In 2015/16*, a total of 5,198 performing arts programmes with 9,062 performances were held at the main arts and cultural venues** in Hong Kong, an increase of 11.4% and 4.1% respectively from the previous year (see Chart 1 and 2). Total attendance of 3.47 million was reached in 2015/16, a 3.3% rise from the previous year (see Chart 3).
A number of large-scale Dance productions in 2014/15 was recorded but not in 2015/16, therefore a decrease in the total number of Dance performances, attendance and box office income in 2015/16 was observed.
The number of Music performances and attendance recorded subtle increase, whereas its box office income slipped by 4.8%.
The number of Theatre performances, attendance and box office income all increased. On the other hand, despite a notable increase in the number of Xiqu programmes, its total attendance and box office income dropped.
A number of large-scale Multi-arts productions were held in 2015/16, contributed to the growth of the total number of performances, attendance and box office income in the Variety and Pop Show category. In particular, the box office income of Variety and Pop Show rose substantially by 49.6%, which drove the overall box office income of total Performing Arts programmes up to $483 million (see Chart 4).
Hong Kong Annual Arts Survey Report 2015/16 will be released later.
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*The number of programmes in 2015/16 is based on programmes held during the financial year from 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016.
** This Survey includes data collected from a total of 49 venues housed in 25 arts and cultural facilities. Other ancillary facilities also hosting performances, such as lobbies, piazzas, rehearsal rooms and exhibition halls, are not included. Hong Kong Coliseum, Queen Elizabeth Stadium, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, AsiaWorld-Expo, Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre, etc are not included in the 25 arts and cultural facilities. (The list of venues will be published with the Hong Kong Annual Arts Survey Report 2015/16.)