Jul - Sep 2023
What’s happening on Hong Kong’s creative front that you cannot afford to miss?
Harbour Chill Carnival (8 July - 6 August 2023 (Saturday and Sunday only))

Harbour Chill Carnival, a large-scale land and sea carnival, is coming to Victoria Harbour this summer! For five weekends from 8 July 2023, the Wan Chai harbourfront area will play host to the summery carnival, featuring live music shows on a water stage, a variety of performing arts programmes from different countries, thrilling X-game performances, and a special edition of ‘A Symphony of Lights’ light and music show.


TeamLab Future Park
(9 July 2023 - 14 January 2024)

Hong Kong is set to welcome the famous teamLab Future Park this July. A multi-sensory paradise, the interactive space will take place at Megabox in Kowloon Bay, covering 10,000 square feet will feature six curated installations from around the world. The exhibition will run from 9 July 2023 to 14 January 2024.


S2O Hong Kong Songkran Music Festival 2023
(5 - 6 August 2023)

Coming to Hong Kong’s Central Harbourfront for the first time, S2O Songkran Music Festival debuted in 2015 in Bangkok, and since then the festival exploded from Bangkok to become a one-of-a-kind annual experience attracting thousands of fans from all over the world. Attendees will be immersed in a world of music, water and lights, and enjoy high-energy performances by world-renowned DJs and artists with stunning visual effects and 360 degrees of water splashing experience.


International Arts Carnival to offer fun-filled summer party (14 July - 13 August 2023)

The International Arts Carnival (IAC) festival is returning this summer with interesting and creative programmes by overseas and local art groups, with a variety of programmes covering dance, music, acrobatics, multimedia theatre and more. The opening programme will be the world premiere performance of "Sam and Her Amazing Book of Dinosaurs", a ballet theatre piece with arts tech, co-produced by the Hong Kong Ballet and 59 Productions, a top-notch British design company.

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Hong Kong’s first beach carnival to take place this summer (29 - 30 July 2023)

The NextWave, dubbed as Hong Kong’s first beach carnival, is expected to provide Hongkongers with music, food, drink, and fun. From 29 to 30 July 2023 at Discovery Bay, with a capacity of over 20,000+ ticket holders, this largest ever beach party both in size and number of attendees will see non-stop musical performances by over 20+ musical acts including cantopop, rock bands, EDM and hip hop artists from Hong Kong, Taiwan and more.


ASEAN Film Festival (4 - 19 August 2023)

Organised by the Hong Kong - ASEAN Foundation, the inaugural ASEAN Film Festival will take place between 4 - 19 August 2023 in Hong Kong. The festival will feature curated genres of Southeast Asia’s films by some of its most eminent filmmakers.


Digital Entertainment Leadership Forum (DELF) (25-27 August 2023)

DELF 2023 will explore the disruptive power of Web 3.0, which is constantly breaking boundaries of entertainment and interactive experiences. The event will unlock the new digi-tainment experience across gaming, sports & esports, music, arts & culture, education and lifestyle. More than just offering industry insights, DELF 2023 will feature four interactive zones - Artainment, Sportainment, Edutainment, and LOHAS.


Belt and Road Summit (13 - 14 September 2023)

The Belt and Road Summit is a premier international platform for promoting business collaboration along the Belt and Road. The Summit gathers senior government officials and business leaders from countries and regions along and beyond the Belt and Road to exchange insights on multilateral co-operation and explore concrete business opportunities.


IABHK C23 (26 September 2023)

The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) Hong Kong is hosting its first conference in Hong Kong on 26 September 2023 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. The conference will gather 350+ professionals from the digital marketing industry across Greater China and SE Asia, exploring cutting-edge technologies, innovative strategies, and the latest trends shaping the field. It will be a hybrid event with keynote presentations, panel discussions, workshops and business matchings.


Fine Art Asia (5 - 8 October 2023)

Fine Art Asia, one of Asia’s leading fine art fairs, has attracted an increasing number of renowned international and local galleries since its inception in 2006, showcasing a wide range of collectible fine art from Asia and the West, from ancient Chinese bronzes through to contemporary art.


Implementation of new licensing regime for virtual asset trading platforms

The new licensing regime for centralised virtual asset trading platforms (VATPs) under the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Ordinance (Cap 615) (AMLO) came into effect on 1 June 2023. Under the new regime, all VATPs carrying on a business of operating a virtual asset exchange in Hong Kong or actively marketing their services to Hong Kong investors will need to be licensed by the Securities and Futures Commission.

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Hong Kong launched Institute of Web 3.0

The Institute of Web 3.0 Hong Kong was established with Norman Chan Tak-lam, a former chief executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, heading the non-profit organization. The institute aims to motivate the business ecosystem construction of Hong Kong Web 3.0 and is committed to driving technological changes and building industry standards.

