[Sponsored Article] Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn and Ute Lemper will bring their artistry to Tai Kwun at the newly launched arts festival. Connecting Hong Kong heritage and the vibrant arts scene in Berlin, Projekt Berlin will feature a range of music, films, TV and dance programmes to immerse visitors in new art experiences. Making its debut this November, Projekt Berlin is organised by Tai Kwun, in partnership with Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Hong Kong, Goethe-Institut Hongkong and visitBerlin. The public will be treated to a carefully curated programme of free and ticketed arts experiences designed to show the breadth and depth of Berlin’s creative prowess. Berlin has long been a cultural capital in Europe. But what makes Projekt Berlin truly unique is it is set against the backdrop of Tai Kwun’s distinctive old and new architecture, thus offering a new perspective for art lovers and eclectic experiences tailored to the different interests of the public. Just like Hong Kong, Berlin is engaged in a perpetual state of transformation, giving birth to one of the world’s most vibrant arts scenes. This collaboration marks a special moment for a cultural collision between old-world charm and modern-day verve through the multi-faceted lens of classical and contemporary arts. Timothy Calnin, Director of Tai Kwun and Curator of Projekt Berlin said in his curatorial statement: “Projekt Berlin is an autobiography of a city whose indomitable instinct for survival has made it a powerhouse of creativity across the full spectrum of the arts. Through light installations, live concerts, film screenings, public art and flashmob performances, Tai Kwun seizes the occasion to celebrate a city, which despite everything that history has thrown in its way, has found its voice in every age.” Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn For three nights in November, Tai Kwun’s Prison Yard will become an extraordinary concert venue. The renowned Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn is one of Germany’s most accomplished and admired ensembles. The three programmes will explore vastly contrasting moments of Berlin’s history, all starting from a fascinating historical moment in 1747, when the great composer Johann Sebastian Bach took on a musical challenge from the King of Prussia. The elderly Bach was asked to improvise on a meandering theme written by the King, which he expanded and put through a series of musical metamorphoses. The final work was “A Musical Offering”, a gift for the King he finished in the following weeks. The three performances, held on November 8-10, will feature conductor Case Scaglione and renowned soloists including Violinist/Cellist Sergey Malov, Harpsichordist Irina Zahharenkova and Flautist Anne Freitag, alongside Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn. Together they will serve up the most exquisite musical masterpieces by JS Bach, CPE Bach, Mendelssohn, R Strauss and more. The incongruity of classical chamber music and the prison yard setting will certainly make for a surreal, unusual experience for seasoned concert-goers and novelty seekers alike. Ute Lemper’s Berlin Nights Considered the greatest exponent of the Berlin cabaret style today, Ute Lemper, a Laurence Olivier Award winner for her performance in the musical Chicago , will bring her unique artistry and compelling dramatic presence to the Prison Yard on November 16. Berlin Nights will explore the radical and seedy underground of Berlin in the 1920s and 30s. Lemper will perform the songs of composers such as Weill, Hollander, Spoliansky and Eisler, whose edgy sounds capture the decadence of these decades during which boundaries were crossed and taboos challenged. Get ready to be taken on a nostalgic journey to these volatile eras with Lemper’s smouldering charisma. In addition to the performances by Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn and Ute Lemper, there will be film and television screenings, street art, breakdance and light installations held throughout Tai Kwun during Projekt Berlin. Projekt Berlin will be held from November 4-17. Get your tickets on www.Ticketflap.com .