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10 things not to miss in Hong Kong this weekend

By Jianne Soriano 5 October 2022

Header image courtesy of D’strict

Looking for things to do this weekend? Here’s our rundown of the best events and things to do in Hong Kong. See what else is coming up in our events calendar.

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Photo: The Peninsula Hong Kong

Dazzling disco

This dazzling disco dinner show at Felix, The Peninsula, recalls the heyday of Studio 54, the iconic Manhattan club that transformed New York City nightlife. Written and directed by artistic director Richard Crawford, “Nights at Studio 54” will give audiences a taste of the legendary Studio 54 together with a divine dinner and fabulous cocktails. VIP guests might even get an invite to Freddie Mercury’s secret birthday party in one of the hidden rooms or join forces with Bianca Jagger and Yoko Ono as they look for ways to save the club!

When: 6 October to 10 December (every Thursday to Sunday)

Where: Felix, 28/F, The Peninsula, 22 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Photo: Hue

Dine with a view

Savvy dining group Woolly Pig Hong Kong partners with British skincare and wellness brand Aromatherapy Associates to roll out a fortifying afternoon tea set at the modern Australian restaurant Hue. Enjoy soothing Victoria Harbour views while munching on a range of creative sweet delights like the strawberry tart with cream cheese filling.

The tea set combines destressing ingredients and modern Aussie cuisine culture and invites you to indulge in an enticing spread of savoury bites such as beef tartare served on baby gem lettuce and duck liver pate. Add $90 for a special cocktail or $55 for a mocktail. A bespoke Aromatherapy Associates gift set worth $400 will be given out while supplies last.

When: Now till 20 November

Where: Hue, 1/F, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Photo: Opera Hong Kong

One true love

La Traviata (“The Fallen Woman”) is Giuseppe Verdi’s most impactful opera. It follows the touching yet tragic love story that explores the forceful indictment of class bigotry and gender prejudice that still resonates today. Violetta, a Parisian courtesan, is independent, beautiful, and elegant, but she is secretly suffering from tuberculosis. Nevertheless, Alfredo falls in love with her, but their love story is broken up by Alfredo’s father, Giorgio Germont.

The production is directed by Jean-Louis Grinda and led by world-class conductor Renato Palumbo while Russian soprano Venera Gimadieva debuts as Violetta. Australian-Mauritian soprano Stacey Alleaume also shares the role of Violetta, with renowned tenors Kang Wang and Mario Chang taking on the role of Alfredo. Click here to get your tickets!

When: 5 to 9 October

Where: Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

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Photo: The Mills

Spooky sea monsters

Venture to Tsuen Wan this weekend and see The Mills transform into a marine wonderland! The art and shopping destination partners with British inflatable design group Designs in the Air to feature giant spooky monsters and their terrifying tentacles just in time to get you into the Halloween mood. “The Inflatable Tentacles,” also known as “Octopus Attack,” is one of the signature designs, first showcased in an abandoned bakery in France in 2004.

Besides the large installation, visitors can also join in the photo hunt by simply picking up the sheet at the ground-floor concierge and completing the tasks. The first three winners each day will receive surprise gifts! To go with the theme, F&B tenants at The Mills will also be serving special themed dishes for a real taste of these sea creatures!

When: Now till 31 October

Where: The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan

Photo: Pace Gallery

For the world to see

Pace Gallery presents an exhibition of new works by Chinese conceptual artist Hong Hao. It highlights mixed media paintings that the artist created in the past two years, including the 2022 series “Micro Sentence,” which is shown to the public for the first time.

Hao is one of the most active conceptual artists in China since the late 1990s and is known for his witty handling of ready-made materials. Over the past decade, the artist has focused on the expressive potential of the materials themselves. In one of his new works, titled “Everchanging Appearance No. 32,” he uses plastic gel, exposed to different temperatures, to produce a fragmented texture like the ice cracks of ancient porcelain.

When: Now till 10 November

Where: Pace Gallery, 12/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road, Central

Photo: Alisan Fine Arts

An art affair

International art fair Fine Art Asia returns this week! On display are artworks spanning 5,000 years of cultural history, from ancient Chinese bronzes to contemporary art. The focus will be on Hong Kong’s excellent art and antique galleries, as well as its outstanding art institutions. Some of these include Rasti Chinese Art, which will present a large lacquered and gessoed camphor wood head of a guardian, Dvarapala, dating around the Ming dynasty.

