|The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) is responsible for planning and managing the leisure- and culture-related facilities and projects in Hong Kong. The department is made up of three branches: the Leisure Services Branch, the Cultural Services Branch, and the Administrative Branch.
The Leisure Services Branch is responsible for developing facilities such as swimming pools and the funding, planning and managing of sports events and other such activities that promote local involvement in leisure and sports activities. It is also responsible for developing and maintaining greenery projects, parks, and zoos as part of the urban landscape and recreation activities. The Branch works to develop a healthy, high-quality living environment.
The Cultural Services Branch conducts a wide variety of services including the planning and management of cultural projects throughout Hong Kong, research related to cultural resources, as well as funding and managing international festivals. It also oversees the Performing Arts Division, the Heritage and Museums Division responsible for managing film archives and museums, and the Libraries and Development Division responsible for planning and managing public libraries.
The main function of the Performing Arts Division (Director: Ms. Agnes Tang In-kwan) is the management of 13 public cultural facilities within Hong Kong, and the division handles the sales of tickets for all programs held at these facilities via an Internet ticketing system, as well as many other independent projects.
Some of the facilities that the department presides over include the Kwai Tsing Theatre (905-seat hall, rehearsal studio, etc.), where both the local community and artists were involved in the development of the facility before it opened in 1999, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and the Hong Kong City Hall. For a list of performances scheduled at each hall and other information, please visit the website below.
Financial figures and attendance for the Kwai Tsing Theatre, year 2005: total operating cost 31,416,000HKD, total revenue 15,088,000HKD (13,335,000HKD from renting the facility, 1,753,000HKD other), total attendance 177,000.
The Festivals Office, within the Performing Arts division, manages a number of large-scale international festivals including the International Arts Carnival (July~August each year) for young adults, the Thematic Arts Festival, which focuses on specific regions of the world (October–November, held every two years. The theme for 2005 was Latin, for 2007, the Mediterranean), the Legends of China Festival and the New Vision Arts Festival.
Also, there are five main nonprofit cultural organizations that are subsidized by the Office: the Hong Kong Arts Festival Society Limited, which currently runs the Hong Kong Arts Festival, the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, the Hong Kong Dance Company, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre. The office also conducts focused monitoring for nurturing artists.
Applications for funding for foreign productions or events are required 18–24 months in advance, and for domestic artists 12–18 months in advance. There is no set format, but the artist’s profile, video portfolio and a list of past productions, as well as details regarding the performance such as desired date and facility and projected costs, are required. The selection process is carried out by a special panel, and usually takes about three months. For details, please visit the following website.
|+||Cultural Facilities and Theatres run by the LCSD
‹New Territories district›
Kwai Tsing Theatre
North District Town Hall
Sha Tin Town Hall
Tai Po Civic Centre
Tsuen Wan Town Hall
Tuen Mun Town Hall
Yuen Long Theatre
‹Hong Kong Island/Kowloon district›
Hong Kong City Hall
Hong Kong Coliseum
Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Ko Shan Theatre
Ngau Chi Wan Civic Centre
Queen Elizabeth Stadium
Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre
Sheung Wan Civic Centre