The Venue Partnership Scheme was launched in 2009 by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) at its performance venues. The Scheme, as an arts development initiative, aims to foster a partnership between the performance venues and performing arts groups/organisations with the objectives of enhancing the artistic image and character of the venues and their partners, enlarging the audience base, optimising the use of venue facilities, and formulating venue-based marketing and promotion strategies. The Scheme also promotes arts in the community and encourages community involvement in arts development. Support to the Venue Partners is given in various forms, including priority use of venue facilities, free work stations, enhanced publicity arrangements and part of the funding for organising activities and related production, promotion, staff and administrative costs. Activities organised by Venue Partners cover a variety of stage performances, educational and audience-building activities in various art forms. The first three rounds of the Scheme have been fully implemented during 2009-2018. The 4th round of the Scheme was launched in April 2018 and will end in March 2022. Under the 4th round of the Scheme, 22 Venue Partners including individual groups, joint groups and consortia organise performing arts activities of varied art forms at 12 LCSD's performance venues. For more programme information, please visit the website of individual venues.
The new (5th) round of the Scheme will be implemented from April 2022 to March 2026. 22 local arts groups and consortia of different art forms are selected and will become the Venue Partners at 12 performance venues. Please click here for the list of Venue Partners.