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The Weekend Ahead – April 14 – 16

Well, the Sevens has come and gone for another year, and that officially means that other events are allowed to come out and play. And, best of all, it’s Easter! There’s some ‘cracking’ events (I’ll expect my Pulitzer by Monday) – the very classy Gin & Jazz returns, Bollywood takes over Central Harbourfront with Da Bangg, and there is of course, plenty of Easter stuff – the Complete Deelite Easter Cake Workshops and the Southside Easter Market to name a couple. Enjoy!

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Complete Deelite Easter Classes

Okay these aren’t on at the weekend, but they’re ace. So there. For aspiring bakers young and old, Complete Deelite is offering two workshops this week by way of an Easter Fondant Cake Workshop for adults and an Easter Bunny Cake Workshop for the kids. In both classes, you’ll learn how to make and decorate with fondant on top of the basics as well as make cute, sugary Easter themed fondant figurines.

When: Adults – April 13 (6pm – 8pm); Kids – April 13 (2pm -4pm)
Where: 2/F, On Lan Centre, 11-15 On Lan Street, Central
How much: Adults – $930 (members), $980 (non-members); Kids – $650
Click here for more information or to book your spot

Gin & Jazz at Tiffany’s New York Bar

Sip on a glass of your own Gin and Tonic creation whilst enjoying the very best from Postmodern Jukebox lead singer Cristina Gatti, who lands in Hong Kong for the first time from New York. Cristina and her band will wow audiences with some of the greatest hits of the era including Stay with Me, Drunk with Love, and Love Me Harder among others. Sensational!

When: April 14, (9pm – midnight)
Where: Tiffany’s New York Bar, InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong, 70 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon
How much: $298 per guest with a cocktail and snack platter inclusive
Click here to buy tickets

BottlesXO Easter Egg Hunt

Vino maestros BottlesXO have concocted a devilishly fun treasure hunt that, upon completion, will make you feel like you’ve earned that glass of wine over the long weekend. It’s pretty simple – look for the BottlesXO QR code Easter Eggs hidden throughout the city, open your BottlesXO app, go to ‘XO Points’, and scan the code with your embedded QR scanner to win prizes! Boom.

When: April 14 – 17
Where: Throughout the city
How much: Free
Click here for more information

Drum & Basement 11

In preparation for the upcoming Outlook Festival later in the year, State of Bass HK X BMC KRU are getting the party started early with a stomping Drum & Basement party. BMC KRU will be taking over proceedings with SAIYAN and DJ 108 running the main show. Drum & Basement stalwarts DJ LOVELY and KRUZE will be providing support either side. Cool.

When: April 15, (10pm – 5am)
Where: Basement, LG/F, 13 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central
How much: Free before midnight, $100 (including one drink) after
Click here for more information

Tai Tong Green Fun Park

With a whooping 1,800,000 square feet to frolic in, the Tai Tong Green Fun Park makes good use of the space with heaps of indoor and outdoor activities. This includes the “Tai Tong Fun Ice World” with mental sculptures and ice wine bar. If you can make it past the wine bar, there’s also game booths, DIY for both parents and kids, horse riding, cart rides, net fishing, rabbit and goat feeding, and strawberry picking. How lovely.

When: Until April 17
Where: Tai Tong Organic EcoPark, Tai Tong Shan Road, Yuen Long, New Territories
How much: $15 – $60
Click here to buy tickets

HKJC Riding High Together Festival

Showing that Sha Tin race course isn’t just a theatre of gambling-related tears and disappointment, the Riding High Together Festival is a family-friendly fest with a ridiculous amount of things going on. There’s horse stuff (riding, photos, demonstrations etc), workshops, performances, games, prizes – the whole shebang. It’s always packed out every year so try and get in early if you can!

