The 49th Hong Kong Arts Festival 2021 is going ahead in February and March, featuring a combination of online and in-venue programmes as well as outreach and educational events. The forthcoming edition will open with a concert by the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra held via a live broadcast on February 27. The closing act is a celebration of dance by Moscow's Igor Moiseyev Ballet on March 26, 2021.
For this hybrid format, some online programmes will be pre-recorded, offering the flexibility of being viewable depending on one's availability while others will be shown live, either performed in-venue if circumstances permit or broadcast online from various locations.
“In its 49th edition, the Hong Kong Arts Festival will continue to present outstanding performances for Hong Kong,” says Mr Victor Cha, chairman of the HKAF. “Local talents, rising stars and world-class international artists will come together to provide an array of performances. The Festival includes time-honoured classics, world premieres and specially commissioned works. We are most grateful to our artists for their resourcefulness and understanding in helping us to adapt to exceptional circumstances this year. We truly value our partnership with each and every one of them."
The festival's tagline is Separate Together to highlight the period of isolation that a lot of people are going through during this pandemic. "On a deeper level though, Separate Together also describes one of the most magical and meaningful aspects of great art—how each of us responds to a performance in our own unique way, bringing to that response our personal histories, education, values and concerns. And yet, when it all comes together in a great performance, the art can bring us all together, to be moved, excited and uplifted, all in the same moment, across time and space, and cultures, highlighting our shared humanity. I hope very much that we will experience this together in the coming Festival, whether in person or virtually," said Tisa Ho, executive director of the HKAF.