Culture is in a class of its own in Hong Kong, a city where international theatre companies share the stage with traditional Chinese Opera performers. Here, you'll find a museum dedicated to comic books, arts festivals spread out over entire months, and a rich heritage that's prevalent throughout the city. Here are some of Hong Kong's must see culture spots.
First opened in 1977, the Hong Kong Arts Centre stands as one of the city’s major culture hubs, a series of galleries and theatre spaces spread across multiple floors. Catch retro-screenings of classic films in its cinemas, see post-modern performances on its stages, and meet some of the city’s creative folks around its many halls. Down the road, Academy of Performing Arts is a major theatre venue, hosting local and international companies.
Address: 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island
Nearest MTR Station: Wan Chai, Exit C
Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Set right on Kowloon’s waterfront, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre is the city’s leading entertainment venue, an immense space with major theatres, halls and gallery spaces dedicated to the various arts, From classical concerts to modern drama, movie premieres to major conventions, it is here where local and international artists gather. The Cultural Centre is also home to such companies as the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra and Hong Kong Ballet.
Address: 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.
Nearest MTR Station: Tsim Sha Tsui, Exit E.
7 Mallory Street
Formerly known as Comix Home Base, 7 Mallory Street now serves as an eclectic venue combining art and cultural exhibitions, community workshops, performances, screenings and special events. The site is open for the public to visit free of charge though some events and exhibitions may operate at charge. Find out more about the area here.
Address: 7 Mallory Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island
Nearest MTR Station: Wan Chai, Exit A4
A sleek artistic space on the boarder of Central, PMQ is the former police married quarters turned Hong Kong creative hub. Independent restaurants and shops dominate the lower levels, while the upper floors are made up of various artistic studios, with the public offered a rare glimpse inside their inventive lives. Snake your way through its many floors, before dropping in for a drink and a snack at famed chef Jason Atherton’s Aberdeen Street Social.
Address: 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong Island
Nearest MTR Station: Sheung Wan, Exit E1.
South Island Cultural District
South Island Cultural District was founded in 2013, with an aim to offer Hong Kong an alternative art centric area to explore. Over 20 contemporary galleries, studios and art spaces are lined up along Wong Chuk Hang and Aberdeen, each presenting ever-changing exhibitions. Annual open days, including Art Day, Art Night and Art Brunch, allow culture novices to explore the many spaces while engaging with the community.
Address: Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong Island .
Nearest MTR Station: Wong Chuk Hang, Exit A.