When: April 14 – 16
Where: Sha Tin Racecourse and Penfold Park, Sha Tin, New Territories
How much: $60
Click here to buy tickets

Da-Bangg – The Tour

Promising all the grandiosity and ludicrous fun generally associated with the upper echelons of Bollywood entertainment, Da-Bangg is a unique prospect for Hong Kong and a welcome event that will offer something decidedly different from the norm. It features superstars of the genre such as Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Prabhu Deva, Bipasha Basu, Badshah, Manish Paul, and Daisy Shah. Even if you’re not a Bollywood convert, it’s still well worth a look and I guarantee you’ll be thoroughly entertained.

When: April 16
Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space (Tamar Site), Central
How much: $499 – $3,999
Click here to buy tickets

The Easter Southside Market and Long Lunch

Following the success of the sold out Halloween and Christmas Southside Market & Long Lunches, meat connoisseurs The Butcher’s Club are back with another day of delicious food and entertainment. The Easter iteration will feature a sumptuous buffet lunch, live band, and a number of selected food and beverage, magazine, fitness and other small business vendors, as well a kids’ cinema, Easter egg hunt, face painting, and Easter egg painting booth and egg & spoon races.

When: April 16
Where: The Secret Kitchen by The Butchers Club, 16/F & Rooftop, Shui Ki Industrial Building, 18 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang
How much: $250 – $450
Click here to buy tickets

The Colourful World of Marc Chagall

The exhibition will showcase 20 limited edition lithographs, including rarely exhibited original lithographs from Chagall’s “The Story of Exodus” Illustration Suite. While many of his peers such as Picasso and Matisse pursued ambitious experiments that led often to abstraction, Chagall believed in the power of figurative art that he maintained despite absorbing ideas from Fauvism, Surrealism, and Cubism. His poetic, dreamlike style distinguishes him from other artists in the Modern Period.

When: Until April 17, (11am-10pm)
Where: Gallery by the Harbour, Shop 207, Level 2, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, TST
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

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

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

The Coming Week 

Orangetheory Fitness Pre-Launch Party

The newest fitness craze about to take Hong Kong by storm! If you’re after a one-of-a-kind group training that allows you to burn an average of 500+ total calories per 60-minute session, then Orangetheory Fitness is for you. Each workout incorporates endurance, strength, and power elements through a variety of equipment. Participants are given a heart-rate monitor, the new OTBeat Link or OTbeat chest strap, to monitor the five-zone interval training sessions called the Orange 60. During the course of a one-hour session, participants perform multiple intervals designed to produce at least 12 minutes of training at 84% or higher of their individual maximum heart rate. If none of that makes sense it’s okay, basically, this workout is designed to keep you in that oxygenated sweet-spot so that you basically end up burning calories long after the workout is done.

When: April 20, (6.30pm – 8.30pm)
Where: Orangetheory Fitness Causeway Bay, 15/F, Soundwill Plaza II – Midtown, 1 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay
How much: Free
Click here for more information

Asian Wine Festival

Ever curious how wines from Japan, China, or Bali measure up to the global staples? What does the grape Koshu really taste like? What the f**k is a Koshu grape? Well here’s your chance to find out! Taste award-winning Asian wines, get top tips from expert winemakers, and attend some informative master-classes.

When: April 19, (4pm – 10pm)
Where: Hotel ICON, 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East
How much: $240
Click here to buy tickets

Soul Painting with Meditation

Forget about the encumbrances of this mortal coil – things like working, paying bills, showering, and “enjoy a Journey of Love, Light and Freedom of Creation!”. Grumpy cynicism aside, Soul Painting is a super little event that creates an inclusive environment of expression, creativity, and improvisation. Go with the flow and paint whatever your soul dictates, even if it’s the worst thing ever committed to canvas they’ll say it’s good anyway because that’s their whole deal.

When: April 19, (7.30pm – 9.30pm)
Where: St8ge Group, Unit 1109, Southmark, 11 Yip Hing Street, Wong Chuk Hang
How much: $330 (includes material cost)
Click here to book your place

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

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