Jan-Mar 2023

What’s happening on Hong Kong’s creative front that you cannot afford to miss?

Clockenflap (3 - 5 March 2023)

The international outdoor music and arts festival Clockenflap is returning to Central Harbourfront bringing a world-class festival experience that music lovers in the city will relish in.


Hong Kong International Literary Festival (6 - 12
March 2023)

The annual Hong Kong International Literary Festival (HKILF) features established and emerging writers from around the world in a programme that includes panel discussions, book talks, literary lunches and dinners, readings, workshops, and performance. The 2023 edition will be a combination of two festivals, for adults and for young readers, into one March celebration.


Hong Kong International Film and TV Market (FILMART) (13 - 16 March 2023)

Hong Kong International Film and TV Market (FILMART) aims to promote Hong Kong as the regional hub for distribution and production of film, TV programmes and entertainment-related products in Asia Pacific. It also promotes cross-media, cross-sector partnership.


Art Central (22 - 25 March 2023)

Art Central showcases the next generation of talent from Asia’s most innovative galleries alongside distinguished artists from around the world. The fair has established itself as an international platform for pushing boundaries in contemporary art and experimentation, and is recognised as a place of discovery for seasoned collectors and new buyers alike. The eighth edition of Art Central will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), running alongside Art Basel Hong Kong.


Courtesy Art Central
Art Basel Hong Kong (23 - 25 March 2023)

Art Basel Hong Kong returns to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) with over 170 galleries from 32 countries and territories -
a significant increase from 130 exhibitors in 2022. The show will once again welcome a broad global audience, with the 2023 edition marking the return of all special sectors since 2019, including Encounters, the fair’s sector dedicated to large-scale works; Kabinett, featuring thematic and focused presentations; Film and Conversations.


Courtesy Art Basel Hong Kong
WOW Summit (29 - 30 March 2023)

The Hong Kong Edition of WOW Summit will follow successful WOW Summits hosted in Dubai and Lisbon in 2021-2022 to bring Web3 and blockchain industry leaders together. It is also a unique exhibition and immersive show, where NFT and Metaverse artists, creators, and designers will present their masterpieces.


Innovation and Technology Support Programme funds Artech innovation project to develop Future Cinema System

The Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC) will provide funding of HK$35.4 million for an art technological innovation project to develop Future Cinema Systems (FCS), which allow users to virtually experience history, culture and entertainment in next generation immersive cinematic environments. This cross-territorial research project, is carried out by the Hong Kong Baptist University in collaboration with the City University of Hong Kong and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland.


The Society for Publishers in Asia 2023 Awards
Deadline for Entries: 16 February 2023 at 3 pm HK time

The Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) is now accepting entries from across the region for the SOPA 2023 Awards for Editorial Excellence. Finalists and the awards winners will be announced in May and on 15 June 2023 respectively.


West Kowloon Cultural District announced tender award for the Artist Square Towers Project

The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) announced that the tender for the Artist Square Towers Project (AST Project) had been awarded to Winner Harvest Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited. The AST Project comprises three commercial buildings with a total gross floor area of approximately 65,000 sqm, including 62,435 sqm for Office use and 2,500 sqm for Retail/Dining/Entertainment (RDE) uses. It is a key component of the development model of the WKCD, which integrates arts and cultural facilities with commercial destination for Hong Kong.


Hong Kong firms eye mainland China market, view Greater Bay Area as ideal springboard

According to the joint poll conducted by Hong Kong Export Credit Insurance Corporation (HKECIC) and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), Hong Kong companies are eyeing the domestic market in Mainland China amid uncertainty in overseas and the Greater Bay Area (GBA) is being viewed as the ideal springboard. More than 70 percent of the companies chose Shenzhen for conducting business among mainland Chinese GBA cities, while 68.8 percent chose Guangzhou and 43.6 percent chose Dongguan. These companies mainly plan to sell products manufactured or sourced by them in mainland China, as well as goods bought abroad, in the GBA cities.


New upgraded URBTIX system to provide enhanced ticketing services

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department has launched a new URBTIX ticketing system to provide an enlarged system capacity and enhanced capabilities along with a revamped website (www.urbtix.hk), a brand-new "URBTIX" mobile ticketing app and newly introduced self-service ticketing kiosks. The new system came into operation on 1 December 2022.


