Culture & Leisure
In Hong Kong, East and West mesh in many ways, making the city a thriving arts and cultural hub. Orchestras, jazz ensembles, film and art festivals, international acts, local super stars and street performers offer a feast of events.
Throughout the year, a variety of arts festivals manifest the diversity and vibrancy of Hong Kong’s cultural life. On the calendar are the signature Hong Kong Arts Festival in spring, the Hong Kong International Film Festival and Le French May from March to May, the Chinese Opera Festival and International Arts Carnival in summer, and, in alternate autumns, the New Vision Arts Festival and World Cultures Festival.
Those keen on performing arts are spoilt for choice in a city that boasts nine major groups and nearly 1 000 troupes, staging over 8 000 performances, which draw millions every year.
Hong Kong is the world’s third-largest art auction market after New York and London. Art Basel in Hong Kong is a leading event in the international arts calendar.
Our cultural and creative industries employ about 210 000 practitioners engaged in fields ranging from jewellery design to fashion, painting to publishing, interactive games to comics, advertising to architecture, and music production and digital media to performing arts.
Offering stunning views of Victoria Harbour and the Hong Kong skyline, the West Kowloon Cultural District, taking shape on a prime 40-hectare site, is one of the largest cultural projects in the world. It will feature a variety of arts and cultural facilities. The West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) is gradually moving towards the operating stage, with its first permanent facility, the M+ Pavilion, opened in mid-2016 to provide a home for M+ exhibitions in the run-up to the opening of the M+ building in 2019. The Art Park – including Freespace with a black box theatre and an outdoor stage – will open in stages from 2018 while the Xiqu Centre, a venue dedicated to promoting the rich traditional art form, will open in the second half of the same year.
The emerging new cultural quarter and the wide array of other attractions elevate Hong Kong to a prominent arts and cultural hub in the world.