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Hong Kong Arts Festival 2018

February 23 - March 24, 2018

HKAF is a non-profit organization. The estimated budget for the 2018 Festival is around HK$125 million. 

HKAF presents top international artists and ensembles, which in the past have included Cecilia Bartoli, Yo-Yo Ma, Philip Glass, Tan Dun, Riccardo Chailly, Christian Thielemann, Gustavo Dudamel, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Sylvie Guillem, Kevin Spacey, Robert Wilson, Peter Brook, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Mariinsky Theatre, Bavarian State Opera, the Bolshoi Theatre, New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, Zingaro, Royal Shakespeare Company, Berliner Ensemble and National Theatre of China.

For this year's programme, view the HKAF website at www.hk.artsfestival.org.

English language accessible performances are separately listed on the HKELD calendar.


Pelléas et Mélisande

March 15 & 17, 7.30pm
By Debussy

Entranced by the sudden appearance and mysterious beauty of Mélisande, Prince Golaud falls in love and marries her, but only for Mélisande to become even closer to his half-brother Pelléas. Convinced that he has been betrayed, Golaud is consumed by jealousy, and a tragic spiral of events unfolds with grave consequences for all. 

Sensual and elusive, beautiful and troubling, this tragic opera is filled with symbolism and enigmatic detail, with Claude Debussy’s score based on a text by the Belgian Nobel Literature Laureate Maurice Maeterlinck. Far removed from Wagnerian weightiness and the recitative-aria Italian style, Debussy’s only complete opera epitomises his captivating musical style filled with lingering melodies and a mystical sonority. 

Welsh National Opera is no stranger to Debussy's only opera; a 1992 production directed by Peter Stein and conducted by Pierre Boulez is still considered authoritative. David Pountney, acclaimed WNO Artistic Director, has taken on the challenge of staging this opera by transposing Maeterlinck’s forest setting to an imposing giant metal lattice and offering “an enigmatic, pulse-racing production full of characteristic verve and edginess” (Wales Theatre Awards 2016 “Best Opera Production”).

This production marks the 2018 centenary of Claude Debussy’s death.


Pursuit of Happiness

14-16 March,8pm

Part barn dance, part Spaghetti Western movie-pitch, part thriller and slapstick comedy, Pursuit of Happiness starts in a Wild West saloon and ends on the battlefields of Iraq.

Admirers of New York's OBIE Award-winning Nature Theater of Oklahoma (NTO) will know to expect the unexpected, and the very best in contemporary performance.

The title refers to the three inalienable rights set out in the American Declaration of Independence; 'life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness'. As Donald J Trump vows to 'make America great again', the show's six characters set out in true gold-digger style in search of their own happiness, albeit in unusual and unfavourable circumstances.

OBIE award winning Nature Theater of Oklahoma from New York teams with EnKnapGroup, Slovenia's only permanent contemporary dance company. Founded by Iztok Kovac in 1993 in Ljubljana, it has a repertoire of over twenty five productions, and works with many Slovene and international choreographers and directors, at home and abroad.


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

8-11 & 13-18 March, 7.30pm 10-11 & 17-18 March, 2.30pm
By Simon Stephen

15-year-old Christopher Boone has an extraordinary brain, exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. When Christopher falls under suspicion of killing his neighbour’s dog, his detective work to identify the true culprit takes him on a frightening journey that turns his world upside down. 

Winner of five Tony Awards® and seven Oliviers including Best Play, Best Design, and Best Director, Simon Stephens' adaptation of Mark Haddon’s book has been hailed by The Times as “a phenomenal combination of storytelling and spectacle.”