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The Weekend Ahead – March 3 – 5

At last, Arts Month is here! Though, to be honest, you wouldn’t really know, a lot of the big hitters don’t land til later in the month, except for the Hong Kong Arts Festival, which has been rolling for a couple of weeks and continues to dazzle local audiences. So until the big art attack hits town, there are plenty of things to do this weekend, including several live music gigs with Astro, Before You Exit, and Forests catering to the pop, K-pop, and math-rock genres respectively, and the princess of contemporary Cantonese music, Sandy Lam, all playing shows. The excellent Science Alive festival returns to make learning fun for everyone, and the St. David’s Society of Hong Kong’s legendary annual ball returns! See, who needs art?

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Before You Exit

Despite the brooding, emo-like name, Before You Exit are actually more akin to diabetes-inducing pop music. Lot’s of lyrics involving saccharine nonsense about falling in love at first sight and drinking smoothies (probably, I didn’t get that far in the song). Catchy though. Enjoy!

When: March 3, (8pm)
Where: MusicZone@Emax, KITEC, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay
How much: $300
Get your tickets here


Hitting Hong Kong on their adorably named Dumpling Tour, the Singaporean math rock/emo trio have taken on the onerous task of writing “happy songs for sad people”. Marrying the hook-laden sensibilities of 90s punk with the technical intricacy of math-rock, Forests manage to toe the line between challenging and accessible. Well worth a look. If your kids, or one of your more annoying friends wants to go to Before You Exit instead, tell them to forget it.

When: March 3, (7.30pm)
Where: Focal Fair, 28/F, Park Avenue Tower, 5 Moreton Terrace, Causeway Bay
How much: $150 (advance); $200 (door)
Get your tickets here


If neither Before you Exit or Forests are your cup of tea, there’s always Astro. It’s a K-pop boyband, so you probably already know what they sound like. It’s their first ever live show in Hong Kong, but if you’ve been to any other K-pop boyband’s live show, you probably won’t be able to tell (I can hear the torches being lit and the pitchforks being sharpened as I type …)

When: March 3, (8pm)
Where: Macpherson Stadium, 38 Nelson Street, Mong Kok
How much: $680 – $980
Get your tickets here

Science Alive

Seeking to promote a wider understanding of science and to encourage the pursuit of education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, the excellent Science Alive makes a welcome return to Hong Kong. Leading UK scientists and communicators will be in Hong Kong, taking part in activities and workshops along with a full schedule of interactive drama shows, outdoor environmental learning sessions, family workshops, science lectures, and debates.

When: March 4 – 17
Where: Hong Kong Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon
How much: Free
More information and full schedule can be found here

EGGssentially Art

Despite having possibly the worst name going, EGGssentially Art (actually hurts to type it), is actually something that Hong Kong has been crying out for for decades – an egg waffle festival. That’s right, this isn’t a drill – Mammy Pancake and Oddies Foodies will be there to serve up the unfussy classics, while Seasons by Oliver E., fusion café LOF10, Twins Kitchen, and KBBQ restaurant Dong Dae Mun will be offering their own take and probably fail miserable. You can’t really top perfection at the the end of day, but once you’ve had your fill, you can try your hand at making your own dessert at Kazuki Bakery’s workshop, take in some art, or catch some live music with performances all weekend.

When: March 4 – 5, (11am – 7pm)
Where: Lee Garden One driveway, Causeway Bay
How much: Free
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 octane workouts. Your price of entry bags you an hour’s sweating, refreshments, and detox drinks, and a goodie bag.

When: March 4, (11am-2pm)
Where: Wet Pool, W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon Station, Kowloon
How much: $500
Get your tickets here

Yo! St. ILUB Battle Ng Hang Him Cosmos Tour Macao

No, I haven’t had a mental breakdown, that’s what it’s called. What is it? A stage show featuring two of Hong Kong’s most popular radio personalities (Jim Yang and Donald Tong). Expect wacky high-jinks as the pair rap, sing, and perform skits. It all seems a bit mental, but apparently the show’s received rave reviews.

When: March 4, (8pm)
Where: The Venetian Macao, Venetian Theatre
How much: $280 – $680
Get your tickets here

Burger Circus – Jukebox Battle

Celebrating two glorious years in the biz, Burger Circus is hosting an epic music competition featuring the greatest hits from both the music and burger … worlds? (they should change their name to burger world). Identify the tunes while hammering piles of fries, beer, and soda – all at once, like an animal if you want. If you’re any good, you get more food and booze, and if you don’t know your D12’s from your Dolly Parton, you’ll be ousted like the social reject that you are. Fun!

When: March 4, (2pm – 6pm)
Where: Burger Circus, 22 Hollywood Road, Central
How much: Free (you need to book a spot though!)
Do just that here

 Countryside Adventure Tours – Sai Kung Islands Cruise

Tour of the waters off Sai Kung by traditional wooden sampan before stopping off to visit the historical salt making island of Yim Tin Tsai, the impressive sea arch at Jin Island, and the geo-park site at Kiu Tsui Chau (aka Sharp Island). Learn about the history and culture of the local Hakka people, while coming to understand and appreciate the geological processes that formed the wonderful coastal landforms of the islands here.

