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The Weekend Ahead – Feb 17-19

The (relatively) cold weather is starting to shift and spring has started to tease us with sun-filled rays of delicious, warm foreplay (too much?). The point is, the weather turning is fortuitous as this weekend is absolutely jam-packed with stuff to do, so it’s finally worthwhile actually going outside again. In the busiest weekend of the year so far we’ve got comedic legend Barry Hilton in town, the semi-finals of The Underground’s Battle of the Bands, and both the Hong Kong Arts Festival and Hong Kong Restaurant Week kicking into second gear. It’s all go, have a good one!

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Florence Traissac – Vision of Hong Kong

French artist Traissac’s unique take on typical Hong Kong scenes are beautifully vivid and endlessly charming through her use of acrylics. There’s a distinctly European feel to this exhibition while remaining inherently familiar to anyone who’s lived in Hong Kong.

When: February 12 – 27, (10am – 7pm)
Where: Cawah Arts Gallery, 23 Square Street, Sheung Wan
How much: Free
Click here for more information

Hong Kong Race Week 2017

The dinghy event of the year (and I think we all know, there’s some doozies out there). Co-organised by the Hong Kong Sailing Federation and the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Race Week 2017 promises to be bigger and better than last year’s iteration with 226 entries from 12 countries competing across a number of competitions.

When: February 14 – 19, (Various times, see the full schedule here)
Where: Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Middle Island
How much: Free (to watch)
Find out more here


Faust International Youth Theatre presents an exciting, colourful production about the puppet who dreams of becoming a real boy. The classic story is brought to life with all the characters that made is so seminal – the gentle puppet maker Geppeto, the quirky Blue Fairy, the mischievous Lampwick, and many more!

When: February 15 – 17, (7.30pm)
Where: Y Studio, Youth Square, 238 Chai Wan Road, Chai Wan
How much: $220
Buy your tickets here

TakeOut Comedy Presents: Barry Hilton Live in Hong Kong

South African comedic legend Barry Hilton returns to Hong Kong for three nights only! Inspired by comedians Richard Pryor and Billy Connolly, Hilton’s personal style can best be described as a combination of observational, satirical, and physical comedy. He’s enjoyed a prolific career, touring with a series of stand-up comedy shows, starring in commercials and movies, as well as hosting comedy shows on TV. Now it’s time for you to get your dose of endorphins this weekend as the man himself touches down at TakeOut Comedy Club.

When: February 16, (8pm); February 17, (8pm & 10pm); February 18, (9pm)
Where: Champs, 209 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai (Thursday performance); TakeOut Comedy Club, 34 Elgin Street, Basement, Soho, Central (Friday & Saturday performances)
How much: $300
Email jami@takeoutcomedy.com or call (+852) 6220 4436 to reserve your tickets now!

Cricket: Hong Kong V Netherlands

Hong Kong will host the Netherlands in the ICC World Cricket League Championship in Kowloon City across two days. Expect balls-to-wall action with bats, stumps, and … all the rest of your favourites. It’s free to watch which is super, encouraging people to support cricket in the city, but if you want to turn things up a notch, you can buy tickets for the Peroni tents where you can fire into lunch and free-flow drinks.

When: February 16 & 18, (9.30am – 6pm)
Where: Mission Road Cricket Ground (a.k.a. Tin Kwong Road Recreation Ground), 15 Tin Kwong Road, Kowloon
How much: Free (general admission); Peroni tents ($400 – Thursday, $600 – Saturday)
Click here for more information or to buy tickets

The Crucible

Arthur Miller’s edgy masterpiece comes to the stage in this faithful and riveting adaption. The play is set in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1662, among a pious, and very isolated community that is struck by vengeful accusations of witchcraft that inevitably poisons the towns sanctity. Relentlessly suspenseful and emotionally engaging, The Crucible is absolutely timeless and a must see!

When: February 16 – 19, (8pm)
Where: HKRep Black Box, 8/F, Sheung Wan Municipal Service Building, 345 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan
How much: $250 (February 16 & 17 performances); $300 (February 80 & 19 performances)
Click here to buy tickets

Amnesty International – Carnival

Curated by Hong Kong-based French curator and arts writer Caroline Ha Thuc, Carnival is an exhibition with a cause, featuring over 50 local and international artists who have created new artworks around the theme of carnival. The works also thematically reflect the idea of freedom of expression – an issue very close to Amnesty’s heart.

