Hong Kong's other art festival has Asian flavour

Art Central sprang from the former ARTHK, providing an Asian counterpoint to the more internationalised Art Basel.
Elaine Yan Ling Ng's Sundew
Elaine Yan Ling Ng's Sundew

The big cheese at Hong Kong’s annual arty party in March is Art Basel, which bought ARTHK three years ago and will bring thousands of international collectors and artists to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from March 23-26. However, frisky upstart Art Central provides an Asian flavour -the new waterfront art fair’s second edition  runs at the same time.

Art Central’s huge, white marquee tents house art along with pop-up restaurants, exciting special events, films, and a programme that include spectacular large-scale installations, engaging talks, performance art, and tours.

“When Art Basel took over ARTHK, the earlier fair’s organisers genuinely felt that Hong...

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