Seven arts festival shows sold out, and several others almost full
Time is running out to get seats to see some of the star performers in this year's Hong Kong Arts Festival
With five weeks to go until the Hong Kong Arts Festival opens, seven events have sold out and tickets are getting scarce for a further 10, organisers said.
Among the most sought after tickets have been those for performances by the Bolshoi Theatre's opera and ballet companies. The Bolshoi Ballet's performances of Georges Balanchine's Jewels, the closing events of the 34-day festival, have already sold out.
The company's revival of The Flames of Paris, a Soviet-era celebration of the French revolution, is nearly sold out, as are the Bolshoi Opera's performances of Rimsky-Korsakov's The Tsar's Bride, based on real events in the reign of Russian tsar Ivan The Terrible.
It's also too late to get tickets for the Dutch National Ballet's Cinderella. But you can still find seats for Las Migas' flamenco performance, part of the festival's World Music Weekend.
Concerts by two of the world's leading orchestras, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Staatskapelle Dresden, are nearly sold out. So too is the violin recital by Baroque master Fabio Biondi, and the Asian premiere of Barefoot Divas - a celebration of Pacific cultures in song, poetry and storytelling.
Tickets for the Asian premiere of Complicite's family-oriented stage show Lionboy, about an 11-year-old who can communicate with cats, are also among those selling fast. And tickets are going fast for The Paper Cinema's performances of Homer's Odyssey using puppets, music, live drawing and theatre.
In all, the Hong Kong Arts Festival put some 110,000 tickets on sale in October. If past performance is anything to by, few will be left unsold when the curtain falls on March 29: in 2014, festival events were 94 per cent full overall.