West Kowloon Cultural District
The West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) project is an important strategic investment of the HKSAR Government to meet the long-term infrastructural and development needs of Hong Kong’s arts and culture. The WKCD is being developed as an integrated arts and cultural district with world-class facilities. It aims to support the long-term development of the arts and culture, foster the organic growth of cultural industries, and promote Hong Kong as an international metropolis with a vibrant arts and cultural landscape.
The WKCD site is located at the southern tip of the West Kowloon Reclamation Area with an area of 40 hectares. 23 hectares of the site have been planned as open space for people’s enjoyment. 15 performing arts venues of different types and scales, which include Mega Performance Venue, Music Centre, Xiqu Centre, Centre for Contemporary Performance, Musical Theatre, Lyric Theatre, Great Theatre, Medium Theatres and Freespace, will be provided in the WKCD in phases. A museum (M+) focusing on 20th to 21st century visual culture, and an Exhibition Centre with priority for arts-related uses will also be built in the WKCD. To create vibrancy for the WKCD, retail-dining-entertainment facilities as well as hotel, office and residential developments will be suitably integrated with the arts and cultural facilities and other developments within the WKCD. A good mix of arts and cultural facilities will be completed in phases starting from 2015.
The Government and our collaborators 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 the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority to realize the vision for the WKCD.
West Kowloon Cultural District Authority
- The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (the Authority) was established in 2008 under the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority Ordinance (Cap. 601) to develop the WKCD.
- The Authority conducted a 3-stage Public Engagement exercise from 2009 to 2011 in preparing the Development Plan for the WKCD. The Development Plan was submitted to the Town Planning Board on 30 December 2011. It has embarked on the detailed design stage of the project and will strive to develop cultural software in the form of audience building, capacity building and research projects to dovetail with the completion of the arts and cultural facilities.
- News about the WKCD can be found at the Authority’s website.