• WKCDA Welcomes CE’s Proposal of Setting up Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau

    6 October 2021

    (6 October 2021, Hong Kong) The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA or the Authority) welcomes the proposal of setting up the Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau put forward by the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Mrs Carrie Lam, in her Policy Address today. The proposal seeks to consolidate the cultural affairs under the Home Affairs Bureau and the creative industries and tourism portfolio under the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau under one bureau, thereby facilitating the development of Hong Kong as a centre for cultural exchange between China and the rest of the world.


    Mr Henry Tang Ying-yen, Chairman of the Board of WKCDA said, ‘The National 14th Five-Year Plan supports the development of Hong Kong as a centre for cultural exchange between China and the rest of the world. The Authority will fully support, participate in and facilitate the initiatives in relation to the relevant policy objectives. The setting up of the Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau will enable the HKSAR Government to play a more effective role in coordination and policy formulation, thereby fostering the sustainable development of the arts and cultural industry in Hong Kong.’

    M+ in the West Kowloon Cultural District (the District), Asia’s first global museum of contemporary visual culture, is set to open to the public in November 2021. The Hong Kong Palace Museum, scheduled to open in mid-2022, aims to foster the understanding and appreciation of Chinese art and culture. The two museums, together with various performing arts venues such as the Xiqu Centre, Freespace and the Art Park that are already open, will give the District a unique advantage in becoming a world-class integrated arts and cultural district and an important hub for promoting international cultural exchanges in the Greater Bay Area, Asia and beyond, thereby strengthening cultural exchanges and cooperation with Mainland China and overseas and contributing to Hong Kong’s new cultural positioning as outlined in the Policy Address.


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