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Fun things to do in Hong Kong

There’s always plenty of fun to be had in Hong Kong. Here’s a guide to some of the best events and activities that are on around the traps if you want to stay in the know with what’s on. There’s something for everybody, so you’ll be sure to find something to suit you in this list of top things to do in Hong Kong.

Things to do in the week ahead

Craig David presents TS5

British singer Craig David is making his debut appearance in Hong Kong this February with his TS5 show at Play in Central. The R&B crooner who was a big name in the 2000s with hits such as “7 Days”, “Fill Me In” and “Walking Away” made somewhat of a comeback last year with his hit album “The Time is Now” featuring songs like ‘Heartlines” and “I Know You” featuring Bastille. His show will see him singing, MC’ing and DJ’ing through his sets combining old school anthems from R&B to Swing beat, and from Garage to Basement, into chart-topping House hits.

Where: Play, Central

When: 21 February, 11pm

More: Purchase tickets at ticketflap.com/craigdavid

Touching the Void

One of the greatest true stories of adventure and survival comes to the stage in this thriller directed by Tony Award-winner, Tom Morris. Two men attempt a dangerous Andean mountain ascent climbing on the same rope in appalling weather when disaster strikes. For any chance of survival, one must cut the other free; beneath them, a terrifying void of ice and snow.

Where: Theatre, Hong Kong City Hall

When: 21-24 February, 27 February – 2 March

More: hk.artsfestival.org

Band of the Month at Hive Central: Esimorp

Hive Central has launched a new series “Band of the Month” featuring Hong Kong local bands and talents each month.  Headling this month are Esimorp, a band formed in Hong Kong by a group of friends from around the world.  Their novel blend of indie rock and ambient pop wone them the 2017 Volkswagen x Underground Battle of the Bands and propelled them to FWD Stage at Clockenflap 2018.

Where: The Hive Central

When: 22 February

More: facebook.com/events/991444121044642/

Nouveau Jazz Weekend

Jazz up the weekend with the sound of Barcelona brought to you by Menorcan piano virtuoso Marco Mezquida and ground-breaking Portuguese double-bassist Jorge da Rocha. Among the leading lights in the Spanish capital’s vibrant jazz scene, the talented musicians forge new connections between the worlds of jazz, classical, contemporary, electronic and pop music. In addition to solo performances on Saturday, Mezquida also teams up with percussionist Aleix Tobias and cellist Martín Meléndez to perform Ravel’s Dreams on Friday and Saturday evenings. Prepare to be astonished!

Where: Drama Theatre, HKPA

When: 22 and 23 February

More: Purchase tickets at URBTIX or HK Ticketing

Ding Ding Comedy Showcase

If you’re in the mood for some laughs, head along to Ding Ding Comedy’s first show in Hong Kong. Bringing a line-up of some of the best and brightest local acts, no topics are off limits so leave the kids at home for this one!  There’s no bar at the venue so take along your own liquid fun.

Where: TakeOut Comedy Club, 34 Elgin Street

When: 23 February, 9pm-10.45pm

More: Purchase tickets at ticketflap.com/dingdingcomedy

Kowloon City Art Festival

West Kowloon Art Park will transform into a hub of art-related cultural and recreational activities focused around the culture, history and uniqueness of Kowloon City. Highlights include the free outdoor music event with a line-up of local performance groups and young musicians, art and photo exhibitions, outdoor yoga, eco-friendly art installations, art market, interactive workshops and more.

Where: Art Park, West Kowloon

When: 23 & 24 February, 12-5pm

More: facebook.com/events/2407668592594928

Hong Kong Pulse Light Festival

The Central Harbourfront is bustling at the moment! The experiences don’t seem to be stopping any time soon. A new batch of light art installations have landed, this time with the theme of Love and Romance. Oooh so sweet! Take a romantic stroll through the lights and enjoy all the pretty Instagram opportunities.

Click here for all the details.

Where: Central Harbourfront, Central

When: Until 24 February

More: discoverhongkong.com

Fashion Forward

Step into the world of Fashion at this exciting new fashion photography exhibition at ArtisTree. Curated by art historian Nathalie Herschdorfer, the exhibition features 100 of the finest works from over 40 of the world’s greatest photographers including the likes of Nick Knight, Peter Lindbergh and Miles Aldridge as well as a new generation of talents. Expect to see iconic and unseen photographs and videos as well as enjoy art-paired delicacies (created by Chef Mike Bagale, former Executive Chef of Chicago’s three-Michelin-starred restaurant Alinea), artisan wines, lunchtime forums, guided tours and more.

Where: ArtisTree, Quarry Bay

When: Until 24 February

More: taikooplace.com/en/whatson/

Hong Kong Arts Festival 2019

The Hong Kong Arts Festival returns for its 47th edition from 21 February to 23 March 2019. The programme will feature over 1,700 outstanding international and local artists in 166 performances and over 340 complementary outreach and education activities.

Where: Various theatres around Hong Kong

When: 21 Feb to 23 March

More: hkartsfestival.org/en/

International Women’s Day Great Debate

Join AustCham for this year’s highly anticipated International Women’s Day Debate which takes a fun look at serious issues. The debate will pit four hand-picked, interesting and intelligent Hong Kong leaders against one another on the topic of gender roles and equality in the professional, social, and political spheres. Debaters will argue their position, pro or con regarding the statement: Men Divide, Women Unite. Head along and have your say!

