West Kowloon Cultural District
The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (“Authority”) is a statutory body established by the HKSAR Government in 2008 under the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority Ordinance (Cap. 601), responsible for developing the West Kowloon Cultural District (“WKCD”).
Governed by the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority Ordinance and the Board of the Authority, and led by an executive team comprising experts from different sectors, the Authority’s vision is to build a vibrant cultural quarter for the city, dedicated to bringing together local and international artists and audiences to be inspired and to celebrate the arts.
Stretching across 40 hectares of reclaimed land, the WKCD is one of the largest cultural projects in the world, blending art, education and open space.
Providing 23 hectares of public open space with two kilometres of vibrant harbour-front promenade, it will also include a variety of arts and cultural facilities that will produce and host world-class exhibitions, performances and arts and cultural events.
The Xiqu Centre, M+, Freespace and Arts Pavilion, will be developed as a first batch of facilities aiming for opening to the public in 2016 and beyond. The construction of the Xiqu Centre, starting with a ground-breaking ceremony in September 2013 signifies the beginning of the WKCD project.
The park of the cultural district and a quality open space with arts and cultural facilities, will also be available to the public to enjoy starting from 2015.
A Lyric Theatre, a Medium Theatre, a Centre for Contemporary Performance and Resident Company facilities will be developed as a second batch of facilities, while the remaining venues located in the central part of the WKCD will be built when the integrated basement is completed.
With the progressive development of the WKCD venues and its ever-growing number of events and the fact that a web presence is one of the marketing channel in the Authority, a district-wide Web Content Management System is intended to be built to manage all web presence needs of the whole WKCD. Being a district-wide common IT service, the System is targeted to benefit the Authority with the ability to easily create and manage websites with shared and custom-built templates, page components and widgets. To help facilitate this digital strategy, PCCW and RXP have partnered to deliver a single enterprise class CMS platform to allow the web management team to host, update, create and manage their ever expanding website, as well as support the world’s largest digital asset repository with an expected capacity in the petabyte range.