Creative City by jennyyingdi


									 Creative City                                                                                                                     May 2011

Overview                                         Hong Kong Design Centre                        Iconic buildings include: International

                                                 Established in 2001, the Hong Kong             Commerce Centre, Two International
It is the Government’s policy to provide
                                                 Design Centre (HKDC) works to develop          Finance Centre, HSBC Building, Bank of
an environment conducive to artistic
                                                 Hong Kong into a centre of design excel-       China Tower and the Hong Kong Polytechnic
expression and creation that encourages
                                                 lence in Asia, promoting design and            University’s School of Design, which is
participation in all aspects of cultural life.
                                                 innovation to create value for society.        under progress.
The culture and creative sector is one
of six sectors where Hong Kong enjoys            Its flagship programmes include the Busi-      Other unique structures include the
distinct advantages. The Government sup-         ness of Design Week, Reinventing with          outdoor covered escalator system leading
ports the cultural and creative industries       Design and the HKDC Awards. In 2010,           to the Mid-Levels, the longest of its kind
to develop high quality arts programmes          HKDC staged the highly successful              in the world, and the labyrinth of raised
and promote arts and creativity in the           ‘Hong Kong: Creative Ecologies’ programme      walkways and footbridges connecting
community.                                       at the World Expo held in Shanghai.            hotels, commercial buildings and

                                                 The year-long programme continues in           shopping centres in Central, which allows
CreateHK                                                                                        pedestrians to move easily and comfortably
                                                 Hong Kong until May 2011.
CreateHK, set up in 2009, is a major step                                                       come rain or shine.
towards making Hong Kong a creative              Cyberport Digital Entertainment
capital. Working closely with the trade,         Incubation-cum-T raining Centre                The Hong Kong International Airport,

it co-ordinates Government policy on crea-                                                      designed by Foster + Partners and com-
                                                 This Centre, established in 2005, helps
tive industries. CreateHK oversees the                                                          pleted in 1998, has been ranked one of
                                                 small and medium-sized enterprises enhance
management of the $250 million (US$32                                                           the top 10 construction achievements of
                                                 entrepreneurship and commercial success
million) DesignSmart Initiative, the $320                                                       the 20th century.
                                                 in the local digital entertainment industry.
million (US$41 million) Film Development
                                                                                                West Kowloon Cultural District
Fund and the $300 million (US$39 million)        Digital Media Centre
CreateSmart Initiative.                                                                         In a visionary move, the Government has
                                                 The Digital Media Centre (DMC) located
                                                                                                made an upfront endowment of $21.6
                                                 at Cyberport assists new companies,
InnoCentre                                                                                      billion (US$2.8 billion) to develop a prime
                                                 individual enterprises and digital media
InnoCentre was set up in 2006 as a one-                                                         40-hectare waterfront site in West Kowloon
                                                 institutes with facilities and services to
stop shop bridging designers and users of                                                       into a world-class integrated arts and
                                                 produce digital films, animations, video,
design services. It offers a design incuba-                                                     cultural district. Foster + Partners’ ‘City Park’
                                                 music and sound mixing.
tion programme for start-up companies                                                           concept was adopted for the project.

as well as design education, training and        Urban Design
                                                                                                Arts and Culture
professional development programmes.             Ingenious feats of architecture and engi-
The Centre also provides Grade A office                                                         Hong Kong boasts a lively arts and culture
                                                 neering, within the constraints of limited
space.                                                                                          scene. Throughout the year, a rich variety
                                                 space and difficult terrain, have produced
                                                                                                of arts and cultural events, featuring local
                                                 what is arguably the world’s best example
                                                                                                and international performers, players and
                                                 of high-rise living and some of its most
                                                                                                artists, take place in the city.
                                                 iconic structures.
They include the city’s premier arts event,     The Dr. Sun Yat-sen Museum, housed in         Repertory Theatre, the Chung Ying
the Hong Kong Arts Festival, and the            the renovated splendour of the historical     Theatre Company and Zuni Icosahedron,
Hong Kong International Film Festival,          Kom Tong Hall, introduces the life and        are among the best known.
Le French May, the International Arts           revolutionary activities of the famous man.
                                                                                              The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra,
Carnival, the New Vision Arts Festival and      The Hong Kong Heritage Museum is a
                                                                                              the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra and the
the World’s Cultures Arts Festival series.      multi-disciplinary museum which
                                                                                              Hong Kong Sinfonietta perform regularly
                                                explores Hong Kong’s vibrant culture.
In 2009, the 300-year-old art of Cantonese                                                    to sell-out audiences.
                                                The Hong Kong Museum of Coastal
opera was added to UNESCO’s Representa-
                                                Defence is also popular. The Hong Kong        The Hong Kong Ballet is one of Asia’s
tive List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage
                                                Science Museum promotes public                leading classical ballet companies, while
of Humanity.
                                                awareness and interest in science and         the Hong Kong Dance Company focuses
World-class artists and troupes who have        technology, including astronomy and           on Chinese traditional and folk dances.
performed in Hong Kong over the past            space science.                                The City Contemporary Dance Company
two years include the Chicago Symphony                                                        often performs overseas to much critical
Orchestra, St Petersburg Philharmonic           New Homes in Old Buildings                    acclaim.
Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester
                                                for the Creative Industries

