West Kowloon Cultural District CULTURAL DISTRICT PLANNING A CULTURAL AXIS FOR THE NEW WORLD Hong Kong. 2005.

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When West Kowloon is completed, it will be the largest and most ambitious cultural district in the world. Over 16 acres/40 hectares/400,000 sq meters in size, the district will include 17 different arts and cultural venues (including visual art, theater, music, dance, and film), as well as education resources. Prominent venues include the New Museum of Visual Culture, called M+, which will feature all different forms of visual material. The first phase of the District is expected to open in 2015, with the second phase completed by 2026.

MVPA advised in the very foundational planning stages of the project in 2005, when the Chinese government was determining the very nature of the project.

In order to reach a wide range of stakeholders, Martin Vinik gave a series of workshops at Chinese University geared to graduate students, a variety of arts professionals in and outside of Hong Kong, and members of the government involved in the project. He also led a series of meetings with leaders of other arts organizations (including prospective partner organizations for West Kowloon, such as Hong Kong Repertory). He also visited a variety of small ext cultural districts projects in Hong Kong in order to advise more effectively. Finally, he gave a public speech at the Hong Kong Arts Center on the relationship between Cultural District Planning and Businesses and, following that, held a series of private meetings with the government officials leading the project in order to offer his opinions on his findings.

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