“Great weather, great fun, awe-inspiring talent!” — Audience member
Audiences soak up the atmosphere and great views of Hong Kong Island.
The festival showcased the diversity of Hong Kong talent.
The diversity of venues, plus free access to a mix of sounds give the vibe of a big festival.
Free events offered audiences a chance to dip into performances of all styles.
2021 – A record year
“Since our first event in 2019, Freespace Jazz Fest has become a major date on the Hong Kong music calendar. Last year we brought together veteran and emerging Hong Kong-based artists and offered surprising and exciting new perspectives on improvisation, adaptation and instrumentation. Our goal is for the Freespace Jazz Fest to stand proud alongside other major jazz festivals in Asia, and to put Hong Kong jazz squarely on the international map.” — Kung Chi-shing, Artistic Associate (Music), Performing Arts, West Kowloon Cultural District
The festival encouraged new collaborations.
The Festival showcased an eclectic mix of locally-based artists.
Freespace Jazz Fest showcased a host of top home-grown talent and a range of musical styles.
Spotlight on local talent
“I was stunned by the diversity and talent of Hong Kong artists – truly awesome!” — Audience member
The festival brought about cross-border collaborations in exciting virtual forms.
Experimental Lab at The Room, Freespace.
Highlight ticketed shows met with great response and sold out quickly.
Performance at the Lau Bak Livehouse, Freespace.
Jazz – An attitude not just a style
“Some people might find the more experimental performances challenging … but our goal is to push boundaries, open minds, provoke questions. I’m really happy with what we achieved.” — Michael Chan, Music Team, Performing Arts, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority
Freespace Jazz Fest is accessible and inclusive for all tastes, ages and pockets.
Freespace Jazz Fest presented a range of performances intended to open minds and ears to the diverse possibilities of jazz.
Freespace Jazz Fest set sights on becoming a major event to rival other Asian jazz festivals.
“Launched only 3 years ago, Freespace Jazz Fest is fast becoming a major music festival on the event calendar of Hong Kong and beyond. It showcases the diversity and creativity of Hong Kong and international talent in a fantastic, all round jazz experience on the stunning harbour-front.” — Paul Tam, Executive Director, Performing Arts, West Kowloon Cultural District
With free and ticketed events and a broad range of sounds – plus live theatrical interpretation by deaf and hearing interpreters, venues that are easily accessible for wheelchair users, on-site ambassadors to support visitors with disabilities, and public transport offering plenty of possibilities for reaching the Art Park – Freespace Jazz Fest is truly accessible and inclusive for all tastes, ages and pockets.
The 2021 Freespace Jazz Fest ended on a note of exhilaration and expectation for what’s to come. With sights set on the event becoming a major event to rival other Asian jazz festivals, future showcases promise to be even bigger and even better. Subscribe to the West Kowloon e-Newsletter and stay tuned. We look forward to seeing you!
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