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Hong Kong Arts Development Council
Supports the Setting Up of Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau

The Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC) welcomes and supports the Chief Executive’s proposal for the next-term Government to set up a new Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau under the re-organisation of government structure at the Chief Executive’s Question and Answer Session in the Legislative Council today.

Dr Wong Ying-wai, Wilfred, Chairman of HKADC, said “I fully support the government’s proposal for setting up of the Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau to consolidate the portfolios of arts and culture, creative industries and tourism currently distributed among different bureaux. This is really conducive to creating synergy, integrating resources and devising development strategies. As continuity is crucial for developing fundamental arts into arts industry, a ‘through-train’ approach to allocating resources and devising development strategies is beneficial to future development. This is especially notable in how a considerable number of arts practitioners infuse innovation into their artistic creation during the pandemic and showcase their works on the global stage through technology. In the long run, it will further develop Hong Kong into an East-meets-West centre for international cultural exchange.”

HKADC has been committed to facilitating the local arts sector to establish networks with its counterparts in the Mainland and around the world. Through providing diversified grants, commissioned productions, scholarships, local and overseas internship opportunities as well as various training programmes, HKADC hopes to nurture local arts talents and arts groups to enhance their professional standard to further promote arts development in Hong Kong.

Dr Wong looks forward to the new policy bureau in providing resources on research of Hong Kong’s arts ecology. A better understanding of Hong Kong’s arts sector as well as its strength and unique characters will help formulate development objectives and strategies to promote local arts, enhance current cultural policies and provide one-stop support for the sector to overcome difficulties. In addition, while policies are formulated, the arts sector may develop freely and master artistic creation.

HKADC will fully work in line with the Government's strategies of arts and cultural development, nurture local arts practitioners and arts groups and promote cultural exchange. We support measures under the National 14th Five-Year Plan to develop Hong Kong into an East-meets-West centre for international cultural exchange.