West Kowloon’s Xiqu Centre, Freespace and Art Park are now opened!

In this free talk, Alison M Friedman, West Kowloon’s Acting Executive Director and Artistic Director, Performing Arts shares the artistic vision and strategies for our two major performing arts 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.

15 October 2019 (Tuesday)

4:30pm – 6:00pm

Room V322, Jockey Club Innovation Tower, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Alison M Friedman


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


Please contact Ms Chan at (852) 2200 0812 or learning@wkcda.hk during office hours.

Accessibility Services:
Cantonese audio description and Hong Kong sign language interpretation are available upon request with at least 14 days’ advance notice. Wheelchair accessible seats and companion seats are available on a first come, first served basis. Please request with at least 4 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/after 1:30pm on the day of the event.

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About Speaker:

Alison M Friedman

Alison M Friedman joined the West Kowloon Cultural District in October 2017. She leads the dance, theatre, xiqu, music and learning teams of the Performing Arts Division to ensure the Authority’s performing arts programmes are conceptualised, curated and implemented to realise the Authority’s 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 performing arts leaders. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, she founded the successful cultural exchange organisation Ping Pong Productions (PPP) in 2010 after studying as a Fulbright scholar at the Department of History in 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 dance and music institutions including the Beijing Modern Dance Company and composer/ conductor Tan Dun’s production and management company.

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