Hong Kong Arts Festival (HKAF) - PLUS


HKAF organises a diverse range of “Festival PLUS” activities in community locations each year to enhance engagement between artists and audiences. These include lecture demonstrations, masterclasses, workshops, symposia, backstage visits, exhibitions, meet-the-artist sessions, and guided cultural tours.


Turning an artistic idea into a performance on stage is an intricate process. Just how real is the action that unfolds, and how much is it affected by the perception of the watching audience? An actor appearing as a mysterious character for the first time, a ballet dancer performing a grand jeté in apparent defiance of gravity, or a tenor hitting a perfect high C: These incredible experiences affect us all – but differently.


Through a wide range of Festival PLUS events, take a step back from what you see on stage and escape into the minds of the artists and creatives, drawn from the worlds of opera, music, theatre, dance and circus. Dive in and explore “behind the scenes”, seeing the many fascinating realities that go into creating a HKAF performance.



Want to learn more about the artists, the performance and the production? Join us at artist salons, masterclasses and post-performance Meet-the-Artist sessions where you can get up-close and personal with the inspirational artists themselves.




Come and discover what it takes to put together some of the world’s greatest 
with a range of backstage tours, pre-performance talks, 
workshops and special themed events.





The experience of a performance at HKAF can be both entertaining and thought-provoking. Accompanying the performances, our specially curated programme of educational projects allow audience members to engage with the performances from new perspectives.





Hong Kong Arts Festival (HKAF)



A Major International Arts Festival - In, Of and For Hong Kong.


HKAF, launched in 1973, is a major international arts festival committed to enriching the cultural life of the city by presenting annually in February and March leading local and international artists in all genres of the performing arts as well as a diverse range of “PLUS” and educational events.

HKAF is a non-profit organisation. Secured government baseline funding for the Festival in 2018 represents roughly 14% of its HK$125 million budget. Around 32% of the Festival’s income needs to come from the box office, and another 36% from sponsorship and donations from corporations, individuals, and charitable foundations. It is anticipated that the remaining 18% will come from other revenues including the Government’s matching scheme, which matches income generated through private sector sponsorship and donations.

HKAF has presented top international artists and ensembles across multiple genres, such as*:

  • Opera: Bavarian State Opera, The Bolshoi Theatre, The Mariinsky Theatre
  • Chinese opera: China National Peking Opera Company, Hebei Clapper Opera Troupe, Shanghai Zhang Jun Kunqu Art Center, Suzhou Kunqu Opera Company of Jiangsu, Zhejiang Xiaobaihua Yue Opera Troupe
  • Classical music: Cecilia Bartoli, Riccardo Chailly, Gustavo Dudamel, Philip Glass, Yo-Yo Ma, Anna Netrebko, Gianandrea Noseda, Christian Thielemann, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Thomanerchor Leipzig, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Jazz and world music: Bobby McFerrin, Esperanza Spalding, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, Pink Martini
  • Dance: Mikhail Baryshnikov, Sylvie Guillem, John Neumeier, American Ballet Theatre, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, Hamburg Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch
  • Theatre: Peter Brook, Kevin Spacey, Robert Wilson, Berliner Ensemble, National Theatre of China, Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Large-scale special events: Power Plant, Super Pool, World of WearableArt, Zingaro

HKAF actively collaborates with Hong Kong’s own creative talent and showcases emerging local artists. Over the years, HKAF has commissioned and produced over 200 local productions, including theatre, chamber opera, music and contemporary dance, many with successful subsequent runs in Hong Kong and overseas.

HKAF invests in arts education for young people. Over the past 26 years, our “Young Friends” scheme has reached over 730,000 local secondary and tertiary school students. A variety of arts education projects serving primary, secondary, and tertiary school students have been launched in recent years. Donations to the “Student Ticket Scheme” also make available approximately 10,000 half-price student tickets each year.



Lists of past HKAF programmes can be found at



For sponsorship opportunities and donation details of the Hong Kong Arts Festival, please contact the Development Department.


Email: dev@hkaf.org
Direct Lines: (852) 2828 4910/11/12
Website: www.hk.artsfestival.org/en/support-us