Covering over 40 hectares of reclaimed land, the West Kowloon Cultural District is one of the largest cultural projects in the world. The picturesque harbour-front site will provide a vibrant cultural quarter bridging art, education, and public space.
The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority was establish by the Hong Kong SAR Government in 2008 to assume responsibility for the development of the West Kowloon Cultural District. The Authority aims to build a vital platform for young, emerging and established artists to experiment, create, and collaborate; a place where people of all backgrounds come to explore, participate and be stimulated; and a home for imaginative world-class exhibitions, performances and other cultural events.
The district plan has a mix of public spaces, museums, and performance halls with a focus on connectivity, sustainability, and accessibility to all. The Art Park will provide green space in the heart of the city with open-air music, dance, and theatre performances. Additionally, the M+ Pavilion – an event space – will curate large scale sculpture and art installations for the park.
The Xiqu Centre will provide a theatre complex to promote, enhance, produce, and innovate Cantonese opera and Chinese traditional theatre. The Centre will include a 1,100 seat grand theatre, a 200 seat Tea-House theatre, and a 120 capacity seminar room.
The district will be home to two major museums: the M+ Museum and the Hong Kong Palace Museum (HKPM). M+ will be Hong Kong’s new museum for 20th and 21st century visual art, design, and architecture. The museum will be located adjacent to the Art Park and will be one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary art in the world. The Herzog and DeMeuron design has 17,000 square meters of exhibition space and room for archives, offices, restaurants, and a rooftop terrace. The Hong Kong Palace Museum will display artefacts of Chinese art and culture from the imperial collection of the Palace Museum. In addition, it will provide a valuable opportunity for collaboration with other museums in research and education. The museum will have 7,600 square 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 which will greatly enrich the District's visitor offering. Other museum facilities include a 400-seat lecture theatre, activity rooms, a restaurant and shop.
The Lyric Theatre Complex, scheduled to be complete in 2021, will showcase Hong Kong and international dance and theatre. The complex, located on the waterfront, will be a hub for theatre and dance – with 9 rehearsal studios, 3 varying sized stages, and a Resident Company Centre.