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Carrera Presents Liberatum Hong Kong International Festival of Culture


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Carrera presents
Liberatum Hong Kong International Festival of Culture
27-29 April 2012

Official Festival Title Sponsor: Carrera
Official Festival Producer: Orient Unlimited
Official Venue Partner: The Lane Crawford Joyce Group
Official Hotel Partner: The Upper House
Official Festival International Media Partner: The Financial Time
Official Supporting Sponsor: Chloé
Official Cultural Partner: The British Council
Digital Media Partner: Hypebeast
Official VIP Programme Sponsors: Salvatore Ferragamo, SEVVA, KEE, Yardbird
Special Sponsor: Miele
Official Social Partner: ELEQT
Official Concierge Partner: Quintessentially
Official Trend Partner: WGSN
Festival Florist: Ellermann

Participants include Khalil Fong, Daniel Wu, Rossy de Palma, Wing Shya, Nobel Laureate Sir VS Naipaul, Paul Schrader, William Orbit, Rosey Chan, Terence Koh, Pharrell Williams, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, Mike Figgis, OMA Partner – Architect, David Gianotten and many others.

Carrera presents Liberatum Hong Kong will bring together international cultural icons, creative leaders and acclaimed artistic minds to Hong Kong to connect them with their counterparts in Asia through an original and captivating programme.

After the great success of Liberatum festivals in different parts of the world including Istancool in Istanbul, Liberatum’s founder and artistic director Pablo Ganguli and Liberatum co-founder and creative director for Hong Kong, Rosey Chan will bring leading artistic personalities from the world over to Hong Kong, with a programme aimed at captivating and opening global minds.

Some of the participants confirmed to attend include Grammy Award winning producer, musician and designer Pharrell Williams, renowned American screenwriter and filmmaker Paul Schrader, architect David Gianotten, Nobel prize winning author Sir VS Naipaul, photographer Wing Shya, singer Khalil Fong, iconic spanish actress Rossy de Palma, Italian Vogue editor in chief and fashion icon Franca Sozzani, leading French art dealer and gallerist Emmanuel Perrotin, Grammy Award winning producer and musician William Orbit, The Upper House designer Andre Fu, composer and pianist Rosey Chan, Chinese-Canadian artist Terence Koh, actor Daniel Wu, Academy Award nominated director Mike Figgis, film producer Nansun Shi and Russian artist Svetlana K-Lie among many others. In addition to the festival programme, Liberatum will present “Just Tell the Truth” short films made by Mike Figgis featuring David Lynch, Marina Abramovic, Jonas Mekas, Paul Auster, John Berger, Sir Peter Blake and Siri Hustvedt. Liberatum will also present a special showcase of legendary photographer’ Guy Bourdin’s work.
Carrera presents Liberatum Hong Kong promises to be a mesmerising festival of art, design, fashion, literature, film, music and ideas. Building on the achievements of the previous global festivals, our vision is to produce an awe-inspiring three-day cultural convention, featuring a diverse and stimulating programme, and further raising the profile of Hong Kong as a forward-thinking world city. Carrera presents Liberatum HK will enhance the reputation of Hong Kong as a great cultural city and pay tribute to Hong Kong’s cultural heritage. It will present an ambitious and original programme, which will aim to place Hong Kong firmly at the centre of the international cultural scene in 2012.

Hong Kong continues to evolve and an event such as Carrera presents Liberatum Hong Kong 2012 will serve to nurture the city’s cultural identity locally and on the world stage. Carrera presents Liberatum Hong Kong will be held at The Lane Crawford Joyce Group at One Island South in Aberdeen. The festival hotel and home is the Upper House located in Pacific Place.

