The Board of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) held its 104th meeting on 18 February 2022. At the meeting, Mrs Betty Fung, Chief Executive Officer of WKCDA, reported on the latest progress in various areas of the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD). M+, the museum of contemporary visual culture, since its official opening on 12 November 2021, had attracted a total of 383,000 visitors as of 4 January 2022.
Construction works of the Hong Kong Palace Museum had been completed, and fitting-out of the exhibition galleries and production of exhibitions are in progress. In response to the severe local pandemic situation, the Hong Kong Palace Museum has formulated anti-pandemic contingency measures. This ensures that the relevant work will be completed by mid-April on time to tie in with the arrival of more than 900 pieces of valuable artefacts from the Palace Museum in mid-May to proceed with curation, and the Hong Kong Palace Museum can open to the public in July this year as scheduled.
As for other construction works in the District, our target completion date remains unchanged that the remaining works under the L1 Contract of the Lyric Theatre Complex (comprising public infrastructure works at Austin Road West and the construction of ventilation building structures) will be completed in the first quarter of this year. The Artist Square Bridge connecting the developments above MTR Kowloon Station and the Artist Square in the District was opened to the public on 21 December last year to provide visitors with convenient and quick access to the District.