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The Weekend Ahead: March 5 - 6

By Sophie Pettit 2 March 2016

From dreamlike photography and free yoga by the harbour, to dancing luminous dragons and Irish music on the waterfront, this weekend offers something for every mood. Whether you are looking to relax and unwind, or party like there's no tomorrow, you will find everything you need in our roundup of top happenings around town.

Christopher Button Presents: Some Dream

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Escape the high-rise madness and find calm among the chaos at Christopher Button's first solo photography exhibition, Some Dream. Fantasy and daydreams may not be the first words that spring to mind when you think of rush hour in Hong Kong, but Button has a gift for capturing individuals in isolated moments of contemplation among the hustle and bustle. The perfect way to wind down for the weekend, this much-anticipated show is not to be missed.

Read more! Check out our full interview with Button.

When: March 4, (7pm - 10pm); March 5, (12 noon - 8pm); March 6, (12 noon - 6pm) Where: Ethos, 97 Hill Road, Sai Wan How much: Free Check out the Facebook event page

IRIS Your Escape: Yoga & Wellness Festival

Iris Enjoy a day full of wellness and positivity as the city's largest free yoga and wellness festival returns to the West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade. With an action-packed schedule of eight yoga classes (for various levels), a marketplace with clothes, delicious food, and drink, and a new Meditation Dome, you are sure to find bliss in the urban jungle. Don't miss the live body painting, music, and goodie bags for all festival goers. Entry is free, but online registration is required in order to guarantee your entry.
When: March 5, (10am - 10pm) Where: West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade How much: Free Click here to register

TEDxLinnanUniversity Presents: BOLD


Be bold and stand out with a little help from TEDx. Fourteen speakers from different walks of life will demonstrate how boldness transcends the individual and enters daily life at this inspirational talk at Lingnan University. Guests will discover how to take life into their own hands and learn to take risks, as speakers share their personal stories that led them down a path to boldness. Take that first leap and book your spot now for an afternoon of thought-provoking discussion and carefully prepared talks.

When: March 5, (1pm - 5.30pm) Where: Lingnan University, 8 Castle Peak Road, Tuen Mun, New Territories How much: $40 Click here to buy your ticket

Stormy Dragons Charity Ball


What better excuse to eat, drink, and dance the night away than to raise much-needed funds for the the Hong Kong Sea School, a school for disadvantaged youths? The Stormy Dragons invite you to attend their annual charity ball at the Hong Kong Sea School, where they will transform their gym into a swanky ballroom. All money raised will go towards funding watersport activities for the underprivileged boys that board at the school. With a live auction giving away luxury villa stays in Thailand and Bali, spa vouchers, and swanky dinners in town, as well as free flow wine, spirits, and food by the Butchers Club, this is a great opportunity to glitz up and mingle with fellow paddlers from across Hong Kong.

Read more! Check out our interview with Stormy Dragon Vicki Easton and find out why you should join a dragon boat team.

When: March 5, (7.30pm - midnight) Where: The Hong Kong Sea School, 13 - 15 Tung Tau Wan Road, Stanley How much: $1,000 per person Dress code: Black tie Email [email protected] to book tickets

 Tai Kok Tsui Temple Fair 


Add a splash of colour to your weekend and head to this vibrant community fair, where an explosion of dance, music, and cultural goodies hit the street. Organised by the Mong Kok Kai Fong Association, the annual event pays homage to Hung Shing Temple, the God of the Sea, for bringing luck to the people of Tai Kok Tsui. Festival highlights include the Temple Fair Grand Parade, the Dragon Lion Dance Team, Fashion Show, Magic Show and, of course, the 500-foot Luminous Night Dragon Dance Performance. If you are looking for a culture fix this weekend, this is your spot.

When: March 6, (10am - 9.30pm) Where: Fuk Tsun Street, Tai Kuk Tsui, Kowloon How much: Free Click here for more information

The Mother's Day Southside Market Long Lunch


In celebration of our mamas, The Butcher's Club is bringing back it's monthly Long Lunch and Southside Market. Stalls will be popping up all around the rooftop serving a special Mother's Day buffet, including an afternoon tea stall, seafood grill, carvery, and dessert station. There will also be a Nail Salon tent set up, so you can treat your mama to a manicure, but be sure to book ahead to get your slot. The fun doesn't stop there, as a DIY cupcake decorating area will give mums the chance to get creative and pick up some edible treats to take home too. A face painter will be on hand to keep the little ones entertained, while live music will keep your toes tapping all day long.

