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The Weekend Ahead – Jan 20 – 22

We’ve all survived the most “depressing day” of the year (aka Blue Monday) and now we can look forward to a weekend that’s bursting at the seams with stuff to do – rock god’s Metallica are coming to town for the first time ever, there’s some super trail running to be had, overpriced K-pop to be heard, and three spectacular KidsFest shows to be seen. Bring it on!

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TakeOut Comedy Presents: Butch Bradely

One of the most respected comedians on the live circuit returns to the city by popular demand as part of TakeOut Comedy’s tenth anniversary weekend celebrations! The Comedy Central regular always hits close to home with his genius diatribes on everyday fears and anxiety. A regular on the Late Late show with Craig Ferguson and The Carson Daly Show, Bradely’s reputation as one of the best is well deserved.

When: Jan 19-21 (Champs Bar)
Where: Jan 19 (8pm) – Champs Bar, 209 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai. Jan 20 & 21 (9pm) – TakeOut Comedy, Central 34 Elgin Street, Central
How much: $25o (Jan 19), $300 (Jan 20 & 21)
Email jami@takeoutcomedy.com or call (+852) 6220 4436 to reserve your tickets now!


Metallica – WorldWired Tour

Following the release of their new album, Hardwired…to Self-Destruct last November, the Grammy Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Famers are ready to blow the roof off of AsiaWorld-Expo. A band like Metallica coming to Hong Kong for the first time ever is a pretty seminal event for the live music scene. You don’t want to miss it.

When: January 20 (8pm)
Where: AsiaWorld-Expo, Arena, Lantau Island
How much: $580 – $1280
Tickets available here

Inside Beethoven’s Mind: Lecture and Performance

A real treat for any music lover who isn’t so keen on going to Metallica, Inside Beethoven’s Mind mixes an informative lecture about the great man’s life and times, along with a stunning rendition of String Quartet No. 11 and 13 (both performed by the Borromeo Quartet).

When: January 20 (8pm)
Where: Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai
How much: $100 – $340
Tickets available here 

Kindness Mats 2.0

Canadians in Hong Kong and the Zero Waste Challenge come together once more in the joyous return of Kindness Mats. The event strives to reduce plastic bag wastage and support the homeless in one fell, altruistic swoop! Volunteers can help crochet and weave sleeping mats with plastic bags and stuff pillowcases with unusable ones. All proceeds from the event go towards paying for free laundry and dinner vouchers for the homeless in Hong Kong.

When: January 21 (11am – 5pm)
Where: theDesk, 511 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun
How much: Free
Click here for more information 

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Green Power Hike

Established in 1994, the annual Green Power Hike is one the city’s largest and most profitable charity hikes, having raised over $78 million for Green Power – an organisation that tackles Hong Kong’s environmental problems. Even registration is closed, you can still go along and cheer for Mother Nature.

When: January 21 (7.30am)
Where: Hong Kong Trail
How much: Free
Click here for more information 

LBC Lantau Ladies Hike/Run

The average level of female participation in Hong Kong races is around 20 to 25 percent, but Lantau Base Camp (LBC) wants to change that. This race (for the girls, sorry lads!) will see participants take either a 11 or 20km run/hike in a bid to raise money for the Hong Kong Cancer Fund, as well as encourage more ladies to get involved in Hong Kong trail running.

When: January 21 (9am)
Where: Mui Wo, Lantau
How much: Free (to watch, registration to participate is now closed unfortunately!)
Click here for more information 

Latin Fiesta

The word ‘fiesta’ is in the title, but don’t go in expecting a relaxing evening, because this is pure Latin passion and everything associated with it – live music, dancing, and few cheeky drinks. Ludicrous good fun. You should probably go.

When: January 21 (9.30pm – 2am)
Where: 1968 Indonesian Restaurant, 139 Queen’s Road Central, 5/F, The L Place, Central
How much: $150 (includes one drink)
Click here for more information 

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KidsFest: Horrible Histories – The Awful Egyptians

A delightfully entertaining crash-course in the murkier aspects of Egyptian history. From the pharaohs to the pyramids, it’s history with the grisly bits left in (which kids love, obviously). With loads of catchy songs and audience participation, this is history class as it was meant to be!

