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The Weekend Ahead – Feb 3 – 5

Although it might feel like for all intents and purposes, Chinese New Year is over for another year (at least it certainly does if you’re back at work), there’s actually still loads of great events that will be carrying on for the next week or so. Flower Markets or Temple Rituals anyone? There’s also a big influx of non-lunary (it’s an industry term) stuff such as art exhibitions – Jae Yong Kim’s I Love Donut on the more fun side of the spectrum, and Howards Hodgkin’s In the Pink on the more introverted side. Duddell’s looks to revive the Hong Kong disco scene with its Disco Bao party and there’s some amazing local culture on offer with famed Cantonese opera, A Marriage of Confusion, playing up in Hung Hom. See? The holiday’s coming to a close isn’t that bad. Kind of.

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Kidsfest: The Snail and the Whale

Join a tiny snail on her around-the-world trip with her pal (a humpback whale) in this magical, musical adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s famed picture book. It’s all going great till the whale gets beached, then things get heavy. I’ll say no more …

When: February 1 – 5, (show times here)
Where: Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai
How much: $195 – $435
Buy your tickets here

Meditation and the Great Seal

Lama Ole Nydahl will be visiting Hong Kong  to give teachings on Meditation and The Great Seal – the crown jewel of the Buddha’s teachings that, with enough training and discipline, can impart a mindset of pure harmony and bliss. The weekend course will start with an introductory talk on Friday evening. Over the weekend, Lama Ole will introduce The Great Seal and the progressive stages which lead to this state. There will also be several talks given by experienced Diamond Way Buddhist teachers and guided meditations throughout the course.

When: February 3 – 5, (times here)
Where: Bradbury School, 43C Stubbs Road, Wan Chai
How much: $120 (individual talk), $500 (full course)
Buy your tickets here

Sumi Jo Sings Maria Callas

The Hong Kong Philharmonic brings us another evening of wonderful music as South Korean coloratura, Sumi Jo, brings the timeless music of Maria Callas to life with a selection of stunning arias honouring one of the most influential sopranos of the 20th century.

When: February 3 & 4, (8pm)
Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
How much: $280 – $680
Buy your tickets here

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Rising Stars of Cantonese Opera – A Marriage of Confusion

If you’re ever going to see a Cantonese Opera, now’s probably the time of year to give it a crack. This fast-paced comedy tells of the adventure of two identical women – one of which is proper and of good bearing, due to be married to a well-respected doctor, and the other is a thief. There’s whole bunch of mistaken identity-related hilarity and wackiness, and it’s just a real good time all around.

When: February 3 – 5, (7.30pm)
Where: Ko Shan Theatre, 77 Ko Shan Rd, Hung Hom
How much: $80 – $200
Buy your tickets here

Tai Po Historical Tour

Get the proper local experience on this jam-packed tour of historical Tai Po. This excursion will take you to some of the gorgeous historical sights of Tai Po, all while telling you the rich history of the area. Ideal if you’re keen on seeing some of the city’s hidden gems, but aren’t really sure where to start.

When: February 4, (2pm)
Where: Meet at Tai Po Market MTR station
How much: $90 (children aged 3 – 12), $130 (adults)
Buy your tickets here

New World Order Party

Meet, greet, and shake your fist at a Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump lookalike at this politically incorrect performance of music and parody songs with the Mark Peter Trio. Let the hate flow through you as these two poor actors no doubt have the worst night of their lives while you get to cathartically expel any built up rage or tension you may be harbouring. Excellent.

When: February 4, (9pm)
Where: Orange Peel, Ho Lee Commercial Building, 38-44 D’Aguilar St, Central
How much: $190 – $270
Buy your tickets here

Hong Kong Chamber Wind Philharmonia Annual Concert

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the esteemed group, the Hong Kong Chamber Wind Philharmonia will perform a selection of crowd-pleasers including some choice tunes from Star Wars. Also, as a special treat, Oscar Novarro’s Clarinet Concerto No.2 will be played by the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra principal clarinetist, Yos Vaneesorn.

