Since 1977, Hong Kong Arts Centre (HKAC) has been a platform for nurturing and supporting artists, and infusing art into everyday life. Its unique arts and educational programmes aim to make the arts accessible for all. The HKAC believes in the transformational power of art for people from all walks of life. Established over four decades ago, HKAC endeavours to bring arts to the people of Hong Kong – by presenting programmes for visual arts, performing arts, moving images and media arts, comics and animation. Other areas cover arts education, conferences, festivals, public art and community projects, all with the vision and mission of engaging and inspiring creativity in the Hong Kong community.
In 2000, HKAC founded its education arm, Hong Kong Art School (HKAS). HKAS provides award-bearing programmes to nurture artists and art practitioners, as well as short enrichment courses for the general public.
HKAC aspires to engage everyone in the community to become an active participant in the arts – as an enthusiast, an artist or a patron.
HKAC will continue its 45th anniversary celebrations into 2023. Let’s continue to embrace ‘Arts for Passion, Arts for Life, Arts for All’, and share the inspiration.
Cross-disciplinary Artful Experiences that Respond to Our Era
Art is life. The coexistence and intersectionality of thoughts, technologies, forms, space, culture, humans and non-humans contributes to give form to a work in progress. Cultural Masseur Festival responds to the current era through cross-disciplinary creations and salons, and serves as a shared platform of knowledge and human experiences.
The platform, which strives to break the wall between art and daily life, takes root in research and practice, generating knowledge, peers nourishment, to unleash the potential that lies within every individual by collaboration through prototyping impactful ideas and offering experiential encounters.
Organised by the Hong Kong Arts Centre, Cultural Masseur Festival, gathers local and overseas artists to collaborate with professionals from different disciplines to produce a series of cross-disciplinary arts programmes. The Festival strives to expand the boundaries of disciplines, identifying overlapping areas, and orienting art at the core of the discourse of human advancement in an ecological sense.
Body massage stimulates circulation, and massage of the mind stimulates the circulation of ideas, particularly creative ones. “Cultural masseurs” connect the dots in the cultural scene, helping to uncover the beauty in our daily lives, as well as respond to daily lives with arts. The project, targeted at young people, adults, and early retirees, brings arts into lives through an array of carefully curated programmes: guided tours, talks, workshops, internship and apprenticeship, as well as the process of art-making. These programmes may enlighten the participants to see the world in an artful way, and they will in turn enlighten others as active audience through sharing of what they know about the arts, and ultimately becoming “cultural masseurs” themselves. Only through connecting arts and everyday living can arts thrive in a city and culture be passed on.