Adelaide Festival Centre Signs Memorandum of Understanding With Hong Kong Arts Development Council

On Saturday April 9th 2016, the CEO & Artistic Director of Adelaide Festival Centre, Mr Douglas Gautier AM and Chairman of Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Dr Wilfred Wong will sign a cultural agreement paving the way for performing arts programs to be shared by the two institutions.

The signing of the MoU will be witnessed by The Hon Jay Weatherill, Premier of South Australia. The memorandum of understanding (MoU) will enable the presentation of artistic works from Hong Kong at Adelaide Festival Centre's 2016 OzAsia Festival.

The Hong Kong Arts Development Council is a statutory body charged with the responsibility to support the broad development of the arts in Hong Kong. It is the key arts industry body in Hong Kong and helps set the agenda for the arts in southeast Asia.

Mr Douglas Gautier AM, CEO and Artistic Director of the Adelaide Festival Centre says: "Adelaide Festival Centre has a long and meaningful history with Hong Kong. Our OzAsia Festival has consistently delivered artistic programming from Hong Kong to Australian audiences, with the Hong Kong film program has been a core part of the program identity for several years."

"Creatively, Hong Kong is one of the great Asian cities and we are delighted to strengthen our ties with the Hong Kong Arts Development Council This MoU signing formalises our partnership and will ensure that outstanding contemporary programming from Hong Kong will again feature in the 2016 OzAsia program. It will also underpin exchange of personnel and long term connections."

Dr Wilfred Wong, Chairman of Hong Kong Arts Development Council, says "Through international exchanges and networking, not only will we show to the world a better understanding of our arts and culture, but also enable our artists international experience."

"The MoU signed today will mark a new page in the relationship between the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and the Adelaide festival Centre. With our stronger ties, I trust there will be many vibrant and exciting exchanges and cooperation between Hong Kong and South Australia for many years."

As a result of the partnership documented in 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. This programming will be a key component of the Festival's 10 year anniversary celebrations.

OzAsia Festival is Australia's leading annual contemporary arts Festival focusing on Asia. Each year, the Festival presents the very best contemporary artists from across Asia, connecting audiences with an outstanding array of theatre, music, dance, visual arts, film and food. OzAsia Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2016 and will run from September 17 to October 2 at Adelaide Festival Centre.

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