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The Weekend Ahead – April 7 – 9

Hey! Ho! Let’s Go! The big weekend is finally here, and rugby madness is taking over Hong Kong. But if you aren’t getting stuck into the sporting actions, be it inside the famous South Stand or at one of the many Sevens events and celebrations dotted around the city, then there are still plenty of goodies to fill up your weekend. Enjoy!

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Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens

This is it people. The big one. The biggest party of the year returns – costumes, day time drinking, streaking, it’s got it all. I think there’s some sport involved as well. Localiiz is working with Hong Kong Rugby Union to keep you up-to-date with all the activities, which you can follow here. And don’t forget to tag your best Sevens photos with #localiiz and we will feature the best over the weekend.

When: April 7 – 9
Where: Hong Kong Stadium, 55 Eastern Hospital Rd, So Kon Po
How much: Official ticketing’s done. You can try somewhere like viagogo, but it won’t be cheap.
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HKSEVENS Central Festival

Head to Chater Garden and lap up a world of live music and rugby-themed entertainment leading up to and over the Sevens weekend. Catch all-male a cappella ensemble, The Hangovers, Australian tribute band, The Australian Beatles, and Asia’s favourite and most respected tribute to The Rolling Stones, Jumping Jack Flash, live on stage on Wednesday 5.

Head down there on Thursday 6 and enjoy top local artists, veteran Cantopop band RubberBand and singer, songwriter, music producer and actor Hanjin Tan. Plus, there’s loads of amazing food and drink on offer from three pop-up restaurants including Mercato, Chino, and Good BBQ, as well as different eateries represented by Marriott International Hotels Daily. Delicious! For the schedule of the FULL EVENT, including appearances and band performances, visit the HKSEVENS Central official page now!

When: Until April 9
Where: Chater Garden, Central
How much: Free
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HKSevens Kickoff Concert

HKSEVENS Kick-off Concert

Sadly General Access tickets to the much-anticipated HKSevens Kick- off Concert, featuring the bands Madness and From The Jam are now SOLD OUT, but if you didn’t manage to grab one don’t worry as there is always the live entertainment at HKSEVENS Central festival (look above).

When: April 6, (6.30pm – 11pm)
Where: Indian Recreation Club, 63 Caroline Hill Road, So Kon Po, Causeway Bay
How much: General Admission $488



Witness Lee Garden One in Causeway Bay being transformed into a rugby-themed party wonderland at the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens FanWalk. The FanWalk, which is conveniently located en route to the Stadium, is designed to give residents and visitors an international experience based on the Sevens’ theme: “Where the World Comes to Play”.

When: April 7 – 9
Where: Lee Gardens, Causeway Bay
How much: Free
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Valley Sevens Long Lunch

The legendary Long Lunch is now in its 21st year and still remains the ultimate way to kick off the Sevens weekend. Rugby speakers, dancing performances, and a new theme (to be revealed and advancing on last year’s back to school theme) providing entertainment for a crowd of 600+ guests, (alongside a three-course lunch with free flow wine). There is also serious side to the event with USD2.9 million having been raised for children’s charities in Asia since the Lunch’s inception.

When: April 7, (12.30pm)
Where: Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel, Wan Chai
How much: $2,300 – $39,000
Click here to register

HK Sevens – The Champagne Lounge

Free-flow Prosecco and an open bar from the final whistle until late, the ultimate Sevens after-party is just a few steps away from the rugby action. Guests can enjoy exclusive surroundings, live DJs, and a chance to mingle with rugby stars each night in the elite Champagne Lounge for an exclusive Sevens community to soak up the atmosphere if you’re lucky .

When: April 7 – 9, (7.30pm – 11.00pm)
Where: The Pavilion, IRC, 63 Caroline Hill Road, So Kon Po, Causeway Bay
How much: $400 – $1,600
Click here to register

Ding Ding Exhibition

Simon Fuller, an Australian-based colourist and photographer has a long history serving the television industry in his native Melbourne. But now, he’s swapped cameras and turned his lens to one of Hong Kong’s most iconic fixtures, our beloved trams. If you want to look at pictures of trams, this is probably a good bet.

When: Until April 7
Where: Cyberport 3 Exhibition Gallery, 3/F, 100 Cyberport Road, Telegraph Bay
How much: Free
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HK Phil – Winter Dreams

Experience the magic, melancholy, and mystery of Tchaikovsky’s First Symphony, Winter Dreams, as you are transported to a snowy Russian landscape. Lawrence Foster leads the HK Phil and violinist Akiko Suwanai, the youngest-ever winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition, in Walton’s concerto – evoking his love for Italy in the lyricism of the solo violin and the shimmering, sensual sonorities of the orchestral accompaniment.

When: April 7 – 8, (8pm)
Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
How much: $180 – $480
Click here to buy tickets

M+ Screenings: Genderfluid

A programme demonstrating how artists and filmmakers have used the moving image to construct and portray transgressive and transformative gender identities. Consisting of 11 works that include artist videos, documentaries, narrative features, animations, performance videos, and experimental films, the Genderfluid programme demonstrates the various ways artists and filmmakers have explored the complex issues of gender. In these works, gender intersects with ideas about the body, spirituality, history, tradition, nationality, sexuality, race, age, and mythology.

When: April 7 – 9, (8pm)
Where: Broadway Cinematheque, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei
How much: Free
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Country Parks 40th Anniversary
Trees Planting

Open to Hiking Meetup members and their families, this special tree planting event invites parents and kids to hike to Kam Shan Country Park and sew 25 seedlings while spreading the important ‘Take Your Litter Home’ message. A great one for little green fingers and a lovely way to spend a (hopefully) sunny Sunday in the great outdoors.

When: April 9, (meet at 7.45am at Lai Chi Kok MTR, Exit A in the hall)
Where: Kam Shan Country Park
How much: Free
Click here for more information and RSVP here

Empowerment Hike

Hiking is one of the greatest joys of living in Hong Kong, but the only thing that could make it better? Raising some money for a great cause while we’re at it! The Empowerment Hike is doing just that by raising money to help empower migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong. With three different trails to choose from, depending on your ability, the hike will be led by mountaineer and domestic worker, Liza Avelino, with all proceeds going towards Enrich HK.

When: April 9, (10am – 4pm)
Where: Tung Chung MTR Exit B by the Fountains (meeting point)
How much: $200, with donations welcome.
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: March 31 – April 17, (11am-10pm)
Where: Gallery by the Harbour, Shop 207, Level 2, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, TST
How much: Free
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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
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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
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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
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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


A new art exhibition, yay! 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
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The Coming Week

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 film festival annually 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: April 11 – 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

Generation Axe

The term ‘supergroup’ gets thrown around on a regular basis these days, however, a tour featuring some of the greatest guitarists of all time is about to truly give the term a whole new meaning. Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Zakk Wylde, Nuno Bettencourt, and Tosin Abasi, all on one stage, shredding. If you’re any kind of guitar enthusiast you’re probably drooling right now.

When: April 11 
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

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