Get ready for Italia Mia, a three-month-long festival featuring the best of Italian art, music, performances, and gastronomy. After kicking off with the opening concert, Italia all’Opera, make sure you check out the complete programme, especially the highlights below.
Italia Mia: Programme highlights
1. A screening of four prominent Italian films and videos at Premiere Elements
These include Tre Piani (Three Floors) by director Nanni Moretti, which was presented at Cannes Festival this year, starring Margherita Buy, Alba Rohrwacher, and Riccardo Scamarcio. There is also Pinocchio by director Matteo Garrone, starring Roberto Benigni.
2. Madame Butterfly by Puccini
Jointly produced by Opera Hong Kong and Slovene National Theatre Maribor, this heart-wrenching opera will display a perfect amalgam of western operatic traditions and eastern culture.
3. Salento International Film Festival
A celebration of international independent films and filmmakers, the Salento International Film Festival will showcase the power of film in terms of cultural communication and the connection between history and society.
4. Talks at the Hong Kong International Literary Festival
Events presented by Italia Mia in the Hong Kong International Literary Festival include a session with Francesca Borri, an Italian war journalist speaking live from Afghanistan; and Gianrico Carofiglio, a best-selling novelist and former anti-Mafia prosecutor from Italy.
5. “Synthing the 80s – The music that made us” pop concert
This concert will be a throwback to the 1980s, featuring iconic Italian and international pop songs from the era. From Battiato and Ah-Ah, to Matia Bazar and Pet Shop Boys, all the classics will be revisited on stage in new electrifying arrangements.
6. An exclusive retrospective of Silvano Agosti at Thy Lab
The four-week retrospective will feature six films by the now 83-year-old Italian director, Silvano Agosti. It also includes a Q&A session with Agosti, masterclasses, and other performances. In addition, the Chinese edition of Agosti’s book, Letters from Kirghisia, will be presented for the first time in Asia.