When: February 4, (8pm)
Where: The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai
How much: $150 – $200
Buy your tickets here


Disco Bao at Duddell’s

Recalling the disco fever that spread through Hong Kong in the late 1970s and early 80s, changing the city’s nightlife forever to include terrible dancing and crap trousers. Disco Bao looks to resurrects the city’s hedonistic glory days while DJ David Teng spins the likes of Madonna, George Michael, and Duran Duran. If you fancy lining the stomach before getting down to business, you can book yourself in for dim sum at 8pm before the party kicks off at 10pm.

When: February 4, (10pm till late)
Where: Duddell’s, 3/F, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central District, Hong Kong
How much: Dinner – $800 (includes free-flow drinks), party – free entry
Click here to find out more

Riverdance: The 20th Anniversary World Tour

The Irish dance juggernaut that has been seen the world over by more than 20 million people is jigging its way to Macau. Drawing on Irish tradition, Riverdance is an intoxicating blend of dance, music, and legs flapping about all over the shop. Well worth a jaunt over on the ferry to see.

When: Until February 5, (2pm, 6pm, and 8pm)
Where: The Venetian Macao, Estrada da Baia de N., Senhora de Esperanca
How much: $288 – $888
Click here to get your tickets

Flower Markets

When you live in the definitive concrete jungle that is Hong Kong, and can’t find the time to venture out to its greener areas, it’s easy to forget just how passionate the city is about its flora. Throughout Chinese New Year, around 15 flower markets bring an explosion of colour and aroma to the city. Traditionally festive flowers and plants such as kumquat trees, cherry blossom, and daffodils take centre stage, as they’re believed to bring good luck, but you can also find fresh tangerine, orange, and citrus plants which are also known to usher in luck and prosperity.

When: Until February 8, (12 noon – midnight, except February 8 which runs from midnight – 6am)
Where: 15 parks across Hong Kong Island and Kowloon including Victoria Park in Causeway Bay and Fa Hui Park in Mong Kok
How much: Free
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Lam Tsuen Well-Wishing Festival

A lovely little traditional festival that sees hundreds flock to this tiny village in the New Territories. The Well-Wishing Festival is all about casting your aspirations for the next year – this involves writing your wish (along with your name and date of birth) on a bit of paper, tying it with a string on one end and an orange at the other, then chucking it over one of the village’s ‘wishing’ trees. If the message catches on one of the branches and stays there, you’re sorted. Told you it was lovely.

When: Until mid-February
Where: Lam Tsuen, Tai Po, New Territories
How much: Free
Click here for more information

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Traditional Temple Rituals 

Paying homage at one of the city’s many stunning temples is about as authentic as it gets, and is also a more subtle, introverted way to enjoy the holidays if you’re not keen on all the dancing and explosions. Hundreds of people gather at the beautiful, tranquil temples dotted across the city to give thanks for their good fortune over the past year. Popular places to perform these rituals include Wong Tai Sin, Che Kun, and Man Mo Temple. This is a real insight into the more personal aspects of Chinese New Year and shows a more intimate side to the festivities.

When: Throughout Chinese New Year
Where: Temples across Hong Kong
How much: Free
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 Wang Chuan: Forms of Line

Chinese-American painter Wang Chuang has been trail-blazing with his traditional ink paintings since the Cultural revolution in the 1960s. This exhibition displays over a dozen paintings from the artist’s back catalogue from the last 20 years.

When: Runs until February 4, (10am – 7pm)
Where: 108 Ruttonjee Centre, 11 Duddell Street, Central
How much: Free
Find out more here

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Shifting Objectives – Design from the M+ Collection

A fascinating collection that looks at seminal designs that shaped production and industrial design throughout Asia in the 20th century and beyond – from Hong Kong’s years as a leader in plastics innovation, to Japan’s advancements in artificial intelligence.

