The Leisure and Cultural Services Department performs the following roles in relation to the promotion of performing arts activities (including music, dance, theatre, film and Chinese opera) :
To present and sponsor a balanced programme by visiting and local artists for the enjoyment of the public;
To provide performance opportunities for established and promising local artists and organizations;
To provide and manage venues for performances and rehearsals;
To promote and nurture interest in and appreciation of the performing arts among the public;
To encourage creativity in the performing arts;
To support local professional performing companies;
To provide instrumental music training programmes and other music activities for young people through the Music Office
To provide free entertainment programmes and organize traditional festival celebrations; and
To facilitate cultural exchange programmes
Besides presenting a year-round programme of performances by visiting and local artists, the Department organizes two international festivals each year, namely, the International Arts Carnival for children, young people and familes in the summer and a thematic arts festival in autumn. It also gives subvention to the annual Hong Kong Arts Festival.
In order to promote the performing arts to the general public, the Department organizes audience building and educational programmes and schemes such as School Culture Day, Cultural Ambassadors Scheme, Artist-in-Residence Scheme, Programme Partnership Scheme, free performances at the foyer of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and other major performing arts venues, free educational programmes for students, and lectures, workshops, seminars and symposiums The Music Office also provides music training for the public and students.
Currently, the Department manages 16 performing venues, as well as the territory-wide computerized ticketing system-URBTIX. Various concessionary ticketing schemes are provided to students, senior citizens and people with disabilities to ensure that all can have a chance to see the high quality performances at affordable prices.