Asia Gets Festive This Summer

Festivals and events highlight the upcoming summer travel season throughout Hong Kong, Indonesia and Japan 

By: By Deanna Ting

The annual dragon boat races are one of Hong Kong’s most popular summer events. // © Hong Kong Tourism Board

The annual dragon boat races are one of Hong Kong’s most popular summer events. // © Hong Kong Tourism Board

While the Shanghai World Expo 2010 is poised to become a major draw for travelers to Asia this summer, a number of other festivals and events are under way to appeal to visitors of all interests, from Bali in Indonesia to Takamatsu City in Japan.

Festive Hong Kong 2010
Hong Kong is no stranger to festivals. From Chinese New Year to the Autumn Harvest Moon Festival, there are plenty of events for locals and visitors alike to celebrate. This year, the Hong Kong Tourism Board’s annual marketing theme, Festive Hong Kong 2010, celebrates just that by encouraging visitors to come to Hong Kong for a firsthand experience of its unique blend of cultures and mixture of both Chinese and Western-style festivities.

This summer, Hong Kong will host its annual Summer Spectacular, which includes the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival from July 23-25. The three-day carnival on the Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront Promenade features live entertainment, food and drink stalls and highlights the Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Race competition.

From Aug. 26-29, Hong Kong will host a three-day musical event at the Hong Kong Coliseum, “Summer Pop — Live in Hong Kong.” The concert will showcase the talents of some of the most popular recording artists from Hong Kong, mainland China, Taiwan and other Asian countries.

Other summer events taking place in Hong Kong this summer include the Chinese Opera Festival (June 4-July 21); the International Arts Carnival 2010 (July 9-Aug. 15); the Hong Kong Book Fair 2010 (July 21-27); the 12th Annual Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong convention (July 3-Aug. 3); the Lan Kwai Fong Beer & Food Festival (July 17-18); Food Expo 2010 (Aug. 12-16); and the Summer International Film Festival 2010 (Aug. 11-Sept. 13).

Open-Air Film Festival at Amandari
Serious film buffs might want to check out Amandari’s Open-Air Film Festival of Balinese classic films, taking place from July 1-3. The festival is being presented in partnership with the French Cinematheque of Dance and the Swedish Dance Museum. Amandari resort, which is located near Ubud, Bali, will screen the films in the open-air meeting place, or wantilan, of Kedewatan village, which located adjacent to the property.

The first film in the series to be screen on July 1, “Goona Goona” (1932), tells the story of a romance between a Balinese prince and a servant girl; it was first screened in New York in the 1930s under the English title “Love Powder.”

The following day on July 2, Amandari will screen a rare silent film of Rolf de Mare’s 1938 expedition to Nias, Sulawesi, Sunda, Java and Bali, accompanied by live music. De Mare was a Swedish art collector and leader of the Ballets Suedois in Paris during the 1920s. Preceding the film, Erik Naslund, the director of the Dansmuseet of Stockholm, Sweden, and the author of a biography of de Mare, will present a montage of photographs of de Mare.

On the final day of the film festival, Amandari will host a special screening of “Island of Balil La Isla de Bali” (1930), directed by Miguel Covarrubias. Also, during the screening, guests can view a documentary of the life and works of Covarrubias, a noted caricaturist, author and painter.

The Amandari resort is designed to resemble an authentic Balinese village and boasts 30 suites, one villa, a full-service spa, yoga classes with private instruction, a gym and a swimming pool. Nightly rates range from $800 for a Village Suite to $3,700 for the three-bedroom Amandari Villa.

Setouchi International Art Festival 2010
From July 19 through Oct. 31, Takamatsu City, Japan, will play host to the inaugural Setouchi International Art Festival of modern art. The festival is expected to bring more than 75 acclaimed artists from more than 17 different countries and regions, including Pritzker-Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando, to the festival, where their works will be put on display near Takamatsu Port and on the islands of Seto Inland Sea — Naoshima, Teshima, Megijima, Ogijima, Shodoshima, Oshima and Inujima.

Takamatsu City and the islands of the Seto Inland Sea are located in Shikoku, in Western Japan. The area has traditionally served as an important trade route and is known for its scenery and traditional crafts.

Amandari
www.amanresorts.com/amandari

Hong Kong Tourism Board
www.discoverhongkong.com/festivehk2010

Setouchi International Art Festival 2010
http://setouchi-artfest.jp/en

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