Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) has announced the completion of its second major performing arts venue, Freespace.
Located in the heart of the West Kowloon Cultural District’s Art Park, Freespace offers a dynamic, creative and flexible space for arts and cultural events, and has been designed as ‘a new platform for artistic experimentation and exploration’.
As its name suggests, Freespace is a free and creative facility with both indoor and outdoor performing venues where artists and audiences will engage, exchange ideas and explore the endless possibilities of performing arts with no boundaries. Freespace houses The Box, one of the largest black box theatres in Hong Kong, as well as The Room and The Studio, two multi-purpose spaces designed to be used for creative exchange and artistic collaborations.
Freespace comes into operation from mid-June 2019. Programming in The Box at Freespace includes partnership co-presentations with Le French May, Edward Lam Dance Theatre, Hong Kong Repertory Theatre and others. The Livehouse, an intimate bar-cafe at the main entrance of Freespace, will programme regular live music performances from a wide range of genres, including indie, classical, jazz, and more.
To continue to encourage wide participation in the arts, Freespace will continue to present free outdoor performances, free and paid workshops, the West Kowloon 101 lecture series, and other audience engagement activities within the building and the Art Park.
Mr Henry Tang Ying-yen, Chairman of the WKCDA Board, said:
‘With Freespace, the West Kowloon Cultural District continues to deliver on its vision to create a vibrant and world-renowned hub that attracts and nurtures creative talent locally and around the globe. I am confident that Freespace will become one of the most vital and instrumental creative spaces in the city.’
Ms Alison M. Friedman, Artistic Director, Performing Arts of WKCDA, said:
‘As Hong Kong’s new centre for contemporary performance, Freespace is launching a series of new programmes, as well as building on the strong partnerships developed in recent years with local and international artists. This autumn we launch Freespace Jazz Fest, a major new festival utilising all venues in Freespace and selected areas of the Art Park. It will feature global jazz and world music luminaries as well as local jazz artists in performances, workshops, and improv jams.’
Header photo: Officiating guests at the press event announcing the opening of Freespace were Mr Henry Tang Ying-yen, Chairman of WKCDA Board, Mr Wan Man-yee, Chairman of Performing Arts Committee, Mr Duncan Pescod, Chief Executive Officer of WKCDA, Mr Louis Yu Kwok-lit, Executive Director, Performing Arts of WKCDA and Ms Alison M. Friedman, Artistic Director, Performing Arts of WKCDA.