When: February 16 – 26, (8pm)
Where: Hong Kong Art Space, G/F, 3 Staunton Street, Central
How much: Free
Click here to reserve your spot

The Folk Ups Hong Kong music band

Amplified Music Festival

A night of amazing live music and raising money for a good cause is the name of the game here. West Island School plays host to its first charity concert in five years with the Hong Kong Children’s Music Foundation being the well-deserved beneficiaries. Entertainment on the night comes by way of some of the best up-and-coming acts in the city with Asyndeton, The Folk Ups (pictured above), and The Pansies all taking the stage, among many others.

When: February 17, (7pm)
Where: West Island School, 250 Victoria Rd, Pok Fu Lam
How much: $80
Click here to buy tickets

TedXLingan University – Unbelievable

Ten speakers take the stage in another rousing, informative and intellectually stimulating Ted Talk. In this iteration – Unbelievable – each speaker has developed, innovated or created something… well, the talks called ‘Unbelievable’ for a reason…

When: February 18, (1pm – 5pm)
Where: Lingnan University. 8 Castle Road Peak, Tuen Mun
How much: $59 – $110.25
Click here to buy tickets

SCAD Hong Kong Open Day

Learn about Savannah College of Art and Design’s (SCAD) award-winning academic programs with this enlightening open day. Prospective students and their families are invited to have a wander around the College’s facilities, complete their applications, and have one-to-one time with staff. SCAD has amazing facilities for any budding creatives including digital labs and studios, darkrooms, a green screen studio, and sound design and editing suites – so it’s well worth a look if that seems like the kind of thing you want to get into.

When: February 18, (midday – 4pm)
Where: SCAD Hong Kong, 292 Tai Po Road, Sham Shui Po
How much: Free
Click here for more information or to register

Coldrain Live in Hong Kong

Japanese metalcore five-piece Coldrain have established themselves over a ten-year career with their post-hardcore mastery, balancing the requisite screaming with some stellar melodic interludes. Despite being Japanese, all the band’s songs are in English, making them a slightly more intuitive listen if you’ve never heard them before. Also, they have a super edgy name that squashes two words together. Sold.

When: February 18, (7.30pm)
Where: The Hang Out, 2 Holy Cross Path, Sai Wan Ho
How much: $380
Click here to buy tickets

Family Market in Wong Chuk Hang

Set up by local residents of the area, this amazing market is absolutely jam-packed with things to do for kids and parents alike! There’ll be book reading and activities for the little ones, cooking demonstrations, wine and coffee tastings, shopping, photo booths, and loads of surprises, prizes, and gifts.

When: February 18, (10.30am – 5.30pm)
Where: Tin Fung Industrial Mansion, 63 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang
How much: Free
Click here to find out more

The Underground – Battle of the Bands

Hong Kong’s pioneering hero of the live scene, The Underground, is back with another epic Battle of the Bands. A great opportunity for budding and established musicians to do their thing in front of a live audience and judges. This Saturday will see local bands Fallback, LPM, Sagas, Dusty Bottle, The Octopus Vanish, Wan Chai Warriors, and Call Back ASAP battle it out in the first semi-final.

When: February 18, (8pm)
Where: Atiic, Grand Business Plaza, 153 Wai Yip St, Kwun Tong
How much: $70
Click here to buy tickets

Bobby Taylor – Motown Birthday

The Hong Kong resident and music legend is having a serious birthday blowout at Grappa’s. Expect an emotional evening with the great man taking the stage alongside local favourite, Trinity. If you’re a fan of Bobby’s music or motown in general, this shouldn’t be missed! Bobby always tends to mingle with the crowd so you can likely give him your warmest birthday wishes face-to-face!

