The Hong Kong Arts Festival celebrates its 50th anniversary with a global audience via an international lineup of online programs

HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – February 25, 2022 – The year 2022 marks the 50and edition of the Hong Kong Arts Festival (HKAF), one of the first international cultural festivals in Asia. 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.

The 50and The Hong Kong Arts Festival offers an eclectic host of online performances for global audiences, including Korngold’s Die Stadt tote (The dead city), by the Bayerische Staatsoper of Germany (Bavarian State Opera) (photo credit: W. Hösl)

The 50th Hong Kong Arts Festival offers an eclectic host of online performances for global audiences, including and To Be A Machine (Version 1.0), by Irish theater company Dead Center (photo credit: Ste Murray).

The 50th Hong Kong Arts Festival offers an eclectic host of online performances for global audiences, including and Being a machine (version 1.0)by the Irish theater company Dead Center (photo credit: Ste Murray).

Supporting the importance of staying connected to the world in the era 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)

by Korngold Die Stadt tote (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.

Date: February 24 – March 3 (Hong Kong time)

Free registration: https://go.hkaf.org/dietotestadt-en

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series

Bayerische Staatsoper (Bavarian State Opera) (Germany)

by Shostakovich The nose

Acclaimed Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov’s brand new interpretation of a classic comic opera, exploding with surreal imagery and human absurdity.

Date: March 10 – 17 (Hong Kong time)

Free registration: https://go.hkaf.org/thenose-en (N/A in Russia)

Brno National Theater (Czech Republic)

Martinů’s Greek Passion

The 150-person cast explores universal themes of humanity and justice in this provocative four-act opera recorded live in Brno in November 2021.

Date: March 17 – March 24 (Hong Kong time)

Free registration: https://go.hkaf.org/the-greek-passion-en (N/A in Europe, USA and Korea)

The music The Hong Kong Jockey Club series

Bamberg Symphony Orchestra (Germany)

Three concerts broadcast live

Under the baton of Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša, the concerts celebrate life, death and tradition with the emotion of Smetana My Vlast and the epic Ninth Symphonies of Bruckner and Mahler.

Date: March 4, 9 and 12 (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 kids (and the young at heart), featuring delicious Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals and Haas little i-am-me.

Date: April 11-25 (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

Date: February 26 – March 27 (every Saturday and Sunday, Hong Kong time)

Tickets: https://go.hkaf.org/ontroerend-goed-tm-en

Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe (France)

Moliere: Tartuffe and Women’s school

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, renowned 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.

Date: 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.

Date: March 23-26 (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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