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HKAPA welcomes arts and cultural policies in 2023 Policy Address

25 Oct 2023
HKAPA welcomes arts and cultural policies in 2023 Policy Address

The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (the Academy) welcomes and fully supports the Chief Executive’s Policy Address especially on those related to performing arts and cultural developments including plans of establishing the Cultural and Creative Industries Development Agency, launching the Signature Performing Arts Programme Scheme and allocating more resources to the film market and cultural exchanges. The Academy also strongly believes that strategies for Northern Metropolis will greatly benefit the long-term developments of arts, culture and higher education sectors of the local community, the Greater Bay Area and the region.    

Professor Gillian Choa, Director of the Academy, is grateful to the government for its strong support and invaluable commitment, which enables the Academy to uphold its recognised global standing as a leading higher education institute for performing arts and foster the development of talented young artists in the region. By enriching the cultural landscape of the Hong Kong community, the Greater Bay Area, and the whole region, the Academy will continue to play a significant role in contributing to the vibrant positioning of Hong Kong as an international hub for arts and cultural exchange as well as creative industries.


Last month, the Academy signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Training of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of The Socialist Republic of Vietnam (Department of Training) to promote educational exchange in arts and culture between Vietnam and the Academy.

Meanwhile, the Academy is also able to leverage the historical edge of Hong Kong where Eastern and Western cultures meet, to provide the younger generations with a diverse, cross-disciplinary learning environment and boost the cultivation of a new generation of young performing arts talents. The Academy will continue to strive for excellence in its innovative, multi-disciplinary and globally-focused education in performing arts.


About The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) (
The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA), established by The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Ordinance in 1984, is a leading tertiary institution in the performing arts in Asia. It provides professional undergraduate education and practice-based postgraduate studies. The study encompasses Chinese Opera, Dance, Drama, Film and Television, Music, and Theatre and Entertainment Arts. Its educational philosophy reflects the cultural diversity of Hong Kong with emphasis on Chinese and Western traditions, and interdisciplinary learning.


Since 2008, the Academy has attained the Programme Area Accreditation (PAA) status awarded by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) to self-monitor and accredit its own undergraduate and post-secondary programmes in the five programme areas of Dance, Drama, Film and Television, Music, and Theatre and Entertainment Arts. Since 2016, the PAA status has been extended to cover Master’s Degree programmes and below; and since 2023, the programmes operated by the School of Chinese Opera accredited by HKCAAVQ has also received PAA status for its post-secondary and undergraduate programmes.  

Besides the main campus in Wanchai, Béthanie, the site of the Academy’s Landmark Heritage Campus in Pokfulam, has housed training facilities for the School of Film and Television since 2006.  

In the QS University Rankings announced in 2023, the Academy ranks 1st in Asia and 13th in the world in the Performing Arts category.