When: Until February 5, (11am-6pm)
Where: M+ Pavilion, West Kowloon Cultural District
How much: Free
Find out more here

Read more! Take a peek at the Top 10 Objects on Display at the M+ Design Collection

Chimeddorj: Rider on the Horizon

Mongolian artist Shagdarjav Chimeddorj presents a stunning collection of paintings and sculptures that heavily feature horses – a representative symbol of freedom and Mongolian identity. Chimeddorj’s colourful style perfectly marries nomadic culture with more modern artistic leanings.

When: Until February 11, (10am – 6.30pm)
Where: Hanart TZ Gallery, 401 Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central
How much: Free
Click here for more information 

Cheng Ting Ting: Fall In Fall Out

Local artist Cheng Ting Ting presents a series of semi-autobiographical pieces that explore themes of childhood and adolescence. The aesthetic beauty of Ting’s work hides an inherent abhorrence of societal norms and expectation – the whole exhibition plays out like an intimate reflection and dissemination of the artist’s youth. Well worth a look.

When: Until February 11 (11am – 6pm)
Where: Gallery Exit, 3/F, Southsite, 25 Hing Wo Street, Tin Wan, Aberdeen
How much: Free
Find out more here

The AIA Great European Carnival

The biggest carnival of the year rolls on! Over 1 million fair-goers were welcomed through the AIA Great European Carnival gates last year, and with more live performances, hundreds of game booths, thousands of prizes, bigger rides, and an ice rink in the mix this year, we reckon we’re in for an even more thrilling ride this time around. If that’s not enough, students go free this weekend!

When: Runs until February 12, (11am – 11pm)
Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central
How much: $35 for standard entry without tokens; $125 for adults (includes 10 tokens); $90 for kids (includes 7 tokens)
Click here for more information

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Amazing Snow in Asia 2017

Does the lack of snow in Hong Kong get you down? Do you want to frolic, throw snowballs, make snow angels, and finally have an excuse to wear a hat? Well, thanks to technology (aka, snow machines), now you can. Amazing Snow in Asia features the largest snow garden in the continent, a cross-country ski zone, speedy tube slide ski zone (whatever that is), carnival games, VR game zone (VR snow? It’s about damn time), VR Northern light zone, and photo-taking … with snow, in a zone. Sold.

When: Until February 14, (11am – 10pm)
Where: The Venetian Macao, Cotai Expo Hall E, Macau
How much: $120 (children aged 3 – 12), $180 (adults), $999 (VIP)
Find out more here

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

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
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 here

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

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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

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 

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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 

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 artist’s career as well as a history of Chinese modern art, pioneering Taiwanese abstract artist Hsiao Chin’s works largely consist of curved and straight bold lines and shapes, touching upon concepts surrounding Oriental spirituality with abstract symbolism.

When: February 3 – April 30, (10.30am – 7.30pm)
Where: 3812 Gallery, 118 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun
How much: Free
Find out more here

The Coming Week



Wonderful musical and altruism shall come together at Hong Kong City Hall in this concert that hopes to raise money for C.E.L.L – a pioneering charity seeking to empower the underprivileged in Hong Kong, and encourage more young women to nurture their interests in science and technology. An endlessly worthwhile cause and a great night’s entertainment.

When: February 7, (7.30pm)
Where: Hong Kong City Hall Theatre, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central
How much: $200
Get your tickets here

Superbowl LI

Showing at quite possibly the worst time imaginable for a worker in Hong Kong who happens to like American football – the biggest event in the sport nevertheless is still having venues across town open up their doors early. One of the better options to see the New England Patriots take on the Atlanta Falcons would be Grappas Cellar, which is putting on a delectable breakfast buffet as well as showing the action on the big screen.

When: February 6, (7.30am)
Where: Grappa’s Cellar, Jardine House, Basement 1, 1 Connaught Place, Central
How much: $158 (including breakfast buffet)
Find out more here

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