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Mr Louis Yu, Executive Director, Performing Arts of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority

Mr Yu joined the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority in 2010 as the Executive Director of Performing Arts. He is responsible for steering the planning and development of the performing arts facilities in the district, and for overseeing the strategies, governance, programming and operating models for these facilities.

 

Since joining West Kowloon, Louis has played a pivotal role in leading the design and construction of the Xiqu Centre, Freespace and the Lyric Theatre Complex. The team is now looking at the next stage of development.

 

Mr Yu has overseen the launch and co-organisation of several talent-nurturing and artistic development programmes for Dance, Drama and Theatre Arts, Music and Xiqu, including “International Workshop Festival of Theatre”, “New Works Forum” and “Producers’ Network Meeting & Forum”. These programmes bring together artists and arts administrators from the region and around the world, including mainland China, Taiwan, France, Germany and the UK, to help initiate artistic exchange and collaboration.

 

He has also led the production and co-presentation of a number of well received audience development programmes, such as “West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre”, “Freespace Fest”, “Freespace Happening” and “Rising Stars of Cantonese Opera”.

 

Under his leadership, exchange initiatives have been established with cultural organisations in mainland China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and the UK. A Letter of Intent has also been signed with the Shanghai Center of Chinese Operas to begin a long-term partnership of operational exchange and collaboration on artistic development.

 

Mr Yu has over 28 years of experience in arts administration and management. Before joining West Kowloon, he was the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and worked with the Hong Kong Arts Centre for 13 years, serving as the Executive Director from 2000 to 2007.