February is the most significant month on Hong Kong’s calendar this year with Chinese New Year beginning on 16 February. As expected, there are plenty of things to do to mark the lunar new year, such as the annual flower market in Victoria Park, as well as a huge fireworks display over Victoria Harbour and the Night Parade in Tsim Sha Tsui. But there are heaps of other events and activities to enjoy – read on to find out what’s on in Hong Kong this month.
The fourth edition of the India By The Bay festival will be held from 2–9 February. The festival began in 2015 as a way to bring India’s rich cultural heritage to Hong Kong. It offers a diverse palette of programming that fuses the classical and the contemporary across the genres of music, theatre, dance, food, wellness, film, and literature – all essential ingredients of India’s cultural identity. A fun-filled Family Day will be held on 4 February.
Where: Various locations
When: 2–9 February
As the third show in its occasional ‘Materials in Focus’ series, Karin Weber Gallery is presenting Conversations in Ceramic, a group exhibition of four ceramic artists, all emerging talents on the local Hong Kong arts scene. All are scholars of the internationally renowned Hong Kong ceramic artist Annie Wan.
Where: Karin Weber Gallery, 20 Aberdeen Street, Central
When: 11am–7pm, until 8 February
Longines Masters of Hong Kong
The Longines Masters of Hong Kong is an international indoor showjumping competition which will finish its journey in Hong Kong with a three-day event featuring some of the world’s best horses and riders. Organised by the Hong Kong Equestrian Foundation and the Hong Kong Jockey Club, the Masters includes social events and activities at the Prestige Village.
Where: AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau, New Territories
When: 9-11 February
LBC Valentine’s Race
The LBC Valentine’s Race is a 13 km team trail race taking place on South Lantau Island. Each team must be made up of two members and teams must complete the whole trail together. There are three different categories: two male, two female or mixed teams of two.
Where: Starts from Nam Shan Picnic Area, South Lantau Road, South Lantau
When: 9.30am-2pm, 10 February
Fans of Coco Chanel should head to PMQ, for a veryfocusing on origins and sources of luxury French brand’s creations. The exhibition will highlight Gabrielle Chanel’s emblematic creations, and how the brand has been nurtured and reinvented by Karl Lagerfeld. It will also look at the history of CHANEL N°5, and Chanel’s iconic jewellery, including the re-edition of the famous ‘Bijoux de Diamants’ collection designed by Chanel in 1932.
Where: PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central
When: From 11am, until 10 February
The February edition of Handmade Hong Kong‘s Discovery Bay Sunday Market is a DIY Indie Arts, Crafts and Small Traders’ Fair. Hong Kong’s finest makers and sellers will be offering arts, crafts and other special goods with about 140 different vendors taking part, attracting about 2000 visitors.
Where: Discovery Bay Plaza
When: 11am-6pm, 11 February
Take the family out to the West Kowloon Cultural District for the Freespace Happening event. The fun-filled afternoon will see a host of activities to enjoy from music, to dance, to a fortune telling booth. The Travelling Creative Studio returns for a pop-up visit with artist Ng Ka Chun, whose work invites you to rethink the purpose and meaning of ordinary objects. You can also enjoy a Nursery Park tour or browse the markets.
Where: Nursery Park, West Kowloon Cultural District
When: 2pm-8pm, 11 February
Tong Chong Street Street Market
Taikoo Place’s Tong Chong Street Market will be serving a rich array of winter food every Sunday until 11 February. With a theme of ‘My Street Tastes Better than Yours’ and featuring an iconic double decker bus and movable food stalls, the market offers an array of exclusive gourmet delights and local homegrown produce to incorporate eco-living with food, all while promoting a sustainable and healthy lifestyle in Hong Kong.
Where: 11am–5pm, Tong Chong Street, Taikoo Place, Quarry Bay
When: every Sunday until 11 February
Following its triumphant season in London’s West End, the acclaimed revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s legendary musical is coming to Hong Kong. Based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the show is alive with highly entertaining feline characters and wonderful witty verse, as the Jellicle Cats come out to play in a larger-than-life junk yard on the night of the Jellicle Ball. It is one of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history.
Where: Lyric Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
When: Various times, until 11 February
This festival devoted to providing world-class theatre to young people in Hong Kong brings characters and scenes from well-loved books to life. An annual highlight on many family calendars, this year the festival is featuring ten productions over five weeks, including Hairy McClary and Friends and Oliver Jeffers’ Lost and Found. Tickets start at HK$195.
Where: Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai
When: Various times, until 11 February
The annual flower markets in Victoria Park are part of Chinese New Year celebrations. Each year, the park is
packed with stallholders selling orchids, cherry blossoms, daffodils and other festive blooms for decorating the home in one of the key new year customs.
