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The Weekend Ahead: April 2 - 3

By Sophie Pettit 30 March 2016
What's that you say? Another luxuriously long weekend? What a drag. From pillow fights and piano recitals, disco yoga and dragon-spotting (happy April Fools' Day), there's no shortage of events to choose from.

Peter Rabbit & Friends

peter Peter Rabbit and his fluffy friends are hopping into the spotlight this weekend at the Fringe Club to celebrate the 150th anniversary of author and illustrator, Beatrix Potter. In her honour, H.P. Productions and Red Panda Theatre Project are bringing The Tale of Peter Rabbit & Benjamin Bunny to life. Join the mischievous bunnies as they venture though Mr McGregor's garden, and see what adventures they get up to on the way. Plus, each guest will receive a bag of Peter Rabbit themed gifts and goodies! When: April 1 - 2, (3pm and 7pm) Where: Fringe Underground, Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central How much: $220 Click here to buy your tickets

Tallis Vocalis: A Renaissance Easter Journey

tallis vocalis The Easter weekend may have passed, but the celebrations certainly haven't. Join Tallis Vocalis, Hong Kong's first early music vocal ensemble, as they fill Hong Kong City Hall with passionate renditions of Renaissance music in honour of Easter and Holy Week. Under the guidance of conductor Geoffrey Webber, Tallis Vocalis will enchant the audience with their stunning harmonies and intricate vocal arrangements. Listen out for their performance of Miserere by Gregorio Allegri, tipped to be the highlight of the evening, with its iconic 'Top C' note. When: April 1, (8pm) Where: Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall How much: $80 - $320 Check out the Facebook event page

The Curious Relationship of Chopin and Liszt Piano Recital by Stephen Hung

stephen hung Our city is overflowing with musical performances this weekend, with talented pianist, and London Royal Academy of Music graduate, Stephen Hung taking to the stage. Filling the Sheung Wan Civic Centre with the romantic masterpieces of musical virtuosos Frédéric Chopin and Franz Liszt, you will be whisked away to 1830s Paris. Born just a year apart, and living in neighbouring houses, the union of these Classical composers' works is music to ours ears, and definitely not to be missed. When: April 1, (8pm) Where: Lecture Hall, Sheung Wan Civic Centre, How much: $150 Click here for more information

 Cyril Magic: Up Close & Personal Live in Hong Kong

cyril Global star and magical maestro, Cyril Magic, is touching down in Hong Kong this weekend for a series of jaw-dropping performances. A member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, and winner of the 2007 The Magic Woods Awards, Magic's signature tricks are truly unbelievable. With a history of mind-bending card tricks, the ability to make objects disappear with the flick of a wrist, and the famous street performance when his head fell off his shoulders, we can't wait to see what Magic has up his sleeve this time. When: April 1, (8pm); April 2, (3pm and 7.30pm) Where: Star Hall, Kowloon Bay International Trade and Exhibition Centre, How much: $388 - $1,288 Click here to buy your tickets

Phil Wang: Live in Hong Kong

phil wang Funny guy Phil Wang is kicking off his first Asian tour at the Fringe Club this weekend. Wang has made quite an entrance onto the comedy circuit, securing appearances on The John Bishop Show, The Rob Brydon Show, and BBC Three at the Fringe. Deemed a 'talented up-and-comer' by The Guardian, we can't think of any better way to kick off the three-day weekend. When: April 1 - 2, (8pm) Where: Fringe Upstairs, Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central How much: $250 Click here to buy your tickets

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How Cool is That?!

charity-drinks1 Have a drink and help the homeless – could it get any easier? Wine, beer, and house shooters will be available for just $55 a piece at this fundraising gathering at Le Tambour. More importantly, however, for every beverage you buy, humanitarian movement impactHK will provide a hot meal for Hong Kong's homeless community. Last month’s event funded 380 meals – now how cool is that?!! When: April 2, (7pm – 12pm) Where: Le Tambour, 52A Peel Street, Central How much: Free entry and $50 drinks Check out their Facebook event page for more information