Government announced expanded Talent List to attract more high-quality talent

The newly expanded Talent List, which increases the coverage from 13 professions to 51, is geared towards attracting more high-quality talent to come and meet Hong Kong's development needs. The updated list comprises 51 professions under nine industry segments, including creative industries, arts and culture, performing arts, development and construction, innovation and technology etc.

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The Mega Arts and Cultural Events (ACE) Fund is open for applications

The Mega ACE Fund aims to attract and support international and large-scale arts and cultural events to be held in Hong Kong. It targets mega arts and cultural events organised by the private sector or non-governmental organisations in Hong Kong. The arts and cultural mega events aim to attract mass public interest in Hong Kong and facilitate the development of Hong Kong into an East-meets-West centre for international cultural exchange.

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Applications for 8th First Feature Film Initiative

The 8th First Feature Film Initiative (FFFI) opened for applications from 29 May to 28 September 2023. Production teams wishing to join the film industry are encouraged to participate. The competition is divided into the Higher Education Institution Group (HEIG) and the Professional Group (PG), with each group being awarded a maximum of three prizes. The maximum sponsorship for each winning production team of the HEIG and the PG are $5 million and $8 million respectively.

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Christiaan Hart Photography (Australia)
With its own studio, Christiaan Hart Photography provides professional photography services for events, concerts, corporate headshots, conferences, aerial, sport events, brand, commercial, and advertising photography services.


D8 (United Kingdom)
D8 is a diversely-skilled team of over 60 creative specialists working from studios in Asia, Europe, and the UK. Founded in Scotland in 1999, D8 works with ambitious brands across diverse sectors, helping them to achieve their objectives through world class creative branding, design and communications campaigns.


Neopets (United States)
Originating from the United States, Neopets is an online virtual pet game that has fostered a passionate community of players for over two decades. In keeping with the company’s goal of leveraging Hong Kong’s growing Web3 presence, Neopets is pleased to announce its Web3 game set to launch in 2024. The company is actively seeking traditional and Web3 partners, and investors to support its goals.


recollect (Austria)
recollect art care provides professional art collection management services in Hong Kong and the Southeast Asia region. Working with private collectors and public institutions, recollect caters to all art world participants, providing a wide range of services, from digital inventories, valuations and analysis, inspection and preventive conservation, to research, education and publications.


SnapX (Canada)
SnapX is a Hong Kong-based company that provides customer feedback and loyalty solutions to corporate customers and restaurants. SnapX combines the latest technologies such as blockchain technology, Web3 elements, non-fungible token (NFT) elements, and alternative currency applications to bring an engaging lifestyle experience to restaurants, customers, and the general public.


Terminal 3 (United States)
Terminal 3 is a data storage and access platform which makes Web3 user data freely composable while remaining private and secure. The company standardizes user data, secure it in decentralized storage, and provide simple enterprise access via zero-knowledge proof APIs, ensuring that a user’s information is never revealed and never copied.


ARHT (Canada) - Shaping the Future of Human Interaction

ARHT is a renowned holographic technology solution provider. It enables two-way live communication with a 3D holographic presenter anywhere in the world. With the recent opening of the Capture Studio in Hong Kong, one can now experience the power of the holographic technology and have your hologram delivered to an in-person or online audience for a live chat or presentation.


InvestHK Creative Industries Video Series

Phillips: Go West!
Take a look at the renowned international auction house, Phillips Auctioneers Ltd’s journey from a small office operation to a new premium regional headquarters in the West Kowloon Cultural District Tower, which signifies its major commitment to Hong Kong amid a fast growing art market in the region. The new Asia headquarters, which spans over 52,000 square feet across a total of six floors, features state-of-the-art galleries, an auction room, offices, a café and a VIP lounge, allowing for year-round events and auctions.



Hong Kong Book Fair 2023
19 - 25 July 2023
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre


Hong Kong Sports and Leisure Expo 2023
19 - 25 July 2023
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre


Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong 2023
28 July - 1 August 2023
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre


2023 Hong Kong High-End Audio-Visual Show
11 - 13 August 2023
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre


6 - 9 September 2023
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre


ReThink HK
14 - 15 September 2023
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre


If you'd like to know more about how InvestHK's Creative Industries team can assist you with business establishment or expansion in Hong Kong, please get in touch.
Doris Fong
Head of Creative Industries
T: +852 3107 1011
Maki Ishida
Digital Marketing & Gaming
T: +852 3107 1022
Winnie Lee
Media & Entertainment
T: +852 3107 1051
Cynthia Yau
Art & Culture, Design
T: +852 3107 1457
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