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The Weekend Ahead April

Did you all have a nice Easter? Depressed because the weather is glorious and you’re back at work? Never mind, not long till Labour Day and Buddha’s Birthday! Between now and then though, we have some serious weekend business to address. Spartan Race makes it’s glorious return, Tong Chong’s delicious street market returns to serve up some exotic gastronomic delights, CE LA VIE launches its first Sky High Brunch. But we know what you all want, what you all crave. Yes, our next event, the April Socialiizer, lands next week to celebrate five years of Localiiz. Tickets are like the hottest cakes you can ever imagine – lava cakes if you will. Get involved!

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Spartan Race Hong Kong

The global phenomenon makes a welcome return! Spartan Race is the ultimate test in strength and stamina as participants are pushed to their limits over the daunting six kilometre course. Activities include (but are not limited to) spear throwing, rope climbing, and a barbed wire crawl. This latest iteration also expands activities to include freakishly athletic children by way of the Spartan Junior Race, which invites four to 13 year olds to try a shorter, but still extremely challenging test.

When: April 22, (7.30am)
Where: Kam Tin Country Club, Shui Mei Tsuen
How much: $790 – $1,190
Click here for more information or to sign up

William Shakespeare’s King Lear

“When we are born, we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools.” Shakespeare’s political and personal tragedy about the fallibility of our leaders and the importance of familial responsibility is brought to life by the Faust International Youth Theatre. This tense and fast paced adaption succinctly reveals the inner workings of Shakespeare’s seminal work in its revealing of the uglier side of power and righteousness.

When: April 21, (7.30pm); April 22, (2.30pm & 7.30pm)
Where: Y Studio, Youth Square, 238 Chai Wan Road, Chai Wan
How much: $180 (students), $220 (adults)
Click here to buy tickets

Tong Chong Street Market

Making it’s triumphant return, the Tong Chong Street Market invites visitors to come enjoy authentic street food from around the world, all made with locally sourced ingredients, with dishes being made exclusively for Tong Chong Street Market guests. This gastronomic feast promises to be better than ever with a strong focus on local vendors, exciting and engaging experiences, and a slew of passionate local producers.

When: April 22 – 23, (11am – 5pm)
Where: Tong Chong Street, Taikoo Place, Quarry Bay
How much: Free
Click here for more information

Le French May x Louis Vuitton: Time Capsule Exhibition

A journey that revisits landmark innovations in technology and design. Travelling from 1854 to the present day, the story is told using rare and celebrated objects selected from the Louis Vuitton archive. Concurrent with the 20th anniversary of the HKSAR, and the 25th anniversary Silver Jubilee of Le French May, Hong Kong has been chosen as the first stop for Time Capsule. The exhibition begins with French artisans demonstrating traditional leatherwork skills that remain as relevant today as they have throughout the past century.  The exhibition then follows a visual timeline of landmark moments in the Louis Vuitton story, focusing on five key aspects such as the Codes of the House, Journeys around the World, Elegance and Beauty in Motion, Icons of the House and a Celebration of the House’s Past and Present links with Hong Kong.

When: April 22 – May 14, (10am – 8pm)
Where: Statue Square Gardens, Chater Road, Central
How much: Free
Click here for more information

Winnie the Pooh: Be My Friend

The Hundred Acre Wood is in the hood! Check out the adorable new ‘Winnie the Pooh: Be My Friend’ exhibition at Times Square, Hong Kong, featuring 92 artifacts and 19 figures of the lovable characters we all know so well. You selfie stick awaits!

When: Until April 23
Where: Times Square
How much: Free
Click here for more information


Blending martial arts, singing, street dance, and hip-hop, BIBAP was created to celebrate bibimbap – the unofficial Korean national dish of spicy rice, vegetables and beef – and promote Korean food culture worldwide. BIBAP tells the story of a cooking competition between two master chefs – green chef and red chef – at ‘BIBAP’ restaurant, alongside six other performers also dressed as chefs, incorporating a cappella singing, beatbox sounds, b-boying (breakdancing), and acrobatics. Basically, it’s a delightful assault on the senses.