Where: Victoria Park, Causeway Bay
When: 10–16 February
Chinese New Year Night Parade
Chinese New Year is the city’s biggest and brightest festival. The arrival of the Year of the Dog will be marked on New Year’s Day with the International Chinese New Year Night Parade. It will feature spectacular floats and more than 3000 performers as it winds its way through the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui. Definitely a must-do on your things to do list for Feb.
Where: Major roads in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. Parade starts with an opening ceremony at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza. First float and performing group will arrive Canton Road at around 8:30pm, Haiphong Road at 8:50pm and Nathan Road at 9pm.
When: 8pm to 9.45pm. Warm-up entertainment starts from 6pm. 16 February
2018 Lunar New Year Fireworks Display
(Editor’s note – the 2018 fireworks display has been cancelled out of respect to the families of the affected by a deadly bus crash which killed 19 and injured 66 people in Tai Po.) Thousands will line both sides of iconic Victoria Harbour on the second day of Chinese New Year to witness Hong Kong ushering in the Year of the Dog with an astounding pyrotechnic display. Join them and start the new year with an awe-inspiring spectacle.
Where: Around Victoria Harbour, with vantage points along the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront, Central and Western District Promenade and Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai.
When: 8pm, 17 February
Rene Magritte: The Revealing Image – Photos and Films will immerse visitors in 132 original photographs and eight films by the influential 20th century surrealist artist at ArtisTree in Taikoo Place. The photos and films – created between 1914 and 1967 – have never been exhibited in Asia and Europe before.
Where: ArtisTree, 1F Cornwall House, Taikoo Place
When: 10am–10pm, until 19 February
Hong Kong Arts Festival
Hong Kong’s major performing arts festival brings together leading local and international artists in all genres including opera, dance, theatre, multimedia and installation. “Festival PLUS” activities will include lectures, masterclasses, workshops, backstage visits, exhibitions and educational events.
Where: Various locations
When: 23 February–24 March
Asia Art Archive is hosting three exhibitions that explore art periodicals in Asia as tools for criticism, historical research, travel writing, and fiction. Conceived by AAA team members, these presentations are part of the public programmes leading up to It Begins with a Story: Artists, Writers, and Periodicals in Asia, the symposium organised by Asia Art Archive in collaboration with The University of Hong Kong, 11–13 January 2018.
Where: AAA Library, Asia Art Archive, 11/F, Hollywood Centre, 233 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan
When: Various times, Until 24 February
The AIA Great European Carnival has become a fixture on the Central Harbourfront each winter. Organisers have upped the ante this season, with new rides and attractions to suit all ages. This year will see The Great Circus of Europe as part of the fun, featuring more than 25 experienced performers from around the world. There will also be other shows and interactive experiences during the carnival season.
Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space
When: 11am-11pm. Until 25 February
The Great Circus of Europe is coming to Hong Kong for the first time as part of the AIA Great European Carnival. Highlights include breath-stopping thrills of high wire walkers forming a human pyramid as they balance more than eight metres above the ring, and the side splitting antics of the UK’s most popular clown. There will also be the nail-biting drama of the Space Wheel, the high-speed action of the Motorcycles in the Globe and the outstanding aerial acrobatical skills of the flying Cubans.
Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space
When: Various times, until 25 February
This retrospective exhibition of the local animation industry over the past decade. With oral history as the main approach, the exhibition focuses on the milestones in the past decade. The project interviewed 13 units of representative animators in Hong Kong, providing an overview on the development and the outlook of the local animation industry. Interviewees from Hong Kong animation companies, workshops, and animators who were active during the past decade help to chart the development of the animation industry in Hong Kong and further explain the creative ideas, styles, and characteristics of animation works during this period. Presented by the Hong Kong Arts Centre and Comix Home Base.
Where: Function Place, 1/F, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin
When: Until 5 March
This new exhibition at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum celebrates Pixar’s 30 year history of innovative use of animation technology along with creating heart-warming stories and memorable characters through traditional artistic media. It showcases a selection of artwork created on traditional and digital media, including hand-drawn sketches, paintings, storyboards and sculptures, created by the artists at Pixar Animation Studios. Together with the videos of artists’ interviews, which give visitors a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how they come up with story ideas, the exhibition offers a rare and unique opportunity to experience the craftsmanship and creative process behind Pixar’s films through over 300 exhibits.
Where: Hong Kong Heritage Museum, 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin
When: Until 5 March
Glitter, Glitz and Glamour exhibition at Garden of Stars
An exhibition of caricatures by the ‘Godfather of Hong Kong movie posters’, Yuen Tai-yung, will be on display at the Garden of Stars. The Glitter, Glitz and Glamour exhibition will feature portraits of Hong Kong film and movie industry stars such as Andy Lau, Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee, Leslie Cheung, and Anita Mui, as well as famous international singers and personalities such as Michael Jackson, Angelina Jolie, and Steve McQueen. A fun exhibition to add to your list of things to do.
Where: Garden of Stars, Avenue of Stars, Tsim Sha Tsui
When: Until 31 March
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
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