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Cultural Policy


Hong Kong becomes an international cultural metropolis with a distinct identity grounded in Chinese traditions and enriched by different cultures, where life is celebrated through cultural pursuit; and creativity is a constant driver of progress in the community.


  • To provide opportunities for wide participation in culture and the arts
  • To provide opportunities for those with potentials to develop their artistic talents
  • To create an environment conducive to the diversified and balanced development of culture and the arts
  • To support the preservation and promotion of our traditional cultures while encouraging artistic creation and innovation
  • To develop Hong Kong into a prominent hub of cultural exchanges

Basic Principles

People-oriented: To encourage citizens to fulfill their needs for cultural pursuit and to realize their potential in the arts.
Diversity To foster the vibrancy and diversity of our cultures.
Freedom of expression: To maintain our artistic freedom and enhance the protection of intellectual property.
Holistic approach: To involve all sectors of the society in order to create an environment conducive to the vibrant development of culture and the arts. All government departments should work together to promote cultural development.
Partnership: To establish partnership among the Government, the business community and the cultural sector.

Government Funding Support to Culture and the Arts

Provision for the Arts and Culture

Total: $4.8 billion (excluding the Arts and Sports Development Fund (Arts Portion) and the Cantonese Opera Development Fund (CODF), but including an injection of $70 million to the CODF in 2018-19)

In 2018-19, the Government allocates $4.8 billion on culture and the arts, excluding capital works expenditure. The resources were mainly deployed for the provision of venue support for arts activities, funding support to arts groups, arts education and promotion, as well as relevant administrative costs.

Capital Funding

The Government also supports the development of the arts and culture in Hong Kong through the construction and operation of various types of cultural venues, including performance venues, public libraries and public museums.

At present, there are 16 performance venues of varying sizes and capacities situated at accessible locations all over the territory, including the Yau Ma Tei Theatre (a xiqu activity centre) opened in July 2012 and Ko Shan Theatre New Wing opened in October 2014. To meet the needs of the communities and arts sector for performing arts venues, the construction of the East Kowloon Cultural Centre is underway and its main superstructure is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

The Government also manages 14 public museums, the Hong Kong Film Archive, two heritage centres and the Art Promotion Office. In addition, the Government operates a network of Hong Kong Public Libraries (HKPL) comprising 70 static and 12 mobile libraries. For the enhancement of public library services, a new district library in the North West Kowloon Reclamation Area Site 6 is under construction.

The West Kowloon Cultural District

An upfront endowment of $21.6 billion has been granted to the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority to develop a prime 40-hectare waterfront site into an integrated arts and cultural hub with world-class facilities, the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD). The WKCD project is a strategic investment by the Government to meet the long-term infrastructural and development needs of Hong Kong’s arts and culture. It aims to foster the organic growth of cultural industries, and promote Hong Kong’s image as an international metropolis with a vibrant arts and cultural landscape. A mix of arts and cultural facilities would come on stream in three batches starting from 2016.

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