Xiqu Centre

Xiqu Centre

Xiqu Centre

Xiqu Centre

Xiqu Centre

Xiqu Centre

Tea House

Tea House
Xiqu Centre

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Magic Tea House
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Xiqu Centre

Magic Tea House

A magical new production about the history and heritage of Cantonese opera – blending live performance and state-of-the-art technology

En Voyage with Claude Monet
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C C Land Holdings Limited Presents

En Voyage with Claude Monet

En Voyage with Claude Monet is an immersive journey into the work of the most famous impressionists of all-time: Monet (1840-1926)! A 360-degree journey, the immersive show takes the audience through the history and works of one of the most influential artists of the past century: Claude Monet

Visitor Essentials

  • Opening Hours

    10:00am–10:30pm

  • Location

    88 Austin Road West,
    Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
    (near China Hong Kong City)

  • Guided Tours

    Tours are conducted in Cantonese, English or Mandarin

  • Accessibility

    Know more about our access facilities and services

  • Restaurants, Cafes and Shops

    Don’t forget to try the delicious Chinese food offered in our restaurants. There’s something for all tastes

  • Tickets

    Xiqu Centre Ticket Office Opening Hours: 10:00am-9:00pm daily
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Top Reasons to Visit

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    High quality traditional and contemporary performances

  2. 02

    Events for seasoned fans and newcomers alike

  3. 03

    Xiqu-related educational and family activities for all audiences

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    Striking architecture, spectacular instagrammable views

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    Welcoming open space to relax and unwind

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    Delicious food at our restaurants and cafes

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Feature Stories of Xiqu

Interviews and articles about Xiqu Centre programmes, commissions and our work to nurture artists and promote the art of Chinese operaInterviews and articles about Xiqu Centre programmes, commissions and our work to nurture artists and promote the art of Chinese opera

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Magic Tea House

Xiqu Centre

Magic Tea House

A magical new production about the history and heritage of Cantonese opera – blending live performance and state-of-the-art technology

The MET: Live in HD 2022 in Hong Kong

Xiqu Centre

The MET: Live in HD 2022

Three powerful matinee screenings of acclaimed Metropolitan Opera productions – Massenet’s Cinderella, Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones and Puccini’s Turandot

En Voyage with Claude Monet

En Voyage with Claude Monet

En Voyage with Claude Monet is an immersive journey into the work of the most famous impressionists of all-time: Monet (1840-1926)! A 360-degree journey, the immersive show takes the audience through the history and works of one of the most influential artists of the past century: Claude Monet

Xiqu Centre Guided Tours

Xiqu Centre

Xiqu Centre Guided Tours (Mandarin)

Supplemented with multimedia elements, this 60-minute guided tour helps you explore the Xiqu Centre facilities and discover fascinating facts about our venue, and the culture and stories behind the art of xiqu

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Facilities

The Xiqu Centre is a world-class arts venue dedicated to the promotion of Chinese traditional theatre. It offers a comprehensive venue solution for xiqu-related productions and cultural events. Find out more about hiring our facilities.

Atrium

Atrium

The main entrances lead into an open public atrium with a large podium – an urban stage where visitors can relax, see music performances, exhibitions and related cultural activities.

 


 

Grand Theatre

Grand Theatre

A world-class venue showcasing high-quality traditional and contemporary xiqu performances by artists from Hong Kong, mainland China and the region. Tailor-made for professional xiqu presentations and fitted with state-of-the-art lighting and sound equipment, the theatre has a seating capacity of 1,000 plus. 

 


 

Tea House Theatre

Tea House Theatre

Designed to recreate the intimate atmosphere of a traditional tea house, the Tea House Theatre offers flexible table and chair seating arrangements in stall and balcony areas and is suitable for small-scale performances of regional xiqu genres or traditional music. It is the venue for the regular programme Magic Tea House, an introduction to Cantonese opera presented by the Tea House Rising Stars Troupe (special performances for tour groups and student groups available on request). Seating capacity up to 200.

 


 

Seminar Hall

Seminar Hall

Designed for screenings, talks and cultural exchanges, the Seminar Hall allows close communication and interaction between speakers and audience. Seating capacity 112. 

 


 

Studios

Studios

The Xiqu Centre houses four rehearsal studios of different sizes, each equipped with projection facilities and basic lighting and sound systems. Studios 1 and 3 have ceilings that are 8m high, providing realistic, stage-like overhead space. Studio 1 has dimensions the same as those of the Grand Theatre stage, giving performers an accurate sense of space and staging possibilities.

Restaurants, Cafes and Shops

In addition to enjoying xiqu performances here, don’t forget to try the delicious Chinese food offered in our restaurants with your friends and family. There’s something for all tastes!

Restaurant

Peony Garden

Cha chaan teng - style restaurant with a menu inspired by Chinese and Western cuisines and the art and culture of xiqu

Shop

Tea Art Gallery

Provide different kinds of Chinese tea for you to choose, including Da Hong Pao tea, Pu Erh Tea, White Tea, Red Tea, and different tea accessories

Learning

The Xiqu Centre offers the perfect environment to explore and learn about Chinese cultural heritage and the different regional forms of xiqu. Find out more about our high quality learning facilities and rich programme of educational activities below.

