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Contestable Funding Pilot Scheme for the Major Performing Arts Groups

The Contestable Funding Pilot Scheme (“the Scheme”) was launched in 2012 for application by the nine major performing arts groups (“MPAG(s)”) (namely Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Hong Kong Dance Company, Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, The Hong Kong Ballet, City Contemporary Dance Company, Chung Ying Theatre Company and Zuni Icosahedron). The pilot scheme is aimed at encouraging the MPAGs to come up with new initiatives that would help to promote their sustainable development financially and artistically, as well as to benefit the long term development of the arts and culture in Hong Kong.

The total amount of funds approved for the five projects supported in the funding exercise launched in 2016 is about $13.2 million.

Projects Supported in the Funding Exercise Launched in 2016 Major Performing Arts Groups
(in alphabetical order)
City Contemporary Dance Festival 2017

City Contemporary Dance Festival 2017 is an initiative by City Contemporary Dance Company building upon the experience of co-presenting the Guangdong Dance Festival over the past decade. The Festival is a platform showcasing quality dance pieces to Hong Kong audiences as well as to introducing top-notch dance artists from Hong Kong and Asia to presenters of international theatre and festivals. The Festival is made up of three main components: "Dance X" brings cutting-edge contemporary dances from Hong Kong and Mainland China to the international stage, "East Asia Dance Platform" and "Asian Contemporary Dance Company Touring Network" present productions by Korean and Japanese professional dance companies in Hong Kong. Through a series of cultural and artistic exchanges, the Festival enhances Hong Kong’s position as Asia’s cultural hub.

City Contemporary Dance Company
Ballet Plus: Celebrating Contemporary Ballet

This project aims to heighten Hong Kong Ballet audiences’ level of appreciation for contemporary ballet, an integral genre of the Company’s overall programming plan, and to provide training for both professional and amateur choreographers in Hong Kong. The contents and activities for this audience and artistic development project are: (1) Movements and Interactions – Dance Workshops; (2) Talks and Ideas – Contemporary Ballet Symposiums; (3) Film-showing and making – Films about contemporary ballet choreographers and their notable works (Jiri Kylian in 2017 and Christopher Wheeldon in 2018) will be shown at cinemas and other venues, in addition to a behind-the-scenes look with the Making of Yuh Egami and Ricky Hu’s Carmen (2017).

Hong Kong Ballet
Götterdämmerung -4th Chapter of Wagner’s Ring Cycle

Following Das Rheingold, Die Walküre and Siegfried, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra continues its artistic project to complete Wagner’s Ring Cycle with a presentation of the final chapter – Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods) – in January 2018. The two concerts will be performed by a cast of world-class operatic singers and choristers, under the baton of Music Director Maestro Jaap van Zweden. The performances will be recorded for CD release. A series of outreach activities including masterclasses, a symposium by a Wagner expert, an open rehearsal, educational materials, a pre-concert podcast will be introduced to promote classical music and opera to the wider community. Emerging Hong Kong composers will be commissioned to write a piece of orchestral work inspired by the music of the opera. A public working session will be arranged to perform these new commissions with a view to cultivating local artistic talents.

Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
The Open Platform (2017-18)

Through the successful launch and operation of the “New-Wrighting Series” in the past 4 years, the scheme has been highly recognized as a unique platform for nurturing local emerging artists and new works. Riding on the laid foundation, “The Open Platform” will continue using the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre’s (HKRT) Black Box as a base and through open invitation of scripts and audition of artists for independent projects by uprising playwrights, directors, actors, designers and technical teams. In the actual execution and presentation of these new works, HKRT will provide artistic guidance and technical support to realize professional mentorship.

Hong Kong Repertory Theatre
Zuni Experimental Theatre Arts Archive: Danny Yung

As the founding member and Co-Artistic Director of Zuni Icosahedron (Zuni), Danny Yung is a household name in experimental theatre and art, locally and internationally. Yung has received numerous prestigious international awards, for instance, the Merit Cross of the Order of Merit by the Federal Republic of Germany in 2009, and the Arts and Culture Prize of the Fukuoka Prize 2014. With ever increasing demand and keen interests, Yung’s and Zuni’s theatre works have been the foci of many academic researches. This project aims at establishing a comprehensive archive of Yung’s theatre works and art, and an online platform that makes the archival materials accessible to academia and general public. It is especially important and beneficial in promoting experimental arts to the younger generation.

Zuni Icosahedron

Contestable Funding Pilot Scheme for the Major Performing Arts Groups in 2015

Contestable Funding Pilot Scheme for the Major Performing Arts Groups in 2014

Contestable Funding Pilot Scheme for the Major Performing Arts Groups in 2013

Contestable Funding Pilot Scheme for the Major Performing Arts Groups in 2012



The total amount of funds approved for the five projects supported in the funding exercise launched in 2015 is about $13.4 million.

