In line with the Government's call to show solidarity with the public in times of adversity, the Chief Executive Officer of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA or the Authority) and the senior executive team have decided to make a voluntary deduction of 10% of their monthly salary over the next twelve months, starting from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021, to support the local arts and cultural community. This follows the decision of the Board of WKCDA to freeze salaries for all employees of the Authority for this year.
Mr Duncan Pescod, Chief Executive Officer of the Authority, said: ‘This is an unprecedented situation for Hong Kong. Our arts and cultural community felt the impact first, and people in the sector are really suffering. This contribution by our senior executive team is a gesture of solidarity with those affected and is made out of a genuine desire to support the sector in a positive way.’
This exercise does not include the Chairman and members of the Board of the Authority as they are not entitled to any remuneration for their services rendered to the Authority.
About the West Kowloon Cultural District
The West Kowloon Cultural District is one of the largest and most ambitious cultural projects in the world. Its vision is to create a vibrant new cultural quarter for Hong Kong on forty hectares of reclaimed land located alongside Victoria Harbour. With a varied mix of theatres, performance spaces, and museums, the West Kowloon Cultural District will produce and host world-class exhibitions, performances, and cultural events, providing twenty-three hectares of public open space, including a two-kilometre waterfront promenade.