When: March 4, (2pm)
Where: Meet at Sai Kung New Public Pier
How much: $220
Find out more and book your spot here

St. David’s Society of Hong Kong – Annual Ball

Following a sellout year in 2016, the St. David’s Society of Hong Kong once again gathers to celebrate all things Welsh in a bid to raise money for two charities both home and away – the Hong Kong based “Hope of the City” and the Wales based Valleys Kids – both charities seek to raise money for impoverished families. The night is jam-packed with live entertainment from the Hong Kong Welsh Male Voice Choir, a live band to keep you dancing, a four-course meal of the finest Welsh produce, a full bar, and an auction and prize draw. Tickets for the ball are open to members/non-members, Welsh and non-Welsh alike!

When: March 4, (7pm – 1am)
Where: Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
How much: $1,600
Click here to buy tickets

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

Sandy Lam

Hong Kong pop royalty Sandy Lam has been a towering presence in the Canto-pop scene since emerging in the mid-80s as a DJ with Commercial Radio Hong Kong. Now a veteran of the industry, she’s won a ludicrous amount of awards and had some huge hits with songs like “Gray”, “Still”, and “Crazy”.

When: March 4, (8pm)
Where: The Venetian Macao, CotaiArena
How much: $380 – $1,380
Buy your tickets here

Rug Lane Vintage and Secondhand Markets Vol. 2

A super little event that gives you the chance to grab yourself a bargain and pick up some unique items very much out-with the normality of Hong Kong shopping, which can only be a good thing. Lovers of all things fashion, music, curio, and pop culture will no doubt be in wonderland. Even if you’re not in the mood to buy, you can just come down for a drink and see what’s going on.

When: March 5, (midday – 5pm)
Where: Soho Yard, 19 Old Bailey Street, Central
How much: $35 (advance); $40 (normal)
Get your tickets here

Commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Hong Kong Unison, an NGO dedicated to promoting racial equality, is organising a day of engaging and interesting events to promote understanding of ethnic minority issues in Hong Kong and commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The events include a photo exhibition that captures the lives and stories of ethnic minority men and women resisting stereotypes, and, like many Hong Kongers, are striving for a better future. There will also be something called “Society Game”, an immersive experience that aims to simulate the experience of local ethnic minorities.

March 5, (10.30am – 6.30pm)
Where: L205-208 Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre, 30 Pak Tin Street, Shek Kip Mei, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: Free
Click here for more information


Suits for Success

An amazing initiative that seeks to empower and equip those who may struggle to do so themselves. The program is aiming to get people to donate their old suits for the benefit of the underprivileged, youths exiting school, people that up-cycle in order to supplement their family income, mothers looking to re-join the workforce, and asylum seekers and refugees. So, if you have an old suit lying around that you don’t see yourself using, drop it off at one of the city’s collection points and you may just change someone’s life.

When: Until March 9 
Where: Click the link above for details on collection points
How much: Free
Click here for more information

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

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

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


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. This weekend is a doozy with Cantonese opera by way of Emperor Wu and his Jester Strategist (pictured above, I think the jester is the lad stroking his chin – probably thinking up strategies), Gainsbourg Symphonies with Jane Burkin, and the majestic Les Ballets de Montreal.

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! Discover Four Things You Have to See at This Years Arts Festival

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: March 1 – March 31
How much: Various
Click here for more information and to book

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

The Coming Week

DTC Hong Kong T20 Blitz

The Hong Kong T20 Blitz is back! Five franchise teams consisting of world famous players and Hong Kong’s finest cricketers – Afridi, Sangakkara, Dilshan, Sammy, and Misbah-ul-Haq – among others will go head-to-head for cricketing glory. Expect bats, balls, and … other cricket stuff. They’ll all be there. Stumps! That’s another cricket thing that will be there.

When: March 8 – 12, (9.30am – 5.30pm)
Where: Mission Road Cricket Ground (a.k.a. Tin Kwong Road Recreation Ground), 15 Tin Kwong Road, Kowloon
How much: $90 (per day)
Click here to buy tickets


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: March 9 – July 8
Where: 1 – 5 Irving Street, Causeway Bay
How much: Free
Find out more here

Wine Moments X Art Jam

Local vino maestros Wine Moments are getting into the Arts Month spirit with this ace crossover event. Sip on three trendy wines and nibble some pizza while putting together your own masterpiece while taking in the beautiful surroundings of the amazing Oscary art gallery. Space is limited to 20 people, so get in there now if you don’t want to miss out!

When: March 9 (7pm – 11pm)
Where: Oscary Art, S511, Block A, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central
How much: $350
Click here to buy tickets

Hong Komedy Guerrilla Story Telling Show: My Degeneration

Off-the-cuff and outrageous, the city’s freshest and funniest story-telling show returns for its second iteration. Eight comedians share their stories around the theme of ‘My Degeneration’ – friends, family, decisions, pets, and fashion faux pas are all open for dissection. With never-heard material from some of the city’s best stand ups, this is a comedic highlight.

When: March 9 (9pm – 11pm)
Where: Culture Club, 15 Elgin Street (lower), Soho
How much: $120 (includes one drink)
Click here to buy tickets


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