The West Kowloon Cultural District is a growing arts and cultural hub with performance and exhibition centres, green open spaces, and a waterfront promenade perfect for enjoying sunset views and evening strolls. It is currently home to three exciting new cultural venues, with more opening in the near future.
The Xiqu Centre is Hong Kong’s new venue for Cantonese opera and other forms of Chinese traditional theatre (xiqu). The welcoming two-theatre venue offers something for all audiences. In the Grand Theatre, seasoned fans can watch performances by some of the best troupes in the region. In the Tea House Theatre, designed to recreate the warm, authentic atmosphere of Hong Kong’s early 20th century tea houses, new audiences can enjoy an introduction to the art form through narrated excerpted performances presented with tea and dim sum. There are also regular programmes of film screenings, workshops, talks and exhibitions, as well as guided tours. The venue has a selection of gift shops and restaurants, and a large open atrium where visitors can congregate and relax.
Also on the west side of the district, the Art Park offers open green spaces where visitors can relax, play or picnic on the lawns, and a long waterfront promenade perfect for sunset views of the harbour. A vibrant venue for open-air performances, exhibitions and other cultural events, the Art Park is also home to the free art and cultural series Freespace Happening, presenting live music, performances, workshops, handicraft stalls and other attractions on the second Sunday of each month between September and March.
Located in the Art Park, the M+ Pavilion hosts regular small-scale exhibitions and arts activities, and is the main venue for M+ events until the completion of the M+ building in 2019. The pavilion’s sleek design includes mirrored external walls that create playful reflections and allow the venue to blend into its surrounding, as well as an elevated outdoor terrace with expansive views of the Hong Kong skyline. For details of current events please visit the West Kowloon website.
Other venues opening in the district from 2019 onwards include Freespace, a centre for contemporary performance, M+, Hong Kong’s museum for contemporary visual culture, the Hong Kong Palace Museum and the Lyric Theatre Complex.
- West Kowloon Cultural District
- +852 2200 0000
- MTR Kowloon Station Exit E4 or E5, walk through Nga Cheung Road and cross the footbridge to reach West Kowloon Cultural District. It’s about a 10–minute walk.
- MTR Austin Station Exit F, walk through the pedestrian underpass for about five minutes.