Hong Kong’s weather might be completely unpredictable at the moment, but one way this city never lets you down is it is jam-packed with things to do. Take your pick this week from events as diverse as a classical music concert for kids, a beach cleanup in Discovery Bay or catch global superstar Bryan Adams at AsiaWorld-Expo.
A two-hour program in English of classical music for kids from the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, featuring much-loved tunes such as The Teddy Bears’ Picnic, The Lion Sleeps Tonight and A Disney Animal Anthology Singalong. Suitable for ages three and above. Tickets start at HK$140.
Where: Yuen Long Theatre Auditorium, 9 Yuen Long Tai Yuk Rd, Yuen Long
When: Various times, 13-15 January
Multi-platinum selling recording artist Bryan Adams is set to hit Hong Kong again as one of his Asia stops, after his last show in town in February 1993, bringing Bryan Adams Get Up Tour 2017 to AsiaWorld-Expo. The Canadian crooner released his thirteenth studio album,Get Up(Ume), worldwide in 2015. Adams has sold more than 65 million albums in a career spanning three decades.
Where: AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau
When: 8pm, 14 January
Help make a difference to the pollution on Hong Kong’s beaches by joining in the first Discovery Bay Beach Cleanup for 2017, organised by DB Green and Plastic Free Seas. Wear closed toe shoes, bring a hat and sun protection and a full reusable water bottle. Individuals, families and community groups welcome.
Where: Sam Pak Wan, Discovery Bay, Lantau
When: 3pm-5pm, 15 January
A special exhibition of Cantonese opera, A Cultural Treasure Passed Down through the Ages, is being held in Times Square to mark Chinese New Year. The exhibition traces the development of Cantonese opera from the 1920s, to its hey day in the 1940s and 1950s when it was considered the pop music of its day, to becoming a more literary and artistic performance.
Where: Times Square, Causeway Bay
When: 10am-10pm, 14 January to 5 February
Get over the back to work blues by heading down to Rummin’ Tings for their regular Monday night Quiz Night. With special guest quiz masters every Monday and plenty of fun prizes, grab some friends and register your team.
Where: Rummin’ Tings, 28 Hollywood Road, Central
When: 8pm, 16 January
Flip, twist, tumble and somersault! Who doesn’t like to see their child be active, confident and healthy? Joy Koh, Singapore’s highest qualified gymnastics coach, is coming to Hong Kong as part of Stamford American School’s Global Mentor Program to teach children a combination of movement patterns and foundational sports skills. Plus, don’t miss her inspirational talk “Raising Champions”; about character building through sports and how to succeed inside and outside of the gym. Registration essential.
Classes: The Little Gym, Suite 601, 6/F, World Commerce Centre Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui
Talk: Stamford American School Admissions Office, Two Exchange Square, Level 40, Suites 4005-4007, 8 Connaught Place, Central
When: Various times, 16-17 January
Group singing is cheaper than therapy, healthier than drinking, and more fun than working out – why not join The Hong Kong Women’s Choir? Auditions for Nova, the choir’s core group of singers, will be held for their 20th anniversary Spring season on the 10th, 11th, 17th and 18th of January. To join Grace Notes, a smaller group who sing a cappella (unaccompanied), auditions are available on the 13th and 14th in Causeway Bay. Registration is necessary.
Where: Sheung Wan Civic Centre; City Hall, Central; Leighton House, Causeway Bay
When: Various times, 11-18 January
The enchanting story of two unlikely friends – good witch Glinda and outcast Elphaba – has captivated more than 50 million theatregoers around the world. Now Wicked is in Hong Kong after successful runs on Broadway and the West End. The award-winning show features stunning costumes and songs by Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz.
Where: The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Lyric Theatre, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai
When: Various times. Until 22 January
Taikoo Place hosts The World of Tim Burton, an exhibition of the work of visionary film director Tim Burton, known for movies such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Batman. While he is best recognised for his acclaimed list of whimsical blockbuster movies, he is also an extremely talented artist, illustrator, and author who expresses his personal views of the realistic world through his dark humor and imaginative works. The Hong Kong exhibition will have nine thematic sections as a journey through Burton’s world. Tickets start at HK$180, with a parent and child special ticket offer in December.
Where: ArtisTree, 1/F Cornwall House, Taikoo Place
When: 10am-10pm, Until 23 January
The AIA Great European Carnival has returned for the winter to the Central Harbourfront Event space. This much-loved family event has all the favourite rides and attractions, as well as an exciting new themed area.
Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space
When: 11am-11pm. Until 12 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 Julia Donaldson’s The Snail and The Whale and Oliver Jeffers’ The Way Back Home. Tickets start at HK$195.
Where: Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai
When: Various times, Until 12 February
Check out what’s on in January in Hong Kong