In recent years, HAB implements a series of measures to establish a wider cultural network in the Greater Pearl River Delta and with other countries:
Greater Pearl River Delta Cultural Cooperation
- Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao cultural authorities held the First Greater Pearl River Delta Cultural Co-operation Meeting in November 2002 and signed the Agreement on Greater Pearl River Delta Cultural Cooperation in August 2003. Under the Agreement, Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao would take turn to host the Meeting. Nineteen Meetings have since then be held. The 19th Greater Pearl River Delta Cultural Co-operation Meeting was held in Hong Kong on 13-14 June 2018. The three places have made progress in various areas of co-operation.
- In the performing arts, various performers of unconventional Cantonese music, "crossover" music and jazz will begin to tour around the Bay Area from autumn 2018. As for museums, the three places will continue to support International Museum Day and the Muse Fest HK, and will organise student exchange activities such as the Youth Internship Programme at the Palace Museum. Regarding professional training, the three places will continue to organise the Greater Pearl River Delta Conservation Training Workshop this year to enhance professional conservation skills. In the coming year, the three places will also continue to strengthen co-operation in the areas of public libraries, intangible cultural heritage, and cultural and creative industries for the further development of relevant services and the cultural sector.
Mainland / Hong Kong Agreement on Closer Cultural Partnership Arrangement
In November 2005, HKSAR Government signed an Agreement on Closer Cultural Partnership Arrangement with the Ministry of Culture of the Central Government to further promote cultural exchange and cooperation with the Mainland and jointly promote the development and dissemination of Chinese culture. Meetings are held from time to time to explore concrete collaboration initiatives.
Hong Kong-Taiwan Cultural Co-operation Committee
Established in August 2010 under the Hong Kong-Taiwan Economic and Cultural Co-operation and Promotion Council, the Hong Kong-Taiwan Cultural Cooperation Committee (HKTCCC) is the Hong Kong counterpart of the cultural co-operation committee under the Taiwan-Hong Kong Economic and Cultural Co-operation Council in Taiwan. The HKTCCC aims to foster exchanges for deepening and broadening the collaboration between the two places in the development of the arts and culture and the creative industries. In August 2010, the two cultural co-operation committees held their first meeting and agreed to enhance the exchange of information on their respective arts programmes and to promote joint brand-building arts programmes. Cultural forums are held every year since 2011 to foster the exchange of views on issues of mutual concern.
Cultural Network with Other Economies
The Government has been making efforts to enhance cooperation with other countries in the field of culture and the arts through the signing of Memorandum of Understanding on Cultural Cooperation (MoU). So far, the HKSAR Government has signed MoUs with sixteen countries (including Canada, Italy, the Philippines, Egypt, Singapore, South Korea, Croatia, the Netherlands, Hungary, Vietnam, France, Israel, Russia, Austria, Ireland and Indonesia).
Arts Development Fund (Cultural Exchange Project)
In addition to the above institutional co-operation framework, the HAB is committed to supporting local arts groups to engage in outbound cultural exchanges, thus boosting Hong Kong’s standing in the world cultural map. In this regard, we welcome applications for funding support under the Arts Development Fund from arts groups and artists to facilitate their participation in representative cultural exchange events outside Hong Kong. In 2017/18, the Arts Development Fund supported 88 cultural exchange projects involving $5.03 million of grants.