When: February 18, (8pm – 11pm)
Where: Grappa’s Cellar, Jardine House, Basement 1, 1 Connaught Pl, Central
How much: $288 (includes one drink)
To reserve tickets, call (+852) 2521 2322

India by the Bay Family Day

If you’re stuck for something to do this weekend with the kids, the India by the Bay Family Day features loads of fun-filled activities, letting the whole family discover the magic of India. It could be argued that Hong Kong’s vibrant and long-standing Indian community doesn’t have a huge amount of platforms in the city to share their amazing culture – well, this our chance. The week-long schedule is vast – featuring a conversation with respected journalist Swapan Das Gupta, music by acclaimed violinist and composer Dr. L Subramaniam, a demonstration and food experience with chef and food writer Manju Malhi, a performance by one of the India’s foremost Kathak dancers, and a Bollywood dance class with Gilles Chuyen. Packed!

When: February 17 – 25, (schedule can be found here)
Where: Various (see schedule)
How much: Various (see pricing here)
Click here for more information or to buy tickets

SHORE X FOB Present: Norman Jay MBE

One of the most respected DJs in the world, Norman Jay is the co-founder of the Good Times Sound System and popular London dance music station, Kiss FM. Awarded an MBE for services to DJ-ing and music, he recently compiled his most eclectic compilation to date, ‘Good Times Skank & Boogie’. Expect one hell of a party with tunes, dancing, and probably a bit of drinking.

When: February 17, (10.30pm – late)
Where: Shore Restaurant & Bar, 3/4F, The L Place, 139 Queen’s Road Central
How much: $150 (advance), $200 (door – both include a glass of champagne)
Click here for more information or to buy tickets

Xiang Yi: The Whispering Void

The famed Malaysian artist brings her second solo exhibition to Hong Kong. The Whispering Void marries Xiang Yi’s use of traditional Chinese painting styles within a very contemporary context – exploring homo-erotic and romantic relationships between males in manga comics and novels. Although it’s maybe not for the faint-hearted, this display promises big things from the burgeoning savant.

When: Until February 18, (10am – 7pm)
Where: Artify Gallery, 10/F, Block A, Ming Pao Industrial Centre, 18 Ka Yip Street, Chai Wan
How much: Free
Find out more here

Kim Jae Yong: I Love Donut

Do you love donuts? Do you want to show your love for them beyond the normal paradigm of eating as you feel like the love is killing you, as you wheeze from the effort of running 10 yards to catch a bus? Great. You’ll love this. Korean artist Kim Jae Yong brings us over 300 unique donut ceramic sculptures, colourfully patterned and laden with references to popular culture. The best thing is, if you eat one, you’ll probably end up in hospital for so long that you won’t even remember what the real thing tastes like.

When: Until February 19, (11am – 7pm)
Where: Gallery by the Harbour, Harbour City, Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
How much: Free
Find out more here

Photo by Olivia Marty


A stage adaptation of the celebrated novel Ru by Kim Thuy that chronicles the author’s experience of uprooting and exile – two subjects that are extremely pertinent in today’s socio-political climate. Combining theatre and dance, Exil evokes a tangible sense of fragmented identity buffeted by the turmoil of history. Plus, it’s another event this weekend with super-edgy wordplay for a title. So that’s good.

When: February 19, (6.30pm – 7.30pm)
Where: Charbon Art Space, Unit B, 8/F Sing Tek Factory, 44 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen
How much: Free (suggested donation of $100)
Click here to reserve your space

Moody’s RiseUp Youth Photo Exhibition – In Light Of

In this photo exhibition, presented by the KELY support group (a non-governmental charity organisation that provides support to youths in Hong Kong) a selection of photographs will be presented by ethnic minorities and local Chinese students. These photos express the ‘light’ in their lives – showing what inspires them on a daily basis.

When: Until February 20, (9am – 6pm)
Where: Platform, 1/F, 120 Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun
How much: Free (suggested donation of $100)
Find out more here

Lee du Ploy: The Glass Facade

Outsider art is – if we’re being kind – is very thin on the ground in Hong Kong, which makes this exhibition by psychologist Lee du Ploy all the more interesting. The Glass Facade shows the many faces of Lee du Ploy’s patients over the years, telling their stories through an intense visual language, seeking to remove the taboo of mental illness – something which is still heavily prevalent in many parts of Hong Kong and China.

