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From 6 to 8 April and 21 to 23 April, a public exhibition on the ACE and artist hostel development was staged in Admiralty, Tsim Sha Tsui and Ma On Shan.

From 9 to 24 April, the West Kowloon Cultural Authority (WKCDA or the Authority) partnered with the Hong Kong Ballet and presented a new edition of the research and experimentation programme Creation for Freespace: Choreographer & Composer Lab.

On 20 April, WKCDA announced the re-appointment of Mr Duncan Pescod as the Chief Executive Officer for a second term.

From 10 May to 4 October, a public exhibition on the Xiqu Centre, the West Kowloon Cultural District’s (the District) first landmark performing arts venue, was staged at 11 locations on Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories.

On 18 May, the Asia Network for Dance (AND+), a network spearheaded by the District was launched, with the combination of the four elements – Asia, Network, Dance and Connection. The network is dedicated to connecting, developing and empowering contemporary practice in dance within Asia.

From 18 to 21 May, the 4th edition of the Producers’ Network Meeting & Forum (PNMF) on the theme ‘Championing Innovation’ was held in Hong Kong. This event was first established by the District’s performing arts team in 2015.

On 27 May, the Hong Kong Palace Museum (HKPM) presented a public lecture ‘The Palace Museum in the Global Cultural Context’ at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The museum shared the challenges it had faced of promoting and developing traditional Chinese culture.

On 28 May, the Groundbreaking Ceremony for HKPM was held to mark the commencement of the construction of this new museum.

On 1 June, WKCDA launched a three-year dance exchange programme Creative Meeting Point: Hong Kong x Barcelona with Spain’s municipal performing arts venue Mercat de les Flors.

On 1 June, M+ Live Art, a new series dedicated to performance art, was launched. Held from 1 to 3 June, the series’ first exhibition Audience as Performer featured works by five artists from Asia who engaged directly with the audiences.

On 14 June, M+ and the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC) announced the selection of Shirley Tse as the featured artist for Hong Kong’s participation in the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.

From 22 June to 30 September, M+’s first interdisciplinary exhibition In Search of Southeast Asia through the M+ Collections took place at the M+ Pavilion.

On 26 July, WKCDA welcomed Cantonese opera being selected as the thematic design for the HK$100 denominations of the 2018 new series Hong Kong banknotes. The District’s first landmark performing arts venue, the Xiqu Centre was featured in the design of Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited’s new HK$100 banknote.

From 12 to 15 August, M+ Summer Camp 2018: far out was held for 100 secondary school students to share journey of exploration, conversations, fun and experience.

On 24 August, WKCDA signed cooperation agreements with Shanghai Peers, including Shanghai West Bund (Shanghai Xuhui Waterfront Area Comprehensive Development and Construction Management Committee), SMG Performing Arts Group, Power Station of Art and The Shanghai Center of Chinese Operas.

From 29 August to 1 September, partnered with HKADC, the Authority led a delegation of dance artists to the internationale tanzmesse nrw 2018 and presented Hong Kong dance artists and their work at the Hong Kong exhibition booth ‘Dance in Hong Kong’.

On 31 August and 1 September, M+ presented its first-ever data design hackathon, as part of ‘M+ Matters: Art and Design in the Digital Realm’.

From September 2018 to March 2019, M+ launched M+ Outreach Access, its first programme designed for secondary students in special schools.

On 3 September, WKCDA signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding with the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts to build a strategic platform for collaboration.

On 7 September, WKCDA announced the appointment of Gammon Construction Limited as the replacement management contractor to oversee the construction completion of the M+ project.

From 8 to 9 September, the new season of Freespace Happening and WE Dance returned at its permanent site in the Art Park every second weekend.

On 10 September, Dr Louis NG Chi-wa joined WKCDA as Interim Director of HKPM.

On 14 September, Hongkong Post issued a stamp sheetlet featuring the Xiqu Centre.

