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New Vision Arts Festival 2016 highlights

Our pick of the must-see shows at this year's edition of the multidisciplinary arts festival

If there’s one month-long arts, culture and performance event that gets the crowds excited, it’s the New Vision Arts Festival. The biennial fest sports a varied, innovative and incredible programme, which introduces audiences in Hong Kong to brilliant plays and multimedia, dance and musical productions. And this year’s fest looks set to be the biggest and best yet, between October 21 and November 20 at a variety of theatres across town. This year’s New Vision boasts an exhilarating lineup, in fact, which is designed to showcase the festival’s role as a creative platform. Betty Au, senior manager of the festival for the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, says that ‘artistic genres and cultural insights converge and energise innovation, bringing a new viewing experience to the audience’ at the festival. But don’t just take it from us. Go along and see some of the performances yourself. Here’s a list of the our highlights...

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Other highlights include local productions that show the diversity of avant-garde work in Hong Kong. A Concise History of Future illustrates the influence of British and French new writing on director Yan Pat-to, becoming the first play written by a Chinese playwright to be selected by Berliner Festspiele Theatertreffen Stückemarkt this year. Meanwhile, Utopia, momentarily by Susie Au, Vicky Fung and Chow Yiu-fai, One Zero by GayBird and Tsai Ming-liang, and Zuni Icosahedron’s Wittgenstein fuse sound and image to pioneer multimedia collaborations. Also catch France’s Ensemble intercontemporain, who share their take on the music of the past and present in the group’s city début. ArtSnap, a mini-festival within a festival, returns with dynamic performances over two weekends, providing fringe and experimental artistic endeavours. A host of inspiring activities await, including exhibitions, an arts salon series, masterclasses, a workshop, talks and meet-the-artist sessions. So, enjoy the festival. Enjoy a new vision of the arts in Hong Kong.

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