The Hong Kong government is spending big bucks on enhancing the city’s tourism offerings with a new West Kowloon Cultural District, touted as one of the largest cultural projects in the world.
To be entirely completed by 2022, the district combines art, education and 23 hectares of public open space, perhaps the most sought-after commodity in the city.
Situated along the harbour, the district includes a variety of arts and cultural facilities, which will produce and host world-class exhibitions, performances, and arts and cultural events. Currently the only building open is the M+ Pavilion, hosting M+ exhibitions in the run-up to the completion of the M+ building.
Next to open in late January will be the highly-anticipated Xiqu Centre Grand Theatre featuring performances described as a contemporary take on Chinese Opera.
When completed, The Hong Kong Palace Museum will boast 7600 sq meters of gallery space dedicated to gold, bronze and jade items, paintings, and ceramic objects, as well as displays on life in the Imperial Court.
In an effort to engage with budding artists and the local community, the Freespace building will offer a platform for artists and audiences to exchange ideas and explore performing art possibilities.