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10 things not to miss in Hong Kong this weekend

By Annette Chan 24 November 2021

Header image courtesy of Megabox (via Facebook)

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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Make magic

With the Harry Potter film series recently celebrating its 20th anniversary, Potterheads the world over have been reliving the magic of the wizarding world—but we can do you one better than a movie marathon at home. This festive season, indulge in those cosy nostalgic feelings at Megabox, where you’ll find a very Harry Potter Christmas extravaganza, broomsticks and all. The festive display comprises six photo spots: Platform 9 and ¾, the Hogwarts Express, Zonko’s Joke Shop, Honeydukes Sweet Shop, the Owl Post Office, and a 20-foot-tall Christmas tree with a backdrop of Hogsmeade village and regular artificial snow shows. Visitors who share videos of the scenes to their Facebook can also access the interactive play area, with a magic wand challenge and a special Quidditch training game.

Click here for more information (link in Chinese).

When: Until 2 January 2022

Where: L5, Megabox, 38 Wang Chiu Road, Kowloon Bay

Let it snow

Speaking of cosiness, treat the family to a dose of festive cheer at City Hall this weekend, where you can watch The Snowman and The Bear on the big screen. Based on stories by Raymond Briggs, the classic Christmas films are entirely devoid of dialogue, instead accompanied by a score by Howard Blake—which will be played live by the City Chamber Orchestra during this weekend’s showings for an even more magical experience!

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When: 4.30 pm and 7.30 pm, 28 November

Where: Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall, City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central

Be teleported

“Leave the past and enter the future” at Teleport, a brand-new immersive exhibition in Central. Enlisting the talents of digital artists, new media art collectives, and sound designers from all over the world, this event combines projection mapping and cutting-edge extended reality (XR) technology to create a futuristic and interactive artistic experience. Be teleported into futuristic cityscapes while watching Julius Horsthius’ fractal film, control holographic interfaces with Ikonix Australia’s “Particles” installation, and alter your own landscape with meta-architect After-Form’s AR filters.

Click here for more information.

When: Until 28 February 2022

Where: 11/F, The L Place, 139 Queen’s Road Central, Central

Photo: Annette Chan

Cap this

Explore Hong Kong’s diverse, visually arresting subcultures at gallery-slash-studio space The Stallery in Wan Chai, which is hosting the “Sub9tureexhibition (if you know, you know) in collaboration with local capwear brand Carnaby Fair. Showcasing the work of seven local artists—including The Stallery’s resident artist Ernest Chang, graffiti artist BOMS, drag queen Muschi, and the iconic Plumber King—the exhibition features scrappy self-advertisements that developed into art forms, intricate third-culture artwork featuring international IPs recreated in traditional Chinese art media, LGBTQIA erotica, and more. Beyond creating traditional art forms like paintings and sculptures, each artist has also created a limited-edition hat with Carnaby Fair, while Plumber King and Boms have also collaborated on a large-scale freestyle mural on the gallery’s shopfront.

Click here for more information.

When: Until 13 February 2022

Where: The Stallery, G/F, 82A Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai

Photo: UGC Fox Distribution / The French Film Festival

Aller au ciné

Hot off the heels of the Jewish Film Festival, film fanatics can enjoy yet another cinematic festival—this time, with a Gallic twist. Laugh along with the exploits of Amélie in Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain, sympathise with lovelorn poet Cyrano de Bergerac in his titular film, and rediscover the joy of Earth, Wind, and Fire with Philippe and Driss in Intouchables—all of these French classics will be shown in Hong Kong cinemas, alongside newer releases and underrated arthouse gems as part of the city’s 50th French Film Festival. Fun fact: the director of the searing, hard-hitting film La Haine also plays Amélie’s sweet, instant photo-collecting love interest, Nino.

Click here for more information.