Rossi & Rossi will exhibit Chinese and Himalayan works of art, while Maria Kiang Chinese Art will showcase exquisite scholars’ objects. On the other hand, Alisan Fine Arts will exhibit “Landscapes Through Time,” featuring works from eight Chinese artists that hark back to the past, with scenes of bygone eras both mythical and real. In contrast, Tanya Baxter Contemporary highlights modern and contemporary British art with works by Damien Hirst and David Hockney. Click here to purchase tickets!

When: 5 to 8 October

Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai

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Photo: D’strict

Borderless artworks

Renowned digital art exhibition “Arte Museum,” seen by 3.2 million people in South Korea, is heading to Hong Kong! Arte Museum is an immersive media art exhibition with the theme of “eternal nature” and features works that reinterpret elements and spaces of nature such as the life of flowers, endlessly crashing swells, a boundless seashore, and a jungle in the rainforest. The Hong Kong exhibition marks the first overseas presentation of these digital artworks, so don’t miss your chance! For more information, visit the official website.

When: 7 October to February 2024

Where: 2/F, K11 HACC, K11 Atelier, King’s Road, North Point

Photo: AXA

To a BetterMe

To mark and celebrate World Mental Health Day, AXA Hong Kong is bringing back the AXA BetterMe weekend to encourage everyone to live healthily inside and out! The large-scale outdoor carnival will have five experience zones, covering the elements of physical and mental wellness, art, and a green lifestyle. All activities are free of charge and suitable for people of all ages and comprise a wide range of classes, games, and workshops.

Among all the zones, the Art Care 4D Experience Zone is exclusively created by Japanese artist Yoshirotten for AXA and brings scientifically proven stress-relieving effects to participants by offering a moment of eye, body, and breathing exercises. To promote an active lifestyle, there will be seven sessions of free yoga and dance classes, guided by instructors from Pure Yoga and Pure Fitness!

When: 8 to 9 October

Where: West Kowloon Cultural District, West Kowloon, Tsim Sha Tsui

Photo: Hyatt Regency Sha Tin

What a buffet!

Hyatt Regency Sha Tin is providing guests with a brand-new weekend dinner buffet ($690), embracing the idea of “eating out of the pan, off the grill, and out of the wok.” From the Chinese kitchen, enjoy dishes such as tossed abalone, 24-month-aged jamón Ibérico, and penne pasta with scallops and crustacean sauce. The Western kitchen is serving baked Boston lobster with cheese cream sauce as well as Tomahawk and tenderloin steaks.

Don’t miss the sweet finishers from the cold and dessert kitchens! Replacing white sugar with monk fruit sweetener, known for being sugarless with zero calories, indulge in the blueberry cheesecake, strawberry yoghurt mousse cake, green tea roll cake, and more!

When: Now till 31 December

Where: Cafe, Hyatt Regency Sha Tin, 18 Chak Cheung Street, Sha Tin

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Photo: Club Rangoon

A carnivalesque weekend

Hong Kong’s only Burmese restaurant, Club Rangoon, begins October with Thadingyut festivities, one of the most widely celebrated holidays in Myanmar. This weekend, enjoy a fun-filled dinner service as Club Rangoon’s dining room transforms into an illuminated space adorned with paper lanterns and candles. You’ll be treated to a limited-edition dish created just for the two Thadingyut evenings, alongside the à la carte or tasting menu for two.

The clam chin sat ($198) is the special delicacy that’s available to order. It’s inspired by the plentiful seafood dishes from the Tanintharyi region of southern Myanmar, namely Dawei, where founder Nelson Htoo’s grandmother is from. The fresh local clams are cooked in lemongrass, fresh ginger, red chilli, and black peppercorn. On the beverage side, Club Rangoon’s very own Hnin Pwint Aye will showcase the flavours of Myanmar through two crafted cocktails: Ma-Gyi-Thee ($118) and Golden Hour ($118).

When: 8 to 9 October

Where: Club Rangoon, 33 Aberdeen Street, Central

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Jianne Soriano

Senior editor

Jianne is introverted by nature but adventurous by heart. This Hong Kong-born-and-raised Filipino, who also spent time in Japan, prides herself on being a fangirl. On days when she’s not writing or travelling, you can find her visiting art exhibitions, looking for the best new places to eat in town, or simply trying to learn another language.