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The Weekend Ahead – Jan 27 – 29

It’s Chinese New Year so you know what that means – fireworks, flower markets, and a four-day weekend – woohoo! Even though the onus is very much ruled by the Rooster, there’s plenty of other stuff on (sort of). Riverdance comes to Macau, there’s some amazing exhibitions by way of Nogah Engler and Vik Muniz, and it’s Australia Day on Thursday. Nothing like getting a head start on the action. Have an amazing long weekend everyone – and happy “Straya” Day Aussies!

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Trivia Night at Forbes 36

Okay, this technically isn’t on the weekend. Actually, not even technically. It just isn’t. But we couldn’t not include at least one event for Australia Day. Embrace your amazing knowledge of Crocodile Dundee and Kylie Minogue (and probably some other, actual Australian knowledge), while chucking down frothies and getting stuck into some classic pub grub. Bonza!

When: January 26 (7pm – 10pm)
Where: Forbes 36, 36 Forbes Street, Kennedy Town
How much: $150 (members of the Australian Association of Hong Kong), $250 (non-members)
Click here to get your tickets

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: January 28 to mid-February
Where: Lam Tsuen, Tai Po, New Territories
How much: Free
Click here for more information

Chinese New Year Parade 

Colourful floats, marching bands, troupes of acrobats, lively dragons, traditional Chinese dancers, international troupes from all over the world, drummers, Chinese lions, and of course, firecrackers. This is the meat-and-gravy to the fireworks sweet dessert – a real face-to-face with some amazing local culture (and international culture approximating local culture). The parade itself features over 30 floats with Disneyland, Ocean Park, and Ngong Ping 360 all throwing their decorative hats in the ring, and there’s an endless array of other visual delights going on. If you can only go to one thing this Chinese New Year, it should probably be this.

When: January 28 (8pm)
Where: Starts at The Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza, Tsim Sha Tsui, then goes all over the place in a parade-y fashion
How much: Free
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Lunar New Year Fireworks Display

The big one. There’s a reason this display is watched and streamed all over the world – it’s nothing short of a delightful, flamboyant, colourful, all-out war against the night sky. Twenty-three minutes of beautifully choreographed assault on the senses. And it’s glorious. It’s the fireworks display that all fireworks displays dream of becoming when they grow up, and this one is rumoured to have almost 24,000 pyrotechnic shells fired in it – only HK$8 million going up in smoke!

When: January 29 (8pm)
Where: Around Victoria Harbour, with vantage points along the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront, Central and Western District Promenade and Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai
How much: Free
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Chinese New Year Rooftop Beach Party

If you fancy getting away from all the bustle this New Year and heading to a more chilled-out bustle then this is for you. Just to be clear, someone hasn’t put a beach on their roof (even though that would be amazing) – it’s a party on a roof, next to a beach. If you can get over that disappointment then in you’re in for a good time – with international DJs from South Africa, Colombia, UK, Macao, and China spinning well into the wee hours. With an open bar and the beautiful surroundings of Lamma Island, this is one of the best Chinese New Year parties around.

When: January 29 (9pm – 6am)
Where: Lo So Shing Beach Refreshment Kiosk, Sok Kwu Wan, Lamma Island
How much: $300
Click here for more information

Chinese New Year Race Day

Kick off the Year of the Rooster auspiciously with one of the biggest race days in the global calendar. If gambling’s not really your thing there’s plenty of other reasons to make the trip up to Sha Tin – variety shows with traditional lion dances, singing performances, greeting’s from the city’s top jockeys, and good luck tips shared by renowned Feng Shui Masters.

When: January 30, (12.30pm – 6pm)
Where: Sha Tin Racecourse
How much: $10 entry fee to the public enclosure
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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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


Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour

The Irish dance juggernaut that has been seen the world over by more than 20 million people. 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 to Macau to see.

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

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

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


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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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

 The Coming Week


Complete Deelite – Chinese New Year Cookie Workshop

Hong Kong’s dessert maestros Complete Deelite are on hand this festive season to teach you (and your little ones) how to bake delicious cookies using their full-proof recipe. As well as mastering the art of the perfect bake, you’ll also learn how to make perfectly consistent royal icing and pipe detailed designs on your cookie!

When: January 23 (10am – midday), February 2 (10am – midday)
Where: Complete Deelite, 2/F, On Lan Centre, 11-15 On Lan Street, Central
How much: $800 (members), $880 (non-members)
Book a class here or email classes@completedeelite.com


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: February 2 – 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
Click here for more information


Asia Premiere of Hannah; Buddhism’s Untold Journey

This critically-lauded documentary tells the story of Hannah Nydahl and her adventure bringing Tibetan Buddhism to the West. The film has already won numerous awards including Best Feature Documentary at the Film Fest International in London and the Audience Award for Best Documentary at ARPA Los Angeles. It’s also had four screenings at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York, and has recently been selected for the Vancouver International Film Festival. And now, Asia gets to see what all the fuss is about.
When: February 2 (7.30pm)
Where: Bradbury School, 43C Stubbs Road, Wan Chai
How much: $100 ($80 concessions)
Click here to find out more

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