Xiqu Centre, West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong

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The West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) is a development project that aims to form an international-grade arts and culture hub on an area of land in West Kowloon, Hong Kong that was originally reclaimed in the 1990s as part of the Airport Core Programme. Located at the wedge-shaped waterfront reclaimed land west of Yau Ma Tei, the district will feature a new museum of visual culture, numerous theatres, concert halls and other performance venues under the management of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, which is directly financed by the government with an upfront endowment of HK$21.6 billion for construction and operation.
The West Kowloon Cultural District is the largest arts and cultural project in Hong Kong to date. Comprising 40 hectares, the district will include 17 core arts and cultural venues as well as space for arts education. This includes a flagship museum of contemporary visual culture, M+ Museum, designed by TFP Farrells and Herzog & de Meuron. WKCD will be developed in two phases with construction having already commenced.

Although the hardware has yet to be completed, the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority has started its software development. Its first culture event is the West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre at the future site of Xiqu Centre in 2012. “Mobile M+: Yau Ma Tei”, a contemporary art exhibition is the second program held by the Authority, which is the first in a series of pre-opening “nomadic” exhibition curated by M+ before the completion of the museum building in 2017.


The early proposal of the project was overturned in 2006 due to doubts on financing models, criticism of property developer involvement, lack of planning, and criticism of the design by Foster and Partners that included an expensive canopy structure. Despite of pledge by Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa to create a "landmark cultural development project," the initial plan was criticized as too costly and lack of vision. The assessment panel, made up of senior civil servants only, was unrepresentative and unresponsive to the public. As the project returned to track in 2006, the Hong Kong government established the Consultative Committees to formulate a Recommendation Report to decide what facilities to offer and how they would be managed in the WKCD. In 2007, a three-month public consultation were being carried out again and the early stages were completed in December 2007 to decide what facilities to offer and how they would be managed. The project was first proposed to attract tourists to Hong Kong, but the focus of discussion thereafter has turned to the benefits for the local residents, both intellectually and economically.


In early 2011, it was expected that the first phase of the project will open from 2015, and the second phase from 2026.
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  • The Xiqu Center in the West Kowloon cultural district opened in the spring of 2019. Architecturally, the Xiqu Center is an imposing building and well worth visiting for its architectural design alone....  more »
  • The Kowloon Xiqu Centre (Chinese Opera House) design was originally conceptualized by a Canadian Chinese architect Bing Thom who passed away in 2016 before the Opera House was completed and later on.....  more »
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  • Wonderful place to watch the light show every evening. A lot less busy than the pier not too far away. Home to some interesting art pieces. Good place to escape from the hustle and bustle with your beverage of choice (and walk your dog!).
  • This is a great place to spend your weekend with friends, family and your furry friends! It's a dog friendly waterfront park where you can visit some cafes, ride bikes or have a picnic. It has an underground car park with parking offers.
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