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Arts Festivals under Festivals Office

The Festivals Office organises two arts festivals annually for presentation in the major performance facilities of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD):

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World Cultures Festival

The last World Cultures Festival sheds light on five Nordic countries, namely Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland. Featuring representative artists and art forms from the region, the Festival sets out to broaden audience horizons through a rich lineup of music, theatre, dance and multimedia programmes that showcase their unique traditions and contemporary cultures.

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International Arts Carnival

The annual summer festival International Arts Carnival is a tailor-made arts festival for children and their families. Featuring various groups of outstanding overseas and local artists each year, the Carnival presents fun-filled cultural programmes with unlimited intelligence, which covering music, drama, puppetry, dance, acrobatics and multimedia theatre to widen audience’s artistic vision and induce children’s infinite imagination. The Carnival lines up a wide variety of extension activities on offer including workshops, backstage tours and exhibitions. It also includes parent-child activities organised by LCSD-managed museums and libraries over summer.

In view of the latest situation of COVID-19, the International Arts Carnival (IAC) 2020 scheduled to be held from July to August originally has been cancelled. The Leisure and Cultural Services Department organises the IAC annually, inviting renowned arts groups from overseas to come to Hong Kong to offer audiences high-quality performing arts programmes in conjunction with local artists. Nine arts groups from overseas have been invited to perform in Hong Kong this year. Due to the outbreak of the disease and numerous uncertainties, the LCSD and participating arts groups/agents reached a consensus on cancellation of the festival this year. To continue bringing quality and educational family programmes, IAC will invite local artists to create specially designed online activities targeted at families and children. It is hoped that this arrangement could offer local artists an alternative platform to continue their creative works, while audiences of all ages staying at home could enjoy fun-filled and educational online activities that are offered free of charge. LCSD will announce details of the online activities later on www.hkiac.gov.hk and IAC’s Facebook. For enquiries, please email fo@lcsd.gov.hk or call 2370 1044 during office hours.

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New Vision Arts Festival


First founded in 2002, the biennial New Vision Arts Festival will become an annual event from its 10th edition. We at the Festival will continue to push boundaries across different cultures, disciplines and regions, introducing to Hong Kong audiences pioneering, trendsetting and groundbreaking performing arts from around the world. Apart from broadening viewers’ horizons, our aim is to open people’s minds as well to new possibilities in everyday life. We are also committed to fostering exchange and collaboration between local and overseas artists, nurturing new talents, commissioning new works, and bringing local productions onto the global stage. 

Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and numerous uncertainties, we have taken the disappointing decision to cancel the NVAF 2020. To continue NVAF’s mission to facilitate innovative artistic creation and international cultural exchange, a new platform entitled “ReNew Vision” will be created from October to November to showcase newly commissioned online and on-site works by renowned local and overseas artists. Details of “ReNew Vision” will be announced on the website www.newvision.gov.hk, Facebook and Instagram, please stay tune! For enquiries, please email fo@lcsd.gov.hk or call 2370 1044 during office hours.

Submission of Proposals

The Festivals Office welcomes proposals of quality and innovative programmes for the Department's presentation or sponsored presentation in the festival/carnival. Proposals with information on the programme concept and form of presentation, artists, production details, estimated budget and background information such as past reviews and recordings etc. are requested to reach the Festivals Office at least ten months prior to the festival/carnival aimed for participation.

Assessment Criteria and Procedure


All programme proposals are assessed in detail according to the same set of criteria.

The criteria include the professional and artistic merit of the programme, artists and production personnel concerned, the relevance of the proposed programme to the theme and objectives of the festival/carnival, the overall programme balance of the festival/Carnival, financial implications, technical viability and marketing consideration of the proposed programme.

Assessment of proposals is made at the Programme Meetings of the Festivals Office and recommendations will be submitted to the Art Form Panel on Festivals for comments.


Invitation for Specialists


The Festivals Office is looking for specialists with professional knowledge on performing arts, visual designs and publishing to provide specialist services for programmes and fringe activities of International Arts Carnival and New Vision Arts Festival. They include but not limited to Lecture Speaker, Moderator/Host, Article Writer, Programme Notes Writer, Translator, Editor, Graphic Designer, Illustrator, and Stage Technical Coordinator. Applicants should have relevant qualifications and experience. Interested parties are welcome to submit application together with a full résumé to the Festivals Office for consideration.

Financial Figures and Attendance for 2019/20

Expenditure (HK$)*
Salaries: $ 9,347,352.58
Operating and Programme Costs: $ 39,175,296.21
Total: $ 48,522,648.79
Revenue (HK$)*
Total: $ 5,952,026.96
Total:   146 061
*Excluding figures for subvented programmes


Festivals Office
2370 1044

International Arts Carnival
2741 1453

Thematic Arts Festival
2741 6557

Office Address
Level 5, Administration Building,
Hong Kong Cultural Centre,
10 Salisbury Road,
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Office Hours
8:45 am to 1:00 pm
2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
From Monday to Friday
(Except public holidays)

2371 4171

If you have any general views on our programmes, please write to us by email: fo@lcsd.gov.hk or by fax: (852) 2371 4171.