Preview- Hong Kong Arts Festival 2020


By David Ogilvie
The 48th Hong Kong Arts Festival (HKAF) will take place from 13 February to 14 March 2020.
Featuring nearly 1900 outstanding international and local artists in 125 performances and over
400 outreach and education events, the HKAF officially opens with a concert by Andiers Nelsons
and the Boston Symphony Orchestra and closes with a kaleidoscope of dance by the Igor
Moiseyev Ballet.
Highlights among the star-studded line up include the Bayerische Staatsoper showing Richard
Strauss's playful and inventive opera Ariadne of Naxos, celebrated violinist Midori and the Festival
Lucerne Strings performing Beethoven's complete works for violin and orchestra, Kristian
Bezuidenhout and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra rendering historically informed performances of
Beethoven's piano concerti on fortepiano, and Rudresh Mahanthappa and Terri Lyne Carrington
celebrating Charlie Parker's legacy in their new project, Fly Higher: Charlie Parker @ 100.
In theatre and dance, Tony Award-winning director Tom Morris leads Bristol Old Vic's new
adaptation of the love story Cyrano, Bejart Ballet Lausanne explores its namesake's living legacy
in Dixit, and Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo perform Jean-Christophe Maillot's epic ballet The
Taming of the Shrew
On top of these fabulous performances, Festival PLUS offers audiences an exciting range of
activities to enhance their Festival experience, with 2020 highlights including: Bayerishce
Staatsoper's Opera Adventure, Shockheaded Peter Teacher's Workshop by Kammerorchester
Basel, Keyboards of Beethoven's Time Lecture Demonstration with Jos van Immerseel, conductor
of Anima Eterna Brugge, and a series of PLUS films. 
In addition, the Festival Connect series features backstage tours, pre- and post-performance talks,
and workshops and masterclasses to enhance engagement between artists and audiences.
Details of all PLUS activities will be announced in December 2019.
Programme and ticketing information are available at major performance venues and on the HKAF website,, as well as by fax and post.
Audiences can enjoy up to a 15% discount on their bookings during the Advanced Booking period
of 31 October to 29 November 2019.  
More info on our calendar coming soon!


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