the Cultural Presentations Section
[Programme and Development Committee]
[Art Form Panels]
Cultural Presentations Section of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department
organizes cultural programmes on a year-round basis. These programmes mostly take
place at civic centres territory-wide and feature local as well as visiting artists
in different types of performing arts events. The purpose is to enable our audience
to enjoy programmes of a high quality at affordable ticket prices. In order to
help our audience better appreciate different types of programmes, arts appreciation
programmes are also organized from time to time.
The Department recognizes that it has a role
in the development of the arts in Hong Kong. It presents established as well as
upcoming artists and groups, and thus provides performance opportunities for artists
to showcase their work.
The Department's support to artists and performing
companies may take the form of "Presentation by the Leisure and Cultural
Services Department", in which case the Department offers a fee to the artists
and retains all box office proceeds. Collaboration may take the form of
one-off presentations, commissioning of new works, or the commitment of a series
of performances over a longer period of time, depending on the programmes offered
by artists as well as their long term planning and needs.
may also take the form of "Programme Sponsorship", in which case the
Department provides non-profit-making cultural organizations with the free use
of venue, ticketing service and assistance with publicity. All production costs
are borne by the sponsored organizations, which retain all ticket proceeds.
Department is open to proposals for cultural programmes. There is no fixed format
or schedule for submission of programme proposals. Artists may approach the Department
directly, or through an artist agent. All proposals submitted will be equally
considered. Generally, a proposal should include the biography/background of the
artist/group, reviews and recordings (audio/visual) of past proposed performances,
programme details, proposed date and venue, and the proposed fee with a breakdown
For programmes by visiting artists,
proposals should preferably be submitted 18-24 months in advance. For local programmes,
proposals should preferably be submitted 12-18 months ahead. It would be difficult
to consider proposals with less than 6 months' notice. After receiving complete
details, it would normally take about 3 months to process. Proposers may contact
the Department for programme proposals enquiries.
for presentation or programme sponsorship are assessed according to the following
- Programme quality is important, especially for presentation of visiting artists
which usually involves high costs. For local programmes, apart from established
artists and professional groups with known track records, the potential of up-and-coming
artists/groups is also given high priority.
Audience appeal - To cater for different tastes of the community,
there is a need to cater to both the majority and minority interests of the audience.
The need to introduce new directions and new experience is to be balanced against
the known and the popular.
Balance of programme - The Department's presentations have to
cover a wide range of performing arts, balances of different needs of the audience,
the offer of performance opportunities to local artists, and its role in facilitating
the development of different art forms. A balance between overseas and local programmes
has also to be maintained.
Other factors to be considered - apart from the above-mentioned
criteria, other factors such as financial implication, venue availability, technical
feasibility, the relevant experience and ability of the applicant etc. are also
important factors for consideration.
all programmes sponsored by the Department, the organizers must be bona fide non-profit-making
cultural / performing arts bodies, and the programmes should preferably be performed
by local artists/groups.|
of incoming proposals is made by the Cultural Presentations Section at monthly
programme meetings, in consultation with members of the Advisory
Panel of the respective art form where the need arises. It normally takes
about 3 months to process an application with full details. Proposals with insufficient
information will take a longer time to clarify and process.
No.||: 2268 7210 / 2268 7211|
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Hong Kong Cultural Centre
10 Salisbury Road
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon