Fun things to do this week: January 18-25

The cold weather might have finally hit Hong Kong but that’s no excuse not to enjoy the many things to do this week! So get out and enjoy some theatre, an art exhibition or the thrills and spills of the AIA Great European Carnival.

Times Square, Cantonese Opera, exhibition
Times Square is holding a Cantonese Opera exhibition

Cantonese Opera Exhibition

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: Daily until 5 February, 11am-10pm

More: timessquare.com.hk

Between Utopia and Dystopia

Massimo De Carlo Gallery presents Between Utopia and Dystopia, its first group show of the year. Curated by independent curator and critic Manuela Lietti, the exhibition brings together works by six Chinese contemporary artists that explore the notion of landscape. Featured artists have roots in Mainland China – Jia Aili, Liu Xinyi, Meng Huang, Qiu Shihua, Wang Sishun, and Wang Zhongjie. The gallery is closed Sundays.

Where: 301-302A Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central

When: 10.30am-7pm, Until 11 March

More: massimodecarlo.com

Hong Kong Knit Nights

Fast becoming a hub for fans of time-honoured handcrafted arts with a modern twist, Yarn in the Works is hosting free regular knit nights on Thursdays in its Sheung Wan studio. If you are looking for craft-oriented things to do, drop in and share advice or get tips from other knitters as you work on your craft projects as part of a creative community.

Where: 28 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

When: 7-9pm, 19 January

More: yarnintheworks.com

The Ring Cycle Part 3: Siegfried

The HK Phil launches Siegfried, part 3 of The Ring of the Nibelung, Wagner’s supreme operatic masterpiece. You will journey into the world of gods, dwarves, warrior maidens, and the superhero Siegfried, who forges his father Siegmund’s shattered sword, kills a fierce dragon, and, with the help of a forest bird, rushes off to the Magic Fire-encircled rock where the incomparable heroine Brünnhilde sleeps. He awakens her with a kiss, leading to a breathtaking duet. Maestro van Zweden again leads immense orchestral forces and world-class singers to mount this enduring legend – the first orchestra in the region to bring the experience to you.

Where: Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

When: Various times, 19 & 22 January

More: hkphil.org

Metallica, AsiaWorld-Expo, concerts, heavy metal
Metallica is set to rock Hong Kong


Metallica are performing their first ever show in Hong Kong as part of their WorldWired Tour. The tour follows the release of the band’s eleventh studio album, Hardwired, in November. The band, formed in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield, is one of the most successful and influential in the world. Tickets start at HK$580.

Where: AsiaWorld-Expo, Arena, Cheong Wing Rd, Chek Lap Kok

When: 8pm, 20 January

Tickets: hkticketing.com

Ballet Classics for Children: Cinderella

The Hong Kong Ballet presents this fun, interactive show for the young and young at heart, Ballet Classics For Children: Cinderella. Can Cinderella escape from her ugly Stepsisters and win the Prince’s heart before midnight? Will her Fairy Godmother be able to help her in time? This popular series of family friendly one-hour introductions to ballet classics for both ballet novices and long-time fans has been choreographed by Yuri Ng. The two performances are narrated in English.

Where: Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

When: Various times, 21-22 January

Tickets: urbtix.com


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

Tickets: hkticketing.com

The World of Tim Burton

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

Tickets: theworldoftimburton.hk


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, 5 January-12 February

More: kidsfest.com.hk

AIA Great European Carnival

The AIA Great European Carnival has returned for the winter to the Central Harbourfront Event space. This much-loved family event is one of the best things to do each year and 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

More: tgec.asia

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