When: Until April 23
Where: The Parisian Macau, Lote 3, Strip, SAR, P.R. China, Estr. do Istmo, Macau
How much: $180 – $480
Click here to buy tickets

CÉ LA VI Sky High Brunch

Say aloha to CÉ LA VI’s first Sky High Brunch. Two floors (including the open-air Sky Deck) will be transformed into a Hawaiian oasis for an afternoon of beats, libations, and good eats. As well as free-flow bubbles and two new cocktails to sip on by way of the Planters Punch and Sky High Fizz, there’ll be a robata grill with a selection of glazed meat skewers, fresh and exotic seafood bites, and resident DJ Bennie Blanco spinning some sexy island beats while you take in stunning views of Hong Kong,

When: April 23, (1pm – 5pm)
Where: 25/F California Tower, 30 D’Aguilar St, Central
How much: $1,088 (advance), $1,288 (door)
Email reservation-hk@celavi.com to book your place

Hsiao Chin: Important Works in the 1960s

A unique insight into the career and work of pioneering Taiwanese abstract artist Hsiao Chin, which largely consists of curved and straight bold lines and shapes, touching upon concepts surrounding oriental spirituality with abstract symbolism.

When: Until April 30, (10.30am – 7.30pm)
Where: 3812 Gallery, 118 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun
How much: Free
Click here for more information

Roland Flexner – Ai Weiwei

Exhibiting the works of Roland Flexner and Ai Weiwei together for the first time, this exhibition takes a look at the friendship and relationship of the two renowned artists, showcasing Flexner’s iconic ink paintings alongside a previously unreleased body of work by Ai, which includes his series of New York’s paintings.

When: Until May 13, (10.30am – 7.30pm)
Where: Massimo De Carlo, 301-302A, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central
How much: Free
Click here for more information

Michael Wolf: Tokyo Compression

Exhibiting in Hong Kong for the first time, the PRIX PICTET shortlisted work is a beautifully confrontational collection. By concentrating on the details of each face and each subway window, Wolf enables the viewer to connect immediately with the emotion, regardless of whether the viewer has ever experienced such overcrowding. Wolf focuses exclusively on faces and figures, and creates with his radical aesthetics, immensely intense images.
When: Until May 13
Where: Michael Wolf’s Viewing Room, Block A, 5/F, Unit 4, Kailey Industrial Building, 12 Fung Yip Street, Chai Wan
How much: Free
Click here for more information

Ambiguously Yours: Gender in Hong Kong Popular Culture

M+ Museum’s first exhibition exploring popular culture through the aesthetics of androgyny and gender fluidity. Featuring over 90 works dating from the 1960s to 2016, Ambiguously Yours focuses in particular on the 1980s and 1990s, widely recognised as the heyday of Hong Kong popular culture, looking at how the widespread experimentation and creativity of that period has had a lasting influence on the visual culture of today.

When: Until May 21
Where: M+ Pavilion, West Kowloon Cultural District, Tsim Sha Tsui
How much: Free
For more information click here


Australian illustrator Chloe Bennett’s Phantasmagoria showcases a collection of pop-art visuals, exploring the glorification of mundane and pedestrian objects. The main exhibition will feature five of Bennet’s aerosol on canvas works, three of which are inspired by Eastern food. The specially commissioned ‘Brain Food’ serves as a play on the Cantonese staple of dim sum, where two bright hued brains and a dish of soy sauce are presented in a bamboo steamer basket. Get it? It’s called Brain Food, and it’s a picture of a brain – as food. Good thing you have us here to explain all this super deep, sub-textual art stuff.

When: Until July 8
Where: 1 – 5 Irving Street, Causeway Bay
How much: Free
Find out more here

Abstraction of the World

A group exhibition borne from a collaboration between Duddell’s and Biennale of Sydney, and curated by Mami Kataoka, Artistic Director of the Biennale’s 21st edition. Abstraction of the World will focus on how cosmic space and natural phenomena have been depicted in abstract art from the Asia Pacific region, presenting works by acclaimed and respected artists from the region including Mit Jai Inn (Thailand), George Tjungurrayi (Australia), and Haegue Yang (South Korea / Germany).

When: Until July 10
Where: Duddell’s, 3/F, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central
How much: Free
Click here for more information

The 41st Hong Kong International Film Festival

One of Asia’s oldest international film festivals, and a pioneer in terms of introducing Hong Kong, Chinese language and Asian cinema and filmmakers to the world. The annual film festival maintains its founding premise of bringing films to local audiences that they might not be aware of, and of introducing Asian films to the world.

When: Until April 23
Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
How much: $120 (April 16 & 17); $85 (every other day excluding 16 & 17)
Click here to buy tickets

The Underground Presents: Planetrox China 2017

Do you dream of international fame and stardom? Is your band stuck playing in your mum’s basement? Are you nodding your head and crying while reading this? Well, the good people of music collective Underground understand, and they’re here to help. They’ve teamed up with Planetrox – a global music competition with an aim to unearth some of the best new bands around and expose them to the world at large. The winning band from each participating country will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play at the Envol et Macadam festival in Quebec, Canada. So what do you do? Register by May 5 (here), submit your best original song, then get out there and spread the word to canvass some votes!

