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10 things not to miss in Hong Kong this weekend

By Alisa Chau 19 January 2022 | Last Updated 20 January 2022

Header image courtesy of Green Code Plaza

Need some inspiration on what to do this weekend? Take a look at our rundown of the best events and things to do around Hong Kong, and see what else is coming up in our events calendar.

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Photo: Green Code Plaza

I see the light

Explore the world through Lunar New Year lantern displays inspired by traditional Taiwanese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Japanese styles just in time for the upcoming festivities. By way of mall-hopping across New Territories and Kowloon, prepare to be dazzled by the beautiful arrangements at Metro Harbour Plaza, Double Cove Place, Green Code Plaza, and Grand Waterfront Plaza, which double as the perfect Instagram spots to feed your feed.

When: Now till 16 February

Where: Metro Harbour Plaza, 8 Fuk Lee Street, Tai Kok Tsui

Double Cove Place, 8 Wu Kai Sha Road, Ma On Shan

Green Code Plaza, 1 Ma Sik Road, Fanling

Grand Waterfront Plaza, 38 San Ma Tau Street, To Kwa Wan

Tree of life

While many of us are making our return to the great outdoors, it seems as though the mindset of “conquer every mountain by checking in the location tag on Instagram” remains quite persistent and ubiquitous. Rather than going on challenging hikes simply for the bragging rights, why not take it easy and take the journey as a chance to get back in touch with your inner self? Forest bathing is a great way to reset your mind and body by getting in touch with nature, and might be helpful in staving off the stress that may have secretly accumulated as a result of the past two weeks. Click here for our favourite forest bathing spots to explore, and our tips for a fruitful session.

Photo: Crafts on Peel

I wish you wood

Diving further into the allure of nature, Crafts on Peel presents “Stories Encapsulated: Wood,” which revolves around the artistry of wood creations. Local and foreign woodworkers have come together and collaborated to craft nine special pieces that bridge together contemporary and traditional interpretations of playing with the material of wood, supplemented with selections that have been plucked from overseas.

When: 22 January to 21 May

Where: Crafts on Peel, 11 Peel Street, Central

Photo: Woaw Gallery

Year of the tiger

A beast that at once symbolises raw danger whilst also acting as a source of spiritual strength, tigers make for a visually mesmerising subject to draw inspiration from over this Lunar New Year. Spearheading Woaw Gallery’s first show of 2022, Jordy Kerwick steps forward with his electrifying solo show, “Année du Tigre, L’heure du Tigre,” which features a vibrant collection of works that depict the majestic beast.

When: 22 January to 17 February

Where: Woaw Gallery, 9 Queen’s Road Central, Central

Photo: Kawita Vatanajyankur (via M+)

Arthouse cinema and chill?

There’s no better time than now to hole in and have a cheeky binge-watching session, and we suggest you add the titles from the “Watch and Chill” programme to your list. This curation of filmic works was organised by M+ in tandem with art institutions from Manila, Seoul, and Chiang Mai. The series dives into the habits we have developed and explores the novel ways in which we have learnt to entertain ourselves over the course of the new normal through an audio-visual retrospective—talk about meta. Click here for more details and to stream the programme.

When: Now till 20 February

Photo: Soho House

Circle gets the swap

Famously fast-paced, the fashion in Hong Kong evolves just as quickly as everything else in the city, leading to an excess of clothing being left unworn or sent to the landfill after minimal use. Armed with a resolution to hit the stop button on this toxic cycle, Take Out Plastic and No Thrillsss are hosting “Circle Back,” a second-hand clothing swap market at Soho House. Aside from checking out the fantastic motley crew of local sustainable and vintage brands, bring along some of your clothes to take part in the swap circuit. A portion of the proceeds will go to organisations supporting refugees in Hong Kong and typhoon relief in the Philippines, with leftover items being added to the donations load. Entry is free but requires prior sign-up; register for the event by clicking here.

When: 12 pm to 6 pm, 22 Saturday and 23 Sunday

Where: House Studio, 1/F, Soho House Hong Kong, 33 Des Voeux Road West, Sheung Wan

Snowbound

Bringing the outside in, The North Face is setting up camp in Landmark to showcase its new “XX Kaws collection. The installation melds together the rugged combination of landscape scenes from snow-capped mountaintops and striking touches of cargo and art that have informed the aesthetics of the line. An adjacent Supply Station plies intrepid trekkers with hot cocoa and sandos, and is also where you can scope out the pieces for yourself.

When: Now till 23 January

Where: Landmark Atrium & Belowground, Shop 5–6, B/F, Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central

Photo: Marble Print & Clay (via Facebook)

Print perfect

Encompassing prints from up to 21 artists based in Hong Kong, “Why Print 3 Finale” is part of a biennial exhibition series that showcases emerging and established talent. From the bright colours of Cristina Suen’s whimsical pieces to the ringing melancholy amongst the muted shadows of Justin Larkin’s works, the collection allows an exploration into the possibilities of the medium. For biographies and details on the lineup, check out the event page here.

When: 9 am to 7 pm, 21 January to 10 March

Where: KC100 Art Space, 100 Kwai Cheong Road, Kwai Chung

Could I be any more of an expert?

Well, no one told you 2022 was gonna be this way. Helping us through these hard times, we are being treated to not just one, but two Friends quizzes! Get ready to put your knowledge of this beloved comfort show to the test as you sound out the lyrics to “Smelly Cat” and race to scribble down your answers for a shot at some dazzling prizes. Both events are open to teams of four to six. Book your spot inclusive of two hours of free-flow at The Daily Tot by shooting them a message on Instagram, or email them at [email protected]. Meanwhile, Millennial Quiz Night’s buzzing trivia tournament will be held at The Aftermath—more details can be found here.

When: 2 pm to 5 pm, 23 January (Millennial Quiz Night)

3.30 pm to 5.30 pm, 23 January (The Daily Tot)

Where: The Aftermath, Sunny Building, LG/F, 57–59 Wyndham Street, Central (Millennial Quiz Night)

The Daily Tot, G/F, Shop E, Felicity Building, 58 Hollywood Road, Central (The Daily Tot)

Photo: Aeos Auctions

No wine like now

Spearheaded by Simon Tam and his team of sommeliers, Aeos Auctions is debuting its first live auction of the year. Starting with a big bang, the showcase will unveil an assemblage of Burgundies from the renowned Domaine René Engel. This once-in-a-lifetime auction will feature stunning rare vintages prepped with the distinct methods formulated by the Engels themselves. Click here to size up the catalogue and here to reserve your space.

When: 12.30 pm to 5 pm, 22 January

Where: 25/F, Niccolo Room, The Murray

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Alisa Chau

Junior 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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