West Kowloon Cultural District
The West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) project is an important cultural infrastructure investment of Hong Kong. WKCD is being developed into a world-class integrated arts and cultural district comprising local, traditional as well as international and modern elements. It aims to promote the development of arts and culture, meet the growing cultural needs of the public and strengthen Hong Kong’s position as an international arts and cultural metropolis.
WKCD is located at the southern tip of the West Kowloon Reclamation Area with an area of 40 hectares. Within WKCD, 23 hectares of open space including a park of prominent size and a continuous waterfront promenade will be provided for public enjoyment. Performing arts venues of different types and scales will be provided in phases. M+, a museum focusing on 20th and 21st century visual culture, and Hong Kong Palace Museum, which showcases the exquisite art and cultural collections of the Palace Museum, will also be built in WKCD. To create vibrancy for WKCD, retail, dining and entertainment facilities as well as hotel, office and residential developments will be suitably integrated with the arts and cultural facilities and other developments within WKCD.
West Kowloon Cultural District Authority
The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) was established in 2008 under the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority Ordinance (Cap. 601) to develop WKCD.
WKCDA conducted a 3-stage Public Engagement exercise from 2009 to 2011 in preparing the Development Plan for the WKCD. The WKCD Development Plan, which was prepared based on the ‘City Park’ concept by Foster + Partners, was approved by the Chief Executive-in-Council in January 2013. Following the opening of the M+ Pavilion, a mixed of arts and cultural facilities such as the Xiqu Centre, the Art Park and the M+ building will come on stream in due course. WKCDA has also embarked on the development of the Hong Kong Palace Museum project and the Lyric Theatre Complex project.
WKCDA will continue to strengthen its cultural software, enrich people’s cultural life, build audiences, nurture local talents and promote professional development through organising a variety of quality arts and cultural programmes and broadening Hong Kong’s cultural exchange with other places in collaboration with arts groups, education institutions and local communities to dovetail with the completion of the arts and cultural facilities in WKCD.
The Government and our partners take a multi-pronged approach in strengthening our cultural software: arts programme development, audience building and enhancement of arts education and manpower training. By combining these efforts, we aim at working hand-in-hand with WKCDA to realise the vision for WKCD.
News about the WKCD can be found at the WKCDA’s website.