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Cultural Exchange

Over the years, the HKADC has been actively promoting communications between local and overseas arts communities as well as supporting Hong Kong arts practitioners and groups to participate in arts events overseas, so as to widen their horizons, raise the standard of local arts and deepen international understanding of Hong Kong’s arts scene.

International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia
The HKADC made its debut appearance at this major international visual arts event in 2001, in the name of “Hong Kong, China”. Since then, it has endeavoured to bring the best of Hong Kong’s visual arts onto the world stage and to write a new chapter in their development. Over the past few Biennales, the Hong Kong Pavilion has been attracting growing interest.

In 2019, the HKADC collaborated again with M+, the museum for visual culture in the West Kowloon Cultural District, and present “Shirley Tse: Stakeholders, Hong Kong in Venice”. Shirley uses the medium of sculpture to translate her thought process into physical form with two large-scale works: Negotiated Differences and Playcourt. The curatorial team includes Christina Li, an internationally active curator based in Hong Kong and Amsterdam, as Guest Curator, and Doryun Chong, Deputy Director and Chief Curator of M+, as the Consulting Curator.

Click here to view the exhibition website.

International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia
The HKADC has been teaming up with the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) since 2006, to participate in the prestigious biennale and showcase the uniqueness of Hong Kong’s architecture.

The 16th Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition was held in Italy in 2018. The Hong Kong Exhibition entitled “Vertical Fabric: density in landscape” was curated by Professor Weijen Wang as the Chief curator, Co-curator Mr. Thomas Chung, Co-curator Mr. Thomas Tsang, and Managing curator Ms. Grace Cheng. The exhibition illustrates Hong Kong’s unique vertical architecture and urbanism by displaying 111 tower models, to demonstrate how Hong Kong architects attempt to address the needs of the public and challenges faced by the professionals in the current social climate.

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International Arts Leadership Roundtable 2016

│29 February to 1 March 2016
│Hong Kong Maritime Museum

With the theme “Arts in the New World”, the HKADC will organise the 2nd edition of the International Arts Leadership Roundtable 2016 from 29 February to 1 March. The Roundtable will be gathering around 20 international and local arts leaders from various arts councils and institutions to discuss the prevailing key arts topics and trends in Hong Kong and around the globe, to exchange ideas on related policies and measures, and to propose strategies to meet future challenges.

Speakers will be invited to discuss on the following three plenary topics on the first day of the conference: “The Development of Cultural Ecology”, “The Change of Arts Spaces” and “New Thinking for International Exchange”.On the second day, the closing discussion will be held with local arts leaders invited to the stage for deeper discussions in response to Hong Kong’s scenario.

Arts leaders in Hong Kong will be invited to this year’s Roundtable, during which they will engage in in-depth exchanges with overseas speakers and through the sharing, acknowledge the latest development of the arts and culture on the global level.

The International Advisory Board
Following the 1st edition of the International Arts Leadership Roundtable, the HKADC formed the International Advisory Board in 2014 by inviting leaders of overseas arts councils and institutions to be the Board Advisors. The Advisory Board is founded with the aims of strengthening the HKADC’s work and connection with other regions, fostering cultural exchanges and with the expertise of respective Advisors as well as providing professional advice on the HKADC’s planning and development.

The International Advisory Board:

Canada Council for the Arts Director & CEO
Mr. Simon BRAULT
Creative New Zealand Chairman
Mr. Michael MOYNAHAN
National Arts Council (Singapore) CEO
Mrs. Rosa Huey DANIEL
FutureEverything (UK) Managing Director
Mr. Andy STRATFORD

Honourary International Advisors:

Americans for the Arts Chief Operating Officer
Ms. Mara WALKER
Creative New Zealand Former Chairman
Dr. Richard GRANT
Australia Council for the Arts Former Chair
Mr. Rupert MYER

Appointment of above Members effective until 31 December 2019

Hong Kong.Shenzhen Creative Arts Festival
Co-organised the Hong Kong.Shenzhen Creative Arts Festival in with the Culture, Sports and Tourism Administration of Shenzhen Municipality and the Shenzhen “City of Design” Promotion Office in Hong Kong. The festival was held in July to August 2014. It saw the exchanges of nearly 500 artists from Hong Kong and Shenzhen who jointly presented a series of programmes including music, xiqu and exhibition.


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