We support and help Hong Kong artists establish overseas network, expand to the overseas markets with their works shining on international stage at various arts festivals and performing platforms.
To help Hong Kong artists in opening up overseas markets, establishing international network, and showcasing to the world our outstanding home-grown talents and their works, we have participated in Classical:NEXT since 2018. Classical:NEXT is an annual global networking and exchange platform dedicated exclusively to classical and art music for all professionals. The four-day music expo consists of interactive conferences, project pitches, showcase concerts, expo, innovation award and networking, attracting over 1,300 music professionals from more than 45 countries worldwide.
In 2019, apart from sponsoring Hong Kong music practitioners to attend Classical:NEXT, we also had our own exhibition stand to promote Hong Kong music and talents to international professionals. 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, making it the first-ever Hong Kong production to be staged at this international event.
Founded in 1984, CINARS is held bi-annually in Montreal, Canada in November as an internationally renowned performing arts expo well-attended by performing arts groups and agencies across the world. CINARS has a special focus on four art forms including dance, music, theatre and multi-disciplinary arts/circus. In a week-long period, CINARS attracts over 1800 attendants from 50 countries and cities, staging 170 productions and over 250 performances from Canada and overseas regions.
We have participated in CINARS since 2018 to strengthen arts practitioners’ experience in marketing and networking, as well as to explore overseas performance opportunities. By subsidising arts practitioners for the visit to conduct exchanges, we aim to further introduce and promote Hong Kong arts works to our international and northern American counterparts.
Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre, the OzAsia Festival has been Australia’s leading international arts festival held from September to October annually, featuring distinctive contemporary Asian works covering performing arts, visual arts, literature, film and outdoor programmes. In 2019, the 18-day Festival was well-attended by around 200,000 audience.
We had been working closely with the Festival in 2016 and 2017 in providing a platform for Hong Kong artists to showcase their works, and to strengthen their networks with other artists from Australia and other Asian regions through collaboration and co-creation of works.
International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia
We made its debut appearance at this major international visual arts event in 2001, in the name of “Hong Kong, China”. Since then, it has endeavoured to bring the best of Hong Kong’s visual arts onto the world stage and to write a new chapter in their development. Over the past few Biennales, the Hong Kong Pavilion has been attracting growing interest.
In 2019, we collaborated again with M+, the museum for visual culture in the West Kowloon Cultural District, and presented “Shirley Tse: Stakeholders, Hong Kong in Venice”. Tse uses the medium of sculpture to translate her thought process into physical form with two large-scale works: Negotiated Differences and Playcourt. The curatorial team includes Christina Li, an internationally active curator based in Hong Kong and Amsterdam, as Guest Curator, and Doryun Chong, Deputy Director and Chief Curator of M+, as the Consulting Curator.
International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia
We have been teaming up with the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) since 2006 to participate in the prestigious biennale and showcase the uniqueness of Hong Kong’s architecture.
The 16th Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition was held in Italy in 2018. The Hong Kong Exhibition entitled “Vertical Fabric: density in landscape” was curated by Professor Weijen Wang as the Chief curator, Co-curator Mr Thomas Chung, Co-curator Mr Thomas Tsang, and Managing curator Ms Grace Cheng. The exhibition illustrates Hong Kong’s unique vertical architecture and urbanism by displaying 111 tower models, to demonstrate how Hong Kong architects attempt to address the needs of the public and challenges faced by the professionals in the current social climate.
Photo courtesy of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority
The biennial internationale tanzmesse nrw (Tanzmesse) in Dusseldorf, Germany hosts the world’s largest professional gathering dedicated exclusively to contemporary dance and brings together more than 1,900 artists and industry representatives from over 50 countries across Europe, the United States, Africa, and Asia, providing a platform for dance groups, artists and dance practitioners from different parts of the world to promote their works and exchange ideas. The four-day expo features an array of programmes including networking events, breakfast presentations, T-talks, selected stage performances, showcases at Open Studios and, most significantly, the dance market exhibition.
To support local dance professionals to establish international network, explore overseas performing opportunities and accumulate experience in overseas promotion, we led a Hong Kong delegation to attend Tanzmesse for the first time in 2016. Following the success in 2016, HKADC in collaboration with the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) led a delegation of 50 dance practitioners to participate in Tanzmesse again in 2018, set up an exhibition booth at the fair and organised a networking reception. Two diverse works by Hong Kong choreographer Lai Tak-wai and Daniel Yeung were selected to be staged at Tanzmesse 2018, showcasing the diversity and dynamics of Hong Kong’s contemporary dance scene.