When: Until February 24, (11am – 7pm)
Where: 3 Wa Lane, Tai Ping Shan
How much: Free
Find out more

Aesthetics of Horror: Junji Ito’s Exhibition in Hong Kong

One of contemporary horror’s truly seminal artists, Junji Ito, is nothing short of legend to anyone that has even a passing interest in Japanese manga, animation, or horror at the most peripheral level. The exhibition will feature works exclusively created for Hong Kong fans that set horror scenes in familiar locales around the city. The show will also offer a unique insight into the artist’s creative process alongside six original manuscripts from his Side Stories of Hanging Balloons, made available especially for the Hong Kong premiere.

When: Until February 26, (10am – 9pm in 1 hour incremental sessions)
Where: PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central
How much: $100 (normal entry), $200 (Hanging Ballon package – includes entry plus Hanging Balloon tote bag)
Click here to buy tickets

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Ceremony and Celebration – The Grand Weddings of the Qing Emperors

Focusing on the grand and elaborate weddings of Emperors Shunzhi, Kangxi, Tongzhi, and Guang xu, this stunning exhibition displays 153 items selected from the rare and unique collections of The Palace Museum. Featuring items such as portraits, costumes, personal ornaments, dowry objects, and court musical instruments, this is a must for any history buffs or anyone with even a passing fancy in traditions gone by.

When: Until February 27, (10am – 6pm)
Where: Hong Kong Heritage Museum, 1/F, Thematic Galleries, 1-5 Function Place
How much: $10-$20
Find out more here

Dale Frank Exhibition

Australian artist Dale Frank breaks the conventions of conventional art in his use of materials in this exhibition. With things such as varnish, glass, and human hair all going into his works, good old paint seems quite pedestrian by comparison. Showcasing 16 works that were made in 2016, Frank’s new canvases demonstrates his unique use of pigmented varnish to create abstract images, along with his liberal use of rich intense colours. Or in laymen’s terms – art that kind of looks like a colourful scab.

When: Until March 9, (10am – 7pm)
Where: Pearl Lam Galleries, 601 – 605 Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street
How much: Free
Find out more here

Ding Ding to Kowloon – A Multi-Media Exhibition

An exhaustive look at one of Hong Kong’s most enduring cultural icons – our precious trams. Ding Ding to Kowloon includes a time-lapse video showing an advertisement installation on a tram body, exhibits of tram memorabilia, rare images taken at the Whitty Street Tram Depot’s workshop, and a collection of oil paintings depicting the vastly superior train. Just kidding, it’s oil paintings of trams, trains suck.

When: Until March 14, (10am – 6pm)
Where: Jao Tsung-I Academy, The Gallery, Halls 2 & 3, 800 Castle Peak Road, Kowloon
How much: Free
Click here for more information

Nogah Engler: Time Lapses

A stunning collection of landscape paintings by Israeli artist Nogah Engler that address both the archaeological and ecological. Both themes compliment each other, delivering an over-arching message that commends the human spirit.

When: Until March 4, (11am – 7pm)
Where: Galerie Huit, 189 Queen’s Road West, Sheung Wan
How much: Free
Find out more here

Vik Muniz: Metachromes

Brazilian artist Vik Muniz reimagines some of the most famous art-works ever created by the likes of Van Gogh and Yves Klein using chalk and pastel sticks. Rather than being throwaway or reductive, Muniz’ works are a fascinating re-interpretation of pieces that we all know and love.

When: Until March 11, (11am – 7pm)
Where: Ben Brown Fine Arts, 301 Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central
How much: Free
Find out more here

Between Utopia and Dystopia

Massimo de Carlo gallery’s first show of 2017, curated by Manuela Lietti, brings together works by six Chinese contemporary artists, exploring the notion of landscape. The six artists’ differing backgrounds and age is reflected in the interpretation of the subject matter, creating an exhibition with a uniquely differing tonality between each piece.

When: Until March 11, (10.30am – 7pm)
Where: Massimo de Carlo, Pedder Building, 3/F, 12 Pedder Street, Central
How much: Free
Click here for more information

Howard Hodgkin: In the Pink

Known for his abstract oil on wood-panel paintings, Hodgkin has established himself as one of Britain’s greatest living painters. His works explore the relationship between hand, eye, and memory through his unmistakable visual language.

