FringeBacker supports unique theatrical festival in Hong Kong

FringeBacker  Thursday, 1 May 2014

Scenes from Taming of the Shrew

FringeBacker is delighted to see one its projects, Shakespeare in the Port – Hong Kong’s first outdoor Shakespeare festival hosted at Cyberport, Hong Kong – not only successfully exceeding its fundraising target (HK$44,750 / US$5,818; 179% overfunded), but in turn make a huge impact on the arts and cultural scene in Hong Kong.

Led by its passionate Artistic Director, Meaghan McGurgan, Shakespeare in the Port strived to achieve the virtuous goal of allowing everyone under the age of 12 to attend the festival for free to encourage children to be exposed to high-quality theatrical performances. What’s more, education packs are provided which include worksheets for students, historical information and a lesson plan tailored for each production.

In the year that marks the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare, this unique cultural experience prides itself in bringing affordable, accessible theatre to the public of Hong Kong, whilst also celebrating the artist achievements of the people of Hong Kong.

Meaghan adds, "Crowdfunding with Fringebacker has been an amazing experience for the Shakespeare in the Port team. We were a bit nervous when we started our campaign, but with their help and belief in our vision we were able to raise the funds we needed and get the word out about our festival. It was amazing to know that people believed in our dream. We can't recommend Fringebacker enough to fellow artists. They are wonderful people."

The festival has since been featured in several publications in print, online, radio and TV, including RTHK’s popular arts and cultural television programme, ‘The Works’, and at ‘Pod to the People’ – Hong Kong’s first-ever live Podcast festival.

Scenes from Julius Ceasar