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10 things not to miss in Hong Kong this weekend

By Alisa Chau 22 June 2022

Header images courtesy of Odds and Ends Gallery

Need some inspiration on what 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: Ruinart

One in the hand, one in the bag, bubblin’

Inspired by the Ruinart-commissioned Jeppe Hein piece “Right Here, Right Now” showcased at Art Basel 2022, the champagne house is extending the experience of the artwork through the bespoke Ruinart carte blanche dinner at Asaya Kitchen.

Built upon the sensorial aesthetics designed by Hein, the menu is one that plays with more than just flavour. From using rounded dishes resembling the pockets of fizz in each glass of bubbly to the music chosen to accompany the meal, each element is expertly curated for the ultimate epicurean experience. Reserve your seats here.

When: Now till 25 June

Where: Asaya Kitchen, 6/F, Rosewood Hong Kong Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Photo: Perrier

Yeah, I’m Perrierin’

With travel and flights beginning to pick up again, there’s no theme like “Perrier Around the World” to launch this year’s Perrier cocktail-making challenge. Open to the public, amateur shakers are called on to mix a creative concoction using Perrier and a pairing of any liquor of choice. Participants need to upload their innovative entries to Instagram to be chosen to participate in the upcoming real-life finals held on 24 July, where they will recreate their cocktail in front of a star-studded panel of judges.

The top three winners will receive a staycation at St Regis, a signature tasting menu at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon and cocktail vouchers for COA, and a six-month supply of Perrier and spirits, respectively. Click here for more details on how to join the competition.

When: Submission date ends 11 July

Photo: Hong Kong Maritime Museum

It was the best of times, it was the maritime

We’re all familiar with Hong Kong’s “rags to riches” origins, a metropolis spun from a humble fishing village. Celebrating the city’s remarkable history, the upcoming exhibition “Hong Kong’s Maritime Miracle” explores the urban metamorphosis since 1945.

Presented in a series of 25 exhibits, it showcases local artefacts, artwork, new technologies, and a series of short films by the award-winning Heiward Mak. From a genuine turnstile used as a fare gate almost a century ago to the only remaining Dai Fei speedboat in existence on show, head along to the Maritime Museum for a journey back in time.

When: 24 June to 30 October

Where: Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Central Pier 8, Central

Photo: Grassroots Future (via Facebook)

Refugee week

With roots in the UK, Refugee Week is a six-day-long festival. Starting from World Refugee Day on 20 June, it honours the experiences and strength of asylum seekers around the world. Grassroots Future, a registered charity, is bringing the event to Hong Kong as the city’s inaugural edition, which will include both in-person and virtual events.

Join the community for a day of food, live performances, poetry, and a film screening, all of which lend to a greater understanding and compassion for those who have lived through displacement. Find out more and register for entry here.

When: 25 June

Where: Kowloon Union Church, 4 Jordan Road, Yau Ma Tei

Photo: Tai Kwun

Mad world

Rounding off the final instalments of “Movie on the Steps,” a two-month-long public screening series that’s one of a kind, Tai Kwun will be streaming a rarely shared, handpicked episode from a local television series over the Laundry Steps.

Open to all and full of lively air, the viewings work like time capsules to hearken back to the era of television as the heart of the family unit, and the period of Hong Kong as reflected in the selected shows’ portrayals. Featuring Mad Mad 83 on 26 June, click here to find out more about this iconic piece of work.

When: 4 pm, 26 June

Where: Laundry Steps, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central

Photo: @carbonbrewscentral (via Instagram)

Let’s get funky

Play that funky music, bartender! Supplying danceable tunes and freshly pulled drafts all night long, the recently opened Carbon Brews taproom is sharing a limited-edition range of seriously groovy brews crafted specially to pair with music. Featuring the fruity All Funked Up, Dark Forest Brett Imperial Stout, and Funky Rich Lupulins V4.0, get ready for an evening full of flavour. Secure your last-minute spot here.

When: 5 pm to 12 am, 23 June

Where: Carbon Brews Central, Shop 01, G/F, The Centrium, 60 Wyndham Street, Central

Photo: Swire Coca-Cola HK

Coca-Cola and the bottle of secrets

Look through the glass and take a trip down memory lane with the design evolution of Coca-Cola’s legendary bottle. Celebrating the launch of a new-and-improved bottle design, you can uncover the historic 24-bottle crates that have been upcycled into student-made artwork and get a glimpse into the ever-evolving production line behind the package.

Aside from grabbing a fizzy drink to cool down with, visitors can also pay a visit to the tuck shop for some exclusive Coca-Cola merchandise and goodies. Proceeds from the sale of certain products will go towards the Hong Kong Society for the Blind.

When: Now till 30 June

Where: 1/F Atrium, The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan

Photo: @munsangman

Flash, bang, wallop

Kwun Tong-based Morning Tattoo Studio joins hands with Korean fusion café Ppalli Ppalli to host an open day for affordable flash tattoos from local artists. Take your pick from the intricately shaded illustrations by Im Not Sorry Mum, whimsical inkings by Ice Cream Tattoo HK, fluid Chinese ink painting-inspired works by I Know Tattoo, and more.

When: 23 June to 26 June

Where: Ppalli Ppalli, 230 Tai Nam Street, Sham Shui Po

Photo: PMQ

Frenzy in the wild

Hosted by Odds and Ends at PMQ, “Frenzy in the Wild” is an exhibition that navigates the lines between nature, cityscapes, and spirituality. A solo endeavour by Hong Kong-based Brazilian artist Jum, the display comes as part of her “The Nature Within” series and also includes new versions of previous prints. Swirling with psychedelic dynamism and bright colours, viewers are invited to get lost in the illustrations. Click here for more information.

When: Now till 29 June

Where: Odds and Ends, H307, Block B, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central

Photo: @shoplittletwo (via Instagram)

Mark(et) your diary

Vintage collectible stores Shop Little Two, Dai Lin Wah, and Sun Two Tong are grouping together their quirky goods and hawking off an array of limited-edition items, old-school toys, vintage furniture, and more! Rummage through the treasure trove to discover some wildly wonderful knick-knacks. Held in-store at jewellery boutique A Little Something, there will also be a gorgeous variety of crafted accessories for you to explore, too.

When: Now till 30 June

Where: A Little Something, Shop B, 188 Lai Chi Kok Road, Sham Shui Po

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Alisa Chau

Editor

Always down for an adventure, Alisa’s general approach to life (and anything, really) is to “just go with the flow.” She believes that the most unforgettable moments are the most spontaneous ones. One thing she will always be certain of, however, is her love for the band My Chemical Romance and potato-based food.

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