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10 things not to miss in Hong Kong this weekend

By Jianne Soriano 10 August 2022

Header image courtesy of Payment Asia

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: Edko Films

Meaningful stories

The EU-Asia Documentary Fest will screen a selection of 15 documentaries exploring various issues from Europe and Asia including human rights, migration, women’s rights, LGBTIQA+ rights, poverty, and more. Organised by the European Union Office to Hong Kong and Macao with Goethe-Institut Hong Kong and the support of Broadway Cinematheque, the programme assembles documentaries that record the difficulties and intimate struggles of individuals and communities from different perspectives. Get your tickets here!

When: Now till 14 August

Where: Broadway Cinematheque, Palace IFC, Premiere Elements

Photo: @hk.kiff (via Instagram)

One for the kids

Returning for its sixth edition, the Hong Kong Kids International Film Festival presents fun and educational films for children on the big screen. There are four hand-picked films to watch, including the opening film, Fireheart, and the closing film, Sound of Silence.

The other two selected films are School of Magical Animals, the winner of the Audience Award at the German Film Awards in 2022, and Little Vampire, the nominee of Best Animated Film at the César Awards 2021 and Lumiere Awards 2021. Click here to buy your tickets!

When: 6–7, 13–14 August

Where: Golden Scene Cinema, Premiere Elements

Photo: Citywalk

Ready, set, read!

To promote reading and green living, Citywalk is inviting guests to their “Read On Bookcrossing Festival & Rolled Paper Art” exhibition this weekend. If you are looking to donate used books, you can do so at Citywalk 2 from now until 27 August. On the other hand, there are 2,000 second-hand books for adults and children alike during the festival.

Don’t miss the rolled paper exhibition by local artist Benson Walker Chen. He is presenting two of his artworks based on the theme of books and reading, made entirely by hand.

When: Now till 28 August

Where: Event hall, Citywalk 2, 1 Yeung Uk Road, Tsuen Wan

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Photo: Cheers Bake

Taro everywhere

Head over to Nan Fung Place to see more than 50 taro-flavoured treats from over 30 local pâtisseries. Some sweet delights to expect include taro macaron, taro egg roll, taro mille-crêpe cake, taro bagel, and more. Selected vendors are also bringing event-specific sweets such as taro mochi mooncake and taro-themed afternoon tea sets. Expect to popular bakeries like Lamlamli, Dear Coffee & Bakery, Chill Taiwan HK, and more.

When: Now till 19 August

Where: The Annex, 2/F, Nan Fung Place, Central

Photo: Opera Hong Kong

A wedding scam

Prepare to delight in the works of Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti this coming weekend. Don Pasquale is a romantic comedy opera in three acts and one of Donizetti’s best works. Containing showstopping arias for soprano and tenor, the opera is one of the most challenging patter song duets ever written and performed.

The story follows Don Pasquale, a wealthy man who decides to get married in order to spite his nephew, Ernesto, who has eyes for Norina Pasquale, a woman unsuitable for his family stature. He asks his friend, Dr Malatesta, for help to find a suitable woman, only for it to be none other than Norina. Now the problem is, how will Pasquale get rid of her?

When: 13 to 14 August

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

Photo: Lee Gardens

Maskless smiles

Do you remember the days when we could smile openly without masks? It feels like a lifetime ago, so to bring a smile to our faces, Lee Gardens has teamed up with Japanese illustrator Hikaru Matsubara to present his first solo installation overseas at Hysan Place.

Bringing his signature happy faces to our shores, Matsubara injects humour into minimalistic patterns, sharp colours, and bold designs. Having spent a part of his younger days in the city, he draws inspiration from Hong Kong itself. There are five spots for you to visit: the art garden features glass windows with illustrations by Matsubara; the pop-up store has over 40 original designs by the artist himself, each with a unique Hong Kong touch; the pop-up gallery is home to the artist’s best works; the mailbox where you can find signature happy faces; and the LED wall where you can his work on a large LED screen.

When: Now till 24 August

Where: Atrium, 1/F, Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay

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Photo: Tsz Wan Shan Shopping Centre

Egg-cellent summer

Tsz Wan Shan Shopping Centre joins hands with Japanese brand Fred and Hong Kong artist Agnes Pang to present a forest-themed art gallery made from over 2,000 recycled egg cartons. There are exciting games and activities awaiting each shopper, such as the pinball egg machine, the egg gold challenge, and an egg hunt. Upon completing the challenges, participants can receive shopping vouchers worth up to $150,000.

When: Now till 31 August

Where: Atrium, 5/F, Tsz Wan Shan Shopping Centre, 23 Yuk Wah Street, Tsz Wan Shan

Photo: Payment Asia

Enter the little dragon

In honour of the lasting legacy of Hong Kong martial arts legend Bruce Lee, the Bruce Lee Club partners with Prizm Group to recreate Lee’s old home with VR technology and co-host an exhibition called, “Revival of the Memory: Bruce Lee’s Home in Metaverse.”

His old mansion, located at 41 Cumberland Road, was demolished in 2019, but three students from the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education worked to reproduce his old home in the metaverse where fans can “enter” and immersively experience a series of interactions. Other highlights include a detailed timeline of Lee’s home and exhibits of his collectables, such as a pendant he designed to commemorate the film Enter the Dragon.

When: Now till 14 August

Where: Shop D, G/F, Soundwill Plaza, 38 Russell Street, Causeway Bay

Bottoms up

Whether you’re a serious oenophile or just a casual drinker, spend a relaxing Saturday afternoon in Soho before the crowd swallows it. Black Sheep Restaurants’ Cellar Strolls invites you to sip on fine pours of wine selected by their team of sommeliers from Stazione Novella, Maison Libanaise, Ho Lee Fook, and more. Book your tickets here!

When: 13 August, 2 pm

Where: 52 Staunton Street, Soho, Central

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Photo: @opticmism.hk (via Instagram)

A dose of positivity

Looking for a dose of optimism? Don’t miss Opticmism’s charity art sale and exhibition for Covid-19 relief. Featuring 10 images from Hong Kong photographers on the themes of optimism, resilience, and reinvention, the exhibition and campaign aim to fundraise for those without decent housing and to spread optimism in the city. See Hong Kong through the lens of a pilot, an F&B owner, a domestic worker, a fitness trainer, a student, and more. Click here for more details!

When: Now till 14 August

Where: The Wild Lot, G/F, 6–10 Shin Hing Street, Sheung Wan

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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.

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