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The Weekend Ahead – March 24 – 26

Arts months hits its glorious apex this week with Art Central, Art Basel, and the Premier Art Fair all looming large over the city’s creative scene. But it’s not all about the big kids, there are loads of smaller, more intimate events happening throughout the city, so spare a thought for good stuff like HKWalls Street Art Festival and Zaha Hadid’s wonderful exhibition. If that all sounds rubbish and you just want to run around and drink beer, then thankfully the Lantau International Beer Dash is on Saturday, hooray!


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Art Central

Hong Kong’s most stylish and cutting-edge art event is back for round three. Large-scale installations, engaging talks, and performances promise to lure more art lovers than ever before through the doors of the architecturally designed gallery at Central Harbourfront. The fair will feature over 100 leading international galleries, 75% of which will hail from across the Asia Pacific. Billed as the best place to eat during Hong Kong Art Week, the fair will play host to some of Hong Kong’s hottest eateries within Street Food Central and a bespoke restaurant created especially for the event.

When: March 20, (VIP Preview) – March 25, (12pm – times vary)
Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space
9 Lung Wo Road, Central
How much: $150 – $500 (Enjoy 20% off General Entry and Concession tickets to this year’s Art Central – except First Night and Advance Tickets – when you enter the code LOCALIIZ17 on Ticketflap. Get your tickets now!)
Click here for more information


Art Basel

It’s the biggie and it’s back for the fifth year. The prestigious Art Basel presents over 3,000 artists encompassing the entire artistic spectrum. With at least half of all the pieces on display hailing from the Asia-Pacific region, the Hong Kong edition of this global art show is totally unique to the Miami and Basel shows. The Galleries sector of this year’s Art Basel will present art from 190 of the world’s leading modern and contemporary art galleries, displaying paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photographs, film, video, and digital artworks from the 20th and 21st centuries.

When: March 23 – 25, (times vary)
Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai
How much: $250 – $850
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Support! International Foundation – Annual Youth Leadership Conference

The Hong Kong-based NGO (run by a very enterprising and inspiring 17-year-old by the name of Joseph Wan) has being doing work within the city for its youth that would make much more established NGOs blush. Its Annual Youth Leadership Conference in one such initiative. It gives a platform to students who want to create their own NGOs that help a specific community in the realm of education, environment, and social issues. They will be given the opportunity to present their NGO project to a panel of professionals and businesspeople and receive guidance, and potentially, funding!

When: March 25, (9am-5.30pm)
Where: The Executive Centre, 23/F, One Island East, 18 Westlands Road, Quarry Bay
How much: Free
Click here to register


Your HK Phil. Our Community

A musical variety show bringing together people from all walks of life to raise funds in support of the orchestra and its education and outreach efforts. Budding local musical talent, who face different challenges in their lives, such as illness, disability, underprivileged backgrounds will take part in the fundraiser, delivering outstanding performances showing the power and importance of music in overcoming adversity.

When: March 25, (9am-5.30pm)
Where: The Executive Centre, 23/F, One Island East, 18 Westlands Road, Quarry Bay
How much: Minimum donation of $500
Click here for more information


Sweat It Out

Sick of spending your Saturday mornings hungover in your flat? Well, why don’t you spend your Saturday morning hungover in a pool, being yelled at by sadistic, beautiful people who want to make you suffer? We say yelled at, really we mean encourage as you engage in one of the city’s most high-octane workouts. Your price of entry bags you an hour’s sweating, refreshments, and detox drinks, and a goodie bag.

When: March 25, (11am-2pm)
Where: Wet Pool, W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon Station, Kowloon
How much: $500
Get your tickets here


Zenegeist’s 4th Anniversary Thanksgiving! 

Celebrating four years of the music collective’s influence and propagation of the local live music scene, Zenegeist is celebrating in style! For a bargain price of $150, you’ll get to see four top-notch local acts by way of Smoke in Half Note, Stranded Whale, 鬥牛梗, and murmur.

When: March 25, (7.30pm)
Where: Hidden Agenda, Hung To Industrial Building, 80 Hung To Rd, Kwun Tong
How much: $120 (advance); $150 (door)
Get your tickets here


Lantau International Beer Dash 2017

A 5k run and lots of beer. What can possibly go wrong? Lots probably. Still, that doesn’t stop this boozy run from being one of the most popular ‘fitness’ events of the year! Obviously the aim isn’t so much on the running aspect, in fact, we would actively encourage you to go as slowly as possible. The focus is definitely on the drinking, and by proxy, the fun aspect.

