The Experimental Chinese Opera Festival highlights original productions and new perspectives on Chinese opera. This year, adjusting our original programme around the on-going travel restrictions, we present performances of two Xiqu Centre-produced experimental Cantonese opera works – Farewell My Concubine (New Adaptation) and the Hong Kong premiere of Wenguang Explores the Valley – plus a specially curated series of free Creative Sharing Sessions with creators and performers from four regional troupes: Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe, Shanghai Yue Opera House, Jin Liansheng Gaojia Opera Troupe of Xiamen City and Contemporary Legend Theatre. Joining us live online, troupes discuss their work and offer insight into some of the productions we hope to present in the near future. The sessions explore curatorial perspectives, regional genres, creative choices and performance styles, include video excerpts from highlighted works, and offer audiences the chance to exchange ideas with the artists and experts.

PerformancesCreative Sharing Sessions





22–27 October 2020 (Thursday to Tuesday)


Experimental Cantonese Opera Wenguang Explores the Valley – Xiqu Centre

6–8 November 2020 (Friday to Sunday)*


Experimental Cantonese Opera Farewell My Concubine (New Adaptation) – Xiqu Centre

10–13 November 2020 (Tuesday to Friday)

Auto Description* Cantonese audio description available for the performance on 7 November

22 October–13 November 2020

Studio 1, Xiqu Centre and live-streaming

Regional languages with Chinese and English surtitles


Package Discount:
10% discount for purchases of standard tickets for two festival performances (single transaction).
*Subject to availability. (Package discount is no longer valid)
*No other concessions apply for this programme.

Ticketing Enquiries:
(852) 2200 0022,

Tickets available from 25 September 2020 via online and telephone booking as well as at the Xiqu Centre Ticket Office.

From 26 September 2020, tickets are also available at selected Tom Lee outlets (Olympian City, Shatin and Yuen Long).

Creative Sharing Sessions

Date Time Topic
10 October 2020 (Saturday) 3:00pm From Theatre of the Absurd to Kunqu
17 October 2020 (Saturday) 3:00pm Gaojia Opera's Comic Tales of Human Lives
31 October 2020 (Saturday) 3:00pm A Woman's Perspective, Past and Present
15 November 2020 (Sunday) 3:00pm Blending Peking Opera, Street Dance and Rock

Please note that there will be official photo and video shooting during the sharing session.

Guest speakers will participate in the sharing sessions via live-stream.

10 October–15 November 2020

Studio 1, Xiqu Centre and live-streaming

Mandarin supplemented in Cantonese (sharing) and regional languages (excerpts). No surtitles. 

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


  • Audiences attending Experimental Chinese Opera Festival 2020 performances and Creative Sharing Sessions will be entitled to advance booking for tickets for the Experimental Chinese Opera Festival 2021. Details to be announced.

For the safety of participants, visitors, artists and staff, please note the following health precautions:

  • Please provide contact information when purchasing tickets.
  • Please bring your own mask and wear it at all times in the venue.
  • Temperature checks will be carried out before admission. Visitors showing a temperature of 37.5°C or above will not be able to participate.
  • Special seating arrangements are being implemented. Please follow the instructions of our staff.
  • If you have travelled outside of Hong Kong in the past 14 days or are wearing a home quarantine tracking wristband, please wait until your quarantine period is over before visiting West Kowloon.
  • Special Arrangements in Response to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Adverse Weather Arrangements:
If a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is in force three hours before the start of the event, the event will be cancelled.

The Xiqu Centre, West Kowloon Cultural District

Collaborating Partner:
Shanghai Center of Chinese Operas


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