The Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC) was established by ordinance
in 1995 to plan, promote and support the broad development of the arts
including literary, performing, visual and film arts as well as arts education
in Hong Kong.
In addition to providing financial assistance to local
artists and arts organisations, the HKADC is dedicated to creating a conducive
environment for arts development. During the year, the HKADC, in collaboration
with various public and private organisations as well as government departments,
organised a variety of projects, with the aim of bringing the arts closer
to the public. These included the 4th Hong Kong Literature Festival, jointly
organised with the LCSD; the Hong Kong Book Fair, co-presented with the
Hong Kong Trade Development Council; the Art Boutiques, co-organised with
the MTR Property Management; the Arts Education Expo, organised in association
with the Hong Kong Heritage Museum; Gallery Ferry, jointly organised with
the LCSD's Art Promotion Office, New World First Ferry Services Ltd and
New World First Bus Services Ltd; and the Arts Appreciation Zone, a regular
newspaper column jointly presented with Ming Pao.
The introduction of the 'Artwork on Loan' Scheme
was a milestone in promoting the arts in Hong Kong. In collaboration with
the Hong Kong Central Library, the HKADC pioneered an innovative lending
service, allowing members of the public to borrow over 100 pieces of reproductions
by 27 local artists. Besides individual and group borrowers, the council
also encouraged schools to invite artists to host in-house arts appreciation
activities and workshops in order to stimulate a greater interest in art
among students. Over 100 pieces of artwork are lent out every month.
In April, the HKADC organised the 27th Hong Kong International
Film Festival. During the 16-day programme, a total of 330 films from
more than 40 countries were screened. Twenty selected films were also
shown in Macau concurrently. In addition, 55 fringe events were organised
including seminars, exhibitions and 'Meet the Audience' activities. More
than 220 000 people attended the festival.