The 46th Hong Kong Arts Festival Spills Into The Streets

See the fascinating 'Whipped Cream' by the American Ballet Theatre, and inventive shutter art


The 46th Hong Kong Arts Festival Spills Into The Streets
Events & Culture March 6th, 2018

The spotlight is on the arts this month, as Hong Kong is home to standout events like the 46th Hong Kong Arts Festival (HKAF), bringing in over 2,000 local and international artists.

We expect tickets will sell fast for the whimsical Whipped Cream by the American Ballet Theatre. The play explores the over-active imagination of a young boy who dips his fingers into one too many sweet treats at a Viennese pastry shop.

Whipped Cream by the American Ballet Theatre Photo by Gene Schiavone

With over 150 costumes — that boast over 1,500 Swarovski crystals— designed by the pop-surrealist art star Mark Ryden, choreography by Alexi Ratmansky and a musical score by the late German composer Richard Strauss, the ballet is a confectionary dream come true.

Other events to look out for include Art Basel Hong Kong which will begin its run at the tail end of the art month. It is sectioned off into five sectors: Galleries, Insights featuring historical projects, Discoveries presenting emerging artists, Kabinett, and Encounters.

Art Basel Hong Kong 

As its name suggests, Galleries will feature 249 international galleries of which half hail from Asia while 28 are exhibiting in Hong Kong for the first time. Notable names include the Hannah Hoffman Gallery from Los Angeles and the Miguel Abreu Gallery.

As Art Basel showcases an international range of galleries and artists, its offshoot Art Central Hong Kong will feature contemporary galleries. The exhibition, currently in its fourth edition, is a chance for emerging galleries and artists to be featured alongside established names at the Central Harbourfront Events Space.

The HK Urban Canvas Project Photo by HK Urban Canvas

While international acts are set to draw crowds, local acts will also shine the spotlight on several neighbourhoods in Hong Kong. One such enclave is Sham Shui Po. Over the course of the Hong Kong Arts Month, 10 shutters will act as the canvas for local artists and students. Called the HK Urban Canvas community art project, the endeavour by the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation will tell the tales of the neighbourhood’s local shops.

For more information, visit Discover Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Arts Festival runs from 28 February to 24 March; Art Central Hong Kong runs from 27 March to 1 April; Art Basel Hong Kong runs from 29-31 March

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