Arts Innovation | Policy Research Series
Be Virtually Ready: Strategy for Future Cultural Creative Industries
Our Hong Kong Foundation has published its latest Arts Innovation research report, titled “Be Virtually Ready: Strategy for Future Cultural Creative Industries”.
From streaming platforms to digital art, the digital transformation of the cultural and creative industries is in full swing, giving rise to new opportunities for cultural content creation, exchange and trade. Accelerated by the pandemic, governments around the world are recognising the drastic changes brought about by technology, and are revising cultural policies to keep pace with tecnological developments and emerging industries, with policies that support integrating traditional culture with new technologies, metaverse content development, trading platforms for cultural products, and future creative R&D talents training.
The stars have also aligned for new cultural policymaking in Hong Kong. This year marks a government restructuring, and the possibility of a new Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau. This is accompanied by visions set out in the national 14th Five-Year Plan, which promulgated the support for Hong Kong become a “hub of arts and cultural exchanges between China and the rest of the world” and a “regional IP trading centre”. These two positionings have direct implications for Hong Kong’s cultural and creative industries.
This report took 1.5 years to complete, which analyses key cultural policies in mainland China's 14th Five-Year Plan, as well as the latest initiatives in Taiwan, South Korea and the United Kingdom. It is also a result of in-depth exchanges with local cultural and creative practitioners to identify the most suitable policy directions for Hong Kong.
Structural components of cultural ministries in South Korea, the UK, mainland China, and Taiwan
OHKF presents eight recommendations from four policy arenas, which spans the new bureau’s structure and strategy (pertaining to its cultural portion only), content creation and development, digital infrastructures for cultural data and cultural IP, and long-term talents-nurturing. We implore the Government to formulate a Digital Culture Strategy for these areas to stay relevant with the times, respond to the needs of the industry and enhance Hong Kong's cultural soft power. For details, please refer to the full report.
IP creation and IP development
Eight features in a Cultural Data Infrastructure
Four features in a Cultural IP Trading Platform
In the digital age, the potentials for the cultural and creative industries to innovate are countless. With a new, upcoming and dedicated policy bureau, we hope that cultural policymakers will keep abreast of the times and build the cultural and creative ecosystem through both "software" and "hardware", so that Hong Kong can truly become a vibrant hub of international cultural exchanges.
Innovating Creative Cultures—Arts Tech
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In precarious times like these, we are more aware than ever, how astonishingly fast changing the world is. But it is also the current backdrop which has called for growing convergences between arts and technology sectors to work together and create synergy.
Indeed, arts tech as a global trend is seen to be disrupting cultural ecosystems worldwide – economies around the world such as the UK, South Korea, and Taiwan, have all laid out innovative policies in recent years that actively call to action, collaborations and convergences between the realms of arts and of technology, thus presenting no better time for Our Hong Kong Foundation to announce a new report on arts innovation.
Entitled ‘Innovating Creative Cultures—Arts Tech’, the study is Hong Kong’s first policy recommendation paper that calls to action, creative and technology professionals to work together. As a new genre and norm of the future, our report explains how arts tech can affect, influence, and even revolutionise how people perceive and respond to arts and culture in Hong Kong. As the figures show, the sector for Interactive Media, Software, Computer Games (IMSCG) under the cultural and creative industries (CCI) in Hong Kong significantly outperforms the entire CCI in terms of contribution to GDP and employment, suggesting the IMSCG as the main driving force behind CCI’s overall value increase. Hence, vast opportunities await for a ‘blue ocean’ of arts tech to be captured, if Hong Kong can properly harness industry talents to further arts and technology development, and create a greater edge for Hong Kong’s position on the global stage.
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The report parses this discussion under the four main policy gaps of blueprint, funding, infrastructure, and networks, and offers corresponding policy recommendations that hope to drive arts tech development forward. We recommend first and foremost, the Government devises a cultural blueprint specific for arts tech, that brings cultural and technology sectors to work together, with commitments encompassing the establishment of a dedicated arts tech funding, a creative innovative research infrastructure, and a digital culture platform. For specifics, please refer to full report.
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Our report hopes to kick-start a conversation across all related parties and government bureaux, and be part of a collective effort that recognises the importance of staying relevant, of innovating arts, and the myriad of new possibilities and opportunities that arts tech could bring, both for the industry and our city at large.
Arts Innovation Research Series II – Celebrating the Inclusive Power of Arts
This report is a pioneering effort that acknowledges and calls attention to the inclusive power of arts in Hong Kong. We believe arts participation and creative engagement are particularly beneficial to the wellbeing of certain demographics, namely the elderly (including those with dementia), ex-offenders, at-risk youths, ethnic minorities, and the disabled (including those with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and specific learning difficulties (SpLD)).
We propose for a more concerted government effort in making arts a solution for health and wellbeing when fostering a more inclusive society. We recommend the adoption of the arts more resourcefully to nurture a healthy, vibrant and inclusive community, through a more resourceful mobilisation of arts therapists in health and social welfare sectors to reinforce medical-social collaboration, a sustained funding mechanism for arts projects with demonstrable social impact, and an innovative concept of “social prescribing” that allows patients to better access arts therapy and other activities of creative engagement within the community.
Arts Innovation | Policy Research Series
Our Hong Kong Foundation has published the first Arts Innovation Research Report, entitled ‘Unleashing our museums, Reforms toward a new governance model’. The research report argues that the full potential of Hong Kong’s museums can only be unleashed under a publicly-funded, autonomously managed governance model. It proposes that legislation be enacted to establish a statutory Museums Board to enliven the museums scene and increase Hong Kong’s competitiveness as a cultural hub.
A vibrant museum sector is indispensable for a world-class city like Hong Kong. OHKF hopes that reforms of the governance model of our public museums would breathe new energy into the sector, for the benefit of the general public.
Aside from museum governance, the Arts Innovation research series will also cover various topical issues, encompassing the visual arts, performing arts and popular culture, in an attempt to find new paths for the long-term development of Hong Kong.