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The international cultural diplomacy foundation Liberatum connects the world’s finest cultural and media minds through global inspiring festivals, summits and illuminating cultural celebrations. Our objective is to further strengthen relations between different countries through the power of the arts. Liberatum festivals mix film with millinery, art with literature, fashion with poetry and opera with architecture in alluring and riveting ways. Our mission is to present global audiences with remarkable programmes of the highest calibre featuring world renowned cultural icons as participants. Liberatum collaborates with leading thinkers, film directors, actors, authors, philosophers, musicians, architects, artists, dancers, ballerinas, producers, fashion designers, art directors, editors in chief and business figures. We are certain you will find the world of Liberatum, its high quality programming extremely inspiring.

Short films from Liberatum’s ISTANCOOL cultural diplomacy festival in Istanbul – June 2011.

Pablo Ganguli and Liberatum

In 2011, the international cultural brand Liberatum completed ten years of creating Liberatum global cultural diplomacy festivals and artistic ventures around the world. Over the last ten years, Liberatum’s founder and artistic director Pablo Ganguli has presented a new kind of innovative cultural diplomacy festival on the world stage. Countries as diverse as Russia, India, Morocco, Papua New Guinea and Turkey have hosted remarkable Liberatum projects – from education to human rights, science to fashion, and literature to cinema. Special Liberatum events have taken place in major European cities such as Paris and London featuring leading cultural figures of our times. Liberatum programmes consist of opera, theatre, modern ballet, art exhibitions, music and dance performances, fashion events, architecture , film screenings, debates, discussions, talks and Q&As.  The festival events are open to the public completely free of charge and our mission is to connect the finest international cultural minds with their counterparts in the country where we host the festival. The audience enjoys access and dialogue with participants and collaborators. But what sets Liberatum apart is the way it weaves all these artforms together in unconventional forms to produce memorable results.

Some of the international collaborators, participants and guests at Liberatum events and festivals have included James Franco, Nobel Laureate Sir VS Naipaul, actress Goldie Hawn, filmmakers Andrei Konchalovsky, John Hillcoat, Stephen Frears, Shekhar Kapur, Sir Richard Eyre, Mike Figgis, Christopher Hampton, Terry Gilliam, musicians and conductors Thomas Ades, William Orbit, Johnny Borrell, Peter Donohoe, Annie Lennox, Valery Gergiev, Alex James, Michael Nyman, authors Gore Vidal, Saadi Youssef, Vikram Seth, Hanif Kureishi, Martin Amis, Benjamin Zephaniah, Orlando Figes, Hari Kunzru, Nadeem Aslam, media figures GQ editor in chief Dylan Jones, Geordie Greig, Dazed and Confused and AnOther Magazine editor in chief Jefferson Hack, Vogue Italia editor in chief Franca Sozzani, Janet Street-Porter, Wallpaper* editor in chief Tony Chambers, Jon Snow, artists and curators Gavin Turk, sculptor Antony Gormley, Ekow Eshun, Sir Mark Jones, Michael Craig-Martin, Grayson Perry, Serpentine Gallery director Julia Peyton-Jones, Terence Koh, Waris Ahluwalia, Polly Morgan, Sir Norman Rosenthal,  Royal Academy CEO Charles Saumarez Smith, Hermitage Director Mikhail Piotrovsky, politicians Rory Stewart, former UN Under-Secretary General Shashi Tharoor, Clare Short, fashion designers and style icons Daphne Guinness, Lily Cole, Jasper Conran, Gareth Pugh, Stephen Jones, Philip Treacy, Henry Holland, Academy Award winning actress Tilda Swinton, Cannes Best Actress award winner Kirsten Dunst, Courtney Love, Michael Stipe (REM) and architect Zaha Hadid – to name but a few!


Links to press:



Condé Nast Traveller

Asia Tatler


Wall Street Journal

Time Out HK

New York Times

South China Morning Post

Washington Post

Wall Street Journal


Dazed & Confused

Yahoo News

Hypebeast – Interview

Interview Magazine

Time Out HK Pablo Ganguli Profile

BBC World Service – The Strand


Prestige Magazine Hong Kong

Interview Magazine USA

Dossier Magazine