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The Weekend Ahead: May 28 – 29

The sun is shining, the temperature is rising, and everyone’s a bit clammy. That’s right, summer is well and truly on its way which means a new wave of exciting events are popping up around the city this weekend. From rooftop farming to authentic treats at the Italian Market, classic Shakespearean performances to silent disco yoga, it’s time to grab your sunglasses and get stuck in.


Hong Kong Rum Fest

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If you fancy a tipple and love your rum, then you’ll be in your element this weekend. The annual Hong Kong Rum Fest is back, and looks set to be bigger than ever, with 151 bottles of rum and a whopping 1,000 expected guests. Thinking of getting some ink? There will be live tattooing at Mahalo on Friday and Saturday, as well as freebie transfer tattoos for those of us who want to give the whole tattoo thing a test drive first. Hawaiian hang out Pololi will be providing tasty treats, nine of our city’s finest cocktail connoisseurs will be battling it out behind the bar in the Rum Run final, and Nicholas St. Jean will dazzle participants in his Rum in Flair masterclass. The fun doesn’t stop there either, with after parties at Mahalo, Honi Honi, and Lily and Bloom from 8pm on Saturday with celebrity guest bartenders Georgie Radev and Davide Boncimino.

When: May 27 – 28, (12 noon – 8pm)
Where: Mahalo Tiki Lounge, 29/F, QRE Plaza, 202 Queens Road East, Wan Chai
How much: Free
Click here for more information


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Grana’s Peruvian Pima Party

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With a typically scorching summer just around the corner, now is the time for a wardrobe revamp. Get yourself down to Grana’s Peruvian Pima Party and check out the latest additions to the Peruvian Pima Cotton range – this durable, soft, and light-weight fabric is the perfect companion when the sun is beating down. Of course it wouldn’t be a Peruvian Pima Party without Pisco sours and Peruvian snacks. Proud owners of Peruvian Pima Cotton pieces are encouraged to wear their purchases, while newbies to the game can bag a T-shirt for just $100 on the door, $20 of which will be donated to Water.org in Peru. We’ll see you there! 

When: May 27, (6pm – 9pm)
Where: The Fitting Room by Grana, 108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan
How much: Free
Check out the Facebook event page


Read more! Enjoy a Silky Summer with Grana.


Fashion Collective

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The fashion fun doesn’t stop there either, with the return of Hong Kong’s trendiest pop up, Fashion Collective. Bringing together an irresistible collection of unique jewellery, playful fashion, and statement accessories, this Hollywood Road market is the perfect place for a spot of retail therapy. A whole range of Hong Kong designers will be showcasing their collections, including What the Frock, Poppis, and Mazu Swimwear – if you’re jetting off on holiday, the latter is a must with its bright coloured trunks and colourful prints. Cocktails and canapés, courtesy of Invisible Kitchen, will be thrown into the mix on Friday night for the opening party, while an exciting line up of DJs take to the decks.

When: May 27, (6pm – 9pm); May 28 – 29, (11am – 8pm)
Where: The Space, 210 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan
How much: Free
Check out the Facebook event page


Read more! Shop Til You Drop at Hong Kong’s Best Summer Fairs.


María Pagés Compañía Presents: I, Carmen

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Femme fatal? Or misunderstood? Carmen is infamous for her seductive, flirty ways owing to her portrayal in various movie productions. Here to counter that image is award-winning flamenco dancer and choreographer, María Pagés. This weekend I, Carmen will take to the stage, drawing on Pagés’ personal experiences to shine light on womanhood, real lives, and true feelings. With her Andalusian roots and Spanish flair, this María Pagés Compañía production promises innovative flamenco routines, dramatic scenes, and passionate performances. Keen to learn more about the art of flamenco? All ages are welcome to sign up for Joy of Children – I, Carmen Behind the Stage (May 28, 5pm – 6pm) for just $80, and listen to Pagés as she explains the creative process behind her latest production.

When: May 27 – 29
Where: Auditorium, Sha Tin Town Hall, 1 Yuen Wo Road, Sha Tin
How much: $180 – $450
Click here to buy your tickets


Scheherazade

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The Concert Hall will be filled with oriental melodies and dazzling orchestration this weekend, as Scheherazade is brought to life. Created by Russian composer, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherazade is an interpretation of One Thousand and One Nights – the colourful stories as told to the Persian King during the Islamic Golden Age. With Swedish cellist Jakob Koranyi and conductor David Atherton leading this captivating, Persian-inspired performance, Scheherazade is a unique show you don’t want to miss. Encore!

