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 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.
The WKCD site is located at the southern tip of the West Kowloon Reclamation Area with an area of 40 hectares. Within the WKCD, 23 hectares of public open space will be provided for people’s enjoyment. Performing arts venues of different types and scales will be provided in phases, and the M+ museum focusing on 20th and 21st century visual culture will also be built in the WKCD. To create vibrancy for the 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 the WKCD. A mix of arts and cultural facilities would come on stream in three batches starting from 2016.
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 draft 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. The Authority has embarked on the construction of Xiqu Centre and M+, as well as the design of the Park (including the Black Box), Arts Pavilion and Lyric Theatre. It will also 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.