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The Gay Games are coming to Hong Kong this November!

By Ashley Siu 2 November 2023

Header image courtesy of Gay Games Hong Kong

The long-awaited Gay Games will finally make a stop in Hong Kong this year! With a rainbow of events from aquatics to ball games and even table sports like mahjong lined up, the nine-day-long Gay Games make up one of the largest inclusive sport events in the world. The athletic meet-up was delayed by one year due to the pandemic but it could not be held down forever. This edition of the Gay Games is your chance to proudly display and support yourself and your loved ones’ diverse identities through sports, as well as art and culture!

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Photo: Gay Games Hong Kong

Organised by the Federation of Gay Games to promote equality and social change for all, especially for LGBTQIA+ people, the eleventh edition of the Gay Games is coming to Hong Kong from 3 to 11 November. The event includes a wide range of athletic activities, ceremonies, art, and cultural events under the theme “Unity in Diversity.” 

You can expect an action-packed week featuring a total of 18 events covering running, racquet, sea and table sports, aquatics, martial arts, and ball games. Mahjong, a mind sport, is a new addition to the Gay Games and one of the highlights of this year’s competition. The registration deadline for competing has already passed, but don’t worry—we’ve got you covered on how to support the Gay Games from the stands. Find out more about the full line-up of sports events here.

Gay Games Gala Concert

Besides sports and an arts and culture programme, the Gay Games Gala Concert Series involves pop and dance performances by local and international artists, and will be held on 5 and 6 November at Queen Elizabeth Stadium.

The concert kicks off on Sunday with renowned Australian drag artist Courtney Act, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra Brass Ensemble, Silvy, cabaret artist Virgin X, Darkwah, R&B singer Jason Dhakal, and the Harmonics, Hong Kong’s largest LGBTQIA+ choir.

The session on Monday evening will get you moving with drag superstar Shea Couleé’s hit performance, followed by gay dance company Prumsodun Ok & Natyarasa, pop performances by Terence Siufay and Zelos Wong, hip-hop beats provided by Miss Janni, as well as a second performance by Darkwah. Find out more about the full line-up of artists here. Get your tickets here to celebrate diversity and equality!

Young Artists Exhibitions

From 4 to 11 November, the Gay Games will also present the Young Artists Exhibitions at the Goethe-Institut, showcasing pieces by artists under the age of 35. A memorial exhibition is also being held in honour of those who have passed away from HIV or AIDS, and to raise awareness about the topic. The Gay Games are a good opportunity to sweat it out while supporting the LGBTQIA+ community through both sports and arts, so see you there! Click here for more information.

Gay Games 11 Hong Kong 2023

When: 3–11 November

Where: Gay Games Gala Concert Series at Queen Elizabeth Stadium, 18 Oi Kwan Road, Wan Chai

Young Artists Exhibition at Goethe-Institut Hong Kong, 13–14/F, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai

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Ashley Siu

Writer

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Ashley has always been captivated by the city and how its bustling heart coexists with flora and fauna. While writing is her passion, you might also find her relaxing with a cosy video game, feeding horses at a local riding school, or checking out climbing gyms in the city.

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