Read more! Check out Life in a Cage: Supporting Hong Kong's Cage Home Dwellers

Sai Kung Sunday Market

IMG_9071 Make the most of the bank holiday weekend and spend a day browsing the vibrant, rustic offerings at the Sai Kung Sunday Market. From clothes to condiments, over 50 vendors will be displaying their products as you leisurely wander around the stalls, enjoying the slower pace of Sai Kung life. If you've got a soft spot for furry friends, then you might end up coming home with more than just chutney, as Catherine's Puppies, a local rescue shelter, will be there with a host of rescued pooches. When: April 3, (11am - 5pm) Where: 33 Wai Man Road, Sai Kung How much: Free Click here for more information

Pololi & GuavaPass Present: Move with the Pacific

feature-weekend-1 Feeling tropical? Try your hand at Hawaiian, Tahitian, and Beach dancing as part of the Move with the Pacific series, courtesy of Pololi and GuavaPass. Transforming Mahalo Tiki Lounge's open air terrace into a tropical paradise, this vibrant exercise class is a fantastic way to keep fit whilst having fun. Lead by a passionate instructor from Oasis Dance Centre, you will be moving like a pro in no time. Plus, each ticket includes a welcome drink and a delicious poke lunch set, which is redeemable at anytime in the two weeks following your class. Aloha! When: April 3, (3pm) Where: Mahalo Tiki Lounge, 29/F, QRE Plaza, 202 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai How much: $300 - $350 Click here to buy your tickets

 International Pillow Fight Day

pillowfight2 Pillows at the ready! International Pillow Fight Day is a hilarious celebration which the child within you simple can't afford to miss. Returning for it's sixth edition, this fancy dress fiesta promises hilarious costumes and feathery fun. Transforming the city into an urban playground, this pillow fight is part of a global movement, which reminds us how important it is to let loose and unleash our inner child every once in a while. Don't forget to upload your snaps to Instagram with the hashtags #hongkong #pillowfightday and #pillowfight. When: April 3, (5pm-6pm) Where: Chater Garden, Central How much: Free Check out the Facebook event page

Silent Disco Yoga Class

yoooga If your New Year's resolutions are starting to falter (who are we kidding, ours have disappeared completely), this weekend is the perfect time to get back on the healthy highway. The first Sunset Disco Yoga class of 2016 is taking over the harbourside this weekend, under the guidance of The Yoga Room's instructor, Nora. Zone out from the stresses of city life and find your inner calm with the dazzling skyline in front of you. If the weather decides to take a downturn, don't panic! The class will be relocated to Central Ferry Pier 9, and all participants will be informed by email. When: April 3, (Registration, 5.45pm - 6pm; Silent Disco Yoga Class, 6pm-7pm) Where: Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park, Sai Ying Pun How much: $161.50 Click here to buy your tickets

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 Thunder From Down Under

thunder from down under Prepare yourself - it's getting steamy in Wan Chai this weekend. Stepping into the spotlight with their chiselled abs, bulging biceps, and not a t-shirt in sight (hallelujah), it's pretty clear why Australia's Thunder from Down Under show is so popular. With 15 years of global touring under their belts, this promises to be an unforgettable evening of dancing, moving, and grooving. Touching down in Hong Kong as part of the Outback Fantasy Tour, we can't think of anywhere we would rather spend our Sunday evening (honestly, we can't think of a single place). When: April 3, (7.30pm and 9.30pm) Where: Hong Kong Convention Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai How much: $480 - $680 Click here to buy your tickets

