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Invest Hong Kong Jan - Mar 2016
InvestHK Creative Industries Newsletter
What’s happening on Hong Kong’s creative front that you cannot afford to miss?
StartmeupHK Venture Forum 2016
  As part of the ongoing initiative to promote Hong Kong as one of the world’s fastest-growing startup hubs, InvestHK is hosting the 2016 StartmeupHK Festival from 23-30 January. The weeklong Festival will see leading accelerators, corporates and associations holding a series of thematic conferences and pitching events in IOT, fintech, health tech and data analytics, among other topics. InvestHK’s StartmeupHK Venture Forum will run on January 26. Speakers include Cindy Chow, executive director of Alibaba; Mitch Presnick, investor entrepreneur; Fritz Demopoulos, founder of Queen’s Road Capital; Fred Mouwad, chairman and CEO of the Synergia Group of Companies; Deborah Kan, entrepreneur and journalist; Paul Tomes of Passkit, and Eric Gnock Fah of Klook.
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The 20th Hong Kong International Film and TV Market (FILMART) 2016
  The FILMART will be held this year from 14 - 17 March at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. FILMART is regarded as a significant cross-media, cross-industry entertainment trade platform in Asia, promoting co-operation in the areas of film financing, distribution, production, post-production, TV, digital entertainment, film and broadcasting equipment, and shooting locations. Last year, 784 exhibitors from 34 countries and regions were represented, drawing more than 7000 visitors from 54 countries.
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Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF)
  Held concurrently with FILMART at the HKCEC, HAF is organised by the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society and co-organised by the HKTDC and the Hong Kong Motion Picture Industry Association from 14 - 16 March. HAF serves as a matchmaking platform for the film industry, helping commercially viable and promising film projects in Hong Kong and Asia find financial and business support through co-productions or joint ventures.
www.haf.org.hk
The Mills: A collective heritage of textile, arts and culture
  A newly established cultural institution, The Mills Gallery is part of The Mills heritage conservation project that is transforming cotton mills built in the 1960s to commemorate Hong Kong’s textile history, while also promoting innovation in the creative industries. The site is expected to be completed in 2018, spanning at least 30,000 sq. ft. and including exhibition spaces, a multifunction hall, a gallery store and a café. With a focus on textile art, the gallery’s programming consists of a permanent collection, exhibitions, community engagement, learning, artist-in-residence programmes, heritage and public art. Gallery programmes will be held in The Mills Gallery’s Pop-up Space in Central, and around Hong Kong, prior to the completion of its permanent home in 2018. An exhibition curated by David Elliot, presenting a dual exhibition of Kwan Sheung Chi and Mariana Hahn, will take place from 22 March- 21 April 2016.
www.themills.com.hk
Art Central 2016
  Art Central returns to the iconic Central Harbourfront from 23-26 March 2016, showcasing the next generation of talent alongside some of the most established contemporary galleries from across Asia and the globe. This year the fair welcomes 100 selected galleries from 20 countries, 70 percent of them hailing from 23 cities across Greater Asia, along with 30 new names never before seen in Hong Kong. Housed within the city’s largest-ever, architect-designed temporary structure, the fair will offer a dynamic program that includes interactive installations, cutting-edge new media and engaging panel discussions.
www.artcentralhongkong.com
Art Basel in Hong Kong

Courtesy Art Basel
  Following a breakthrough 2015 edition that placed the Hong Kong show squarely in the center of Asia’s international art scene, the upcoming show from 24-26 March 2016 offers a premier platform for showing works from around the globe, more than half coming from Asia and the Asia Pacific region. 239 world's leading modern and contemporary art galleries from 35 countries and territories will display premier paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, prints, photography, film, video and digital art done by more than 4,000 artists. Through a program of discussions and presentations, the show also offers a platform for cross-cultural exchanges among artists, gallerists, curators, collectors and visitors.​
www.artbasel.com/hong-kong
Sector News
 
Revitalisation of Central Police Station Compound- Tai Kwun
 

The revitalisation project of the Central Police Station Compound heritage site on Hollywood Road has been given a new name -- Tai Kwun. Literally meaning “Big House/Station”, Tai Kwun has been a commonly used colloquial name referring to the Central Police Station Compound, which once served as the Hong Kong Police Headquarters. Tai Kwun will showcase a mix of programmes and events focused on heritage, contemporary art and leisure. Tai Kwun, which aims to open in the last quarter of 2016, is now calling for proposals from retail operators.
www.taikwun.hk

Relocation of TVB’s Pearl Channel Frequency Network
  The Communications Authority approved the application by TVB to advance the relocation of the Pearl Channel frequency network to 22 February 2016. Upon completion of the Channel Relocation, the existing simulcast arrangement on the Jade and HD Jade channels would cease immediately, and the HD Jade channel would be renamed as the J5 channel, a general entertainment channel provided in a high-definition digital format. After the Channel Relocation, the viewing public will need to re-scan for channels in their integrated digital TV sets and set-top boxes to continue to receive the Pearl channel.
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NEW COMPANIES IN TOWN
 

Auditoire
A marketing agency for brands and corporations, specialised in the production of conferences, road shows, exhibitions, pop-up stores, brand experiences, product launches
auditoire.com
 
Blend
A multi-disciplinary practice focusing on urban and architectural design and research
www.blend-arch.com

CallisonRTKL
Provides a full complement of design and planning services in commercial environments to top-tier clients throughout the region
www.callisonrtkl.com
 
Muse Industry Management
Services include: photographers, management, advertising campaigns, look-book and editorial productions, as well as creative direction, web and apps design
www.muse-industry.com

NexChange
A social network designed exclusively for the financial services industry
www.nexchange.com
 
The Pulse
A creative-content agency focusing on animation, projection mapping, virtual reality, augmented reality, motion graphics and live action
experiencethepulse.com
UPCOMING HK EVENTS
 

Antony Gormley’s Event Horizon (Exhibition)
Now- 18 May 2016
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Hong Kong and Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture
Now – 28 February 2016
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Hong Kong Toys and Games Fair
11-14 January 2016
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
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M+ Screenings: Visible Places
15-17 January 2016
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The 44th Hong Kong Arts Festival
19 February – 20 March 2016
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Double Bill by West Kowloon Cultural District
“The Ghost Seller” and “His Butterflies (Version 80)”

26 - 27 February 2016
Ko Shan Theatre
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Asia Contemporary Art Show
24 -27 March 2016
Conrad Hong Kong
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Hong Kong International Film Festival 2016
21 March – 4 April 2016
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CONTACT US

If you'd like to know more about how InvestHK's Creative Industries team can help you to set up or expand your business in Hong Kong, please get in touch.
 
Doris Fong
Head of Creative Industries
T: +852 3107 1011
dfong@investhk.gov.hk

 
       
Emily Lau
Multimedia, Digital Entertainment, Social Media
T: +852 3107 1022
emilylau@investhk.gov.hk
  Winnie Lee
Media, Film & Music, Advertising & Sports
T: +852 3107 1051
wlee@investhk.gov.hk
  Cynthia Yau
Arts & Culture, Architecture, Design
T: +852 3107 1457
cyau@investhk.gov.hk
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