Riding on last year’s success of leading a delegation of Hong Kong musicians, composers and producers to attend Classical:NEXT held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC) has once again led nine Hong Kong delegates to participate in Classical:NEXT 2019 during 15 to 18 May this year. The Hong Kong delegates actively participated in a wide range of events and exchanged ideas with international peers from 45 different countries at Classical:NEXT. One of the delegates Mr. Louis Siu, artistic director of Toolbox Percussion, shared that one of the workshops he attended provided him with practical information on contract law and working visas application in the United States which helped him handle the challenges faced by his ensemble during overseas touring. Another delegate, Ms. Sheeta Ng, director of NSW Arts Company, shared that she gained inspiration on her future work development from one of the music education related conferences.
In addition, HKADC has had our first exhibition stand this year and organised a reception to promote Hong Kong’s music arts and talents at Classical:NEXT. The delegates expressed that the stand has made it easier for them to meet with other countries’ delegates, while the reception successfully gathered international peers who were interested in meeting Hong Kong artists. This has allowed them to make good amount of connections within a short period of a few hours during the reception session.
Reception at HKADC’s stand in Classical:NEXT
Hong Kong delegates actively participated in various activities and made connections with international peers at Classical:NEXT
Moreover, Hong Kong artist GayBird’s work Music in Anticlockwise was selected by a jury of international experts as one of the official showcases in Classical:NEXT 2019. This was the first time to have a Hong Kong production staged at this international event. Together with Australia’s OzAsia Festival, HKADC is proud to have supported and brought this outstanding Hong Kong production performed by GayBird and the Australian Zehpyr Quartet to Classical:NEXT 2019. “To be the first Hong Kong artist to perform on stage in Classical:NEXT, of course I am very happy about that… I can show how Hong Kong people can do different kinds of things, not only the classical, not only the rare, but the combination of everything together,” GayBird said.
The original production Music in Anticlockwise was well received with rounds of applause from the audience
The Hong Kong delegates were positive about their experience gained in Classical:NEXT 2019 as it enabled them to connect with international professionals and broaden their horizons through learning about the global music industry’s development and operation, as well as music productions in other countries. Delegate Mr. Flavian Luk, company manager of Music Lab, pointed out that Classical:NEXT served as a good learning channel for him. As a local practising arts administrator, Classical:NEXT was an occasion where he could gain good ideas about the context of international, especially the European, classical music market in a short period of time, which was conducive to his own personal development.
Certain delegates have expressed they are now exploring collaborations with the overseas counterparts whom they had met at Classical:NEXT. Ms. Sze Ka-yan, founder and director of Fragrant Village, who participated in Classical:NEXT for the second time this year, has confirmed her collaboration with an English composer whom she met at Classical:NEXT last year. The project called “Fragrant Village – Music Out There Series” will roll out in Hong Kong this November. She has shared her view that it is not hard to find collaboration opportunities at Classical:NEXT as the conversation with the new friends made in Classical:NEXT could continue via the internet and that could lead to a lot of potential collaboration. HKADC is looking forward to seeing all the “potentials” to develop into fruitful exchanges and collaborations among Hong Kong music practitioners and international peers, and hoping this will further facilitate the vibrant growth of Hong Kong arts locally and globally.
(Photo Credit: ＠Classical:NEXT, by Eric van Nieuwland)