Looking for arts events to attend this summer? Look no further than the neighbourhoods at the centre of Hong Kong’s buzzing art scene as Art Basel 2023 aims to set the scene abuzz. From well-known and loved institutions to up-and-coming galleries, here are some of the most exciting arts venues in Hong Kong right now.
One of the hottest emerging cultural districts in Hong Kong, West Kowloon presents the latest in contemporary art in a hyper-modern setting.
It’s impossible to miss the striking architecture of M+, Hong Kong’s brand new museum of visual culture. Opened in November 2021 and designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the museum previously featured Anthony Gormley and contemporary Chinese artists from the Sigg Collection. The upcoming ‘Yayoi Kusama: 1945 to Now’ exhibition runs from now till 14 May 2023.
Fans of traditional Chinese theatre can head over to Xiqu Centre, which presents Cantonese opera and other forms of xiqu in an arrestingly futuristic building on the eastern edge of West Kowloon.
Located right in the centre of the West Kowloon Art Park, Freespace presents genre-bending performances and events. Jam out to musicians from Hong Kong’s local scene every Friday and Saturday night. Not forgetting the surreal Arte M that features immersive digital art installations.
Old Town Central
Right in the heart of Hong Kong, Old Town Central merges the historic side of Hong Kong with exciting arts programmes open to the community. Located in the Old Dairy Farm Depot, Fringe Club has promoted local artists since 1984. The historic building hosts music performances and contemporary visual arts exhibitions.
At the eastern end of Hollywood Road, you’ll find Tai Kwun, an arts centre housed in the former Central Police Station. For lovers of graffiti art, ARTLANE in Sai Ying Pun can’t be missed. The colourful steps feature murals by local and international street artists.
Sham Shui Po
Head over to Sham Shui Po for a taste of handmade crafts and fine ceramics.
Formerly a factory building, the Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre (JCCAC) now serves as a home to over 100 artists and arts organisations. Drop by to catch a play, pick up something unique from a local artisan, or even learn a new handicraft.
Founded by three ceramic artists, Mudheytong Gallery is dedicated to the appreciation and promotion of ceramic arts. The gallery holds ceramic exhibitions and regular pottery workshops.
To see the full list of locations and programmes, visit the Arts in Hong Kong website.