Berlin, Sydney Symphony Orchestra,              • The former Police Married Quarters          Film

Latvian National Opera, the English National      on Hollywood Road will be transformed       For decades, Hong Kong was home to
Ballet and the National Ballet of China.          into a creative industries landmark         one of the largest movie industries in
                                                  called PMQ.                                 the world. The city was the setting for
The Man Hong Kong International Literary
                                                • The former Lai Chi Kok Hospital             many classic movies, and continues to
Festival, launched in 2001, has become
                                                  premises will be turned into a centre       be a favourite location for foreign film
one of the biggest celebrations of creative
                                                  to promote Chinese arts and culture.        productions. Hong Kong’s actors and film
English writing in Asia. In 2007, the Man
                                                                                              industry have won many international
Asian Literary Prize was inaugurated to         • The prestigious US arts school, the
recognise Asian literature in English.            Savannah College of Arts and Design,
The biennial Hong Kong Literature Festival        opened its school in Asia, housed in        Hong Kong’s significant contribution to
and the Hong Kong Biennial Awards for             a historic Hong Kong court house, in        the world cinema is preserved and pro-
Chinese Literature are among the leading          September 2010.                             moted by the Hong Kong Film Archive,
regional events dedicated to the apprecia-                                                    which organises thematic exhibitions and
                                                Arts Development Council
tion of Chinese literature.                                                                   retrospectives at home and overseas.
                                                The Hong Kong Arts Development Council
Hong Kong has hosted the Asia Cultural                                                        The seventh Entertainment Expo
                                                is dedicated to planning, promoting and
Co-operation Forum (ACCF) since 2003 to                                                       Hong Kong, held from March 21– April 17,
                                                supporting the broad development of the
foster regional cultural co-operation and                                                     2011, featured 10 spectacular events
                                                arts in Hong Kong, including the literary,
exchange.                                                                                     covering a global mix of film, TV, music
                                                performing and visuals arts, and film and
                                                                                              and digital entertainment.
                                                media arts.
                                                                                              The Hong Kong International Film Festival
The Hong Kong Museum of Art presents            Local Artistic Talent                         – part of Entertainment Expo – is one
regular and special exhibitions of both
                                                The Hong Kong Academy for Performing          of Asia’s leading cinematic platforms.
Chinese and Western art. To encourage
                                                Arts, established in 1984, offers courses     The 35th Festival in 2011 screened 335
local talent in the visual arts, the museum
                                                in music, dance, drama, Cantonese opera,      films from 55 countries and regions, and
has hosted the Hong Kong Contemporary
                                                theatre and entertainment arts, film and      attracted many leading directors from
Art Biennial Awards Exhibitions since 1975.
                                                television. Programmes range from             around the world.
The Hong Kong Museum of History stages
                                                foundation courses to master’s degrees.
the popular permanent exhibition                                                              A recent trend has seen Hong Kong films
                                                It is also a performance venue.
‘The Hong Kong Story’, tracing Hong Kong’s                                                    and co-productions opening up the Mainland

history from the distant past.                  Professional and amateur theatre com-         China market with considerable success.
                                                panies of all shapes and sizes perform
                                                across the city, of which the Hong Kong       For more information, please visit

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