When: 24 November to 14 December

Where: Citywide

Photo: Damien Hirst / White Cube Hong Kong

(T)hirst trap

View the divisive works of artistic icon Damien Hirst—he of the diamond skull, the formaldehyde-preserved shark—at White Cube Hong Kong, where “His Own Worst Enemy” is due to open this week. The exhibition features sculptures from Hirst’s acclaimed “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable” series, which are being shown in Asia for the first time, alongside a series of new paintings called “The Revelations,” produced in 2021. The former, which Hirst developed over 10 years, was conceptualised as the discovery of an ancient shipwreck, and takes the form of sculptures, drawings, and other pieces inspired by myths, “the mutability of history, belief systems, and art itself.”

Click here for more information.

When: 24 November to 8 January

Where: White Cube Hong Kong, 50 Connaught Road Central, Central

Photo: @theshadyacres (via Instagram)

No shade in the shadow of the ’bird

Featuring what may be the biggest team-up since the Avengers assembled—we’re kidding, but only partially—Hong Kong hospo cult faves Yardbird and Shady Acres are coming together this weekend for the first-ever Shady Sunday’s Session. Expect a menu of “crossover tacos, signature Yardbird cocktails with a Shady twist, a new Flagrant sauce,” and plenty of shenanigans at this all-day street party.

When: 3 pm til late, 28 November

Where: Shady Acres, 46 Peel Street, Soho, Central

Camp out

Get a taste of the great outdoors—without any of the planning, trekking, or instant foods—at the last weekend of Decathlon’s “Hello Outdoors!” camping festival. A market area features environmentally friendly vendors showcasing products and services from natural and organic cleaning products to camping and hiking gear, vegetarian meat analogues, local carpentry, and sustainable lifestyle products. Meanwhile, sustainable coffee equipment brand H House and fairtrade pioneer Fairtaste will share professional brewing hacks, helpful insights on how to choose the right coffee gear, and tips for supporting small fairtrade coffee producers. Enjoy live musical performances over at the mini theatre and swap your camping gear with other visitors at the Carousell barter corner! Look out for the unique QR codes dotted around the event so you can enter the festival-exclusive game to win limited-edition prizes.

Click here for more information.

When: 11 am to 8 pm, 27 & 28 November

Where: Decathlon Tseung Kwan O, 3/F, TKO Spot, 2 Tong Ming Street, Tseung Kwan O

Photo: The Chinese Library

Get whisked away

Now that the weather’s finally settled into winter (we think…), celebrate the changing seasons with a pairing menu of contemporary Chinese delicacies and fine whisky. The Chinese Library at Tai Kwun is collaborating with Johnnie Walker to bring a seasonal menu that pairs beautifully with the whisky brand’s exclusive John Walker & Sons XR 21 blend. Chestnut, which complements the whisky’s warmth and richness, has been chosen as the star ingredient of the four-course menu, which includes a baked chicken and chestnut tart, braised fish maw with chestnut and caviar in chicken broth, chanterelle and chestnut rice, and an exquisite chestnut sponge cake.

Click here for the full menu, and here to book a table.

When: Until 30 November

Where: The Chinese Library, Police Headquarters Block 01, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central

The pool at The Langham, which is one of the hotels listed on Dayuse. Photo: The Langham

Take a daycation

Want to take a mini break but can’t commit to a properly lengthy getaway? Whether you can’t be bothered to pack for a days-long staycation, simply want to treat the little ones to a day by the pool, or ran out of annual leave days, there are plenty of reasons to indulge in a short and sweet “daycation.” Daycation booking app Dayuse, which recently launched in Hong Kong, offers users the opportunity to book five-star hotels for just the day with competitive day rates at a discount of up to 75 percent.

Click here for more information.

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Annette Chan

Senior editor

Annette is an editor and copywriter with a lifetime of experience in hunting out the most interesting, odd, and delightful things about her beloved home city. Having written extensively about everything from food and culture to fashion, music, and hospitality, she considers her speciality to be Hong Kong itself. In her free time, you can find Annette trying out new dumpling recipes or playing Big Two at her favourite local bars with a cocktail in hand.

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