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New Vision Arts Festival Returns With an Unconventional Line-up

By Amanda Sheppard 11 October 2018
Beyond the conventional, classical performances, Hong Kong's performing arts scene holds a quirky secret or two. And between October 19 and November 18, the New Vision Arts Festival brings local and international talent to the forefront.
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The biennial arts festival first launched in 2002 and is the city's autumnal answer to the International Arts Carnival. The unashamedly adventurous programming will definitely appeal to those on the search for trailblazing creative talent. Organised by the government's Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the monthlong modern arts festival plays host to all manner of mediums. The festival kicks off with the Asian debut of Tree of Codes – a contemporary ballet featuring a musical score by famed musician Jamie xx, and AquaSonic. Fans of The Shape of Water will be drawn to the hauntingly beautiful underwater orchestral performance by Danish ensemble Between Music that is – quite literally – breathtaking. Irish choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan brings a 21st-century twist on the classic ballet Swan Lake, drawing upon the trials and tribulations of today's society. For those interested in what happens behind the theatrics, the festival also hosts a number of forums and artist-led discussions, as well as workshops that take you behind-the-scenes. Tickets are selling quickly, so make sure you book yours soon to avoid disappointment. Book now on Urbtix, or visit the festival website for more programme information.
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Following a brief and bitterly cold stint in Scotland, Amanda returned to Hong Kong—a place she’s called home for over 18 years—to begin her career as a writer. She can often be found getting lost somewhere very familiar, planning her next holiday, and enjoying a cup (or three) of good, strong coffee.

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