Events

Hong Kong is known as the Events Capital of Asia. Throughout the year, we offer spellbinding film and arts Festivals. Concerts by famous international artists and local Canto-pop singers create dynamic experiences. Theatre productions include dramas, Broadway musicals, contemporary and Chinese Dance, as well as ballet. The calendar also features thrilling Sports, including horseracing, rugby, golf and soccer. Click on any of these links to find out more about your favourite event in Hong Kong plus information on the many Performing Companies which feature homegrown talent that Hong Kong is rightly proud of.

Festivals

Hong Kong offers up eclectic festivals that will whet the appetite of visitors and locals alike. Cinephiles will enjoy the offerings of the Hong Kong International Film Festival. Equally pulsating entertainment comes from the Hong Kong Arts Festival, one of the best such events in the Asia-Pacific region. Cultural offerings with a decidedly more Asian flavour can be found at the Legends of China festival (Oct/Nov 2003) and the New Vision Arts Festival (Oct/Nov 2004), which are held in alternate years. Hong Kong also boasts the finest celebration of French culture in Asia with Le French May. Continuing in a European vein comes a celebration of all things Italian with Italy 2003: Quality & Lifestyle.

Hong Kong International Film Festival
From international award-winning movies to avant-garde indies, this 16-day extravaganza in April screens nearly 300 films from around the world. It is a premier cultural event that never fails to entertain. Popular categories include Hong Kong Panorama and a retrospective from the Hong Kong Film Archive. For more information about this event, please visit their website.

Hong Kong Arts Festival
Tickets sell at a record clip for this three-week arts feast held annually in February and March. From world-class ballet to stunning symphonic offerings; from grand theatre to the giants of modern music, performers from around the globe descend upon Hong Kong for an all-star cultural extravaganza. For more information about the festival, visit their website. In 2004, look for the Komische Oper Berlin, Sir Colin Davis with the London Symphony Orchestra, Campa˝ia Nacional de Danza from Spain and The Art of Cheng Yanqiu: 100th Anniversary.

Legends of China
One of the largest festivals of its kind, Legends of China runs from mid-October to mid-November 2003. This biennial festival showcases the best Chinese arts and culture with world-renowned artists and ensembles from Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and overseas Chinese communities. You can see stage performances, workshops, seminars, outdoor shows and exhibitions. The rich tapestry of Chinese history, literature and legends are brought to life during this unique festival that promotes the understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture and history.

New Vision Arts Festival
Part of Hong Kong's vibrancy is fuelled by the city's fusion of Eastern and Western elements. The New Vision Arts Festival highlights this connection with a month-long cultural bonanza featuring artists from Asia and the West. It could be modern dance or Chinese opera, theatre or ballet, and everything in between. Stories are told in refreshingly different ways that highlight the synthesis of East and West. This festival is a biennial event and will be held again in October and November 2004. For more information visit their
website.


Le French May
This annual festival of French arts and culture enhances the European flavour within Hong Kong. Elite French symphonies provide stunning music led by world-famous conductors. Jazz musicians improvise perfection. Cutting-edge theatre transforms old themes. Complementing these performances are displays of French art, cuisines to savour and wine to whet the palate. For more information on Le French May, please visit their
website.

Italy 2003: Quality & Lifestyle
Hong Kong is a cosmopolitan city with a diverse population. The Italian community in Hong Kong celebrates all their country has to offer with Italy 2003: Quality & Lifestyle. Fine Italian food, fashion, films and Ferraris are just some of what this annual festival of excellence has to offer. To find out what in store at this year's Italian festival, visit their
website.

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Concerts

The music scene in Hong Kong is brimming over with activity offering fans of every stripe the musical moments that they will cherish forever. Home-grown Canto-pop stars create unique music that is distinctly Hong Kong. Among those performing in the past year were Kelly Chen, Sammi Cheng, Jackie Cheung, Andy Hui, Aaron Kwok, Leon Lai and Andy Lau.

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Theatre

Hong Kong people love big, glitzy Broadway musicals and have been swept away by the likes of Singin' In The Rain, the beloved Hollywood musical starring Gene Kelly. Fame - the Musical was a hit as were Les MisÚrables, CHICAGO - The Musical and Andrew Lloyd Webber's smash-hit Phantom of the Opera.

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Dance

The eclectic world of movement exists in many shapes and forms within Hong Kong, from classical ballet to contemporary Chinese dance. Hong Kong boasts a variety of homegrown dance companies and plays host to dance companies from North America, Europe and the rest of Asia.

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Sports

Horseracing, rugby, cricket, golf, tennis, soccer, marathon running and dragon boat racing are just some of the exciting attractions Hong Kong has lined up sports fans from around the globe. The action never stops in Hong Kong.

Horseracing
Horseracing is the sport that defines Hong Kong: fast paced, a field of international competitors, vast amounts of money and a favourite of all. From September to June, on most Wednesday evenings and weekends, hoofs pounding down the stretch can be heard at the two glittering racetracks: Happy Valley on Hong Kong Island and Sha Tin in the New Territories. Don't miss the prestigious international horse races like the Queen Elizabeth II Cup and the Hong Kong International Races when world-class horses and jockeys fly into Hong Kong to compete for the world's richest purses. Check the Hong Kong Jockey Club's website for the latest horseracing information.