Xiqu Centre Guided Tours

Xiqu Centre Guided Tours

Our 60-minute tours help you explore the Xiqu Centre facilities, learn about the architectural and design features of our venue, and discover fascinating facts about the art of xiqu. Tours are conducted in CantoneseEnglish or Mandarin.

 


 

Talks

Talks

Our free 90-minute talks offer insight into a range of performance-related topics, from the history and traditions of Cantonese opera and other forms of xiqu, to dance and music. Talks feature informal sharings and live demonstrations are held after office hours and at weekends.
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Workshops

Workshops

Our workshops offer interactive experiences for art lovers of all ages and abilities. Join us and try your hand at a variety of performance-related crafts and skills, such as creating your own miniature Cantonese opera figures and headdresses.
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The D. H. Chen Foundation – West Kowloon Tea House Student Matinees 

The D. H. Chen Foundation – West Kowloon Tea House Student Matinees 

Our student matinees are designed to help secondary school-aged youngsters learn about Chinese culture and the art of xiqu in a fun and informative way. The matinee programme is available in live and online versions, both made possible with the support of The D. H. Chen Foundation. 
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About

A world-class performance venue promoting Chinese traditional theatre, Cantonese opera and regional forms of xiqu.  

 

Established with the goal of preserving, promoting and developing the heritage art of Chinese opera, the Xiqu Centre presents performances from Hong Kong, mainland China and around the world. Catering for seasoned fans and newcomers alike, we showcase award-winning troupes, master artists and emerging talent, and offer large-scale classic dramas, rare regional productions and experimental contemporary creations. The Xiqu Centre also presents a specially-curated introduction to Cantonese opera, Tea House Theatre Experience – performed by our resident troupe of emerging local artists the Tea House Rising Stars Troupe – as well as film screenings, music performances and a range of related educational activities.  

 

The open public atrium provides a stage for free concerts and exhibitions and a cool, calm space to relax and escape the heat of the sun. You can also enjoy gourmet food and drinks at a selection of restaurants and cafes, and browse xiqu-related items in our gift shop.  

 

Located on the eastern side of the West Kowloon Cultural District, the Xiqu Centre is easy to access. Its state of the art facilities include the large Grand Theatre, the intimate Tea House Theatre, four professional rehearsal rooms and a lecture hall.  

 

The Xiqu Centre’s striking design, created by Revery Architecture (formerly Bing Thom Architects) and Ronald Lu & Partners, blends elements of traditional and contemporary Chinese architecture to reflect the evolving nature of the art of Chinese opera. 

 

Designed to meet recognised sustainability standards and reduce energy consumption, the Xiqu Centre was awarded a Gold rating by Hong Kong’s internationally recognised Building Environmental Assessment Method (BEAM) in 2019. 

 

 


Winning Design

Revery Architecture (formerly Bing Thom Architects) and Ronald Lu & Partners

There are very few contemporary examples of purpose-built venue for xiqu anywhere in the world. As such, the design requires in-depth study of the art form and its practices. This is compounded with the added challenge of having to respond to an evolving artform that is both historic and contemporary in equal measure.

 

In order to find the ideal design and consultancy team for the Xiqu Centre, we launched a ten-month long competition in March 2012. Over fifty practices from around the world expressed interest. In December 2012, a joint venture by leading Canadian architecture Revery Architecture (formerly Bing Thom Architects) and Hong Kong award-winning architect Ronald Lu & Partners was selected from a shortlist of five consortiums to design this landmark venue.

 

Revery Architecture (formerly Bing Thom Architects) and Ronald Lu & Partners’ design answered what we were looking for – the essence of xiqu embodied in a building. It successfully blends theatre, arts education and public space together and the design reflects four core design principles integral to the art form and Chinese culture:

  1. The concept of ‘flow’ or ‘qi’ is interpreted in the fluid movements in the building and the use of curved planes, arched openings and circular paths.
  2. The concept of nature is expressed by bringing the landscape into different levels of the building to create in-between spaces;
  3. The concept of gateway and pavilion is represented in the openness and door-less nature of the design, welcoming different visitors into the building from all four of its corners;
  4. The concept of courtyard is presented as a generous covered public space on ground level, which serves as a perfect urban stage for events and celebrations.

Collaborating Creatively

Our performing arts programmes are collaborative efforts. If you or your organisation have specialist professional knowledge and would like to partner with us on original artistic and programme-related ideas, we invite you to get in touch. Simply email an outline of your proposal and related experience to [email protected].

 

There is no fixed format for proposals, and all submissions are considered equally. Thank you for your support.

 


 

Mission and Vision of Xiqu Centre

The mission of the Xiqu Centre is to preserve, promote and develop the art of Chinese traditional theatre, to nurture the local form of Cantonese opera and to promote other forms of xiqu

The Xiqu Centre is located on the eastern edge of the West Kowloon Cultural District, at the junction of Canton Road and Austin Road. 

Opening Hours:
10:00am–10:30pm

Address:
88 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon (near China Hong Kong City)

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