Hong Kong 2006
Chapter 19:
Recreation, Sport and the Arts
The Arts
Hong Kong Arts Development Council
Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Hong Kong Arts Centre
The Fringe Club
Performing Arts Groups
Visual Arts Groups
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund
Music Office
Cultural Venues
Cultural Presentations
Major Cultural Events
Public Libraries
Sport and Recreation
Hong Kong Sports Institute Limited
Sporting Achievements
Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China
Paralympic Sports Associations
The Hong Kong Jockey Club
Recreational and Sports Programmes
Sports Subvention Scheme
2008 Olympic and Paralympic Equestrian Events
'M' Mark Status and Support Packages Scheme
2009 East Asian Games
2006 Bun Carnival
Sports and Recreational Venues
Beaches and Swimming Pools
Parks Managed by LCSD
Outward Bound Hong Kong
Adventure Ship
Hong Kong Youth Hostels Association
Country and Marine Parks
Green Promotion/Initiatives
Summer Youth Programme
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Hong Kong is noted for its hard-working people who have made the city an economic dynamo. But it is not all work and no play. People here also spend time in a wide variety of recreational, sports and cultural activities. From tai chi to yoga, from football to rugby, from international arts festivals to home-grown performances — Hong Kong is rich with leisure opportunities.

Recreation, sport and the arts provide an opportunity for people in Hong Kong to improve their quality of life. The Government helps to nurture an environment in which creative freedom, a pluralist approach to the development of the arts, sporting excellence and recreation can thrive.

Government policies on matters concerning sport, recreation, culture and heritage are coordinated by the Home Affairs Bureau. Organisations that help to draw up these policies include the Hong Kong Sports Commission, the Hong Kong Sports Institute, the former Culture and Heritage Commission, the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and the Antiquities Advisory Board.

The Hong Kong Sports Institute Limited was set up as a delivery agent to help develop sports in Hong Kong with special emphasis on training athletes for high-performance sports. In January 2005, the Government established the Sports Commission to advise on all matters related to sports development. The commission, in turn, is advised by the Elite Sports Committee, the Major Sports Events Committee and the Community Sports Committee which it oversees. The new administrative arm is a milestone for sports development in Hong Kong.

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), an executive branch of the Home Affairs Bureau, helps to provide leisure and cultural services to the community, preserves its cultural heritage, beautifies its physical environment, and to foster synergy with sports, cultural and community organisations.

The department continued to play a role in enhancing Hong Kong's image as Asia's world city, developing the performing arts, cultivating creativity and sustaining lifelong interest in the arts.

It is responsible for promoting and developing recreation and sport at the community level. It coordinates the provision of quality recreational and sports facilities and supports and organises training programmes and activities to promote community sports, identify sporting talent and raise sporting standards.

The department also works closely with the District Councils, the national sports associations (NSAs) under the auspices of the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China, district sports associations and schools to promote the concept of 'Sport for All' and to encourage people of all ages and from all walks of life to participate in sports and recreational activities.

The LCSD supported the Government's greening policy during the year by carrying out an extensive programme involving the planting of trees in parks, playgrounds and roadsides. In addition, various educational and community greening activities were organised to strengthen public awareness of the importance of an environmentally friendly Hong Kong.

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