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The Weekend Ahead: January 30 - 31

By Sophie Pettit 27 January 2016
We've shivered our way through the cold snap this week, but this weekend's line up of events are bound to lure you away from your cosy, warm apartment. With open air cinemas, outdoor music festivals and performances, and men dancing the burlesque, it's all happening in the high-rise jungle. So grab your coat and get out there!

Hong Kong Ballet Classics for Children The Sleeping Beauty

ballet Prepare to be enchanted as the Hong Kong Ballet bring the classic fairytale of Sleeping Beauty back to life at the Cultural Centre this weekend. Presented as part of the hugely popular Ballet Classics for Children series, the show includes both English and Cantonese narrated performances, so bag your tickets before they disappear! When: January 29 - 31, (times vary) Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Studio Theatre How much: $180 -$280 Click here to buy your tickets

Picnic in the Park

picnic in the park Hong Kong's favourite live charity music and dance festival is back for its 10th anniversary, and promises to be bigger and better than ever. Featuring live music from 26 band, the one-day event offers rock, pop, hip-hop and big brass in an attempt to raise a whopping $500,000 for Hong Kong children's charities, including The Hong Kong Student Aid Society and the Hong Chi Children’s Home. So dig deep, dine, and dance the day away at Discovery Bay this Saturday! When: January 30, (10.30am - 9.45pm) Where: Siena One Drive, Siena Park, Discovery Bay How much: Free (donations are welcome) Click here for more information

Braidwood Cup T20 Internationals Hong Kong vs Scotland


Wickets at the ready! For the first time ever, Hong Kong is hosting a T20 cricket match as part of the Braidwood Cup series. Kick back and enjoy this two-day festival of cricket, as Hong Kong and Scotland battle it out on the pitch. Entry into the public area is free, but grab yourself a ticket to be in with a chance of winning a bat signed by both teams.

When: January 30 - 31, (Gates open at 12pm; first ball at 1pm) Where: Mission Road Cricket Ground, 15 Tin Kwong Road, How much: Free entry to the public area, and exclusive tickets starting at $300 Click here to buy your tickets

MusiK11 Presents Nowhere Boys and The Anello

k112 Rock out to two of our city's favourite bands, as K11 presents five-piece indie band, Nowhere Boys, and Hong Kong's Best Band (voted by HKELD) The Anello. Enjoy free beer courtesy of San Miguel, and dance around to Hong Kong's home-grown sounds. Now, surely that's more fun than shopping! When: January 30, (4pm - 5.30pm) Where: K11, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui How much: Free Check out their Facebook event page for more information

How Cool is That?!!

charity drinks Have a drink and help the homeless - could it get any easier? Hong Kong's street sleepers have been at the forefront of our minds during the recent cold snap, so now is the perfect time to do our bit. Wine, beer, and house shooters will be just $50 a piece at this fundraising gathering at Le Tambour - but, more importantly, for every beverage you buy, humanitarian movement impactHK will provide a hot meal for the homeless. Last month's event funded 380 meals - now how cool is that?!! When: January 30, (7pm - 12pm) Where: Le Tambour, 52A Peel Street, Central How much: Free entry and $50 drinks Check out their Facebook event page for more information

Sai Kung Open Air Cinema Club Presents Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

indiana jones Join Indiana Jones on the terrace of The Hive Sai Kung, as he embarks on an epic adventure to the Temple of Doom. Blankets, popcorn, and BBQ food will be provided to ensure your belly is full and your toes are toasty. The movie will start at 7pm, but get down there from 6pm to enjoy some light pre-viewing entertainment. Keep an eye out for emails and Facebook updates if a pesky rain cloud should head our way this weekend, as the screening may have to be rescheduled. When: January 30, (doors open at 6pm; film starts at 7pm) Where: The Hive Sai Kung, 5 Tsai Mong Rd, Sai Kung How much: $120 Check out their Facebook event page for more information

Udderbelly Close Up, BRIEFS, and Sticks Stones Broken Bones

briefs Riding high on a wave of sell-out shows in London and Edinburgh, the world's first all-male burlesque troop, BRIEFS (pictured) is taking over Udderbelly this weekend. Avant-garde is the order of the day, so expect jaw-dropping aerial acrobatics, extravagant boylesque performances, and a fair bit of nudity (you've been warned!) The Close Up acrobats are also taking to the stage, performing unbelievable feats of balance and strength, accompanied by powerful music and interactive videos. Perhaps puppet are more up your street? Join Bunk Puppets as they bring household junk to life in their hilarious shadow puppet show, Sticks Stones Broken Bones, and entertain the whole family with their wacky, wordless show. When: BRIEFS (January 26 - 30) Close Up (runs until January 31) Sticks Stones Broken Bones (January 30 - 31) Where: The Udderbelly Tent, Central Harbourfront Event Space, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central How much: Ticket prices vary Click here to buy your tickets

AIA The Great European Carnival Presents Phantastique Friday and The Back To It's Roots Festival


The Brothers Phantastique return to the AIA Carnival this weekend with plenty of tricks up their sleeves to entertain kids and parents alike. Meanwhile, music lovers might want to head to the main stage, as The Underground HK presents The Back To It's Roots Festival in celebration of its 12th birthday. Catch familiar faces, such as KOLOR, Senseless, and Jing Won, as well as exciting new names at the two-day musical extravaganza. With performances ranging from folk to pop, indie to rock, the festival is sure to keep all ears entertained. The carnival won't be around for much longer, so make sure you take full advantage of the bright lights, big rides, and fairground games while you're down there! When: Phantastique Friday - January 29, (7.30pm); Back To It's Roots Festival - January 30, (4pm - 11pm) and January 31, (4pm - 10pm) Where: Main Stage, Central Harbourfront Event Space How much: Entrance to the Main Stage is inclusive in a ticket; $90 (child ticket, includes 7 tokens) and $125 (adult ticket, includes 10 tokens) Click here to buy tickets

"Appreciate Hong Kong" Outdoor Music Performances

building 1 Treat your eyes and ears to an outdoor performance by the talented Asian Young Musician's Connection, at one of Hong Kong's most historic landmarks in Shek Kip Mei. The event runs as part of the "Appreciate Hong Kong" campaign, which is launching outdoor music performances at four historic buildings from January to April. Members of the public are welcome to enjoy the free performances to appreciate the city’s rich heritage from different perspectives, so keep your eyes peeled over the next couple of months. When: January 31, (2pm) Where: Yha Mei Ho House Youth Hostel, Block 41, Shek Kip Mei Estate, Sham Shui Po How much: Free Click here for more information

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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.