Where: Various theatres around Hong Kong

When: 28 February, 6.30-9pm

More: Register at austcham.com.hk

Things to do next month

Mums@Play Charity Lunch & Bazaar

Support our furry friends in need and head along to the Mums@Play Charity Lunch and Bazaar on 1 March at El Charro. Join other dog lovers to enjoy a 3-course lunch hosted by the founder of Sai Kung Stray Friends Foundation (SKFF), and browse the wide range of pop-up stalls featuring one-of-a-kind items from different parts of the world. There’ll also be Happy Hour Cocktails from 3-5pm to celebrate the start of the weekend. “Paws” for a cause and shop, eat, drink and enjoy a fun-filled day! 50 percent of the proceeds from the event will go to SKFF.

Where: El Churro Mexican, Cyberport, Telegraph Bay

When: 1 March, 11am-5pm

Register at http://eepurl.com/gf86KT

TransLantau

Lantau, the biggest outlying island in Hong Kong, will host the TransLantau trail-running event over the first weekend in March. Runners conquer courses that span two country parks and up to 100km of undulating hills and coastline trails. This year’s event will start and finish at Mui Wo River Silver Garden.

Where: Mui Wo River Silver Garden

When: 1-3 March

More: translantau.com

Children’s Bookfest

Calling all young readers (and older ones too!) – the Children’s Bookfest is back! Head along to Bookazine at The Repulse Bay dressed as your favourite book character in celebration of World Book Day. Enjoy amazing storytelling sessions, book-related arts and craft activities and meetings and signings with authors. There’ll also be an exciting scavenger hunt, prizes and more surprises. A fun day out for all the family.

Where: Bookazine at The Repulse Bay

When: 3 March

More: facebook.com/bookfestbybookazine

India by the Bay

The popular festival returns to Central Harbourfront this March bringing more of the best of India to Hong Kong. Expect eight-days of fun-filled events for all the family across a breadth of genres. Enjoy live music, dance, film, food, theatre, yoga, literature, art and more! Plus Family Day returns this year with special activities and performances to fire up the imagination of children of all ages.

Where: Central Harbourfront

When: 1-9 March

More: http://indiabythebay.com/

Taste Hong Kong

Foodies, get your taste buds and cameras ready for some of the city’s tastiest treats, Taste Hong Kong is back! Head down to the Central Harbourfront to indulge in an all-star culinary line up. This year sees lot of newbies on the scene including Flying Elk, John Anthony, Old Bailey, Hoi King Heen, Sausage Commitment, a project by Okra Hong Kong, and Artemis & Apollo.

Where: Central Harbourfront

When: 21 – 24 March

More: hongkong.tastefestivals.com

Asia Contemporary Art Show

The Asia Contemporary Art show returns to Hong Kong for its 14th edition featuring art and artists never before seen in Hong Kong. Taking place at the Conrad Hong Kong, the show will welcome more than 80 galleries from Asia and the world, including up-and-coming and mid-career artists.

Where: Conrad Hong Kong

When: 29 March to 1 April

More: asiacontemporaryart.com

Things to do all year round

Explore the new Avenue of Stars

Avenue of the Stars has just reopened after a three-year construction hiatus. But now it’s back, bigger and better than ever! Head over to TST to meander along the foreshore and learn about some of Hong Kong’s home-grown stars, including the beloved, Bruce Lee.

Get there: Walk from the Star Ferry or from MTR East Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit P1, use the staircase or the escalator adjacent to Tsim Sha Tsui East (Mody Road) Bus Terminus.

When: Now!

More: avenueofstars.com.hk

American Women’s Association Coffee Morning

The American Women’s Association of Hong Kong holds a weekly coffee morning every Thursday; CHAT – Come Have A Talk. The informal gathering is for member, newcomers and non-members and provides a friendly atmosphere to have a coffee or tea and some “grown-up” time away from the little ones. It is a drop-in activity so people are welcome to join anytime between 10.30am and noon. The group often stays for lunch.

Where: Cafe 8, Roof Level, Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Central Ferry Pier No.8, Central

When:  Every Thursday (except public holidays)

More: awa.org.hk

Cooee Coffee – Australian Association of Hong Kong

The Australian Association of Hong Kong holds a weekly coffee morning, Cooee Coffee, every Friday, which acts as a casual get-together for both newcomers to Hong Kong, as well as a chance to catch up with old friends. Bookings are not needed, all are welcome to turn up on the day and enjoy some coffee and a chat. In addition to meeting new people, it’s also a chance to get some advice and tips on living in Hong Kong.

Where: Oolaa Petite Shop 2 Tower 2 Starcrest, 9 Star Street, Wan Chai

When: Every Friday (except public holidays), 10am-12pm

More:  ozhongkong.com

Happy Wednesdays at Happy Valley Races

Wednesday night at the Happy Valley Races is a favoured Hong Kong pastime. It costs just HK$10 to get in and see the spectacle of race fans watching world-class horse racing against a backdrop of skyscrapers.

Where: Happy Valley Race Course, Wong Nai Chung Road, Happy Valley

When: Every Wednesday all year round (gates open at 5.15pm, first race 7.15pm)

More: hkjc.com

 

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