The Community Programmes Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department is responsible for organising territory-wide festive events and the 18dART Community Arts Scheme.
Territory-wide festivals/carnivals are presented during major festive occasions throughout the year, including the Lunar New Year and Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnivals, featuring a variety of large-scale performances and participatory activities by local artists. Other carnivals include “Asian Ethnic Cultural Performances” and “Youth Music and Dance Marathon”, as well as outdoor shows co-presented with local organisations such as “Concert in the Park”.
The territory-wide 18dART Community Arts Scheme first began in 2019. Joining hands with district organisations, small- and medium-sized professional arts groups with proven track record have been engaged to organise sustainable, stage-by-stage arts activities which are at once interactive and participatory by nature. These activities aim to not only make a positive impact on participants, but to develop community arts programmes that belong to each district. District organisations offer their support by providing free venues and publicity, as well as recruiting community members to join these programmes. Interested parties are welcome to contact us.
The Leisure and Cultural Services Department is open to proposals for festive events and community arts programmes. Generally, a proposal should include the biography/background/past records of the arts group, reviews and recordings (audio/visual) of previous productions, programme details such as date and venue, creative concept, target audience, and the proposed fee with a cost breakdown. Arts groups that intend to participate in the 18dART Community Arts Scheme should have previous experience in organising community arts or arts education projects lasting for at least one year.
The proposal should reach the Community Programmes Office at least 9 months prior to the programme’s commencement date for consideration and selection. Assessment will be made according to the programme’s relevance to our overall planning, its artistic merit, audience appeal and production cost.
All programme proposals will be thoroughly considered by the Art Form Sub-committee (Community) of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Detailed assessments, such as viewing video clips or attending the applicant’s rehearsals or performances, will be conducted to assess their artistic standard.
The Community Programmes Office is looking for professionals with related expertise to provide specialist services for our carnivals and programmes, such as event emcee, graphic designer, illustrator and stage technical coordinator. Applicants should have relevant qualifications and experience. Interested parties are welcome to send in their CVs and proposals for consideration.
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