From 11 October to 3 November, WKCDA and Hong Kong Repertory Theatre co-presented the Hong Kong International Black Box Festival with four productions from around the world – One Fine Day (Beijing), MDLSX (Italy), Oedipus Schmoedipus (Australia/Hong Kong) and Five Easy Pieces (Switzerland/Germany/Belgium).

On 14 October, Freespace Happening with a Korean theme was held and attracted an attendance of nearly 4,500.

On 13 November, M+ announced the launch of the Sigg Prize, which recognises outstanding artistic practice in the Greater China region.

From 16 November to 22 April, the exhibition Noguchi for Danh Vo: Counterpoint took place at the M+ Pavilion.

On 24 November, the Authority and Asia Art Archive co-presented ‘Wikipedia Asian Month: Edit-a-thon on Exhibition Histories’, in which the Authority invited participants to discuss, create, share, and improve articles and information about exhibition histories in and about Asia on Wikipedia.

On 30 November, the M+ building was topped out and a ceremony was held to mark the countdown to the museum’s planned opening.

On 8 and 9 December, Freespace Happening, with open air cinema, was held and attracted an attendance of nearly 4,800.

From 30 December to 6 January, the Chinese Artists Association of Hong Kong joined WKCDA to present a week-long pre-opening gala for the dedication of the new Grand Theatre in the run-up to the Xiqu Centre official opening. The auspicious programme starred some of Hong Kong’s most talented Cantonese opera performers, featuring two specially selected set pieces and a series of excerpt performances. A thanksgiving ceremony was also held on 29 December to send the Authority’s appreciation and gratitude to all those who took part in the construction process of the Xiqu Centre.


On 20 January, the Xiqu Centre celebrated its Grand Opening. To mark this occasion, the Honourable Mrs Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and the Honourable Henry Tang Ying-yen, the Chairman of the Board of WKCDA, unveiled the calligraphy by the late Professor Jao Tsung-I inscribed on the wall of the Xiqu Centre’s Atrium.

From 21 to 30 January, The Reincarnation of Red Plum, a performance of the legendary opera, curated by renowned Cantonese opera legend Dr PAK Suet-sin, was staged at the Grand Theatre of the Xiqu Centre as the opening performance.

From 9 February to 1 March, the Hong Kong Cantonese Opera Chamber of Commerce presented the Spring Festival Showcase at the Grand Theatre of the Xiqu Centre, which included 11 new and traditional performances to celebrate the Opening Season of the Xiqu Centre.

On 10 February, Freespace Happening was held and attracted an attendance of over 3,000.

On 20 February, an inaugural ceremony for The D. H. Chen Foundation – West Kowloon Tea House Student Matinees programme was hosted at the Tea House Theatre of the Xiqu Centre to promote xiqu to young audiences.

On 24 February, the Authority held a symbolic vine planting ceremony at the Nursery Park to mark the commencement of the vineyard project.

On 27 February, the Authority announced the establishment of West Kowloon Cultural District Foundation Limited, responsible for formulating strategies, policies and guidelines in relation to fundraising operations and related activities across all areas of the Authority

On 28 February, the West Kowloon Competition Pavilion was opened to the public.

On 9 March, M+ and the Asia Art Archive co-presented ‘Art+Feminism: Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Women in Art in Asia’.

From 14 to 17 March, invited by the Authority, the China Theatre Association Plum Blossom Award Art Troupe presented four performances at the Xiqu Centre to conclude the Opening Season of the Xiqu Centre.

From 15 to 17 March, the Authority partnered with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and RADA Business to organise ExecLab: Executive Short Courses 2019 – RADA Business.

From 15 to 24 March, the Authority staged a landscaped garden with Freespace theme at Hong Kong Flower Show 2019 in Victoria Park.

From 27 to 31 March, M+ presented its own human library at Art Basel Hong Kong 2019.

On 29 March, the Authority and Art Basel Hong Kong co-presented M+ Live Art: Miraculous Trajectories.