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Hong Kong strengthens art ties with South Australia


A CULTURAL agreement between major arts bodies will lead to greater opportunities for performers in Asia and Australia.

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The Hong Kong Arts Development Council has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Adelaide Festival Centre that promises to increase personnel exchanges with South Australia.

Adelaide Festival Centre CEO and Artistic Director Douglas Gautier said the MOU would open the door to more collaboration.

“The Hong Kong Arts Development Council is the leading government group there, which is developing creative work across Hong Kong,” Gautier, a former executive director of the prestigious Hong Kong Arts Festival said.

“Coming up to the 10th anniversary of OzAsia, there is a very strong Hong Kong component in the celebrations this year.

“Over the years we have done a lot of work in terms of taking interns from Hong Kong. Hopefully now more people from Hong Kong will come down and spend some time with us and hopefully we will be able to send some South Australians to Hong Kong to experience the vibrancy they have there.”

As a result of the MOU, the 2016 OzAsia Festival will present the largest showcase of Hong Kong arts and culture ever presented in South Australia, with premieres of leading dance companies, music, visual arts and film. 

Hong Kong Arts Development Council Chairman Wilfred Wong said the agreement would “mark a new page” in the relationship between Hong Kong and South Australia.

 “Through international exchanges and networking, not only will we show the world a better understanding of our arts and culture, but also enable our artists international experience,” Dr Wong said.

“With our stronger ties, I trust there will be many vibrant and exciting exchanges and co-operation between Hong Kong and South Australia for many years.”

OzAsia Festival is Australia’s leading annual arts Festival showcasing the best contemporary artists from across Asia, connecting audiences with an outstanding array of theatre, music, dance, visual arts, film and food.

The 2016 festival will run from September 17 to October 2 at the Adelaide Festival Centre.

“Hong Kong is a great creative city and I think Adelaide has always valued creativity. It’s a good match. We’re different cities but there are some broad aspirations there that are in sync,” Gautier said.

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