Occupying a breathtaking waterfront location in the cultural core of Kowloon lies Hong Kong’s own incarnation of Carnegie Hall or Royal Albert Hall in the form of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Spread out over an expansive area of 5.2 hectares this grand performance arts venue is the prime location in the country for showcasing the artistic talent of home-grown performers and internationally acclaimed acts alike. Encompassing a gross floor area of 82,231m² this mega performance arts centre first opened its gates to the public in 1989 when it was declared open on the 8th of November. Having become the island nation’s most sought after cultural venue for the crème de la crème performers in the local entertainment and theatre industry, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre has maintained its stature as a pioneer in nurturing local talent and endorsing the development of the country’s arts sphere.
Catering to all forms of performance art the HKCC houses three exquisite performance venues, namely the Grand Theatre, Concert Hall and Studio Theatre while an exhibition gallery and four exhibition spaces in the centre’s foyer are also rented out for various conventions and showcases.
The Grand Theatre is one of HKCC’s prime spaces as this three-tier hall has been specifically designed for the performance of full scale operas, musicals, ballets and dance recitals. With the capacity to accommodate 1734 spectators the unique technical aspects of the venue include a revolving stage, a simultaneous interpretation system capable of translating 5 languages and an electrically-controlled orchestra pit.
The Concert Hall on the other hand is an oval shaped masterpiece for the ages that is exclusively reserved for the staging of musical performances. The 2,019 seat, two-tier hall made of oak wood also contains one of the biggest mechanical tracker action organs in the globe while the auditorium’s adaptable acoustic canopy and curtains maintain pristine audio quality.
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