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The Biggest and Best Events to Catch During Hong Kong Arts Month

March has officially arrived, which means our city is gearing up for a slew of exciting cultural events as Hong Kong Arts Month takes place. Whether you’re a passionate art lover or simply enjoy dabbling in the scene, with huge annual affairs such as Art Central and HKwalls returning, there are plenty of things to do around town this month. So whip out your diaries, pencil in those dates, and start planning your way around this month-long celebration with our roundup of the biggest and best events, shows, and exhibitions this arts month.


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Swire Properties Art Month

This March, Swire Properties will be kicking off Hong Kong Arts Month with an insane line-up of art happenings. The LUMENous GARDEN, an interactive art installation designed by San Francisco-based art collective, FoldHaus, will be taking over Pacific Place, while Starstreet Precinct will be raising awareness of textile and fashion waste with a giant sculpture made from over 700 pounds of recycled clothing. Last but not least, ArtisTree will welcome a brand new exhibition where visual arts, photography, and performing arts combine together to create a true urban playground for all visitors.

When: March 18 – April 12
Where: Locations vary
How much: Free admission
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Art in March

Bringing art enthusiasts a diverse line up of art exhibitions, seminars, and events, the Asia Society Hong Kong Centre’s Art in March programme will feature two concurrent exhibitions at the Chantal Miller Gallery by two iconic artists, a dynamic series of talks by international artists, curators, and experts, as well as an ‘Art A-GO-GO’ after-party to celebrate the end of Art Month. If this sounds right up your alley, then be sure to check out the full event schedule here.

When: March 12 – June 9
Where: Locations vary
How much: TBC
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Hong Kong International Film Festival

Screening a worldly array of cinematic titles from more than 55 countries across the city, the Hong Kong International Film Festival stands to be one of Asia’s most reputable platforms for all filmmakers, industry professionals, and film enthusiasts the world over. Featuring a series of world-class films, seminars hosted by renowned filmmakers, exhibitions, and a whole lot more, this is one cinematic extravaganza movie buffs do not want to miss.

When: March 18 – April 1
Where: Locations vary
How much: $55 – $110
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Fan Ho, Children’s Paradise, courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery

Portrait of Hong Kong by Fan Ho

The one and only legendary photographer, Fan Ho, returns with yet another incredible exhibition in Hong Kong. Held at Blue Lotus Gallery, the exhibition, titled ‘ Portrait of Hong Kong’, will feature never-before-seen works and rare vintage pieces from Ho’s extensive archive. Compared to his previously highly stylised approach, this new photographic selection is more natural and much closer to the documentary and street photography style.

When: March 22 – April 28
Where: Blue Lotus Gallery, 28 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan
How much: Free admission
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HKwalls

For a truly immersive art experience, come catch a glimpse of international and local artists as they take their talents to the streets for this year’s HKwalls between March 23 to 31. This year, Wan Chai will play host to the festival, in hopes to further diversify the neighbourhood’s cultural and artistic landscape. During the nine-day festival, Hongkongers will be able to get up close and personal with the artworks, and even get the rare opportunity to see different artists in action!

When: March 23 – 31
Where: Wan Chai
How much: Free admission
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An Opera for Animals

Exploring the relationship between classical opera and our modern society, ‘An Opera for Animals’ is a group exhibition that takes a deep dive into how the structure of eastern and western opera reflect our contemporary world. Using the mythical, and symbolic representation of animals to depict this very concept, the exhibition brings together the brilliant artworks of over 30 different artists from all over the world.

When: March 23 – June 9
Where: Para Site, 22/F, Wing Wah Industrial Building, 677 King’s Road, Quarry Bay
How much: Free admission
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Hong Kong French Theatre Festival

After a hugely successful festival last year, the Hong Kong French Theatre Festival returns with five amazing performances lined up. Taking place from March 26 to 29, audiences can dive enjoy shows such as The Story Teller, Do I Have an Arletty Face?, and The Bald Soprano. All profits from the festival will go towards supporting Pour Un Sourire d’Enfant, a charity dedicated to providing care for underprivileged children in Cambodia.

When: March 26 – 29
Where: Sheung Wan Civic Center, 345 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan
How much: $100 – $300
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Art Central

The wait is almost over as Art Central makes its way back to Central Harbourfront from March 27 to 31. This year’s show promises to be bigger and better than ever before, featuring artworks from over 100 international galleries, live music and art performances, stunning large-scale installations, and all the best nibbles from eight of Hong Kong’s hottest eateries at ‘The Terrace’ alfresco dining area. So what are you waiting for? Grab your tickets now!

When: March 27 – 31
Where: Central Harbourfront
How much: $125 – $550
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Art Basel

Another Hong Kong Arts Month staple event is, of course, Art Basel. Running from March 29 to 31, Art Basel will be dazzling Hong Kong’s local art scene with a nearly 200 premier galleries from around the world, all under one roof. With at least half of the pieces on display hailing from the Asia-Pacific region, the Hong Kong edition of this global art show is unique to say the least.

When: March 29 – 31
Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai
How much: $200 – $950
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Asia Contemporary Art Show

With a Spring and Fall editions, the Asia Contemporary Art Show is the only art fair in Hong Kong that takes place twice a year. Offering a uniquely intimate experience for art lovers across the city, guests will be invited to explore thousands of pieces from around the globe, and have a chance to meet and engage with some of the world’s most interesting and promising artists at the fair’s reoccurring Artist Dialogues section. Featuring a wide array of original paintings, limited edition sculptures, and photography available for purchase, this is one not to miss for art collectors.

When: March 30 – April 1
Where: Conrad Hotel, One Pacific Place, Queensway, Admiralty
How much: $270 (admits two people)
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Harbour Art Fair

Featuring more than 55 galleries from across the globe, with a special focus on the Korean art scene, Harbour City’s Harbour Art Fair returns with a bucketload of exciting art events! Apart from displaying a huge collection of contemporary artworks including paintings, prints, photography, and sculptures on display, there will also be three special art exhibitions at the Ocean Terminal, Gateway Arcade, and Ocean Centre at Harbour City.

When: March 30 – April 1
Where: 12/F, Marco Polo HongKong Hotel, 3 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
How much: $100
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Affordable Art Fair

Riding high on its popularity from previous years, the seventh edition of the Affordable Art Fair will showcase the work of more than a thousand artists, with everything from oil paintings to abstract canvases, and stunning sculptures to eye-catching photography. Fueled by the belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to enjoy art in their home, the fair offers a whole host of works by global names and emerging talents, with prices starting from as little as $1,000. Friendly experts will also be on hand to dish out their tips and advice for purchasing art, making it the perfect place for first-time buyers.

When: May 17 – 19
Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai
How much: $100 – $300
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Read more! Discover Where to Buy Affordable Art for Your Home, and explore the rest of our Arts & Culture section.

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