Projects Supported in the Funding Exercise Launched in 2015 Major Performing Arts Groups
(in alphabetical order)
Cultural Exchange Scheme in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao

The Cultural Exchange Scheme in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao organized by Chung Ying Theatre Company is a tri-regional project designed to nurture young theatre talents and promote Cantonese drama and culture through playwright training programme, script writing contest as well as a series of drama tours across Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao. A variety of script writing training and workshops will be provided to theatre newcomers, who can also have the opportunity to participate in professional theatrical production and gain hands-on work experience. This tri-regional platform will facilitate the theatrical professionals to share their knowledge and experience, to widen and deepen the exchange and cooperation in the field of arts and culture within the regions.

Chung Ying Theatre Company
Research Project – Oral History of Hong Kong Dance Development

The Research Project – Oral History of Hong Kong Dance Development steered by City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC) aims to study and archive the historical record of Hong Kong dance in early stage. To retain the diversity of the historical record, CCDC will interview the key figures of Hong Kong dance field between 1950s and 1970s in order to conduct the research from different perspectives. The text record of the interviews will be published and the video of interviews will be available online for public access.

City Contemporary Dance Company
Hong Kong International Youth Chinese Music Festival

The Hong Kong International Youth Chinese Music Festival organized by Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra aims to offer the young people of Hong Kong with diverse choices of Chinese music-related activities. The Festival includes activities such as score-uploads to the e-platform for school Chinese orchestras to download for free, “Chinese Music Clips” online competition and experience-sharing with youth Chinese orchestras from overseas and Mainland, free outreach and gala performances etc.

Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra
Siefried - 3rd Chapter of Wagner's Ring Cycle

Following Das Rheingold and Die Walküre, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra continues the artistic project of Wagner's Ring Cycle with presentation of the third chapter – Siegfried – in January 2017. The two concerts will be performed by a cast of accomplished local and overseas musicians and soloists, under the baton of Music Director Maestro Jaap van Zweden. A series of outreach activities, including masterclasses for young vocalists; educational materials and seminars for students; and an art competition. Together with a symposium, pre-concert talks, open rehearsal etc., the project will further help to promote classical music and opera to the wider community.

Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
Purchase of Intelligent Moving Lighting System

To cope with increasing demand of lighting requirements for modern theatre, Hong Kong Repertory Theatre (HKRT) will purchase an intelligent lighting system to enhance its capability for local and outbound programmes and to capitalize on the strength of the system to reproduce lighting effects for revivals efficiently. Not only does the system minimize the effects of different lighting equipment provisions at different venues but strengthen the company’s lighting equipment provision in general. Through increasing touring opportunities across the border and overseas, HKRT will continue to promote local theatre culture to audience beyond Hong Kong. With the new system, the company can uplift its capability in the continuing pursuit of artistic excellence as well as sharing the equipment with the local arts community.

Hong Kong Repertory Theatre

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Contestable Funding Pilot Scheme for the Major Performing Arts Groups in 2014

The total amount of funds approved for the six projects supported in the funding exercise launched in 2014 is about $15.4 million.

Projects Supported in the Funding Exercise Launched in 2014 Major Performing Arts Groups
(in alphabetical order)
Jumping Frames International Dance Video Festival Commissions

City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC) wish to enhance the development of screendance by commissioning local choreographers and multi-media artists to present high quality dance films at "Jumping Frames International Dance Video Festival". CCDC will also collaborate with the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority to present "New Work Forum" in 2015 with a series of workshops by overseas and local artists on screendance.

City Contemporary Dance Company
Chinese Music Without Bounds

It is an international music event that will be organized by the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra during the 2016 International Composers’ Summit, with the purposes of offering a platform for sharing of compositional insights and presentation of music-specific instrumentation means. The Orchestra also takes the opportunity to seek partnerships with local and international composers’ societies for the 2017 International Composition Competition, with a view to enhancing the Chinese orchestral repertoire.

Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra
Die Walküre- 2nd Chapter of Wagner’s Ring Cycle

Having introduced Das Rheingold and the fundamental themes of Wagner’s Ring Cycle during the 2014/15 season, HK Philharmonic is going to present the second opera of the Cycle - Die Walküre (The Valkyrie) - with a cast of accomplished local and overseas musicians and soloists, conducted by Music Director Jaap van Zweden. Alongside the performances will be a series of traveling ensembles giving performances at schools and universities, pre-concert talks, an open rehearsal, radio broadcasts etc. The project will help build a more diverse and new audience for classical music and opera, while at the same time, augment the marketability of the performing arts industry in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
New-Wrighting Series

“New-Wrighting Series” is a project for nurturing local new works and uprising artists including playwrights, directors, actors, designers and stage managers through producing a series of original plays on contemporary Hong Kong stories in the Black Box Theatre of the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre (HKRT). HKRT will provide artistic advices to the playwrights, training opportunities to and experience sharing with the production teams, a “Reader’s Theatre” process for play quality development, and collaborative and technical support to production executions.

Hong Kong Repertory Theatre
Opening Doors & Creating International Experiences for Hong Kong Musicians

In order to enhance the development of orchestral and chamber music-making in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Sinfonietta (HKS) proposed to embark on a long-term collaboration with Maestro Christoph Poppen, an internationally acclaimed conductor/violinist/chamber musician/educator who is dedicated to bringing people together through music. Apart from serving as an international consultant for the orchestra, Maestro Poppen will work with Music Director Yip Wing-sie to strengthen HKS’s work in inspiring young Hong Kong musicians and educators in addition to conducting HKS, coaching HKS musicians and its Assistant Conductor.

