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The Weekend Ahead: January 9 - 10

By Sophie Pettit 6 January 2016
Looking to dust off the cobwebs from the holidays this weekend? We're sure this line up of heart-pounding events will do just the trick. Japanese Taiko drumming or a quick spin on the ice rink anyone?

Inherit the Wind

wind Fancy some culture? Watch science and religion come head to head in this thought-provoking play which sees two famous attorneys, Matthew Harrison Brady and Henry Drummond, battle it out in the courtroom to present their two opposing viewpoints. Directed by Nicole Garbellini, the play is set in 1920s America and is loosely based on the Scopes Monkey Trial, in which a teacher named John Thomas Scopes was accused of unlawfully teaching human evolution at a state-funded school. When: January 8 - 10 (performances at 3pm and 8pm) Where: Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, 8/F Sheung Wan Civic Centre, 345 Queen's Road, Central How much: $220 - $300 Click here to buy tickets

The Green Race


Venture into the great outdoors at The Green Race this Saturday and join your fellow Hong Kongers on a road and trail-running journey through some of the most beautiful landscapes on the island. Various routes are on offer depending on your experience level and whether you’d prefer to run solo or in a team. The Green Race is dedicated to the preservation and sustainability of the environment, with everything from your race packs to the shirts on your back being sustainably sourced.

When: January 9 (8am) Where: Race starts at Braemar Hill Playground, 45 Braemar Hill Road, North Point How much: $300 - $650 Visit the Facebook page for more information and tickets

Yoga for the New Year


Make a fresh new start to 2016 with a vibrant, fun, and energising free session of yoga with Adam Weirick. The two-hour practice includes both Vinyasa and Yin yoga, and Adam will introduce you to the four basic elements of Alignment-Based Vinyasa that will guide you to find awareness through movement and balance, strength in flexibility, and bring union between the body and mind. The session is completely free and suitable for all levels (complete beginners are welcome). Bring your own mat/towel and water.

When: January 9 (11am - 1pm) Where: Tamar Park, Admiralty How much: Free Visit the Facebook event page for more information

 Freespace Happening


Drum into the new year with a powerful hybrid performance of Japanese Taiko drums and contemporary dance at the first Freespace Happening of 2016. Danceless: Chu Sau Man (Taiko Drumming) x Ong Yong Lock invites you to join pre-performance beginner’s Taiko workshops and learn basic drumming techniques. The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra will get your feet tapping with energetic numbers by their percussion ensemble while local indie favourites and youth music groups will give live performances. Get creative at a number of DIY workshops and learn how to make mini hawker carts and gorgeous Japanese Nebuta goldfish lanterns out of paper and bamboo.

When: January 10 (2pm - 7pm) Where: Nursery Park, West Kowloon Cultural District How much: Free Click here for more information

Udderbelly Festival A Simple Space, Brainiac Live, and Milton Jones and The Temple of Daft

simple space Cirque Adrenaline may have been and gone, but there's still a chance to catch some circus action this weekend at the Udderbelly Festival. Watch seven acrobats in A Simple Space push themselves to their physical limits in a dizzying display of acts. If you fancy some laughs, catch English comedian and Mock the Week guest Milton Jones, and if you're looking to entertain the kids, let them unravel the mysteries of science as the award-winning kids' TV science show Brainiac hits the stage in a live 60-minute show. When: A Simple Space: January 7 - 17; Braniac Live: until January 10; Milton Jones: January 8 - 10 Where: The Udderbelly Tent, Central Harbourfront Event Space, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central, HK (Entrance next to the Observation Wheel) How much: Ticket prices vary Click here for more information

AIA Great European Carnival

Catch the AIA Great European Carnival as it returns to the Central Harbourfront to bring you heart-pounding rides, carnival skill games, an outdoor ice rink, a European food court, and non-stop entertainment on the main stage. Said to be "bigger, better, and with more attractions" than last year, the carnival is expected to attract over a million guests during its two-month stay. The popular photo boards of this year will be 3D scaled replicas of iconic landmarks from across Europe, so you can journey around the globe and get that perfect snapshot. When: Until February 21 Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space How much: $90 (child ticket, includes 7 tokens) $125 (adult ticket, includes 10 tokens) Click here to buy tickets

Free Entry to Museums all January

free entry to museums in January So one of your New Year's resolutions was to improve your general knowledge and worldliness? The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) must have heard you because as part of its Appreciate Hong Kong campaign, they are offering Hong Kongers free admission to sixteen top museums for the entire month of January. Get your culture fix this month! When: January 1 – 31 Where:  16 of Hong Kong's top museums How much: Free Click here to find out more

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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.