A world-class arts venue dedicated to promoting the rich heritage of xiqu
- Xiqu Centre Opening in 2018
- Grand Theatre Venue for high-quality mainstream and large-scale xiqu performances, new works and cultural exchange events (1,073 seats)
- Atrium Space for community events and a place to experience xiqu beyond the theatre (450sqm)
- Tea House Theatre Venue for tea culture and performances of traditional shuochang (narrative singing) and vernacular folk arts (up to 200 seats)
- Education and rehearsal facilities Venues for educational and training programmes to support the development of xiqu 8 Studios Seminar Hall - 108 seats
Located on the eastern edge of the West Kowloon Cultural District, at the junction of Canton Road and Austin Road, the Xiqu Centre is directly accessible from the Hong Kong West Kowloon Station (Express Rail Link terminus) and Austin MTR station, and easy to reach by public transport from all parts of Hong Kong. The building’s striking design, created by Revery Architecture (formerly Bing Thom Architects) and Ronald Lu & Partners, was inspired by traditional Chinese lanterns and blends traditional and contemporary elements to reflect the evolving nature of the art form. Stepping through the main entrance, shaped to resemble parted stage curtains, visitors are led directly into a lively atrium with a raised podium and space for presenting the rich and ancient culture of Chinese traditional theatre.
The eight-storey building has a total area of 28,164 sq m and houses a Grand Theatre, accommodating 1,073 seats, a Tea House Theatre, with a capacity of up to 200 seats, eight professional studios and a seminar hall, all specially designed for different types of xiqu-related functions and activities. The design details of each of the facilities have also been created in response to the practical requirements and aesthetic features of the art form. A unique feature of the venue is the location of the Grand Theatre at the top of the building, which allows for a large open atrium below with space for exhibitions, stalls, and xiqu demonstrations and workshops.
Design: Revery Architecture (formerly Bing Thom Architects) and Ronald Lu & Partners