Cultural evolution

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 01 November, 2014, 11:11pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 01 November, 2014, 11:25pm

The Sydney Opera House it isn’t, but the Hong Kong Cultural Centre has played a crucial role in nurturing local artistic talent and promoting arts in the city. There’s a lot you may not know about the performing arts venue, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this Saturday. Here we take a journey behind the scenes (and the windowless façade) to unearth some hidden gems and little-known facts that highlight the venue's cultural significance.

Site area: 5.2 hectares

Other facilities:
• Exhibition Gallery
• 4 foyer exhibition areas
• Separate administration block

Backstage facilities:
• 43 dressing rooms
• 11 rehearsal and practice rooms

Staged events since 1989:
• 18,200 performances
• 5,000 arts promotion
and education events

Audience numbers since 1989: 
A total of more than 15,776,000 people

How does the carpet cope?
Pretty well. It’s had one major replacement since 1989. That was in 2002, when the colour was changed from pink to purple.

Operational staff:
• 127 full-time staff (administration and general registry; building, house and stage management; facilities hire; patron services; audience building; Venue Partnership Scheme)
• 120 part-time ushers
• 5 part-time ticketing assistants


Source: Leisure and Cultural Services Department