To offer local dance professionals the opportunity to increase their exposure in the global dance market and engage in creative dialogue with international peers and colleagues, West Kowloon and the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC) are collaborating to present a delegation of outstanding Hong Kong dance artists and contemporary dance works at the internationale tanzmesse nrw 2018 (Tanzmesse). The project is hosted by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and organised by West Kowloon.

Held every two years, Tanzmesse is one of the largest and most important professional dance gatherings on the international dance calendar. In 2018, Tanzmesse takes place between 29 August and 1 September in Düsseldorf, Germany, bringing together over 1,900 artists and professionals from more than 50 countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe.

This year, we are leading a delegation of over fifty Hong Kong’s dance artists and arts administrators to participate in Tanzmesse, fifteen of them are subsidised by the HKADC to support local participation. West Kowloon has also organised three pre-fair events to help the delegation prepare to present themselves to international counterparts.

During the 2018 fair, Hong Kong dance artists and their work are presented at the Hong Kong exhibition booth “Dance in Hong Kong”. We have also organised a “Networking Reception” and various “Meeting Sessions” to help participants establish connections with international dance counterparts, as well as a “Breakfast Presentation” to introduce the newly established Asia Network for Dance (AND+). Two local works, So Low by Lai Tak-wai and Contempo Lion Dance (Working Title) by Daniel Yeung have been chosen by the Tanzmesse panel to feature as a part of the fair’s Performance and Open Studio series. For more information see: Tanzmesse events.

Hong Kong delegation events at Tanzmesse 2018





Meeting with Hong Kong dance practitioners

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30 August 2018 (Thursday) to 1 September 2018 (Saturday)


Booth 27

Breakfast Presentation: Asia Network for Dance

30 August 2018 (Thursday)


Café, NRW-Forum Düsseldorf

Networking Reception

30 August 2018 (Thursday)


Booth 27

Performance: So Low

30 August 2018 (Thursday)


Small stage, tanzhaus nrw

Open Studio: Contempo Lion Dance (Working Title)

31 August 2018 (Friday)


Studio 5, tanzhaus nrw

Pre-Tanzmesse events in Hong Kong

Event Date Time Guests/Speakers
Sharing: Negotiating with presenters 7 June 2018 (Thursday) 2:00pm–4:00pm

Erik Kuong 
Managing & Creative Director, Creative Links Ltd.

Rae Wu 
Senior Manager, Technical & Productions, Performing Arts, West Kowloon

Workshop: Being Seen – Practical communication tools and skills 18 June 2018 (Monday) 3:00pm–5:00pm

Siu Heng
Founder and Managing Director, Cultural Connections

Multimedia artist

Preparing for Tanzmesse: Workshop and Pre-fair reception 25 July 2018 (Wednesday) 2:00pm-6:00pm Alison Friedman 
Artistic Director, Performing Arts, West Kowloon

Anna CY Chan
Head of Dance, Performing Arts, West Kowloon

 This project is hosted by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and organised by West Kowloon Cultural District Authority.

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Media reception supported by:

Goethe Institut

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