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The Weekend Ahead: June 2 – 4

It’s been a short week (thanks dragon boat festival) and now we have a weekend of pool parties, wine tasting, and singing and dancing (we’re looking at you West Side Story cast) to keep us entertained. So get out there people, lap up the sun, and have a cracking weekend ahead!


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Shake and Bake

Okay, so it’s not on at the weekend, but we love a good cause and this deserves the love. Shake and Bake is Hong Kong’s first city-wide charity bake-off, which is just lovely as far as ideas go. Coinciding with International Children’s Day on June 1, you are invited to bake some delicious cakes and cookies and host an event in your work/school/place you hang out to raise funds for and support the ‘Child Friendly School’ project in Nepal. The aim of the project is to improve the quality of education in 49 Government schools in Nepal by providing educational resources and infrastructure. By making schools safer, more fun and interesting, children will stay in school longer, protected and with improved prospects of future employment. To take part, simply sign up here, bake some delicious cakes or biscuits, or host a morning/afternoon tea and gather up some donations!

When: June 1, (although participating events can be held up to a week after this date)
Where: City-wide
How much: Free
Click here to sign up

Riesling Week Kick Off Celebration

Riesling Week’s (pictured above) is back in town for the fifth year running as we all pay homage to this behemoth of a grape. June sees a month-long celebration of this German classic and it all kicks off in style with Christina Schneider, the ‘German Wine Princess of 2016-2017’ (whatever that means) hosting a walk-around event. Join Christina (Princess Christina, she’s the Princess of wine remember) in tasting over 120 German wines including the many different styles of Riesling, from sparkling to sweet wine. Explore Germany’s other grape varieties such as Silvaner, Dornfelder, Lemberger, and Pinot Noir. How they can manage to celebrate a grape for a whole month I don’t know – watch this space.

When: June 2 , (6pm – 10pm)
Where: Oasis Room, Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong
How much: $250 – $450
Click here to buy tickets

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

Following on from his highly successful run in London’s West End, the tea-guzzling tiger returns to Asia in this delightful family show. Packed with the kind of imagination-stirring magic, sing-a-long songs, and general chaos that is synonymous with the best children’s stories, The Tiger Who Came To Tea is a stunning stage adaptation of this classic tale of teatime mayhem. Perfect family day out material.

When: June 2 – 4, (show times can be found here)
Where: The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Drama Theatre, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai
How much: $195 – $435
Click here to buy tickets

W Hong Kong – Heat Wave Summer Series Pool Party

UPDATE: Please note this event has been cancelled due to the bad weather forecast.
The other pool parties are still scheduled for June 24 / July 15 / August 5 / August 26.

The luxurious Hong Kong hotel will be kicking off its series of summer pool parties with a dazzling Vegas-themed celebration in one of their coolest and newest W Hotels to date – W Las Vegas! Think casino-inspired games in and by W Hong Kong’s iconic rooftop outdoor pool, WET, luxurious champagne cocktails, neon lights, and the most captivating live performances. And it doesn’t stop there. The revelry continues at WOOBAR for the official after-party from 11pm ‘till late featuring the city’s hottest DJs.

When: June 2 , (6pm – 10pm)
Where: Oasis Room, Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong
How much: $250 – $450
Click here to buy tickets

Joyce Jonathan LIVE in Hong Kong

Dubbed as the “new icon of French pop”, the fantastically talented singer/songwriter Joyce Jonathan returns to the stage in Hong Kong as part of her Asian Tour 2017, with a new exclusive show and full band. Presenting her New Asian Exclusive Edition CD with unpublished songs, and new duets in Mandarin and English, this is one show you do not want to miss.

When: June 3, (8pm)
Where: Music Zone at KITEC, 1 Trademark Drive, Kowloon Bay
How much: $480
SPECIAL DISCOUNT:
Enjoy a $100 discount when you enter the code JJ380 on Ticketflap.

Have a Drink For Love 21 Foundation

We love a drink with a great cause! Head to Halycon this Saturday night and help raise funds for Love 21 Foundation’s new sports programme to help better the lives of those living with Down syndrome and autism in Hong Kong. Halcyon is generously donating all money taken at the bar to the Foundation, and with the offer of all you can drink for $200 for two hours, there’s a lot to be raised. Cheers to that!

When: June 3, (7 – 9pm)
Where: Halcyon, G/F The Centrium, 60 Wyndham Street, Central
How much: $200 all you can drink for 2 hours
Click here for more information

Uncensored Open Mic Cabaret

Split into two sections, this raucous open-mic night at Honi Honi’s first half focuses on controversial comedy, putting the spotlight on new talent and Hong Kong’s emerging female comedy scene. The second half is a free-for-all outrageous cabaret with acts from mentalism to drag – expect the unexpected! No topic is out of bounds be it controversial, disgusting, or taboo, we come together for a night of creativity and fun in an inclusive environment. Keep in mind that if you need some extra preparation (i.e music track, instrument set up etc) you need to pre-register!

When: June 4 , (7pm)
Where: Honi Honi, Somptueux Central, 52 Wellington Street, Central
How much: Free
Click here for more information

Happy Wednesday: Carnivale of Action

Blast off summer with Carnivale of Action at Happy Valley Racecourse! Inspired by Brazil’s Rio Carnival, the carnivale comes to Happy Valley every Wednesday in June, bringing with it an array of fiesta-style performances, multiple new flavours of frozen beers and beer popsicles, and interactive games with awesome prizes. Catch gorgeous Samba dancers showing off their exotic moves, watch Quicksilver surfers twirl around on surfboards at the Surf of Fun zone, and jump in on the beer booth GIF photo fun. It’s all going down at Happy Wednesdays this summer! Click here for more information.