When: Until March 11, (11am – 7pm)
Where: Gagosian, 7/F, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central
How much: Free
Click here for more information

Photo credit – Charles Tandy

45th Hong Kong Arts Festival

Featuring over 1,600 outstanding international and local artists in 129 performances, this year’s Hong Kong Arts Festival is shaping to be the biggest ever. Encompassing everything within the creative arts spectrum across opera, music, theatre, and dance, the festival has established itself as a global cultural highlight. Tickets for performances are selling fast so get in there now!

When: Until March 18
Where: Various locations (click here for programmes)
How much: Varies by each performance
Click here for more information or to book your tickets

Read more! Check out our article on Four Things You Have to See at This Years Arts Festival

Eric Lau – Detour: From the Streets of NYC to the Americas

Photographer Lau has combed the streets, corners, and back alleys of the Americas in search of subject matter for his latest exhibition – from New York to north, central, and south America, and the Caribbean islands. His images encompass everything unique from these vastly differing places – the people, the architecture, and the traditions.

When: Until March 31, (Monday to Thursday – midday-midnight, Friday and Saturday – midday-1.00am, Sunday – 11am-midnight)
Where: BRICK LANE GALLERY, 23 Minden Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui
How much: Free
Click here for more information

Konstantin Grcic: Panorama

The prodigal European designer brings his narrative-driven exhibition to Hong Kong for the first time. Broken down into distinct sections, Panorama features Grcic’s distinctly minimalist furniture and designs, all put in to a context that informs the various facets of both our working and personal lives. A statement on how functionality and design can have differing emotional impacts on people depending on their interpretation.

When: Until April 2, (9am – 7pm)
Where: HKDI Gallery, Hong Kong Design Institute, 3 King Ling Road, Tsueng Kwan O
How much: Free
Find out more here

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
Find out more here

Hong Kong Restaurant Week

Ten glorious days of special menus and promotions across some of Hong Kong’s best restaurants. It’s an amazing opportunity to broaden your culinary horizons without breaking the bank! Bookings usually fill up quick so get in there now!

When: February 16 – 26
Where: Throughout the city
How much: Lunches from $118, Dinners from $298
Click here for more information

Read more! Find out more about Restaurant Week

The Coming Week

James Taylor and His All-Star Band Live in Hong Kong

One of the most recognisable voices in popular music, James Taylor has been nothing short of an icon since signing to the Beatles’ Apple Records in 1968. He’s done pretty well since then, shifting 100 million albums, winning five Grammy’s, and featuring on the cover of Time magazine, being credited with heralding the era of the singer-songwriter as we know it. His showing in Hong Kong is backed up with his band of world-renowned musicians and I doubt he’ll be back anytime soon, so take the opportunity if you can to see this seminal artist.

When: February 23, (8pm)
Where: Throughout the city
How much: $488 – $1,088
Click here to buy tickets

Animal as Leaders

The American progressive three-piece all the way from LA. Animal as Leaders (or, AAL) have established a fervent global fan base due to their unique musical style which incorporates a wide range of influences from metal, jazz, electronic, Latin, classical, and fusion. In 2009, AAL released their eponymous debut album on Prosthetic Records which quickly launched onto the radar of even the most hard-to-please music fans, and promise Hong Kong a gig they won’t forget in a hurry. 

When: February 21, (8pm)
Where: Hidden Agenda, G/F, Hung To Industrial Building, 80 Hung To Road, Kwun Tong
How much: $320 (advance); $420 (door)
Click here to buy tickets

Annual AWA Pub Quiz

Now in it’s fourth year, the American Women’s Association of Hong Kong’s ace quiz night returns! Looking to raise money for vulnerable women, children, elderly, and the disabled, it’s a fun night with a good cause at its heart. Your ticket price goes a long way – as well as helping the charity, you’ll also be treated with a welcome drink, nibbles, home-made rosemary bread, crispy fried chicken, pizza, fresh green salad, and a chocolate brownie to finish! The quiz is open to all, so if you’re not a member don’t worry!

When: February 22, (7pm)
Where: Little Creatures, 5A New Praya, Kennedy Town
How much: $500
Click here for more information or to sign up

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