Hong Kong has one of the liveliest cultural scenes in Asia ------- it is a regional centre for the arts that thrives on a fusion of creative talent from East and West. The Cultural Services Branch of the Department plans and manages performance venues and organises cultural and entertainment programmes to promote culture and the arts in Hong Kong. It also provides public library services to meet the community's need for knowledge, information, informal education and the profitable use of leisure time and to promote the literary arts. Another important part of the Branch's work is helping to preserve Hong Kong's cultural heritage and promoting an awareness of this heritage through the provision and development of museums and related services.
|Renowned local Peking and Kunqu opera artists Tang Yuen-ha and Geng Tianyuan performing the award-winning Peking opera The House Wulong.|
|World-renowned Royal Ballet UK performing an homage to the 19th century French ballet Sylvia, an idyllic tale of love in the Olympian world.|
Through these services, the Branch aims to create an environment that encourages artistic expression and advances a deeper appreciation of culture in the community, thus helping to develop a more open and mature society that embraces culture and the arts as part of everyday life.Hong Kong has excellent facilities for the presentation of a broad array of cultural activities, including 13 performance venues, seven major museums, seven smaller museums, two heritage centres, a film archive, a visual arts centre, two indoor stadia and a network of 66 static and 10 mobile libraries.