Hong Kong arts festival celebrates 50th anniversary with global audience

The year 2022 marks the 50th edition of the Hong Kong Arts Festival (HKAF), one of Asia’s premier international cultural festivals. To celebrate this milestone, HKAF presents a range of online performances spanning music, dance, theater and more from late February to March for the enjoyment of global audiences.

Supporting the importance of staying connected to the world in the age of Covid, this year’s HKAF uses “connections” and “arts and technology” as key themes. It continues to pivot to more online offerings, like last year, which should be played like music to the ears of global audiences as they can enjoy the specially curated performances regardless of geographical boundaries.

Online performance highlights include:

OPERA

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series
Bayerische Staatsoper (Bavarian State Opera) (Germany)
Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt (The Dead City)

An epic psychological drama of love and obsession, composed by one of music’s greatest prodigies, now told under the exceptional direction of Kirill Petrenko and featuring tenor Jonas Kaufmann and soprano Marlis Petersen. February 24 – March 3, 2022 (Hong Kong time)
Free registration: https://go.hkaf.org/dietotestadt-en

The Hong Kong Jockey Club series
Bayerische Staatsoper (Bavarian State Opera) (Germany)
Shostakovich’s Nose

Acclaimed Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov’s brand new interpretation of a classic comic opera, exploding with surreal imagery and human absurdity. March 10 – 17, 2022 (Hong Kong time)
Free registration: https://go.hkaf.org/thenose-en (N/A in Russia)

THE MUSIC

The Hong Kong Jockey Club series
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra (Germany)
Three concerts broadcast live

Under the direction of Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša, the concerts celebrate life, death and tradition with Smetana’s moving Má Vlast and Bruckner and Mahler’s epic Ninth Symphonies. March 4, 9 and 12, 2022 (Hong Kong time)
Free registration: https://go.hkaf.org/bamberg-en

The Hong Kong Jockey Club series
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra (Germany)
Family concert

The perfect pastime for children (and the young at heart), with Saint-Saëns’ delightful Carnival of the Animals and Haas’ Little I-Am-Me. April 11 – 25, 2022 (Hong Kong time)
Free registration: https://go.hkaf.org/bamberg-family-concert-en

THEATER

Ontroerend Goed (Belgium)
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A live interactive individual experience exploring media manipulation, populist ideology and conspiracy theories. Performed in English. February 26 – March 27, 2022 (every Saturday and Sunday, Hong Kong time)
Tickets: https://go.hkaf.org/ontroerend-goed-tm-en

Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe (France)
Molière: Tartuffe and the school for women

Radical interpretations of two of the major works of the great French playwright on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his birth. Directed by Stéphane Braunschweig – recognized specialist in Molière and artistic director of the Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe, these remarkable productions explore the depths of timeless human fragility and madness. March 18 – 25 (Hong Kong time)
Free registration: https://go.hkaf.org/moliere-fr

Dead Center (Ireland)
Being a machine (version 1.0)

A theatrical adaptation of an award-winning non-fiction book of the same title which will be broadcast live by Game of Thrones star Jack Gleeson from a stage in Dublin. March 23 – 26, 2022 (Hong Kong time)
Tickets: https://go.hkaf.org/to-be-a-machine-en

For more details on the 50th Hong Kong Arts Festival, please visit https://go.hkaf.org/online-en.

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