West Kowloon Cultural District

New panel on cultural hub begins to take shape

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 April, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 April, 2006, 12:00am

Members of the new consultative committee on the West Kowloon Cultural District project are likely to be announced this week.

The panel, headed by Chief Secretary Rafael Hui Si-yan, will comprise three subcommittees chaired by Executive Council members.

The culture and tourism subcommittee would be headed by Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee, the museum subcommittee by Victor Lo Chung-wing, and the financial subcommittee by Marvin Cheung Kin-tung, a government source said. The subcommittees would be made up of 'well-recognised people from the arts and cultural sector, and the travel industry', the source said.

Travel Industry Council executive director Joseph Tung Yao-chung, theatre director Edward Lam Yik-wah, theatre group Zuni Icosahedron founder Danny Yung Ning-tsun and Spring-Time Production chief executive officer Clifton Ko Chi-sum have accepted invitations to sit on the culture and tourism subcommittee.

Mr Ko - also a member of the tourism, culture and sports sub-group of the Hong Kong Tourism Board, and the Committee on Performing Arts - said facilities should give priority to local audiences.

'We should not focus on the preferences of tourists,' he said. 'Rather, we must develop what local people can share and enjoy. Tourists are looking for authentic experiences and they are most interested in what local people like.'

The consultative committee is expected to hold its first meeting in the middle of this month.

A Legislative Council subcommittee meeting on the project will be held today. Items for discussion will include the government decision to keep cultural facilities separate from commercial aspects of the development.

Two of the three former shortlisted bidders for the project supported the government's decision, while Henderson Land said it was too early to comment.