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. So make the most of the gorgeous weather and find something to suit you in this list of things to do in Hong Kong.
What’s on: Wander in Style
In hopes of pulling you away from the daily hustle and bustle to experience the taste and joy of life with art by your side, the Wander in Style Pop-Up Exhibition attempts to build a quiet but intimate conversation with you through the works of two young artists – Cheuk Wing Nam and Han Jinpeng. Cheuk Wing Nam’s installation makes masterful use of sound and light to create an immersive environment that stirs feelings of anxiety and urgency while Han Jinpeng expresses a strong enthusiasm towards the classic. Wandering between thought-provoking artworks that include installation and video, you guys can experience a vibrant and interactive journey with a taste of elegance.
Where: The Hang Space @ Little Tai Hang Hotel, 98 Tung Lo Wan Rd, Causeway Bay
When: 24 May–31 July
What’s on: Cabinets of Curiosities
Go on a journey through time and space into the world of mysterious discoveries that reveal European collectors’ fascination with exotic animals, plants, minerals and art objects unknown in the West until a few hundred years ago. This exhibition will introduce over 250 natural and artificial artefacts from ten museums, galleries and private collections, and is divided into five sections – Cabinets of Curiosities – a Brief History; Maritime Expeditions and the Collecting of Exotica; The Musée du Vivant – AgroParisTech: From Amateur Collections to Discoveries in the Natural Sciences; The Maison Deyrolle Cabinet of Curiosities: Nature Art Education and Cabinets of Curiosities and Contemporary art.
Where: CityU Exhibition Gallery, 18/F, Lau Ming Wai Academic Building, CityU
When: 10am–7pm, 25 May–19 August
What’s on: A Fragile Planet by Keith Ladzinski
Award-winning National Geographic photographer, Keith Ladzinski, has handpicked his favourite pieces to showcase the beauty of Mother Nature in his photo exhibition, A Fragile Planet. Having travelled to seven continents, Ladzinski has shot awe-inspiring landscapes and wildlife from Asia, Africa, South America and the Poles. Viewing is by appointment only.
Where: The Haven by Jacada Travel, 29/F Wyndham Place, 40–44 Wyndham Street, Central
When: 10am–7pm, Monday; 11am–8pm, Tuesday to Saturday, (Closed on Sundays and public holidays). Until 26 May
What’s on: My Surname is Ng
In this Southeast Asia Photography Series II exhibition, My Surname is Ng, photographer Ng Swan Ti embarks on a related tangent, exploring for the first time, her ambivalence towards her Chinese-ness. The inspiration for this work, which articulates the complexity of Ng’s identity, came unexpectedly when the two families that her father, Oei, had left behind – one in Jinjiang, the other in Malang – decided to re-establish contact.
Where: Lumenvisum, L2-10, JCCAC, 30 Pak Tin Street, Shek Kip Mei, Kowloon
When: 11am–6pm, until 27 May
What’s on: Homo Ex Data – Red Dot Design Exhibition
The Hong Kong Design institute (HKDI) is partnering with the world-renowned Red Dot Design Museum for Homo Ex Data – The Natural of the Artificial. The exhibition at HKDI Gallery showcases Red Dot Award-winning products and innovations that highlight the impact on society brought by technology-enabled designs. Featuring over 150 Red Dot Award-winning technology products, the exhibition explores how design creates a new reality by marrying human factors and digital technology.
Where: HKDI Gallery, Hong Kong Design Insititute, 3 King Ling Road, Tseung Kwan O
When: 10am–8pm, until 27 May
What’s on: Drink for Justice
This monthly free-flow event, Drink for Justice, is back with a focus on games, riddles and group competitions, so come and enjoy this fun and relaxed Happy Hour event with friends. Tickets include free flow wine, craft beer and canapes, and refugee-led music group Talents Displaced will close the event with a performance including a selection of their most iconic songs.
When: 6.30pm-9pm, 31 May
Where: Africa Coffee & Tea, 15/F, Suite 1501-1504, 41 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang
What’s on: The 39 Steps
A hilarious melodrama adapted by Patrick Barlow from John Buchan’s novel and Alfred Hitchcock’s film, The 39 Steps concept calls for the entirety of the 1935 adventure film. Nothing has been cut from this hilarious and spell-binding thriller: with four actors playing a minimum of 139 roles, it’s the most astonishing theatrical tour de force of the year.