When: March 6, (12 noon - 5pm) Where: The Butchers Club Deli at Edits Rooftop, 16/F & Rooftop, Shui K1 Industrial Building, 18 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen How much: $550 for adults; $250 for children Click here to buy your tickets

ICOHK On the Waterfront 

irish The Hong Kong and Macau Irish Festival arrives on our doorstep this month, bringing a series of exciting events to the city. Kick off the action with live music as the International Concert Orchestra of Hong Kong (ICOHK) presents classical and Irish melodies in the beautiful Maritime Museum. An outstanding cast of talented musicians from 12 secondary schools in Hong Kong, led by conductors Debra Jones and Canice Gleeson, will take you on a musical journey through a colourful soundscape. When: March 6, (3pm - 5pm) Where: Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Central Pier No. 8 How much: $150 Click here to buy your tickets

Hong Kong Arts Festival: King and Country

shakespeare Step into Shakespeare's world of drama, bloodshed, and hilarity, courtesy of the Royal Shakespeare Company. As part of Hong Kong Arts Festival, and to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the playwright's death, the globally renowned theatre company will whisk you back to 15th century England with their performances of Henry IV, Part I and Part II, and Henry V. Expect bloody battles, kings in disguise, poetic soliloquies, and a poignant exploration of what constitutes a good leader. Under the guidance of talented British director, Gregory Doran, this Shakespearian series promises to have you laughing, crying, and everything in between. When: Runs until March 13, (2pm and 7.30pm - each performance is 3 hours and 15 minutes, not including the interval) Where: Lyric Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai How much: $200 - $680 Click here to buy your tickets

The BNP Paribas Museum of Bethanie

BETHANIE Still hungry for history? Celebrate the restoration of Béthanie, a French Mission Sanitorium dating back to 1875, with a historical tour. This Grade II historic building, now home to The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, is now open to the public, with tours in both English and Cantonese being held throughout March. Tucked away in Pokfulam, this charming collection of buildings is well worth a visit. Wander around the octagonal cowsheds, admire the breathtaking Béthanie chapel (with its replica stained glass windows, altars, and statues), and check out the epic view of the Peak from the Sir Y K Pao Studio. Make sure you visit the basement museum which showcases the history of French Missionary activity throughout Asia over the past three centuries, sponsored by BNP Paribas. Très bon!  When: Runs until March 31, (Monday - Saturday and public holidays, tours run hourly 11am - 5pm; Sunday, tours run hourly 12 noon - 5pm) Where: The Academy's Landmark Heritage Campus - Bethanie, 139 Pokfulam Road, Pokfulam How much: $25 Click here to get your tickets

M+ Sigg Collection: Four Decades of Chinese Contemporary Art

To Add One Meter to an Anonymous Mountain Watch in awe as the evolution of Chinese contemporary art unfolds before your eyes. For the first time ever, the public can embark upon a chronological exploration of the nation's art scene which has blossomed over four decades. This comprehensive stockpile of Chinese art totals 1,150 works - of which more than 80 will be on display in Hong Kong for the next month. The diverse mix of paintings, sculptures, and installations trace the influence of the Cold War, globalisation, and urbanisation on the nation's creative minds. A great way to kick off Hong Kong Arts Month with a bang. Read more! Check out our roundup of other events this Hong Kong Arts Month. When: Runs until April 5, (11am - 8pm daily, except 11am - 7pm on March 2, 10 and 15, and 11am - 5pm on April 5) Where: ArtisTree, 1/F, Cornwall House, Taikoo Place, 979 King's Road, Quarry Bay How much: Free Click here for more information

Plan Ahead ...

Do not miss your chance to grab tickets for these up coming events before it is too late. Sign Up! TrailWagger - April 16, (10am) Buy tickets! Gormei Art Hour - March 8 - 23, (noon - midnight) 5 Seconds of Summer 'Sounds Live Feels Live' Live in Hong Kong 2016 - March 10, (8pm) Taste of Hong Kong - March 10 - 13, (times vary) The Beach Boys with the HK Phil - March 18 - 19, (8pm) Hong Kong Arts Festival - Runs until March 20, (times vary) Art Central - March 23 - 26, (click here for special Localiiz discount!) Thunder From Down Under - April 3, (7pm and 9pm) An Evening With Tom Jones Live - April 7, (8pm)

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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.