Hong Kong Arts Festival chief Tisa Ho to retire; Flora Yu, the event’s development director since 2011, to take over
- Tisa Ho, executive director of the Hong Kong Arts Festival, will retire in November after 16 years, the last three ruined or badly disrupted by anti-Covid rules
- ‘I have never done so many contingencies of contingencies,’ she told the Post in 2020. Flora Yu, in charge of fundraising and partnerships, will succeed her
After 16 years, Hong Kong arts veteran Tisa Ho is retiring from her position as the executive director of the Hong Kong Arts Festival (HKAF). She will be succeeded by Flora Yu, who has been the festival’s development director for the past 10 years.
Ho first took on the executive director position in 2006, after many years in Singapore, where she curated the Singapore International Festival of Arts (then called the Singapore Arts Festival) and was general manager of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
She worked on arts policy and infrastructure development and served on the boards of numerous companies in the arts before returning to Hong Kong, where she was born and where she had worked for the Hong Kong Arts Festival and the Hong Kong Arts Centre early on in her career.
“We have poured all of our passion for the performing arts and countless hours of effort into preparing this year’s festival; we share in the disappointment over the cancellation of so many eagerly anticipated performances,” Ho said at the time.
Festival organisers then shifted their focus to planning a 2021 edition that would feature mainly Hong Kong performers appearing both live and virtually.
Yu, Ho’s successor, has spent the past 10 years formulating fundraising and partnership strategies for the festival. Prior to joining HKAF, she was assistant general manager of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
She will officially take over the executive director position from Ho on November 14.