Hong Kong art events go online for global audience

This year's 'Art Basel' in Hong Kong will offer a digital initiative to a global audience. photo courtesy of Art Basel

Art lovers in Thailand can virtually enjoy many events that are running in Hong Kong as the island's dynamic art community is offering hybrid physical and virtual events for people around the world.

To promote a series of both physical and digital format of events organised by fairs and cultural institutions around town, the Hong Kong Tourism Board is presenting a dedicated "Arts In Hong Kong" website to give access to curated virtual experiences at your fingertips regardless of location.

Highlighting Hong Kong's diverse wealth of cultural treasures, discoverhongkong.com/Arts is a one-stop platform providing essential information and introducing online showcases, art itineraries, an event calendar, artsy offers, interviews with art insiders, and more.

Here are some of the top events that have adopted the hybrid format:

- "Art Basel", the world's leading art fair, features 104 influential galleries from 23 countries and territories at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) from May 21-23. It will launch a new digital initiative "Art Basel Live: Hong Kong" in parallel with the physical show to amplify its international visibility. It will be broadcast via artbasel.com/hong-kong.

- "Art Central" will bring hundreds of new artworks by emerging and established artists presented by galleries from across the city to the HKCEC from May 20-23. Works can be bought in person or online and a programme organised by the Asia Society Hong Kong Center will be broadcast via artcentralhongkong.com.

- "Yim Tin Tsai Arts Festival 2021" is a community arts festival offering a glimpse into this unique village with its Roman Catholic and Hakka background. Running until July 16, it features 31 art pieces, including 14 new works, available on-site and online via yimtintsaiartsfestival.hk/index.php?lang=en.

- "Hong Kong Arts Festival", a major international arts festival whose PLUS programme is embracing the digital format this year to connect with audiences both on and offstage. Available through June will be a hybrid line-up of online and in-venue programmes in addition to an interactive online exhibition and series of online documentaries and cinema screenings. The programme can be viewed at hk.artsfestival.org/en/programmes/index-plus.html#All.

Visit discoverhongkong.com/Arts.

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