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About The Hong Kong Art Development Council

Established in 1995, the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (ADC) is a statutory body set up by the Government to plan, promote and support the broad development of arts including dance, drama, literary, music, xiqu, film and visual arts as well as arts education in Hong Kong. The ADC is dedicated to induce artistic creativity and enhance the artistic appreciation of the general public.

With an aim of establishing a sound working relationship with its strategic partners and pursuing its goal of comprehensive arts development, the ADC is committed to four main development strategies:-

  • Developing the social functions of the arts
  • Expanding the market for the arts and building audience participation
  • Promoting lifelong arts education for the general public
  • Enhancing the artistic level and social status of artists

In 2001, Hong Kong took part in the 49th Venice Biennale under the banner of "Hong Kong, China" for the very first time, a major debut for Hong Kong arts in the international arts scene. This year, with the theme of "investigation of a journey to the west by micro + polo", Hong Kong for its third time presents the works of local visual artists in the Venice Biennale, enabling the international audience to explore the uniqueness of the arts in Hong Kong. This helps foster the mutual exchange between Hong Kong and the international arts scene, and at the same time, allow more and more people to appreciate the visual arts of Hong Kong.

50th Venice Biennale Hong Kong Exhibition