Enjoy Performing Arts

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) offers Chinese opera, dance, theatre, music, multimedia and arts festivals programmes throughout the year. These programmes range from the traditional to the cutting edge and offer Hong Kong audiences the best of local artists and international stars.

Cantonese Opera

Cantonese opera is one of the most popular performing arts in Hong Kong as it is part of the Cantonese culture and heritage. In 2009, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) accepted the joint application of Guangdong, Macao and Hong Kong governments submitted by the Central Government, and inscribed Cantonese opera onto UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

As with other genres of traditional Chinese opera, Cantonese opera features not only singing, movement and acting, but also speech delivery, acrobatics and martial arts. The LCSD is keen to preserve and develop the vernacular art of Cantonese opera. Guangdong, Macao and Hong Kong governments have designated the last Sunday in November every year as the Cantonese Opera Day and in Hong Kong, the LCSD organises a large scale free event to promote this traditional art to the public.

Programmes of Chinese opera staged in the LCSD performance venuesChinese opera programmes presented by the LCSDCantonese Opera Heritage HallLet's Enjoy Cantonese Opera in Bamboo Theatre

Dance

The vitality and creativity of local dance groups can be seen in productions either commissioned or sponsored by the LCSD every year, which include modern dance, ballet, Chinese dance, ethnic dance and arts appreciation activities. To promote dance to the local community, the LCSD presents the Dance Day to showcase local dance groups and district arts troupes.

Dance Programmes staged in the LCSD performance venuesDance Programmes presented by the LCSD

Theatre

It is the most flourishing art form in Hong Kong. Local theatre goers are offered with a wide variety of productions by local and overseas companies.

Theatre programmes staged in the LCSD performance venuesTheatre programmes presented by the LCSD

Music

Going to a concert is one of the most popular cultural activities in Hong Kong. The music scene is also very rich and wide. Apart from orchestral music, there are recitals, operas as well as cross-cultural music performed by both local and internationally renowned talents.

Music programmes staged in the LCSD performance venuesMusic programmes presented by the LCSDCourses and activities organised by the Music Office

Festivals

The LCSD organises two major arts festivals every year:

  • the International Arts Carnival for children, youth and families during the summer vacation; and
  • the autumn thematic festival featuring the New Vision Arts Festival and the World’s Cultures Festival Series in alternate years.

A wide range of high quality performing arts programmes of all kinds will be complemented by extension activities including exhibitions, workshops, talks and outreach touring programmes.

Festivals Programmes

Promoting Performing Arts

The Audience Building Office set up by the LCSD promotes knowledge and appreciation of the performing arts at community and school levels, making arts a lifelong pursuit for the public especially for the young generation. Surely it is never too late to fall in love with the arts.  The LCSD also offers free entertainment programmes to promote the performing arts to people of all ages. See also the links below for more information and latest programmes.

Audience Building and Arts Education SchemesTerritory-wide and District Free Entertainment ProgrammesMore about the LCSD's initiatives in promoting performing arts
Last review date: December 2016