Hong Kong is an international cultural metropolis with a distinct identity grounded in Chinese traditions and enriched by different cultures, where life is celebrated through cultural pursuit, and creativity is a constant driver of progress in the community. The Cultural Exchange Liaison Office (CXLO) believes that fostering cultural exchange through collaboration with cultural organisations and institutions from the Mainland and around the world will help boost Hong Kong’s standing in the world cultural map.
The Department’s support to artists and performing arts groups may take the form of ‘Presentation by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department’ or ‘Programme Sponsorship’ with non-profit-making cultural organisations. Programme proposals are assessed according to criteria such as professional and artistic merit of the programme, audience appeal, relevant experience and ability of the organiser, overall programme balance, financial implications, technical viability and marketing consideration of the proposed programme. Assessment of proposals is made at the Programme Meetings of the CXLO and recommendations will be submitted to the Art Form Panel on Festivals for comments. Proposals would normally be processed 12 to 18 months ahead. It would be difficult to consider proposals with less than six months’ notice.
Upon the recommendation of the Committee on Performing Arts, a Programme and Development Committee (PDC) supported by six Art Form Panels (AFP) was established. The Programme and Development Committee (PDC) and Art Form Panels (AFP) are tasked to advise the LCSD on the strategies of performing arts programmes (local, Mainland and overseas), formulate structured and sustainable strategies in identifying and supporting the development of budding and small-scale performing arts groups.