When: March 25, (10.30am)
Where: Race starts at Ma Po Ping Prison with the race route runing along the water catchment to Lower Cheung Sha
How much: $380 for an individual, $1,480 for a team of four
Click here to register


Perrier Jouët Garden of Wonder

Throwing their hat into the ring for arts month, Perrier Jouët’s Garden of Wonder is a lovely retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Celebrating its deep-seated passion for nature and art, the premier champagne house is inviting wine and art aficionados to get lost in a beautiful oasis and enjoy the new permanent Cuvée, Perrier-Jouët Blanc de Blancs, while experiencing French digital artist Miguel Chevalier’s mesmerising video installation, ‘Extra Natural’. Guests can register for private tasting sessions or join one of the Flower Pressing Workshops. There’s also a ‘Surprise Champagne Happy Hour’ hosted during the week (announced on Facebook) where the first fifty guests will enjoy a complimentary glass of Blanc de Blancs. Lovely.

When: Until March 26, (midday-8.30pm)
Where: Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
How much: Free
Click here for more information

HKwalls Street Art Festival & Closing Block Party

Take to the streets and watch in awe as a talented team of international and local artists splatter Hong Kong’s walls with creativity and expression. Returning for its fourth consecutive year, the nine-day HKwalls Street Art Festival is an alternative addition to the Arts Month schedule and will see the industrial district of Wong Chuk Hang get an edgy facelift. With diversity in its blood, and quirks lying around every corner, the participating artists will not have to look far for inspiration in this vibrant neighbourhood. Don’t miss the free Closing Block Party at Ovolo Southside this Sunday, March 26 with drinks, DJs, and of course, some graffitiing!

When: Until March 26, (artists will be painting between 12pm and 6pm)
Where: Wong Chuk Hang industrial area
How much: Free
Click here for more information


The Children’s Bookfest by Bookazine

The Children’s Bookfest by Bookazine returns for its third edition on March 26! Launched in 2016, this festival aims to celebrate children’s literature through amazing story telling sessions, book-related arts & crafts activities, meetings and signings with authors, appearances of the most popular children’s book characters, a charming outdoor library, an exciting treasure hunt, and amazing prizes to be won. All set against the beautiful backdrops of Repulse Bay!

When: March 26, (11am-5pm)
Where: 109 Repulse Bay Road, Repulse Bay
How much: Free
Click here for more information


Paws by the Sea

Stanley Plaza’s annual dog bonanza returns! As usual, there will be a smorgasbord of mental stuff going on throughout the duration – Architecture for Dogs (yip), a Doggie Art Show (aha), and the proverbial kibble on the cake – a Guinness Book of Records world record attempt for the longest line of photo cut-out boards with a dog’s picture – making all other world records trivial by comparison.

When: Until March 26
Where: Stanley Plaza, 23 Carmel Road, Stanley
How much: Free
Get your tickets here


Premier Art Fair

Splashing onto the Hong Kong Arts Month scene for the first time since 2013, the Premier Art Fair will be showcasing works from 50 galleries across 50 guest rooms on the 16th floor of the Excelsior Hotel, inviting guests to view 1,500 artworks by around 300 artists from fifteen nations. There’s certainly no shortage of choice, with prices ranging from $2,000 to $200,000, encompassing traditional painting, contemporary art, pop art, mixed media, photography, and sculpture.

When: March 24 – 26, (12pm – 8pm)
Where: Excelsior Hotel, 281 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay
How much: Free
Click here for more information


Read more! Spend Five Minutes With Premier Art Fair Director, Tomy Kim


Harbour Art Fair at Harbour City

More than 50 emerging Korean galleries and over 100 artworks will be showcased in 60 luxury guest rooms at the Marco Polo Hotel’s Harbour Art Fair. A lineup of art talks, workshops, tasting sessions, and different activities for kids will also take place in the mall and restaurants during the Fair. Keep your eyes peeled for the four solo ‘Art in Life’ exhibitions up until 28 – we hear Ocean Terminal Forecourt is getting an Alice in Wonderland inspired makeover!

When: March 24, (VIP Preview) – March 26, (12pm – 8pm)
Where: 7/F, Marco Polo HongKong Hotel, 3 Canton Road, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
How much: $100 per ticket (available to buy at the hotel’s West side lobby, near Star Ferry Pier, and the Information desk located in front of the elevators on 7/F)
The ‘Art in Life’ exhibitions are free to view and will be held at Ocean Terminal Forecourt, Gallery by the Harbour, Atrium I, and Atrium II of Gateway Arcade
Click here for more information


LKF Savouring Art Month

Returning for its second year, LKF Groups Savouring Art and Exhibitions campaign will see 12 restaurants in Lan Kwai Fong and California Tower create their special, thematic dishes and accompanying drinks. Going along with this year’s theme of “Colour of Ingredients”, expect the participating restaurants – which includes favourites such as CÉ LA VI, Kyoto Joe, and Mercato – to come up with some bright, playful, and delicious plates.

