The 47th Hong Kong Arts Festival kicks off in February with more than 1,700 world-class international and local artists, putting on an incredible 166 performances.
This five-week festival is one of the biggest art events in Hong Kong, attracting an impressive lineup of artists, ballet troupes, orchestras, dancers, conductors, pianists, and singers, just to name a few.
This year the festival theme is ‘At Every Stage’, showcasing artists at different stages of their career, from blooming newcomers to legendary masters.
Some of the most anticipated performances include Wagner’s Tannhäuser, the Beijing LiLiuyi Theatre Studio’s performance of The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, and Chor der Oper Leipzig’s Opera Chorus Concert. But these are just a few names out of the 100+ performances available to the public.
If you want to specifically want to see some Hong Kong-style shows, check out Gangsters of Hong Kong, a powerful drama about local triads and power struggles. There’s also Pavilion of a Hundred Flowers with Cantonese Opera, and the Asia premiere of Madame White Snake.
The arts festival also has some excellent family programming, with P is for Percussion by the Li Bao Percussion Group, and life-sized puppets puts on a great show in Reloaded by Swiss theatre group Mummenschanz.
Regardless of whether you like live theatre, Western opera, classical piano or modern dance, the Hong Kong Arts Festival has a wide range of programs to choose from and enjoy.
Performances take place at various venues, including the Hong Kong Cultural Center in Tsim Sha Tsui, and the Hong Kong City Hall Theatre in Central.
Tickets can be booked online at Urbtix, but as the top shows sell out fast, it’s best to buy in advance.