The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), is a department in the Government of Hong Kong. It reports to the Home Affairs Bureau, headed by the Secretary for Home Affairs. It provides leisure and cultural activities for the people of Hong Kong, which was also one of the tasks of the former Urban Council, and Regional Council and Home Affairs Bureau. It manages various public facilities around Hong Kong including public libraries, swimming pools, and sports centres. The well-known Hong Kong Cultural Centre and Hong Kong Space Museum are among several museums also managed by the department. It was established in 2000 and its headquarters is in Shatin, New Territories.
|Formed||1 January 2000|
|Headquarters||Leisure and Cultural Services Headquarters, 1-3 Pai Tau Street, Sha Tin, Hong Kong|
|Employees||10108 (March 2019) |
|Annual budget||5,054.9m HKD (2008-09) |
|Parent agency||Home Affairs Bureau|
|Leisure and Cultural Services Department|
List of directors for LCSDEdit
- Thomas Chow Tat-ming (2000–2009)
- Betty Fung Ching Suk-yee, JP (2009–2014)
- Michelle Li Mei-sheung, JP (2014–2019)
- Vincent LIU Ming-kwong, JP
Facilities and servicesEdit
- Flagstaff House Museum of Teaware
- Hong Kong Film Archive
- Hong Kong Heritage Museum
- Hong Kong Museum of Art
- Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence
- Hong Kong Museum of History
- Hong Kong Railway Museum
- Hong Kong Science Museum
- Hong Kong Space Museum
- Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre
- Law Uk Folk Museum
- Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb Museum
- Sam Tung Uk Museum
- Sheung Yiu Folk Museum
Most public parks and gardens are managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.
Hong Kong Public Libraries (HKPL) consists of 67 static and 10 mobile libraries offering a total collection of 12.3 million items of books, audio/video materials, newspapers and periodicals, etc. Among the most significant libraries are the Hong Kong Central Library, Kowloon Public Library, and Sha Tin Public Library.
Sports and fitnessEdit
The LCSD operates two stadia (Hong Kong Stadium and Mong Kok Stadium) and numerous sports grounds, indoor sporting halls and courts, and public swimming pools. It also manages and provides lifeguards at gazetted beaches.
Sports Subvention SchemeEdit
Under the Sports Subvention Scheme, the LCSD provides recurrent subvention to 58 national sports associations (NSAs) in Hong Kong, at levels ranging from around HK$0.5 million to HK$10 million (in 2011–12). Until 2004–2005, NSAs received subventions from the statutory Hong Kong Sports Development Board. NSAs are members of the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China, which is the National Olympic Committee in Hong Kong responsible for the co-ordination of all local sports organizations and promotion of sports in Hong Kong.
- Hong Kong cultural policy
- The former Urban Council and Urban Services Department
- The former Regional Council and Regional Services Department
Home Affairs Bureau
- "Senior appointments (with photos)". Government of Hong Kong. 18 June 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
- "Hong Kong Public Libraries - Introduction". Leisure and Cultural Services Department. 14 April 2009. Archived from the original on 21 December 2005. Retrieved 10 October 2009.
- Legislative Council Panel on Home Affairs LC Paper No. CB(2)772/11-12(04)
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