Hong Kong's Xiqu Centre opens

New arts venue for Cantonese opera is also available for events and conferences from May 2019.

The Xiqu Centre has opened in the West Kowloon District of Hong Kong.

While it will primarily be a performance venue for traditional Cantonese opera, known as Xiqu, it will also be bookable for third-party events and conferences from May.

Officially opened on 20 January, the centre’s design has been inspired by traditional Chinese lanterns, and "blends traditional and contemporary elements to reflect the evolving nature of xiqu."

Stepping through the main entrance, shaped to resemble parted stage curtains, visitors are led directly into a lively atrium with a raised podium and space for a variety of performances and exhibitions.

The eight-storey building houses the Grand Theatre, Tea House Theatre, Seminar Hall, eight studios, and a variety of retail, food and beverage and leisure facilities.

Dr Peter Lam, chairman of the Hong Kong Tourism Board said: "The opening of the Xiqu Centre will mark a big leap forward in establishing Hong Kong as an international arts and cultural hub, expanding the city’s appeal to a wider audience."

Along with an Art Park, which opened in 2018, and the Xiqu Centre, there will be three other venues: M+, a museum scheduled to open in 2020; The Lyric Theatre, a 1,450 seat theatre set to open in 2021; and Hong Kong Palace Museum, which will include a 400-seat theatre and is scheduled to open in 2022.

 

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