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The Weekend Ahead: February 6 - 7

By Sophie Pettit 3 February 2016
Just when we thought weekends couldn't get any better, the Year of the Monkey comes swinging into town. Get ready to celebrate the cheeky chap in style, as Hong Kong welcomes three extra days of fun, filled with rugby scrums, Flawless performances, and enough flowers to last us the entire year. Kung Hei Fat Choy people!

Fringe Club: Black & White Party Homage to 1913

BW How does an evening of monochrome madness take your fancy? Hong Kong Fringe Club is stepping back in time this Friday night, and throwing a Black & White Party to celebrate its launch back in 1913. Turn of the century glamour will take over the four-floor venue as mixologists whip up Absolut cocktails, electrik DJs hit the decks, and a host of magicians dazzle us with tricks. Grab a Green Fairy cocktail and dance the night away to big band jazz, or head up to the terrace where corks will pop and bubbles will flow. Dig out your fur stoles and top hats people - it's time to party like it's 1913! When: February 5, (8pm - late) Where: Hong Kong Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central How much: Free if you wear black & white/ $250 on the door (drinks not included) Click here for more information

REWIND's 1 Year Anniversary

rewind Fringe Club isn't the only one celebrating a birthday this weekend. After an amazing year of pop-up parties and sunny rooftop sessions, the REWIND team is turning one in style. It may be too cold for their trademark rooftop rave, but with German music producer and DJ extraordinaire &ME leading the celebrations, there's no doubt this indoor party will stand up to the mark. Dress to express, and dance to impress as &ME fills The Annex with his unique blend of techno and soulful house music. We'll see you there ... When: February 5, (11pm - 5am) Where: The Annex, Unit 6, 2/F, Wing Wo Street, Central How much: $250 - $300 (including 1 drink) Click here to buy your tickets

Bach: The 6 Brandenburg Concertos

hKP Escape the bustling New Year crowds and lose yourself in the musical mastery of Johann Sebastian Bach. Delight as members of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra bring The 6 Brandenberg Concertos to life with rich harmonies and melodies filling Hong Kong City Hall. Often deemed to be the greatest musical works of the Baroque period, this performance of the Brandenburg Concertos is not to be missed.

When: February 5 - 6, (8pm) Where: Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall, How much: $180 - $480 Click here to buy your tickets

KidsFest Presents: Aliens Love Underpants and Little Red Riding Hood


Who's afraid of the big bad wolf? The fairytale classic, Little Red Riding Hood, has been given a musical makeover and is taking to the KidsFest stage this weekend. Join Scarlet and her fluffy friend, Stanley the Squirrel, as they journey through the enchanted forest and outwit Walter the Wolf. Watch out, there's an alien invasion! For the very first time, the best-selling children's book, Alien's Love Underpantsis being brought to life. This action-packed, wacky tale is guaranteed to have the whole family in stitches. Jam-packed with music, madness, and martians (of course), this show is going to be out of this world.

When: Little Red Riding Hood, (February 4 - 7); Aliens Love Underpants, (February 5 - 7) Where: Drama Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai How much: $195 - $435 (packages are also available) Click on the links above to buy your tickets

Chinese New Year Flower Markets 

flower market Treat your senses to an explosion of colour and aroma with a visit to the bustling Chinese New Year flower markets. An abundance of festive flowers have popped up at fifteen spots across Hong Kong, so keep your eyes peeled for traditionally festive plants such as kumquats, cherry blossoms, and daffodils. These fragrant flowers are thought to bring good luck and prosperity your way in the New Year (yes please!). Don't forget to pick up some festive gifts for your nearest and dearest while you're down there, and read our roundup of events and other articles on Chinese New Year. When: Open until February 8, (12 noon - midnight, except February 8 which runs from midnight - 6am) Where: 15 parks across Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, including Victoria Park in Causeway Bay and Fa Hui Park in Mong Kok How much: Free Click here for more information

"Kingdom of Vigorous Monkeys" Lantern Display

lantern Watch a tribe of cheeky chimps play around in lantern form as the annual Chinese New Year lantern display comes to life this weekend at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Admire the radiant colours and creative designs of the stunning lights, and take the perfect New Year selfie with your loved ones. When: February 4 - 28, (6pm - 11pm daily) Where: Piazza, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui How much: Free Click here for more information

Udderbelly Presents: Flawless, Trash Test Dummies, and EDINBURGH FESTIVAL ALLSTARS

trash test Underbelly is seeing off it's penultimate weekend in Hong Kong with an action-packed line up. Watch International Dance Champions and Britain's Got Talent finalists, Flawless, take to the stage with their hip-hop routines, break-dancing tricks, and acrobatic moves. Meanwhile, the Trash Test Dummies prove that one man's trash really is another man's treasure with their imaginative, family-friendly performance using household garbage to achieve jaw-dropping acrobatic feats. Prepare to laugh yourself senseless with EDINBURGH FESTIVAL ALLSTARS, as the creme de la creme of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival performers touch down in Hong Kong to entertain you with comedy, card tricks, magic, and more! When: Flawless (runs until February 14); Trash Test Dummies (February 3 - 10); EDINBURGH FESTIVAL ALLSTARS (runs until February 14) Where: The Udderbelly Tent, Central Harbourfront Event Space, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central How much: Ticket prices vary Click here to buy your tickets

Nataxis Rugby Cup

nataxis 2 Fancy a scrum? Get ready for an epic battle this weekend, as the French Top-14 league contenders, Racing 92, take on the defending Super Rugby Champions, the New Zealand Highlanders. Head down to the Siu Sai Wan Stadium and witness these two premier clubs fight it out for the glory of the Nataxis Rugby Cup. This will be the third time Racing 92 have played in Hong Kong in three seasons. Will the strength and skill of two-time Rugby World Cup champion, Dan Carter, be enough for them to claim the glory this time? Steady your nerves sports fans - it's going to be intense! When: February 6, (5pm kick off) Where: Siu Sai Wan Stadium, Chai Wan How much: $399 - $999 Click here to buy your tickets

AIA Great European Carnival 

wave(1) Wave goodbye to the cold snap and celebrate the Year of the Monkey with free entry to the Great European Carnival. There are only three weeks left to make the most of the bright lights and big tops down at Central Harbourfront, so buckle up and enjoy the ride. Soar through the air and enjoy the view on the Wave Swinger (pictured), make a splash on the Log Flume, and (for the daredevils among you) reach dizzying heights on Xtreme. With so many rides and attractions to choose from, your only problem might be fitting them all in! When: Daily, (11am - 11pm) Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space How much: Free (you still need money to play on the games and rides) Click here for more information

Plan Ahead ... 

Don't miss your chance to grab tickets to these upcoming events before it's too late. Sign Up HYSAN Healthy Hike & Run - March 20, (8.30am) Sign up before February 8 for discount entry fees Buy Tickets Rodgers & Hammerstein on Stage and Screen - February 12 - 13, (8pm) NoFit State Circus presents Bianco - February 17 - 20, (8pm) Madonna Rebel Heart Tour - Official After Party - February 20, (9pm - 5am) Russell Peters ALMOST FAMOUS World Tour - February 26, (8.15pm) Taste of Hong Kong - March 10 - 13, (times vary)

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Sophie Pettit


Sophie is always on the lookout for a great story and her next big adventure and loves nothing more than discovering the city’s hidden gems—and most delicious cocktails. When she’s not exploring new places, she’s off travelling and ticking countries off her bucket list.