HONG KONG and LOS ANGELES, Feb. 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Hong Kong’s flourishing arts scene will come to the forefront during the month of March, when Hong Kong Arts Month ushers in an inspirational spectrum of arts and culture events, further cementing the city as the cultural hub of Asia. With events ranging from world-renowned international festivals to community programs in Hong Kong’s lesser-known neighborhoods and local communities, Hong Kong Arts Month has something for every type of arts and culture lover.
Acclaimed International Art Events:
Art Basel Hong Kong, Hong Kong’s world-famous international art fair, will take place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center from March 29 – 31. The sixth edition of the modern and contemporary art festival will feature 248 leading galleries from 32 countries around the world. This capstone event of Hong Kong Arts Month will offer an expansive view of its diverse art vision, featuring both historical materials and progressive works by established and emerging artists.
The 46th annual Hong Kong Arts Festival kicks off Hong Kong Arts Month on February 23 with over 1,700 international and local artists in over 130 performances through March 24. Highlights include celebrated performances from the American Ballet Theatre, the National Theatre of Great Britain, and the legendary Welsh National Opera.
The fourth edition of Art Central Hong Kong will be staged at the Central Harbourfront Event Space from March 27 – April 1, 2018. The dynamic programming of the week-long event includes interactive installations, performances and installations from over 100 international galleries, over 75% of which hail from Asia-Pacific.
Hong Kong’s first international sculpture park, Harbour Arts Sculpture Park, will pop up at the Victoria Harbour Front during Arts Month. From February 22 – April 11, the admission-free event will allow visitors to get up close and personal with museum-quality sculptures by over 18 emerging and renowned contemporary artists, set against the stunning backdrop of Victoria Harbour.
Savor Distinctive Arts in Local Neighborhoods
Hong Kong’s local neighborhoods are teeming with authentic and inspiring works of art that are ripe for discovery. During Art Month, the heritage-rich Sham Shui Po district highlights the HK Urban Canvas community art project, where talented local artists and students came together to create 10 pieces of shutter artworks to tell the stories of the neighborhood’s local shops. Visitors are encouraged to visit the project’s Facebook page @HKUrbanCanvas for information on how to join weekend tours to learn more about the project and neighborhood.
Gallery hopping in Hong Kong goes beyond Art Basel during Arts Month, when the South Island district of Wong Chuk Hang becomes a pop-up art hub. Plan a day trip to the South Island Cultural District on March 29, when nearly 20 art galleries and studios open their doors to host exhibits and performances. (Visit www.sicd.com.hk for information booking a free guided tour.)
The up-and-coming neighborhood of Fo Tan, located in Hong Kong’s New Territories, is quickly gaining a reputation as a haven to the city’s vibrant artistic community. As a result of the gathering of Hong Kong creative community, visitors will find the area full of spaces to enjoy pottery, sculpture, Chinese calligraphy, and contemporary art, amongst others. Join Fotan Open Studios on March 31 for the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with the local artists responsible for the transformation of Fo Tan from industrial hub to the creative arena that it is becoming today.
About Hong Kong: Hong Kong’s storied history, award-winning food and libations, vibrant arts and culture scene, and stunning great outdoors has made it widely-known as one of the most exhilarating destinations in the world. Its mesmerizing contrasts of east and west, modern and ancient, and urban and natural leaves its visitors endless choices when planning a trip to Asia’s World City. Visit www.discoverhongkong.com for more information; follow Hong Kong Tourism Board on Twitter at @HongKongTourism for the latest Hong Kong news and trends.
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