When: May 27 – 28, (8pm)
Where: Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
How much: $180 – $480
Click here to buy your tickets


TakeOut Comedy Presents: Paul Ogata

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Laugh your way through the weekend with award-winning comedian, Paul Ogata. With his dry observations and sarcastic take on daily life, it’s no wonder his TakeOut Comedy appearances have continued to draw in the crowds. Returning to Hong Kong for the 23rd time, and sailing through his 100th performance on the TakeOut Comedy stage last weekend, Ogata has definitely earned his reputation as our city’s favourite international comedian. Make sure you take advantage of TakeOut Comedy’s BYOB policy, and pick up your tipple of choice on your way to the basement venue. Cheers! 

When: May 27, (9pm); May 28, (8pm and 10pm)
Where: TakeOut Comedy Club, 34 Elgin Street, Central
How much: $250 – $300
Click here to buy your tickets


Read more! Laugh your way through the week at these top Comedy Nights in Hong Kong.


Urban Farming

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From basement comedy clubs to rooftop gardens, variety is always the spice of life in our city. There are events for all ages at the Fringe Club this weekend, courtesy of Rooftop Republic. Green-fingered kids can get stuck into Urban Farming for Kids on Saturday morning, nibbling on freshly harvested herbs, and learning how to nurture crops in a city environment. They’ll even receive their own plant to nurture at home with their new knowledge!

Then it’s time for adults to join the party, with the Farm to Table Cooking Demo & Lunch. In Hong Kong, food is sourced from all corners of the world, however, we run the risk of losing our foodie heritage. Join Chef Joe of Colette’s for a delicious vegetarian lunch using locally grown vegetables and herbs, and open your eyes to the possibilities and benefits of urban farming. Delicious! 

This weekend marks the final instalment of the four-party Urban Farming Workshop. In a leafy oasis, amid Central’s skyscrapers, the passionate Rooftop Republic team will detail companion planting, crop rotation, and composting. Plus, you’ll get to grips with okra – the plant of the day.

When: Urban Farming for Kids – May 28, (9.30am – 11.30am)
Farm to Table Cooking Demo & Lunch – May 28, (12.30pm – 2pm)
Urban Farming Workshop – May 28, (3pm – 5.30pm)
Where: Rooftop Garden and Colette’s Art Bar, The Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central
How much: $380 – $400; Packages cost $650 – $700
Click on the links above for more information


Read more! Tuck into Hong Kong’s Ultimate Healthy Eating Guide.


Italian Chamber of Commerce Presents: Italian Market

Italian Market

Need a holiday, but can’t get the time off work? Well, thanks to the Italian Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong has the next best thing. A pizza Italy is popping up in Cyberport as the annual Italian Market returns for another instalment of delicious food, traditional wine, and unique gifts. If the temptation of fresh focaccia, ice cold gelato, and quality olive oil isn’t enough to lure you in, the dazzling line up of prizes is sure to seal the deal. Italian vacations, restaurant vouchers, designer sports bags – all of these goodies are up for grabs! There’s also a kids area to keep little ones entertained, live entertainment, and a terrace overlooking the ocean. Prego!

When: May 28 – 29, (12 noon – 8pm)
Where: The Arcade, 100 Cyberport Road, Cyberport
How much: $50 (includes entry on both days, freebies, and entry in the lucky draws); Free for Italian Chamber of Commerce members
Click here to buy your tickets


Read more! Check out Rome Around at the Authentic Italian Market.


Le French May

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The annual celebration of all things French is in full swing with markets, performances, and parties popping up around the city. Shakespeare’s timeless tale of forbidden love and star-crossed lovers is taking to the stage in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre this weekend. That’s right, it’s time to grab the tissues as Charles Gounod’s operatic production, Roméo and Juliette, arrives as part of Le French May celebrations.

Then it’s over to Hong Kong Central Library for Guillaume Bottazzi – Wonderland. Renowned for his large-scale, outdoor art installations, Bottazzi is showcasing 23 of his most recent works in a fantastical Wonderland exhibition which explores the theme Living Together. Don’t forget to check out our roundup of Le French May events, because tickets are selling faster than you can say “ooh lá lá!”

When: Runs until June 30
Where: Locations vary
How much: Prices vary
Click on the links above to find out more and get your tickets


 Dancing in the Park

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Fancy a boogie? Crowds of jazzy movers will be taking over Tamar Park for the latest instalment of Dancing in the Park. If you want some help from the professionals, make sure you arrive in time for the lesson at 7pm, which will help you to connect with dancers of different styles. From jazz to range, and salsa to blues, this free event is the perfect place to let loose and dance the night away. As always, Dancing in the Park is a BYOB event so remember to pick up a bottle or two on the way.

When: May 28, (7pm – 11pm)
Where: Tamar Park, Harcourt Road, Admiralty
How much: Free
Check out the Facebook event page


Read more! Shake your tail feathers at Hong Kong’s Best Dance Classes.