When: Until January 21 (show times here)
Where: Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai
How much: $195 – $435
Tickets available here 

Lee Joon Gi – Thank You Live in Hong Kong

The South Korean actor, singer, and model comes to Hong Kong to charge you upwards of almost $1,500 to say thank you through the power of song. How thoughtful.

When: January 22 (8pm)
Where: AsiaWorld-Expo, Hall 2, Lantau Island
How much: $680 – $1,480
Tickets available here 

FTISLAND – The Truth Live in Hong Kong

FTISLAND is a K-pop five-piece. If you’re a fan, you’ll probably already know this and will have bought your tickets a long time ago. Much akin to how Lee Joon Gi (see listing above) wants to charge you almost $1,500 to say thank you, FTISLAND want to charge you almost $1,800 to tell you the truth. A weekend of expensive revelations awaits Hong Kong’s K-pop contingent.

When: January 21 (8pm)
Where: AsiaWorld-Expo, Hall 10, Lantau Island
How much: $880 – $1,880
Tickets available here

 Hong Kong Philharmonic: The Ring Cycle Part 3 – Siegfried

With parts one and two already proving hugely successful with critics and audiences alike, the HK Phil launches part three of The Ring Of Nibelung – Wagner’s supreme operatic masterpiece, featuring all your fantasy favourite such as a hero with a cool name, dragons, and fair maidens. Have at thee.

When: January 22 (3pm)
Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
How much: $280 – $980
Tickets available here

Stanley Walk

Join local writer, historian, and walking aficionado Jason Wordie on his tour of Stanley – one of Hong Kong Island’s oldest village settlements. The three-hour walk (with commentary on local history and such) will see you visit Stanley Military Cemetery, Stanley Village, the market, main street, and the famous Tin Hau temple.

When: January 22 (9.15am – 12.30pm)
Where: Stanley
How much: $395
Tickets available here

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Secret Walls – Series 4 Grand Final

The world’s premier live street art battle comes to a glorious crescendo in the Series 4 Grand Final. Artists TAKA and BRAINRENTAL (those are their names, I don’t have Tourette’s) face off in a Black Book Battle – blows will be traded in the form of illustrations on pieces of A4 paper. Make art not war.

When: January 22 (4pm)
Where: My House, QRE Plaza, 202 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai
How much: $200
Tickets available here 

Ceilidh Dance with Over the Border & Friends

Come and have a dance to some traditional Scottish and Irish tunes. If you don’t know the moves, thankfully you won’t have to revert to embarrassingly doing the robot as step-by-step instructions are provided and beginners are warmly welcomed!

When: January 22 (9.15am – 12.30pm)
Where: Stanley
How much: $160 (advance), $180 (door)
Tickets available here

Daddy’s Groove

From DJ Mag’s Top 100 – Italian spinner Daddy’s Groove has made some serious headway over the last few years, establishing himself as one of the finest DJ’s on the international circuit. Expect an intoxicating blend of catchy pop and energetic dance music – ideal if you fancy shipping off to Macau for your Saturday night out.

When: January 22 (10pm)
Where: Pacha Macau, Studio City Macau
How much: $100 (includes one drink)
Tickets available here

 KidsFest: Stick Man

Stick Man’s a good, old-fashioned kind of anthropomorphised stick – wife, few kids, having a great time living in the family tree. It’s everything outside the tree that’s causing Stick Man problems – dog’s wanting to play fetch, bird’s building nests (from twigs, which he’s made of, big issue for good ol’ Stick Man that), and any sticks arch-nemesis – fire.

When: Until January 22 (show times here)
Where: Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai
How much: $195 – $435
Tickets available here

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KidsFest: Horrible Histories – Barmy Britain

If any country is fit for the Horrible Histories treatment – it’s good ol’ blighty. Whether it’s a guide to surviving the plague, or being married to King Henry VII, there’s plenty of unfavourable history to be reminded of.