When: Registration open until May 5
Where: From the comfort of your own home
How much: Free to enter
Click here for more information or to register

Third Culture Film Festival

Third Culture seeks to celebrate independent film with the return of this excellent film festival. A staggering 1,800 submissions were received by the team at Third Culture, and they have since painstakingly selected 103 short films to be screened over four days – each short film falling into one of nine themed blocks. As well as screenings, there will be talks and workshops that aim to nurture and guide the next generation of filmmakers.

When: April 20 – 23, (various times, click here for screening schedule)
Where: Loft 22, 22/F California Tower 30-32 D’Aguilar St, Central
How much: $120 per screening
Click here to buy tickets, and here for more information

The Coming Week

Localiiz’s 5th Anniversary – April Socialiizer

Remember our last Socialiizer? If you were there then you’re probably frothing at the mouth right now, getting ready to camp outside the venue until our next event, waiting for your fix like a sociable, less depressing junkie. If you weren’t there, you should come to this one! We’re turning five, and we plan to celebrate in a big way. As well as some serious partying, we’ll be supporting children’s charity Pathfinders, as well as giving away some ace prizes, and just doing some general mingling. Doesn’t that sound amazing? If you’re still not convinced, here are some reviews of our last event (as told by Localiiz staff), “it was the best ever”, “I’m still crying tears of joy”, and “I couldn’t go” were just some of the glowing reviews being bandied around the office. Wowee!

When: April 26, (7pm – 9pm)
Where: Halcyon, Shop 1, G/F, The Centrium, 60 Wyndham street, Central
How much: $250 (includes two hours of open bar!)
Click here to buy tickets

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“MELODIA” Theatrical Experience

This April, one hundred of Hong Kong’s most promising young triple threats storm the stage to present an original musical MELODIA – a piece created by Cirque du Soleil composer and singer duo Violaine Corradi and Rose Winebrenner in collaboration with Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation founder Lindsey McAlister.

When: April 27-29, 2017
Where: Queen Elizabeth Stadium
How much: $160, $120 (Concessions $ 80, $60; Schools $60)
Click here for more details

Introduction to Crowdfunding: Is It Right For Your Business?

Crowdfunding has emerged as an intuitively smart way to raise not only money, but awareness from your network and interested parties that you don’t even know, and can be an excellent means to help launch or grow your business. This event is a great opportunity to learn more about crowdfunding and whether it is right for your business or project and will cover a litany of topics including an introduction to crowdfunding, key steps in the process, and tips from a successful campaign.

When: April 24, (12.30pm – 1.30pm)
Where: Paperclip Startup Campus, 3/F, 148 Wing Lok Street, Central
How much: Free
Click here to register

Book Launch: The Fear Bucket List

Together with first-time author, Dr. Kamilla Holst, Hagar is hosting the launch of her book, The Fear Bucket List. The event will give you chance to meet the author of this incredible work as she shares her struggles with extreme abuse and her eventual victory over fear, inspiring her to provide hope and healing to other women like her. All proceeds from book sales will benefit Hagar’s work with women survivors in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
When: April 25, (6.30pm – 8.30pm)
Where: Bitters & Sweets, 1/F, 52-54 Wellington Street, Central
How much: $500
Click here to buy tickets

Conscious Couture – AWA Spring Fashion Show

Join the American Women’s Association of Hong Kong for an evening of glamour, beauty, and altruism with their 2017 Spring Fashion Show. This years iteration focuses on sustainability and ethical fashion with a strong emphasis on promoting locally grown talent. As well as being able to view and purchase looks by established and up-and-coming designers, there’ll be welcome drinks and canapés, an auction, and goodie bags worth over $1,000!

When: April 26, (6.30pm – 10pm)
Where: The American Club, 28 Tai Tam Road, Tai Tam (a dedicated coach will be available from Ocean Park MTR, please add this option to your registration)
How much: $1,000
Click here to register

The 25th Great Chefs of Hong Kong

One of the most successful culinary charity events in the city, Great Chefs of Hong Kong brings together top chefs from nearly 50 of Hong Kong’s favourite dining destinations to the benefit of the Heep Society, which supports special needs children, youth, and their families. Savour some of the world’s finest cuisines while helping an amazing cause in the process!

When: April 27, (6pm – 9pm)
Where: Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road
How much: $880
Click here to buy tickets

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