The hotly anticipated Art week is hitting Hong Kong and there are more events going on than we can shake our paint brush at! We’ve rounded up some of our favorites, but be sure to keep checking our calendar for more updated and new events. Let’s not also forget it’s Easter this week (I’m sure you haven’t forgotten those lovely public holidays on the way) and despite the weather there is still so much going on!
23 – 26: Art Central
After making a splash last year, Art Central returns to the iconic Central Harbourfront. Among the 100 exhibitors, visitors can expect to see some of the world’s most dynamic new artists alongside works from established contemporary galleries across Asia. Last year, 30,000 collectors, VIPs and art lovers attended the first edition held in a custom built tent on the harbour, and the 2016 event promises an exciting mix of media, discussions and fine dining, as well as the amazing art on display.
24 – 26: Art Basel
Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Centre, Wan Chai
Art Basel also launched here in Hong Kong during last year’s Art Week and it’s set to return this year, bigger and better. With a focus on Asia’s art scene – more than half the works showcased come from the Asia-Pacific region – visitors can expect a visual tour of the region’s diversity, with a mix of emerging and established artists on display. Expect to see paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, prints, photography, film, video, and digital art by over 4,000 artists, from 239 of the world’s leading modern and contemporary art galleries.
24-27 March: Asia Contemporary Art Show
Conrad Hotel, Admiralty
One of the more unusual art week fairs, the Asia Contemporary Art Show will be held at the Conrad Hotel for the eighth time in March. The sold-out event will feature 84 exhibitors from 15 countries in Asia and around the world, presenting more than 3,000 works of art, from original paintings and limited editions to sculpture and photography. The setting allows visitors to see art presented in a way that makes it easier to imagine what it would look like in a home or office. It’s intimate and engaging, and a great opportunity to get up close and personal with some fabulous art and really interesting artists from around the globe.
Now-4 April: The 40th Hong Kong International Film Festival
From a different family of the arts, The 40th HKIFF is perfect for those who like to take in cultural events while sitting down. One of Asia’s oldest international film festivals, this huge event introduces Hong Kong, Chinese language and Asian cinema, and filmmakers, to the world. Featuring nearly 300 films from more than 50 countries, and screening across 10 major cultural venues in HK, The festival expects an audience of over 600,000. A number of films will also premiere here during the festival. Tickets are available through Urbtix.
Now – 28: Absolut Art Bar
Zuma, Landmark 15 Queen’s Road Central
This Art Week, ZUMA Hong Kong is painting the town rainbow! Their colourful collaboration with Absolut and UK Artist James Ostrer, aptly named ‘Absolut Art Bar’ runs from Monday 21 March through Monday 28 March. The lounge will be buzzing with funky art installations, vibrant cocktails and special musical guests for what is sure to be one of Hong Kong’s best weeklong events, After Art. We went along last week for a sneaky preview and trust us when we say you’ll want to go down and meet ‘Guru Jimmy’ – James’ hilarious alter-ego, while sipping on some rainbow coloured cocktails. Oh, art week, we love you!
25 – 26: Beats & Liberty
S109- S113 1/F Block A, PMQ
Last Friday ( the gloomiest, most humid Friday this year) we headed on down to Beats & Liberty, the new pop-up from burger superstars Beef & Liberty, to see if they could melt away our we-hate-this-weather blues! And, oh my, did they!! Think live music, burgers, beer and all round awesomeness.They have a huge space, full of art, and a large stage waiting for the latest jazz and Ska bands to play every Friday and Saturday night. Occupying this space for most of March, it is also open throughout the day from 12 for you to enjoy some decent food and inspiring art! Keep your eye on their Facebook page for more info on upcoming acts.
Phew, what a week! The fun doesn’t stop there though! We have events on everyday – just head on over to our Calendar to find out more.