When: Until January 22 (show times here)
Where: Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai
How much: $195 – $435
Tickets available here



After wowing audiences all over the world with its show-stopping songs, mind-blowing costumes, and heart-warming story of friendship, the award-winning production Wicked has wowed since arriving in Hong Kong. Do you want to experience life in the Emerald City? Well grab your tickets fast, because they are flying off the shelves!

When: Runs until January 22
Where: Lyric Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai
How much: $445 – $1,095
Click here for show times and to buy your tickets

The World of Tim Burton

A very special exhibition that delves in to the mind of one of the most creative film-makers of his generation. With films like Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children to his name, Burton has become synonymous with the comically grotesque and the heart-warmingly macabre. Whether you’re a lifetime fan or a newbie, this is an exhibition well worth seeing.

When: Until January 23 (10am – 10pm)
Where: ArtisTree, 1/F, Cornwall House, Taikoo Place, 979 King’s Road, Quarry Bay
How much: $144 – $22
Find out more here

Li Qing Solo Project

Chinese painter Li Qing has built a reputation for exploring viewers’ visual perceptions of his works (whilst trying to somewhat playfully distort them). In this project, Qing showcases representations of Hong Kong from the perspective of a mainlander.

When: Until January 25 (11am)
Where: Tang Contemporary Art, 18 On Lan Street, Central
How much: Free
Find out more here

Zaap Zaap Seng

Running as part of Lumenvisum’s ambitious Kwun Tong redevelopment documentation project, Zaap Zaap Seng sees eight local photographers turn their lenses on the lives of Kwun Tong’s hawkers amidst the redevelopment of the area.

When: Until January 26 (11am-1pm, 2pm-6pm)
Where: Lumenvisum, L2-10, 30 Pak Tin Street, Shek Kip Mei
How much: Free
Find out more here

Winter Wonderland

Even if Hong Kong doesn’t really get the winter weather the same way the Europeans do, it doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the same seasonal joys. All the delightful facets of a wintery-themed European town are to be found at Winter Wonderland, with six separate zones featuring ice slides, a giant ice rink, an interactive Northern Lights theatre, ice sculptures, and loads more.

When: Until January 31 (10am – 6pm weekdays, 9am – 10pm weekends and public holidays)
Where: Tai Tong, Yuen Long
How much: $90
Find out more here

 Dark Universe

Get whisked away from our home planet and find yourself doing a parachute drop through Jupiter’s atmosphere on a mission to find evidence related to our humble origin at the beginning of our cosmic history. The Space Museum’s latest stellar show is out-of-this-world #spacejokes.

When: Until January 31 (Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays – 2.40pm & 6.10pm. Sundays and public holidays – 11.10am, 2.40pm and 6.10pm)
Where: Hong Kong Space Museum, Stanley Ho Space Theatre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
How much: $24 – $32
Tickets available here


Love is Wild

Photographer Sean Lee Davies turns his lens to endangered wildlife in this visually striking pop-up show. The exhibition features beautiful shots of whales, rhinos, and elephants taken by Davies and other notable photographers such as Wu Ming Zhong, Marcos Marin, and Norm Yip. Be sure to check out the virtual reality exhibition while you’re there!

When: Until January 31 (10am)
Where: Authentic Gallery, G28, Central Building, 1-3 Pedder Street, Central
How much: Free
Find out more here

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

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

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


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

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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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 (midday – 7pm)
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

 The Coming Week


Holocaust Memorial Event

The Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre will welcome Mr. Micha Gelber to the city next week. Mr. Gelber was incarcerated with his family in Westerbork and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps during the Second World War. His is an astounding and harrowing tale of survival that is both fascinating and deeply humbling to hear.

When: January 23 (7pm – 8pm)
Where: Sai Ying Pun Community Complex, Community Hall, 2 High Street, Sai Ying Pun
How much: Free
RSVP at: info@hlchtc.org

Hong Kong Stories Live Show

True stories told before a live audience. An ordinary collection of people telling an extraordinary collection of stories. Truth is always stranger than fiction.

When: January 25 (8pm)
Where: Finge Upstairs, Fringe Club,  2 Lower Albert Road, Central
How much: $120
Tickets available here


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