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Bigger and Bolder! Hong Kong Arts Month Returns

By Jenny Leung 18 March 2017
An explosion of creativity and excitement is about to wash over the urban jungle as the much-anticipated Hong Kong Arts Month returns for another cracking year. Internationally acclaimed artists, up-and-coming stars, and a wealth of homegrown talent will come together in an inspirational spectrum of events to suit all tastes, whether you live for art or simply dabble in the scene. And this year, we have two brand new fairs to add to our list of not-to-miss events. So without further ado, we bring you the crème de la crème of Hong Kong Arts Month.
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Hong Kong Arts Festival

The Hong Kong Arts Festival (HKAF) is back for its 45th year, bringing a staggering 1,700 international and local artists and 129 performances to our doorstep. The creative extravaganza encompasses everything within the whole performance lexicon including art, music, dance, and theatre. As such, there’s an eye-watering array of incredible performances to choose from including Sascha Goetzel and the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bavarian State Ballet's performance of La Bayadère, Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, and Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra. With a show-stopping schedule of spectacular events aimed at enriching the city’s cultural scene, this festival is not to be missed. When: February 16 - March 18, (performance times vary) Where: Locations vary How much: Ticket prices vary Click here for more information

The Hong Kong French Theatre Festival

Adding a touch of je ne sais quois to Arts Month is the second edition of the Hong Kong French Theatre Festival. Four amazing performances will take place over as many days including Les Fourberies de Scapin (Scapin the Schemer), Le Choix des Âmes (The Dilemma of the Souls), De quoi parlez-vous? (What are saying?), and Adieu, Monsieur Haffmann (Farewell, Mr. Haffmann). All profits from the festival will go towards supporting the organisation, which has saved and educated thousands of Cambodian children. If you’re not fluent in the language of love then don’t panic, as English subtitles will accompany each performance.

When: March 15 - 18, (8pm) Where: French International School Auditorium, 34 Price Road, Jardine’s Lookout; or Chinese International School, 1 Hau Yuen Path, Braemar Hill, Tin Hau How much: $300 per show for adults; $200 per show for students; $1000 adult pass for all shows Click here for more information

Asia Contemporary Art Show

See thousands of artworks from Asia and around the world on display at the Conrad Hotel at the 10th edition of the Asia Contemporary Art Show. Offering a uniquely intimate experience for art lovers across the city, the show invites guests to explore work from over 80 galleries representing 17 counties across the globe. Guests can browse and buy original paintings, limited editions, sculptures, and photography from some of the world's most interesting and promising artists - from emerging and mid-career artists, to those who have already achieved recognition in private and public collections. When: March 17, (VIP Collectors Preview) - March 20, (12pm - times vary) Where: Conrad Hotel, One Pacific Place, Queensway, Admiralty How much: $220 (bring a friend for free) Click here for more information

HKwalls Street Art Festival

Take to the streets and watch in awe as a talented team of international and local artists splatter Hong Kong’s walls with creativity and expression. Returning for its fourth consecutive year, the nine-day HKwalls Street Art Festival is an alternative addition to the Arts Month schedule and will see the industrial district of Wong Chuk Hang get an edgy facelift. With diversity in its blood, and quirks lying around every corner, the participating artists will not have to look far for inspiration in this vibrant neighbourhood. Don’t miss the free Closing Block Party at Ovolo Southside on March 26. When: March 18 - 26, (artists will be painting between 12pm and 6pm) Where: Wong Chuk Hang industrial area How much: Free Click here for more information

Art Central

Hong Kong’s most stylish and cutting-edge art event is back for round three. Large-scale installations, engaging talks, and performances promise to lure more art lovers than ever before through the doors of the architecturally designed gallery at Central Harbourfront. The fair will feature over 100 leading international galleries, 75% of which will hail from across the Asia Pacific. Billed as the best place to eat during Hong Kong Art Week, the fair will play host to some of Hong Kong’s hottest eateries within Street Food Central and a bespoke restaurant created especially for the event. When: March 20, (VIP Preview) - March 25, (12pm - times vary) Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space 9 Lung Wo Road, Central How much: $150 - $500 Click here for more information [su_note note_color="#ffd88a"]