Rugby
Hong Kong comes alive as the famous Seven's fever grips the city in March. Twenty-four of the world's top seven-a-side teams compete in this dynamic event while enthusiastic spectators revel in the action. In addition to the Hong Kong Sevens, the weeklong celebration also includes a RugbyFest, the Hong Kong Tens and a Hong Kong Women's Rugby Sevens & Asian Championships.

Cricket
The Hong Kong Cricket Sixes provides a wonderful weekend for cricket fans with some of the best cricket you are likely to find in these parts featuring teams from India, Pakistan and South African and Hong Kong. For more information about the event click on their website.

Golf
Hong Kong Open routinely attracts some of the world's best players vying for the top prize. In past years, the tournament has attracted Tom Watson, Greg Norman, Bernhard Langer and Ian Woosnam. The Hong Kong Open features 60 players from the Davidoff Tour and 60 players from the European Tour. For more information on the golf tournament, please visit the Asian PGA website.

Tennis
Tremendous tennis action takes place at Centre Court in Victoria Park during the annual Hong Kong Ladies Challenge every January. Top ranked world stars like the Williams sisters and Monica Seles have dazzled Hong Kong audiences with their athletic artistry. For more information on the event please visit their website.

Soccer
Hong Kong is soccer crazy and there is no better time to catch the fever than during the Chinese New Year football tournament. This two-day, round-robin international tournament pits three of the world's elite teams against a select group of Hong Kong all-stars. Games are played on Chinese New Year Day with the championship decided on the fourth day of Chinese New Year. To find out more about this great tournament, click here.

Marathon Running
With more than 18,000 participants in 2003, the Hong Kong Marathon is the biggest sporting event in the city. Runners from around the world and Hong Kong compete in the event's marathon, half-marathon and 10-kilometre run. They follow a demanding course that takes them from the heart of Kowloon, up to the awe-inspiring Tsing Ma Bridge and over to Hong Kong Island. To learn more about this exciting event, visit the marathon's website.

Dagon Boat Racing
Dragon boat racing is held to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival (Tuen Ng) and is one of the most exciting sports you'll ever see in Hong Kong. With their crews straining on their paddles, these 15-metre-plus (50-foot) craft slice through the water with incredible speed. Local teams usually compete on Tuen Ng Festival Day (early June) and you can catch the action if you go to Aberdeen, Stanley, Sha Tin, Tai Po, Cheung Chau and Lantau Island.

Others
The action is fast and furious around the streets of Macau during their Grand Prix weekend in November. The Grand Prix not only offers gripping Formula Three racing, but also spellbinding motorcycle action. To learn more about this event, click here.

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Performing Companies

Hong Kong offers sophisticated performances by dynamic local companies that explore new artistic concepts while perfecting traditional styles. Whether your interests run from classical music to contemporary dance, you'll discover performances that are sure to please.

HONG KONG BALLET
"
Hong Kong Ballet is considered a rising star on the international dance circuit."
- The Globe and Mail - Toronto, November 2001

Founded in 1979, the
Hong Kong Ballet has grown in stature to become one of the foremost classical ballet companies in Asia and has built an international reputation with successful tours to North America, Europe and Mainland China. The company presents a broad-based repertoire, covering both classical works as well as new works with a Chinese theme, such as The Last Emperor, The White Snake and Mu Lan.


HONG KONG DANCE COMPANY
Established in 1981 with the aim of promoting Chinese dance, the
Hong Kong Dance Company has a repertoire that covers traditional and folk dances, dance dramas as well as original works based on Chinese and specifically Hong Kong themes. Since its establishment, the company has staged over a hundred productions choreographed by local, mainland and overseas choreographers to critical acclaim.


CITY CONTEMPORARY DANCE COMPANY
Founded by Willy Tsao in 1979,
City Contemporary Dance Company is a Hong Kong-based professional dance company that endeavours to rally the best of Chinese talents to create dance in the contemporary context of China. Every year, the company reaches 100,000 people around the world with the distinctive style of its diverse range of programmes.


HONG KONG PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA (HKPO)
As Hong Kong's oldest, largest and most active orchestra, the
HKPO's mission is to present classical music of an international standard, enriching the community's quality of life. In its 29th season, the orchestra will present about 200 performances for about 200,000 people. Frequent radio and television broadcasts as well as recordings attract an even larger audience. The orchestra also tours overseas and 2003 marks its European debut.



HONG KONG CHINESE ORCHESTRA
Founded in 1977, the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra is Hong Kong's only professional Chinese orchestra. Under Music Director Yan Huichang's baton, the 85-musician orchestra has undertaken the promoting of Chinese music as its mission. Its repertoire includes both traditional folk music and contemporary full-scale works.




HONG KONG SINFONIETTA Founded in 1990, the
Hong Kong Sinfonietta is a 58-member
professional orchestra supported by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. Under the leadership of Music Director Yip Wing-sie, the orchestra collaborates regularly with renowned artists and groups, and participates in the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Le French May and the Saint-Riquier Festival in France.

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