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  • Oct 21, 2014
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West Kowloon arts hub

West Kowloon park needs a life of its own to attract people

It was probably inevitable that the budget for the West Kowloon Cultural District park would be cut. With projected cost overruns for the arts hub, Norman Foster's vision of an urban forest has now been replaced with a series of open lawns.

Friday, 22 August, 2014, 1:46am 2 comments

West Kowloon Cultural District will enrich lives of generations to come

Impatience over long delays is giving way to doubts that the West Kowloon Cultural District is even needed.

6 Aug 2014 - 4:00am 6 comments

West Kowloon park bosses urged to scrap list of 'restrictive' by-laws

Planned by-laws covering the future West Kowloon park should be torn up and the public given the right to decide how the open space is used, according to a call by some 20 concern groups.

4 Aug 2014 - 8:51am 5 comments

Plan for new M+ firm met with doubt

Lawmakers have voiced concern over an "ambiguous" plan to set up a subsidiary company with an independent board to run the West Kowloon museum.

24 Jul 2014 - 5:11am

Call for 'arts lovers' only to serve on board of West Kowloon Cultural District

The board of the West Kowloon Cultural District should be thoroughly reviewed and chaired by an independent figure instead of the chief secretary.

21 Jul 2014 - 8:51am 3 comments

Time to rethink the vision for West Kowloon?

Sixteen years after the idea of building an arts and cultural district on reclaimed land in West Kowloon emerged, the site that promises to transform Hong Kong's cultural development is finally taking shape.

21 Jul 2014 - 6:21am 11 comments

West Kowloon planners should showcase the art of walking

Amid the squabbles about the basement at the West Kowloon arts hub, you might have missed what was happening above ground, and recent Legislative Council discussions about integrating the cultural district with its surrounding areas.

11 Jul 2014 - 2:06am 1 comment

Robert Miller's HK$100m gift to Asia Society highlights arts funding woes

When Duty Free Shoppers founder Robert Miller donated HK$100 million to the Asia Society Hong Kong Centre last month, the news stunned the cultural sector.

29 Jun 2014 - 6:49pm 1 comment

West Kowloon arts hub delays threaten to choke Hong Kong drama and music

After award-winning actor Anthony Wong Chau-sang and Canto-pop star Hins Cheung King-hin took a final bow before a full house at the Amphitheatre of the Academy for Performing Arts on June 1, the cast and crew of Equus was relieved, a producer said.

8 Jun 2014 - 6:51am 5 comments

A revival's brewing for Hong Kong's tea house theatre

Tea house theatre could be back on the cultural menu early next year under plans being brewed by the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority.

2 Jun 2014 - 5:20am

Too late to reverse policy on West Kowloon arts hub

The public may be excused for feeling dismayed by the latest developments on the West Kowloon Cultural District. The project to build a world-class arts hub faces spiralling costs and delays to the high-speed railway whose terminus is located beneath part of the site.

1 Jun 2014 - 4:33am 10 comments

Basement woes could get deeper

Arts hub bosses could be storing up problems for the future and risking even higher costs by taking the politically easier option of splitting work on the site's vast basement into phases, construction experts say.

30 May 2014 - 4:10am 5 comments

West Kowloon: Can’t we have HK$23b for arts and culture instead?

Apparently, the government thinks that HK$23 billion is good money for the construction of an integrated basement – to honour the Foster + Partners’ City Park West Kowloon Cultural District plan “selected” by people back then – to contain all the road traffic underground in a cultural district that was originally estimated to cost HK$21.6 billion.

30 May 2014 - 11:27am 2 comments

No U-turn on Kowloon Cultural District basement plans despite spiralling HK$23b cost

Scrapping the HK$23 billion basement at the West Kowloon Cultural District to cut burgeoning costs is not possible, the government says.

29 May 2014 - 4:20pm 19 comments

West Kowloon arts hub operational plan for venues revealed

An artistic framework for the direction and operation of performing arts facilities at the West Kowloon arts hub is being developed ahead of the opening of the first venues from 2016.

28 May 2014 - 6:00pm