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Art Basel

It's the biggie and it's back for the fifth year. The prestigious Art Basel presents over 3,000 artists encompassing the entire artistic spectrum. With at least half of all the pieces on display hailing from the Asia-Pacific region, the Hong Kong edition of this global art show is totally unique to the Miami and Basel shows. The Galleries sector of this year's Art Basel will present art from 190 of the world's leading modern and contemporary art galleries, displaying paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photographs, film, video, and digital artworks from the 20th and 21st centuries. When: March 23 - 25, (times vary) Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai How much: $250 – $850 Click here for more information

Harbour Art Fair at Harbour City

More than 50 emerging Korean galleries and over 100 artworks will be showcased in 60 luxury guestrooms at the Marco Polo Hotel’s Harbour Art Fair. A lineup of art talks, workshops, tasting sessions, and different activities for kids will also take place in the mall and restaurants during the Fair. Keep your eyes peeled for the four solo ‘Art in Life’ exhibitions between March 7 and 28 – we hear Ocean Terminal Forecourt is getting an Alice in Wonderland inspired makeover! When: March 24, (VIP Preview) – March 26, (12pm - 8pm) Where: 7/F, Marco Polo HongKong Hotel, 3 Canton Road, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon How much: $100 per ticket (available to buy at the hotel’s West side lobby, near Star Ferry Pier, and the Information desk located in front of the elevators on 7/F) The ‘Art in Life’ exhibitions are free to view and will be held at Ocean Terminal Forecourt, Gallery by the Harbour, Atrium I, and Atrium II of Gateway Arcade Click here for more information

Premier Art Fair

Splashing onto the Hong Kong Arts Month scene for the first time since 2013, the Premier Art Fair will be showcasing works from 50 galleries across 50 guest rooms on the 16th floor of the Excelsior Hotel, inviting guests to view 1,500 artworks by around 300 artists from fifteen nations. There's certainly no shortage of choice, with prices ranging from $2,000 to $200,000, encompassing traditional painting, contemporary art, pop art, mixed media, photography, and sculpture. When: March 24 - 26, (12pm - 8pm) Where: Excelsior Hotel, 281 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay How much: Free Click here for more information

Hong Kong International Film Festival

Over 250 films from more than 55 countries will be screened across 11 major cultural venues during the 41st Hong Kong International Film Festival. Committed to discovering new talent, the festival premieres the breadth of Chinese cinema and showcases Asian talent, inviting audiences to watch world-class films, experience talks with leading filmmakers, visit film exhibitions, and attend parties celebrating the festival community. When: April 11 - 25, (event times vary) Where: Locations vary How much: Ticket prices vary Click here for more information

Affordable Art Fair

Everyone can be an art collector, thanks to the Affordable Art Fair. Riding high on its popularity from previous years, this returning exhibition will showcase the work of more than 1,000 artists, with everything from traditional ink painting to abstract canvases, and stunning sculptures to eye-catching photography. Fuelled by the belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to enjoy art in their home, the fair offers a whole host of works by both global names and emerging talent, with prices ranging from between $1,000 to $100,000. Friendly experts will be on hand to dish out their hints, tips, and advice for purchasing art, making it the perfect place for first-time buyers. When: May 19, (12pm – 9pm) – 21, (11am – 7pm) Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai How much: TBC Click here for more information
Read more! Explore the rest of our Arts & Culture section, or see what events are in store and Save the Date.

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Jenny Leung

Senior editor

Born in Hong Kong and raised in the UK, Jenny grew up with the best of both worlds. She loves just about anything to do with music and doesn’t shy away from belting out a tune or two when it comes to karaoke. If she’s not out and about exploring the city and practising her photography skills, she’s probably tucked up in bed with a book or glued to her laptop doing her online shopping.