December 12, 2016
Construction commenced on East Kowloon Cultural Centre
East Kowloon Cultural Centre will be located at the site of the former Lower Ngau Tau Kok Estate, at the junction of Ngau Tau Kok and Kwun Tong roads. The multipurpose venue will be equipped with facilities suiting the production needs of diverse art forms and groups, including a 1,200-seat multi-function theatre and a 500-seat concert hall.
Scheduled to open in 2021, it will help arts groups reach out and build audiences in the community, and enhance the cultural ambience of east Kowloon.
Chief Secretary Carrie Lam officiated at the East Kowloon Cultural Centre foundation stone laying ceremony on December 8. Mrs Lam said, like the West Kowloon Cultural District, the centre is another important cultural facility the government has invested in to reinforce Hong Kong's position as an international art and cultural metropolis.
"It will provide training and performing venues for cultural and arts talents in Hong Kong," she said.
Secretary for Home Affairs Lau Kong-wah, Kwun Tong District Council Chairman Bunny Chan, Director of Leisure & Cultural Services Michelle Li and Director of Architectural Services Leung Koon-kee also attended the ceremony.
Foundation work has started and a contract of HK$113M was awarded to New Concepts Foundation Limited.
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