultures has garnered much acclaim in the US, winning the Chinese-American playwright a Joseph Jefferson Award (for best new work) in Chicago where it premiered two years ago.

5 Mar 2013 - 5:18pm

US ballet troupe brings bravura to arts festival

American Ballet Theatre Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie watches dancers rehearse. Photo: NYT

American Ballet Theatre began their series of performances under the Hong Kong Arts Festival with a high-energy mixed bill that showed the company in sparkling form.

25 Feb 2013 - 5:18am

The art of top-tier orchestration

Ronald Arculli hopes the HK Arts Festival can reach the standard of similar events in New York and London. Photo: Edward Wong

Hong Kong Arts Festival chairman and former chairman of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEx) Ronald Arculli says there are many similarities between managing the city's largest arts event and Asia's biggest stock exchange operator.

23 Feb 2013 - 6:44am

Talking points

The National Bureau of Statistics issues its regular report on house prices in 70 major and medium-sizes cities.

The National Bureau of Statistics issues its regular report on house prices in 70 major and medium-sizes cities. The State Council told local authorities on Wednesday to "decisively" curb real estate speculation and take steps to rein in the property market after prices rose the most in two years last month. 

22 Feb 2013 - 4:04am

Slapstick comedy, One Man, Two Guvnors, lives up to its hype

A scene from One Man, Two Guvnors.

It's easy to understand why this 2011 National Theatre production - which premiered in Asia last Friday as part of the Hong Kong Arts Festival - is already a big hit in London's West End and New York's Broadway.

18 Feb 2013 - 4:34am

Review: Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Hong Kong Arts Festival

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra played Mozart and Brahms on Monday.

It was a straightforward programme – just two core repertoire symphonies. The opening movement of Mozart’s Symphony No 41, Jupiter, sounded like a cautious play-through to check the notes (and some in the first few bars needed scrutiny).

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

International dimension makes Hong Kong Arts Festival a red-hot ticket right now

'The Reef', a film with live musical score by the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Photo: Ed Sloane

The 41st Hong Kong Arts Festival is gearing up for its traditional takeover of the cultural scene in February and March, bearing an Aladdin's cave of performances in music, dance and theatre - most of which will be staged by artists from the international circuit.

9 Dec 2012 - 2:06pm

Talking points

Paul Peters

'Dirk Struan' banker to be sentenced

19 Oct 2012 - 2:12am

HSBC withdraws public transport insurance ad

Off on a dash.

A reader writes to say that when he logged on to the HSBC website, he was dismayed at the advertisement that popped up.

It read: "AccidentSurance - Double indemnity on death or disablement caused by public transport accidents."

He said: "So soon after the awful National Day ferry disaster I think that trying to cash in on people's fears is inappropriate and callous."

10 Oct 2012 - 4:26am 1 comment

Consuming passion

It was perhaps inevitable that Tisa Ho, executive director of the ongoing Hong Kong Arts Festival, would carve out a career in the world of the performing arts.

'I always knew that was what I loved, so at school I was in every theatre production I could get into. I was in every choir, dance programme, whatever was going,' says the soft-spoken Ho.

4 Mar 2012 - 12:00am