In less than six months, West Kowloon’s Art Park and two major new performing arts centres, the Xiqu Centre and Freespace, will be open and buzzing!

In this free talk, Alison M Friedman, West Kowloon’s Artistic Director, Performing Arts shares the artistic vision and strategies for our new venues – the Xiqu Centre, a contemporary gateway to the ancient art form of Chinese traditional theatre, and Freespace, Hong Kong’s new centre for contemporary performance. Join us to find out how the Xiqu Centre and Freespace will transform Hong Kong’s creative landscape, how Xiqu Centre programming embraces traditional Cantonese opera and so much more, and how Freespace and the Art Park will make Hong Kong an important stop of the international touring circuit map. Alison M Friedman will also share some of the projects lined up in partnership with Hong Kong’s diverse performing artists and groups, and the planning underway for the next venues opening in the coming years.

27 October 2018 (Saturday)

2:30pm - 4:00pm

Miller Theater, Asia Society Hong Kong Center
(9 Justice Drive, Admiralty – 10 minutes from Admiralty MTR station Exit C1)

Alison M Friedman, Artistic Director, Performing Arts, West Kowloon


Free admission. Limited capacity on a first come, first served basis. Please register online in advance. 


Ms Leung (852) 2200 0872,

Accessibility Services:
Audio description and Hong Kong sign language interpretation are available upon request with at least 14 days’ advance notice.

Adverse Weather Arrangements:
The talk will be cancelled if a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is in force at 11:30am and onwards.

About Speaker:

Alison M Friedman

Alison M Friedman joined the West Kowloon in October 2017. She is responsible for leading the dance, theatre, xiqu, as well as music and outdoor teams of the Performing Arts Department to ensure the district’s performing arts venues and programmes are conceptualised, curated and implemented to realise its vision to be a regional and global leader in the performing arts.

Alison M Friedman is a board member of the International Society for the Performing Arts, one of the largest international alliances of leaders in the performing arts. Fluent in Mandarin, she founded the cultural exchange organisation Ping Pong Productions (PPP) in 2010 after studying as a Fulbright scholar at the Department of History at Peking University and the Beijing Dance Academy in mainland China from 2002 to 2003. Prior to PPP, Alison M Friedman held producer and general manager roles at several dance and music institutions, including the Beijing Modern Dance Company and composer/conductor Tan Dun’s production and management company.


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