New Power of Hong Kong Cinema

The Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau announced that the Government will implement two new measures, namely the HK-Asian Film Collaboration Funding Scheme and the Content Development Scheme for Streaming Platforms under the Film Development Fund (FDF). The Film Collaboration Funding Scheme supports collaboration between local and Asian production teams for co-production of films, while the Content Development Scheme focuses on the development of new content on streaming platforms by cross-sectoral production teams. The two new measures will enhance the influence of Hong Kong films in Asian markets and explore new distribution channels.


Application for HK-Asian Film Collaboration Funding Scheme

Application for Content Development Scheme for Streaming Platforms

Government appoints Tan Dun as Ambassador for Cultural Promotion

Mr. Tan Dun has been appointed as the Ambassador for Cultural Promotion for a period of five years with effect from 1 January, 2023, to foster more international cultural exchanges and co-operations. Tan is an internationally renowned Chinese composer, musician and conductor, and was appointed by the UNESCO as a Goodwill Ambassador in 2013. He is currently dean of the Bard College Conservatory of Music in New York and an honorary artistic director of the China National Symphony Orchestra.



BOAX (Canada)
BOAX Limited is a metaverse company providing end-to-end solutions for corporate clients and non-fungible token (NFT) collectors. The company has the vision to promote Chinese art and culture in the metaverse era. It helps corporate and individual clients from devising their metaverse strategy to on-chain and off-chain delivery.


d’strict (Korea)
Korean digital design and immersive media technology company d'strict uses Hong Kong as the regional base to expand its global reach. The opening of the ARTE M digital exhibition space and office in Hong Kong is the first step of d'strict's two-pronged strategy for entering the Chinese market. ARTE M is aimed as a 15-month immersive media art exhibition space located in an iconic office building at Quarry Bay as a prelude to d'strict's ARTE MUSEUM in Hong Kong slated for opening between late 2023 and early 2024 in SKYCITY of Hong Kong International Airport.


Future is Meta is a Hong Kong-based agency focusing on bringing existing brands to the metaverse. Leveraging the design expertise of its founding team members and in collaboration with in-house game developers, as well as blockchain and NFT specialists, the company helps brands and corporates develop a successful metaverse presence and interactive experiences across different platforms including Decentraland, The Sandbox, Roblox, VRChat and others. The company provides the full breadth of metaverse related services, including advisory, presence maintenance and monitoring services, games development, NFT production, smart contracts, token production, training, and events organisation.


Meler Productions Limited
(United States)

Meler Productions is a Los Angeles based company providing event management, fashion show production and e-commerce developer services. It is founded by Fionna Wong and Laurent Meler in 2018. The company has since expanded its operation to Hong Kong and more recently to Dubai. The company works with international independent fashion designers and local brands in Hong Kong, USA and Dubai, and provides unique entertainment experience to every show and project by creating contemporary and innovative strategies.


PONS.ai (United Kingdom)
PONS.ai is a global artificial intelligence (AI)-powered Web3 ArtTech social marketplace. The mobile application empowers companies and creators with AI tools to co-create environmental, social and governance (ESG)-friendly non-fungible token (NFT) corporate gifts with additional benefits. PONS.ai’s unique one-stop solution offers more personalised experiences, facilitates phygital community engagements and promotes sustainability.


ShopBack (Singapore)
The ShopBack Group is Asia-Pacific’s leading shopping and rewards platform, serving over 35 million shoppers across ten markets. The Group powers over US$3.5 billion in annual sales for over 10,000 online and in-store merchant partners. ShopBack launched the services in Hong Kong with over 250 global and local brands in August 2022 and the number is growing. The company has also set up an operation in Hong Kong to expedite sales and partnership with brands that are looking for an effective online marketing channel to promote their goods and services to the Hong Kong online shoppers.


Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair
9-12 Jan 2023
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
Asian Financial

11-12 Jan 2023
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
3-5 Feb 2023
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
Hong Kong
Arts Festival

15 Feb to 19 Mar 2023
Various locations
Hong Kong International
Jewellery Show

1-5 Mar 2023
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
15 Mar 2023
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
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