Where: Lan Kwai Fong (full restaurant list here)
When: Until March 31
How much: Various
Click here for more information and to book


Lan Kwai Fong Savouring Art – Vertical Gallery

Featuring over fourty pieces of world-famous print paintings and sculptures, from internationally renowned artists including Bansky, D*Face, Damien Hirst, and many more, Hong Kong’s first ever ‘Vertical Gallery’ is a worthy addition to arts month. Some of the most recognisable imagery from contemporary art has been totally reworked, allowing them to take a whole new aesthetic prominence. Seeing Banksy’s Flower Bomber as a kind of action figure is fascinating, propagating his influence on pop culture.

When: Until March 31
Where: Various restaurants within California Tower, Lan Kwai Fong
How much: Free
Click here for more information


Absolut Art Bar – ‘Room Service’

A collaboration between the vodka behemoths and Portuguese-born, Hong Kong-based artist João Vasco Paiva, Room Service is the artist’s vision of a timeless oasis where the contemporary world and nature coincide. Apparently it was inspired by the 1998 film The Thin Red Line, because why the hell not. Throughout the month, Room Service will be putting on a litany of live acoustic shows and DJ sets, as well as some fancy thematic cocktails – Fletcher, Private Witt, and Paddy Button – with fancy ingredients in them. Like pepper. Told you it was fancy.

When: Until April 2
Where: Potato Head, 100 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun
How much: Free 
Click here for more information


Zaha Hadid: There Should Be No End To Experimentation 

The first woman to win the prestigious Pritzker prize in architecture, Zaha Hadid has left an indelible mark on modern architecture. The exhibition features a montage video of Hadid’s architectural projects over the past 25 years, alongside her paintings, calligraphic drawings, and rarely seen private sketchbooks that show her complex thoughts about architecture’s forms and relationships.

When: Until April 6
Where: ArtisTree, 1/F, One Island East
How much: Free
Click here for more information


Bit.Fall by Julius Popp

A pioneering multimedia work that combines technology and engineering, BIT.FALL uses a unique algorithm connected to the Internet in real time to look for popular buzzwords through different newsfeed channels, which are then displayed as words through hundreds of water droplets in a curtain of water. If that sounds like some next level, bonkers science fiction s***, then you’re right, it absolutely is. It’s pure sorcery. You should definitely check it out.

When: Until April 6
Where: Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
How much: Free
Click here for more information


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
Click here for more information


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


Phantasmagoria

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 
Click here for more information


SOHO 189 Art Lane Second Anniversary

One of the most exciting and diverse art destinations in Hong Kong, SOHO 189 Art Lane encompasses four galleries – Galerie Huit, Leo Gallery, Pearl Lam Galleries, and Puerta Roja. For the destination’s second anniversary, and in time for Art Basel week, the four galleries will present an inspirational and diverse selection of four solo shows by accomplished international artists from China (Xie Rong, Tan Ping), India (Thukral & Tagra), and Venezuela (Carlos Cruz-Diez). All the works presented by the galleries will be showcased in Hong Kong for the first time.

When: Throughout Arts Month and beyond (click here for each exhibitions duration)
Where: Soho 189, 189 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun
How much: Free
Click here for more information


The Coming Week

Raising the Bar

A global initiative aimed at making education a part of a city’s popular culture, Raising the Bar is making its comeback to Hong Kong following its successful debut in 2015. Topics such as climate change, public health, and heritage preservation will be tackled by some of the city’s greatest thinkers from around the world. Ten talks, ten bars, one night. The 2015 iteration was genuinely quite ground-breaking so don’t miss out.

When: March 28, (7.30pm-9.30pm)
Where: 10 bars throughout Hong Kong (venues list can be found here)
How much: $50
Click here for more information and to buy tickets


Scarlett Presents: Soulful Jazz Sessions

This lovely TST wine and tapas bar will play host to some smooth tunes next week following on from its excellent acoustic night earlier in the month. Fans of great jazz saxophone playing are in for a treat this time round with Philip Doyle playing some spectacular, soulful tunes.

When: March 30, (7pm-10pm)
Where: 2 Austin Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
How much: Free
Click here for more information


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