When: June 7, 14, 21 & 28
Where: Happy Valley Racecourse
EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Localiiz readers can enjoy FREE admission, $50 of food and drink coupons, and a free beer coupon on the party nights by signing up here

Styling Workshop & Colour Analysis at Sozo Hair Design

Ever wondered what colours suit you best and which ones to avoid? Well now’s your chance to find out as Sozo Hair Design invites you to have a styling session with ex-model and colour analysis expert Gaella Skura who will help you find your most flattering shades based on your natural skin and hair tone. She’ll also help you find the coolest makeup and hair shades to bring out your best self.

When: June 8, (7.30 – 9.30pm)
Where: Sozo Hair Design, 3/F Worldwide Commercial Building, 34 Wyndham Street, Central, (+852) 2353 5025
How much: $100 entry
Email hello@sozohairdesign.com to confirm your attendance

Punchline Comedy Presents: Lloyd Langford

He’s the one to watch in the U.K, and now comedian, radio host, and TV star Lloyd Langford is coming to Hong Kong for two nights of hilarious laughs. Catch him at the Tamarind, courtesy of Punchline Comedy Club, and don’t miss out on the pre-show buffer from 7 to 9pm ($150 per person).

When: June 9 and 10, (9pm)
Where: Tamarind, 2/F Sun Hung Kai Centre, 30 Harbour Road, Wan Chai
How much: $290 per ticket
Click here to buy tickets

West Side Story

Inspired by William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story follows the love story between Tony and Maria set amidst a vicious rivalry of teenage gangs in 1950s New York. Performing classic numbers like Tonight, Somewhere, America, and I Feel Pretty, the acclaimed musical promises high energy dance routines and stunning performances. It’s only here for just under a month so make you get in there as tickets will no doubt go like hotcakes.

When: Until June 18
Where: The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Lyric Theatre, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai
How much: $330 – $3,482
Click here to buy tickets

Le French May – Régis Gonzalez: Close to Black

Presenting the latest of the famed French artist’s drawings, Close to Black will feature both portraits and landscapes. In his portrait work, Gonzalez delves beyond the functional aspects inherent in a person’s face, looking to tap into the madness and fear present within. His landscapes encompass much of the same, despite dealing in a wildly subject matter, the marrying theme being that the artists looks to observe beyond the natural forms.

When: Until June 10, (1pm – 7pm)
Where: Charbon Art Space, Sing Teck Factory Building, 44 Wong Chuk Hang Road
How much: Free
Click here for more information

Le French May – Inventing Le Louvre: From Palace to Museum Over 800 Years

Showcasing the universality and vitality that has been the staple of the Musée du Louvre since its beginnings, From Palace to Museum is a wonderful collection that illustrates the diversity and richness of the museum’s exhibitions. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with the history of Le Louvre – from the origins of the very idea of a museum, born of the royal collections of François I and Louis XIV, to modern times, marked by renovations and profound changes (both architectural and functional). Along the way, the exhibition explores the contributions of Napoleon I and the visionary ideas of the “Republics” and intellectual movements that followed.

When: Until July 24 (Monday, Wednesday to Friday – 10am to 6pm; Saturday, Sunday and public holidays – 10am to 7pm; Closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays)
Where: Hong Kong Heritage Museum, 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin
How much: Adults: $20; Group of 20 person or more – $14; Full-time students, people with disabilities and one accompanying minder and senior aged 60 or above – $10
Click here for more information

Hong Kong Upside Down

An exploration of Hong Kong’s mesmerising cityscapes from the perspectives of two talented creatives. French photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze points his camera upwards and expresses Hong Kong’s vertical élan in a series called ‘Vertical Horizon’ while Tugo Cheng investigates Hong Kong from a bird’s eye view as revealed in ‘City Patterns’.

When: Until June 24
Where: Blue Lotus Gallery, 1606  Chai Wan Industrial City, 160 Wing Tai Road, Chai Wan
How much: Free
Click here for more information

Thriller Live

Watched by 4 million people, performed in over 30 different countries close to 5,500 times. The numbers speak for themselves, this show is something special. Direct from London’s West End, where it’s now in its record-breaking ninth year, Thriller Live is a 90-minute, high-energy explosion of pop, rock, soul, and disco that takes the audience on a magical audio-visual journey through Michael Jackson’s astonishing 45-year musical legacy. As well as experiencing his legendary live performance and innovative dance routines, fans can expect to hear their favourite Jackson songs perfectly rendered by the exceptionally talented cast.

When: Until September 3, (show times can be found here)
Where: The Parisian Theatre, Lote 3, Strip, SAR, P.R. China, Estr. do Istmo, Macau
How much: $180 – $480 (ferry and hotel packages available)
Click here to buy tickets

Phantasmagoria

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
Click here for more information

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 Faust Festival 2017

The annual celebration of live theatre returns in its 18th year. The Faust Festival is an opportunity for the young and talented members of the esteemed theatre group to perform onstage and share their passion with audiences. Whether you’re looking for a classic children’s story faithfully told, or innovative new shows for young adults and family groups alike, this year’s Faust Festival has something for everyone with a staggering 28 shows playing over the festivals roughly three-week run.

When: Until June 11
Where: McAulay Studio Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Habour Road, Wan Chai; Y Studio, Youth Square, 238 Chai Wan Road, Chai Wan
How much: $125
Click here to buy tickets


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