Hong Kong Sinfonietta
Invisible City – Danny Yung Experimental Theatre Education Programme

As a founding member and Co-Artistic Director of Zuni Icosahedron, Danny Yung has dedicated himself to Hong Kong’s international experimental theatre. He has created cross-regional, cross-cultural, cross-disciplinal, cross-media experimental theatre productions and has nurtured generations of Hong Kong and Chinese experimental artists with international vision over the past forty years. Yung received numerous international awards, including the Merit Cross of the Order of Merit by the Federal Republic of Germany in 2009, and the Arts and Culture Prize of the Fukuoka Prize 2014.

This is an experimental theatre education program developed from Yung’s creative concepts and practices, allowing students, art professionals and the public to study systematically, and will inspire local experimental theatre artistic talents.

Zuni Icosahedron

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Contestable Funding Pilot Scheme for the Major Performing Arts Groups in 2013

The total amount of funds approved for the four projects supported in the funding exercise launched in 2013 is about $13.6 million.

Projects Supported in the Funding Exercise Launched in 2013 Major Performing Arts Groups
(in alphabetical order)
Reinvigorating a Vital Tradition

Chung Ying Theatre Company is going to reinvigorate the vital tradition of English drama with its rich experience and expertise in the fields of English theatre and drama education. With the leading UK theatre professional Jonathan Holloway as partner, this multi-faceted project including training workshops, exchange activities as well as stage performances in London and Hong Kong. This project specifically aims at boosting the depth and variety of the local English drama scene, enlarging the base and quality of English theatre-goers as well as nurturing more local artistic talents, contributing to a more vibrant and balanced drama industry in the long-run.

Chung Ying Theatre Company
China Networking Project

City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC) is going to enhance national and international exposures for 17 groups of local emerging choreographers, independent dance makers as well as small and medium size dance companies through its “China Networking Project” by organising showcases, symposia and arts market events in two major international dance festivals in Mainland China - Beijing Dance Festival and Guangdong Modern Dance Festival.

City Contemporary Dance Company
Capering Notes - Professional Internship Program

“Capering Notes” aims to provide more internship opportunities and venue support for young talents of Chinese music in Hong Kong. In addition to the professional internship program for conductor, musician, music critic and arts administrator, the project also encompasses professional support for presenting solo or ensemble performances at the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra’s Recital Hall at Sheung Wan Civic Centre.

Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra
Wagner’s Opera – Das Rheingold

Hong Kong Philharmonic will present Richard Wagner’s opera “Das Rheingold”, the prelude to “The Ring of the Nibelung”, for the first time ever in Hong Kong. With a cast made up of accomplished local and overseas musicians and soloists, Hong Kong Philharmonic will present this large scale full length concert for the enjoyment of local music lovers. In addition, a series of education and audience building activities will be organized alongside the performances including symposia and pre-concert talks led by scholars and experts, open rehearsal and radio broadcasting programmes, etc.

Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra

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Contestable Funding Pilot Scheme for the Major Performing Arts Groups in 2012

The total amount of funds approved for the four projects supported in the funding exercise launched in 2012 is about $14.6 million.

Projects Supported in the Funding Exercise Launched in 2012 Major Performing Arts Groups
(in alphabetical order)
Multiplatform and Digital Theatre Content – Chung Ying Online

“Chung Ying Online”- an interactive digital theatre platform, will integrate multi-media means to promote the company in order to strengthen its relationship and communication with its audience, and to specially develop and network young audience. The project includes developing mobile apps; revamping the website by including more video content; and thus, with effective use of internet resource, to establish an integrated content-management platform for drama promotion.

Chung Ying Theatre Company
CCDC Media Lab Scheme

The “CCDC Media Lab” will invite talents in sound, visual design and media art as resident artists to develop a creative platform. This platform will encourage collaboration among the artists for developing multi-media and experimental projects for dance. The presentation projects will include site-specific performances and activities under the themes of “Dance and Music”, “Dance and Moving Images” and “Dance and the Environment”. By exploring the possibilities of hardware and software, and offering ample resources for experimentation, CCDC aims to encourage bold research of the art form of dance and technology.

City Contemporary Dance Company
New-Wrighting Series

“New-Wrighting Series” will invite uprising artists including playwrights, directors, actors and design talents to collaborate with the artistic and production teams of the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre to produce a series of original drama productions on contemporary Hong Kong stories. The project will not only provide training opportunities to the new talents, but will also help produce quality new local works. All the original productions will be openly performed with admission fee at the “Reader’s Theatre” as well as the Black Box Theatre of the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre.

Hong Kong Repertory Theatre
Incubator Scheme for Sustainable Development of Arts in Hong Kong

The incubator scheme is set up to provide a training ground for local musicians and arts administrators to gain practical experience in the field. In accordance with the scheme, Hong Kong Sinfonietta will provide time-limited positions for associate conductor, assistant conductor, orchestral musicians and arts administrators.

Hong Kong Sinfonietta

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