My Working Area
Why do you choose to intern in the Development Department? What does your department do? How does this internship relate to your major? These are the kinds of questions I often receive since the first day of work, perhaps earlier. Having started working for two weeks, I have a clearer picture of my role that indeed is not related to my studies. Rather, my interest of being part of West Kowloon Cultural District drives me here. More importantly, I realized that becoming a helping hand in this team requires more than just understanding the nature of work but the arts and cultural industry in depth. Since we are anticipating the opening of Xiqu Centre, Freespace and Lyric Theatre Complex in the near future, a variety of recreational and educational programmes will soon commence. As part of the big projects and an art lover, I also embark on the exploration of performing arts including drama, dance, music and Cantonese opera.
The Orientation Ceremony
Knowing what performing art is and how to appreciate is somehow has to do with my duties as an agent of promoting arts in general. Before the internship, I used to equate Development with finding sponsorship because that is the only thing I knew. And like many people, I thought the government’s provision of land and billions of funding for the establishment of West Kowloon Cultural District is sufficient. However, as my identity changes from an outsider to an insider, my view changes. Development is beyond finding sponsorship and donations. Fundraising is one of the tasks, while connecting people is the key to keep the non-profitable cultural hub sustainable and welcoming.
The announcement of setting up the cultural district was a big news to the city, as it is the first of its kind in Hong Kong. It is still new to many people against a backdrop of limited development in arts and art education, which is especially obvious when I talk to external parties about what is happening with the district. Even as a student of art history, I am more familiar with visual arts than performing arts. Luckily, West Kowloon Cultural District has the space and expertise to encompass visual arts and performing arts, both of which are to be the talk of the town with an increasing number of art seekers. Starting with Development, I look forward to growing with arts and West Kowloon Cultural District!