Music and Dance

Extensive efforts have been made by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) to encourage public participation in music and dance, and organise world-leading events.

Crucial to the government’s promotion are the Music Office, the Cultural Presentations Section, Audience Building Office and Community Programmes Office under the LCSD, the Hong Kong Arts Development Council as well as the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund.

Music Office

Focused on promoting knowledge and appreciation of music in the community, the Music Office was established in 1977 and has been managed by the LCSD since 2000.

The Office provides training to more than 8,000 people each year through the Instrumental Music Training Scheme, Ensemble Training and Outreach Music Interest Courses. It also organises international music exchange programmes, the Hong Kong Youth Music Camp, youth music interflows and promotional activities that attract about 170,000 participants every year.

Go to Music Office Website

Community Programmes Office

The LCSD’s Community Programmes Office organises city-wide festive events and carnivals, along with around 600 free entertainment programmes each year. The events on offer include Chinese and Western cultural programmes and popular programmes such as variety shows and pop concerts.

Go to Community Programmes Office Website

Audience Building Office

The Audience Building Office was established in 2000 to promote knowledge and appreciation of the performing arts at the community and school levels in cooperation with arts groups and educational institutions.

The Office’s school-focused programmes include, among others, the School Performing Arts in Practice Scheme and Arts Experience Scheme for Senior Secondary Students. At the community level, the Office organises audience building projects such as the Community Cultural Ambassador Scheme and the Community Oral History Theatre Project.

Go to Audience Building Office Website

Hong Kong Arts Development Council

Since 1995, the Hong Kong Arts Development Council has supported the development of the arts locally, including the literary, performing, visual and film and media arts. Its major roles are grant allocation, policy and planning, advocacy, promotion and development, and programme planning.

Go to Hong Kong Arts Development Council Website

Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund

Established in 1980, the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund awards scholarships to musicians and dancers of outstanding talent. The scholarship enables them to pursue further studies in music and dance.

Go to Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund Website

Music and Dance Events

Hong Kong’s position at the crossroads of East and West allows it to offer a whole world of music and dance events that bring energy to the city. There is always something happening that will delight you.  

Events Organised by the LCSD

The LCSD organises a wide range of quality music and dance performing arts programmes by local and world renowned overseas artists and groups throughout the year. Programme of Western music include orchestral concerts, chamber concerts, recitals and operas while programmes of Chinese music include those specially curated for promoting traditional Chinese music, such as the “Guangdong Music Series”. Dance programmes also feature various dance forms, from classical ballet to modern dance, from Chinese ethnic to Flamenco.

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Hong Kong Arts Festival

The Hong Kong Arts Festival is one of Asia’s pre-eminent arts festivals presenting over 100 performances and 200 events over five weeks in February and March each year. Music and dance are important components of the Festival. Great artists in music who have been presented by the Festival include Cecilia Bartoli, Riccardo Chailly, Valery Gergiev and Yo Yo Ma. Ensembles include the Royal Concertgbouw, the Chicago Symphony and the London Symphony. The Stuttgart Ballet, the New York City Ballet, Beijing Dance Theatre, and Cloud Gate Dance Theatre are among the dance companies presented.

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Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival

Staged yearly since 2009, the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival brings together leading overseas, mainland and Hong Kong artists in a series of world-class concerts. Organised by the registered charity Premiere Performances of Hong Kong (PPHK), the Festival has grown from showcasing 11 to 25 musicians.

In 2013 the Home Affairs Bureau provided a matching grant for the first time, allowing a much-expanded scope for the Festival.  

Go to PPHK Website

Hong Kong International Piano Competition / Joy of Music Festival

The Chopin Society of Hong Kong Ltd organizes the Hong Kong International Piano Competition every three years and Joy of Music Festival annually. The Competition has established itself as a major event in Hong Kong’s musical calendar and is considered now as the top competition in Asia and among the premier competitions in the world, while the Festival acts as a linking event between the triennial Competitions.

Go to The Chopin Society of Hong Kong Ltd Website

Hong Kong International Jazz Festival

The Hong Kong Jazz Association has staged the Hong Kong International Jazz Festival since 2008, offering a weeklong programme of performances in clubs and concert halls.

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