People’s Cinema Presents: Open-air Screening

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Nestled in the midst of Tai Po’s shops, restaurants, and bustling streets, People’s Cinema presents the latest instalment of their Open-air Cinema Screening. Super heroes from all walks of life will be projected onto the big screen – but not as you may expect. In other words, it’s not all about invisibility, flying, and super-speed running. The six award-winning, short films lined up for Saturday night, Shear Marks, When the Sun Goes Down, Dap Pang Man, I am not a Superhero, Pick Up & Put Down, and The Ripple, explore the superhero-like sacrifices made by normal, everyday people. All, except When the Sun Goes Down, have English subtitles, and viewers are welcome to bring their own cushion.

When: May 28, (7.30pm)
Where: Tai Ming Lane Square, Tai Po
How much: Free
Click here for more information and registration


Art Pop Up Presents: Out of Dream

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Give artist and collector Ng Lung-Wai a collection of stickpin badges, and he can create incredibly life-like portraits of famous faces. Get down to Comix Homebase before May 28 to see Queen Elizabeth, Audrey Hepburn, JKF, and more in a totally new way. In addition to his unique portrait pieces, Lung-Wai is presenting his 1,000-strong, vintage Hong Kong matchbox collection, as well as Dazzled, Filled with Bank Notes – a room entirely covered in ten dollar notes. Open every afternoon, the Out of Dream exhibition is a colourful and totally unique display of artistic talent that’s definitely worth a trip.

When: Runs until May 28, (1pm – 7pm)
Where: 3/F Comix Homebase, 7 Mallory Street, Wan Chai
How much: Free
Check out the Facebook event page


Read more! Check out our past interview with Ng Lung-Wai.


Tong Chong Street Market

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With only three more sessions before the Tong Chong Street Market comes to an end, this weekend is the perfect opportunity to check it out and tuck in. A mouth-watering selection of Hong Kong’s finest eateries, including Golden Pig and MAMA Burger and Lobster, will be rustling up their signature dishes every Sunday until June 12, alongside some new creations crafted exclusively for the market. In addition to tasty food, there will be a delicious range of fresh farmer produce on sale, tips for growing your own crops, and a sustainability corner selling seeds to raise money for Hong Kong charity Food Angel. Pooches are welcome to join in the fun, but please remember to bring your own bags!

When: Runs every Sunday until June 12, (11am-5pm)
Where: Taikoo Place, Tong Chong Street, Quarry Bay
How much: Free
Click here for more information


Silent Disco Yoga Class

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Shake up your exercise regime and join Nora from The Yoga Room for a yoga session with a difference. As the sun sets over Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park, it’s time to grab a set of wireless, illuminated headphones, soak up the views of Victoria Harbour, and enjoy a relaxing mix of tranquil music to accompany your poses and flow. Just remember to bring your own mat!

When: May 29, (5.45pm – 7pm)
Where: Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park, 16 Eastern Street North, Sai Ying Pun
How much: $150
Click here to buy your tickets


Read more! Get active with our Top 6 Wacky Workouts.  


Plan Ahead …

Don’t miss your chance to grab tickets for these up coming events before it’s too late.

Next weekend!

The Black Not White Ball – June 3, (10pm – late)
BBC Frozen Planet in Concert
– June 3 – 4, (8pm)
James and the Giant Peach
 – June 3 – 5
Kowloon Bazaar Presents: Summer Sparkles – June 4, (11am – 8pm)
Born Out of Music Pool Party – June 4, (3pm – 12 midnight)
Asia Rugby Championships: Hong Kong vs South Korea – June 4, (4.30pm)
W Summer Pool Party – June 4, (8pm – 12 midnight)
Green Run – June 5, (8am)

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International Yoga Day 2016 Celebration – June 19, (7.30am – 9.30am)

Buy tickets!

Italian National Day After Party – June 2, (8.30pm – 10.30pm)
The Black Not White Ball
– June 3, (10pm – late)
Limewood Summer Party
 – June 8, (4pm – 10pm)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – June 10 – 12
Pacha Macau Presents: Summer Love Pool Party – June 11, (2.30pm – 10.30pm)
The Greatest Escape Centenary Dinner: The Sire Ernest Shackleton Epic – June 17, (6.30pm)
TakeOut Comedy Presents: John Robertson – June 17 – 18
Mister Maker and The Shapes Live on Stage – June 17 – 19
Don’t Let Daddy Know – July 1, (8pm)
International Arts Carnival – July 8 – August 7
Shrek The Musical – July 22 – August 7
Blue Man Group in Macau – August 11 – 28
Disclosure DJ Set in Hong Kong – August 12, (8pm)
Jimmy Carr – Funny Business Live in Hong Kong – August 25, (8pm)
The Hunting of the Snark – September 20 – 25
Clockenflap – November 25 – 27
WICKED – December 8 – January 1

Save the date!

Prestige Summer Lifestyle and Gift Fair – June 3, (10am – 7pm)
The Melbourne International Comedy Festival – July 18 – 24

Check out our annual calendar of holidays and events, or Your Guide to Hiking and Running Races in Hong Kong.

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