Where: Fringe Underground Theatre, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central
When: Various times, 31 May–2 June
What’s on: Degustation – Films by Maxim Bessmertny
Taipa Village Cultural Association brings you the first solo exhibition and screening of short films by Maxim Bessmertny, a Russia-born, Macau-based film director, screenwriter and producer. The exhibition will showcase Maxim’s most prominent film productions, including Tricycle Thief (2014), The Great Debt (2016), Death of a Parrot (2017) and Sampan (2017), complemented by poster panels from his films.
Where: Taipa Village Art Space, 10 Rua dos Clerigos, Taipa, Macau
When: Until 31 May
What’s on: Hong Kong Rum Festival
The Hong Kong Rum Festival 2018 will see over 150 rums participating and numerous master distillers, distillery owners and rum ambassadors from around the world, like Ian Burrell, Daniele Dalla Pola, Alexx Mouzouris and Richard Seale, broadening the international spirit of the festival and welcoming the Hong Kong public to expand their knowledge by tasting a wide variety of rare rums. Look forward to exclusive masterclasses hosted by international rum ambassadors and seminars presented by some of the best distillers in the world, sampling rummified drinks and Hawaiian nibbles, receiving a bespoke Rum Fest glass souvenir and more.
Where: Preset Event Space, 33 Wellington St, Central
When: 12pm-8pm, 1–2 June
What’s on: Kids Health & Parenting Event
This Healthy Matters event is a one-stop event that helps you navigate the early years! It will see health and parenting institutions, practitioners and organisations all under one roof. There will be a range of panel discussions to inform and educate parents on topics such as screen time management and medical emergencies. There will also be an exhibition hall with all the latest products and services from kid-focused organisations, including healthcare clinics and baby and children product providers. Don’t miss the kids’ activities, family lounge with food and beverages, and a chance to win a Club Med family trip worth HK$20,000. Healthy Matters is offering free tickets to Expat Living readers! Register here with the promo code: ExpatLiving
Where: JW Marriott Hotel, 88 Queensway, Pacific Place, Admiralty
When: 9am–4pm, 2 June
What’s on: Cirque du Soleil’s KOOZA
Marvel at the acrobatic feats in the Big Top with Cirque du Soleil’s KOOZA. This new production combines thrilling acrobatic performance with the art of clowning. More than 50 acrobats, musicians, singers and actors will perform heart-stopping feats and laugh-out-loud antics to a live soundtrack fusion of jazz, funk and Bollywood beats at Central Harbourfront Event Space.
Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space
When: Until 3 June
What’s on: Evita
The award-winning Evita, an original West End and Broadway production from Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, is coming to Hong Kong. Evita charts the rags-to-riches rise of Eva Perón, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Perón, from her humble beginnings through to the extraordinary wealth, power and status which ultimately led her to be heralded as the “spiritual leader of the nation” by the Argentine people. The show features hit songs such as Don’t Cry For Me Argentina.
Where: Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
When: Until 10 June
What’s on: The Blue Road – Mastercrafts from Persia
Don’t miss the chance to see nearly 100 of the finest examples of Persian art from around the world in this exhibition. The pieces come from collections from places such as the Ashmolean Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. The Blue Road highlights the significant role of the colour blue in the visual and material culture of Iran, and how it impacted artistic traditions in Asia and beyond.
Where: Liang Yi Museum, 181 -199 Hollywood Rd, Sheung Wan
When: 10am–6pm (Closed on Sunday and Monday). Until 24 June
What’s on: 11,000 Feet Exhibition by Alex Reyval
11,000 Feet is a new photography exhibition by Alex Reyval, a French photographer based in Hong Kong whose work includes drone photography. At this exhibition, you’ll get to see stunning images of Hong Kong taken from 11,000 feet in the air – the current technical maximum for drone flight – and be shown new perspectives of this city.
Where: YellowKorner Gallery, 58 Hollywood Rd, & PMQ
When: Until 30 June
What’s on: Le French May
Le French May is one of the largest cultural events in Asia. The two-month festival will showcase all forms of French culture through dance, music, theatre and film. A feature this year will be a tribute to Edith Piaf. It also has a gastronomic element through the Le French GourMay programme from 1-31 May, which puts the spotlight on food and wine from a specific region of France. A highlight on 26 and 27 May is a performance by Les Forains, Ballet Urbain, which combines with ballet and contemporary dance performed by energetic youth.
Where: Various locations
When: Until 31 June
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