(PRWEB) December 4, 2009
As a major cultural highlight in Asia, the Hong Kong Arts Festival gathers leading international, regional, national and local talent in over 140 performances and related performing arts events every February and March. The 38th Hong Kong Arts Festival, which opens in February 2010, features nearly 1,300 performers and supporting staff, and with almost 100,000 tickets for sale. The Festival ended its six-week advance booking period last Friday (27 November 2009). In spite of the current economic climate, advance sales were strong, with more than 55% of tickets already sold (over 50,000 tickets).
12 Top-Selling Programmes:
Based on the current number of concert and theatre tickets sold, 12 top-selling performing arts programmes include: The Mariinsky Ballet's Don Quixote; music theatre The Liaisons; symphonic concerts with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra; new play The Truth About Lying; Arts Festival opening programme Cantonese Opera Treasures; tango orchestra Café de los Maestros; live theatre productions of The Tempest and On the Waterfront; concerts with the Philharmonia Orchestra; Suzhou Kun Opera Theater of Jiangsu Province's triple bill of kun operas; tribute concert Sing the Truth: Nina Simone Remembered; and The Mariinsky Opera - Britten's The Turn of the Screw.
Due to popular response, some of the Arts Festival performances are now sold out. The Hong Kong Arts Festival is delighted to offer nine supplementary performances: two performances of Cantonese narrative music Naamyam - Songs of Love and Lament on 27 February (3:00pm and 6:00pm); one evening performance of Li Chuanyun Solo Violin Recital @IFC55 on 3 March (8:00pm); one matinee performance of The Liaisons on 6 March (3:00pm); one evening performance of Café de los Maestros on 7 March (8:00pm); one evening performance of chamber music Meta4 Quartet on 11 March (8:00pm); and three performances of The Truth About Lying - two matinees (3:00pm) on 21 and 28 March, plus an evening performance (8:00pm) on 24 March.
How to Book:
Concert and theatre tickets for the 38th Hong Kong Arts Festival can be purchased from 10:00am on Saturday 5 December 2009.
URBTIX +852 2111 5999
HK Ticketing +852 3128 8288*
Tickets can also be booked in person at all URBTIX outlets and HK Ticketing* outlets. Please see the Arts Festival website for the full list: http://www.hk.artsfestival.org. The URBTIX outlet at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre will be closed on 5 December due to the opening ceremony of the Hong Kong 2009 East Asian Games.
The Hong Kong Arts Festival Programme & Booking Guide is available at all URBTIX and HK Ticketing outlets. Free copies of the Arts Festival DVD/DVD-Rom with video and audio excerpts of selected programmes can be picked up from the Festival Information Counters located at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and Hong Kong City Hall (while stock lasts). Information about the Festival can be found at http://www.hk.artsfestival.org.
*HK Ticketing only sells tickets for performances at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (On the Waterfront, The Liaisons, The Tempest) and Star Hall, HITEC (Sa Dingding).
For further information, please contact the marketing department of the Hong Kong Arts Festival:
alexia.chow (at) hkaf (dot) org
+852 2828 4933
gigi.chang (at) hkaf (dot) org
+852 2828 4932
ruskin.leung (at) hkaf (dot) org
+852 2828 4931
Hong Kong Arts Festival:
The Hong Kong Arts Festival is a major event on the international arts calendar, with the mission of presenting an annual festival for the cultural enrichment of the Asia Pacific region. The Arts Festival offers more than 100 performing arts events and other cultural activities in February and March, with more than 100,000 attendees each year. The Young Friends Scheme, also an initiative of the Hong Kong Arts Festival, nurtures and stimulates interest in the arts among secondary school and university students. Over the past 15 years, a total of 460,000 students have participated in a variety of year-round performing arts activities.