Hong Kong Arts Festival 2013: What you need to know

Hong Kong Arts Festival 2013: What you need to know

Hong Kong's annual movie/art/theater push has kicked off, featuring Cantonese opera and surf films, among others. Here's where to catch them
The Hong Kong Arts Festival is one of the city's top cultural events of the year.

Good news -- the Hong Kong Arts Festival 2013 will be featuring 145 electrifying performances in the coming month.

Bad news -- 85 percent of all seats sold out before the opening of the festival.

Hosting programs from Cantonese opera to ballet to classical music, Hong Kong Arts Festival, one of the major arts festivals in Hong Kong, opened this week.

More than 103,000 tickets have already been sold.

Only a handful of tickets remain for the highly anticipated performance of "Romeo and Juliet" by the American Ballet Theatre.

But there are great shows with tickets available.

Below are shows and dates with tickets remaining as of February 21 -- updated information can be found on Hong Kong Arts Festival’s official website.

Orphan of the Zhao Family

Yau Ma Tei sits is near Temple Street night market and Jade Market.

Yau Ma Tei Theatre will feature four Cantonese operas, including “Orphan of the Zhao Family,” a 13th-century tale of tragedy.

As interesting as the endangered Cantonese art of opera is the 83-year-old venue itself; the only pre-World War II cinema in Hong Kong, it reopened last year after renovations.

March 10, 2:15 p.m.; Orphan of the Zhao Family, Yau Ma Tei Theatre, 6 Waterloo Road, Yau Ma Tai; more information here

Hand Stories


Concubines, warriors, tigers, dragons -- the most popular elements of Chinese folk tales are featured in an hour-long show of traditional Chinese glove puppetry.

Yeung Fai, a fifth-generation puppeteer, joins hands with French puppeteer Yoann Pencolé to tell stories of a fast-changing China and his own journey to flee from China to the West.

March 12-15, 8 p.m.; Yau Ma Tei Theatre, 6 Waterloo Road, Yau Ma Tai; more information here

The Britten 100 Project

Chi Lin Nunnery: unexpected location for a classical music concert.

A concert to celebrate English composer Benjamin Britten’s (1913-1976) 100th birthday will be held in Nan Lian Garden, part of the Chi Lin Nunnery.

Different concerts will feature various pieces -- "Serenade for Tenor" and "The Company of Heaven," for first day examples.

You can book a table for a great vegetarian meal in Chi Lin Nunnery before attending the show.

February 26, 7:30 p.m.; Nan Lian Garden, 60 Fung Tak Road, Diamond Hill, Kowloon; more information here

The Reef

A combination of majestic live music and amazing surfing stunts.

The Australian Chamber Orchestra arrives in town to throw a live concert to accompany the Asian premiere of the film, "The Reef."

Attendees will see amazing surf stunts and beautiful views of the Ningaloo Reef in western Australia.

March 16, 4:30 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.; Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central; more information here

Other highlights include:

Bothanica (dance performance) by MOMIX Dance Theater; March 12-14 at 7:30 p.m.; Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui; more details

Champagne and Gypsies (jazz/world music) by Goran Bregovic and Wedding and Funeral Orchestra; March 23, 24 at 8 p.m.; Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui; more details

Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble (classical music), March 1 at 8 p.m.; Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui; more details

Hong Kong Arts Festival, February 21-March 23 (program may run beyond March 23); www.hk.artsfestival.org

Hiufu Wong is CNN Travel's staff writer.

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