Hong Kong International Film Festival

HKIFF Calling all film fanatics! The Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) is washing over the city in a wave of cinematic excitement. Now celebrating its 40th year, this non-profit, charitable event is dedicated to culturally enriching the city. Whether you love comedies, classics, or creepy creations, the HKIFF’s two-week line up is overflowing with choice. This weekend alone is jam-packed with movie magic, from the restored gangster blockbuster A Better Tomorrow to the stunning 2015 adaptation of Macbeth, starring Oscar-nominated actor Michael Fassbender. We think it’s time to grab the popcorn ... When: Runs until April 4, (times vary) Where: Locations vary, (click here for more information) How much: $40 – $100 Click here to buy your tickets

 M+ Sigg Collection: Four Decades of Chinese Contemporary Art

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This weekend is your last chance to celebrate the evolution of Chinese contemporary art as it unfolds in front of your eyes at this debut exhibition, courtesy of the M+ Sigg Collection. This world-class, comprehensive stockpile of Chinese art totals 1,150 works, of which over 80 are on display at the ArtisTree event space. The diverse mix of paintings, sculptures, and installations trace the influence of the Cold War, globalisation, and urbanisation on the growth and development of the creative movement spanning four decades. The M+ Sigg exhibition also offers a sneak peek into the artistic offerings of the M+ museum – Hong Kong’s new hub of visual culture which opens its doors in 2019. When: Runs until April 5, (11am – 8pm daily, except 11am – 5pm on April 5) Where: ArtisTree, 1/F, Cornwall House, Taikoo Place, 979 King’s Road, Quarry Bay How much: Free Click here for more information

 Lee Tung Avenue

a_low Lee Tung Avenue and St James Settlement are joining forces to welcome the less fortunate into the creative world. Hong Kongers are being asked to donate unused and pre-loved cameras, which will then be passed on to children in need. Whilst you are hanging out at Wan Chai’s swankiest street, check out the stunning shots captured by National Geographic Photo Contest 2015 prize-winner, Kelvin Yuen (pictured). At just 19 years old, and with only 18 months of photography experience under his belt, his images are truly breathtaking. When: Kelvin Yuen, runs until April 30, (10am – 10pm daily); Camera CSR Programme, runs until May 31, (10am – 10pm daily) Where: Kelvin Yuen, Pop up Store at Central Piazza, Lee Tung Avenue, Wan Chai; Camera CSR Programme, Basement 1/F, Customer Service Centre, Lee Tung Avenue, Wan Chai How much: Free Click here for more information

Tong Chong Street Market

Screen Shot 2016-04-01 at 1 Riding high on the popularity of its debut last October, the Tong Chong Street Market is back for round two. A mouth-watering selection of Hong Kong's finest eateries will be rustling up their signature dishes, alongside some new creations crafted exclusively for the market. With established restaurants including Golden Pig and MAMA Burger and Lobster, alongside emerging vendors, Taikoo Place will be transformed into a gastronomic hub every Sunday through until June. In addition to tasty food, there will be a delicious range of fresh farmer produce on sale, tips for growing your own crops, and a sustainability corner selling seeds to raise money for Hong Kong charity Food Angel. Delicious! When: Runs every Sunday until June 12, (11am-5pm) Where: Taikoo Place, Tong Chong Street, Quarry Bay How much: Free Click here for more information

Plan Ahead … 

Don’t miss your chance to grab tickets for these up coming events before it’s too late. Sign up! TrailWagger – April 16, (10am) Hong Kong Reach Out Scavenger Hunt – April 16, (2pm-5pm) Buy tickets! An Evening With Tom Jones Live – April 7, (8pm) The Illusionists - April 14 - 24, (times vary) Rooftop Yoga - April 16, (10am) Swan Lake on Ice - April 27 - May 8, (times vary) Le French May 2016 – May 1 – June 30, (times vary) Esencia Flamenca Presents: La Partida – May 14, (8pm)  The Philadelphia Orchestra – May 19 – 20, (8pm) Check out our annual calendar of holidays and events.

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Sophie Pettit


Sophie is always on the lookout for a great story and her next big adventure and loves nothing more than discovering the city’s hidden gems—and most delicious cocktails. When she’s not exploring new places, she’s off travelling and ticking countries off her bucket list.