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Things to do this week in Hong Kong: August 17–23

When was the last time you popped down to Tsim Sha Tsui to watch the light show? For the next fortnight the Hong Kong Pulse Light Show is extra special, telling a whimsical story of a dragon and a rooster experiencing the unique flavour of the city. This is just one of the many things to do this week where you can make the most of the summer weather.

Don't miss the new Hong Kong 3D Pulse Light Show
Don’t miss the new Hong Kong 3D Pulse Light Show

What: Bubble Up at Harbour City

Don’t miss the last weekend that Japanese artist Shinji Ohmaki will be staging bubble performances on the forecourt at Harbour City. He has brought soaps and machines transported from Japan and installed a 3-metre tall, 6-level pyramid with 45 bubble machines producing 10 million bubbles. One of the things to do that the kids will love for sure!

Where: Ocean Terminal Forecourt, Harbour City

When: 2.30pm & 6.30pm (each performance is about 20 minutes), 18–20 August

More: harbourcity.com.hk

What: National Soft Ice Cream Day’s Buy One, Get One Free Offer

In celebration of the National Soft Ice Cream Day on 19 August, DALLOYAU, a French culinary brand with a 300-year legacy of royal service, is offering a Buy One, Get One Free special on ice cream from 18 to 20 August at its three selected shops.

Where: DALLOYAU has stores in Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Admiralty and Causeway Bay

When: 18–20 August

More: dalloyau.hk

What: Sai Kung Stray Friends Fundraiser-Fiesta

Support the Sai Kung Stray Friends Foundation at its ‘Paws For Latin Brunch’ fundraiser at Picada. Sai Kung Stray Friends is a group of volunteers who rescue stray dogs and puppies and provide them with shelter, food and medical care, as well as short-term foster homes to socialise them for adoption. The group is funded by donations.

Where: Picada, 2/F & 3/F, 29 Wyndham St, Central

When: 12pm–3pm, 19 August

Tickets: eventbrite.hk

What: Pololi Vibesday

Pololi, Asia’s first poké chain, will be spreading good vibes and the Aloha spirit on Pololi Vibesday, a fundraiser to help save our seas. Presented in partnership with The Vibe Tribe and Conscious Cinema, Pololi Vibesday will be held at Ovolo Southside. For HK$125, guests can enjoy a variety of activities.

Where: Ovolo Southside, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Rd, Wong Chuk Hang

When: 2pm–9pm, 19 August

Tickets: eventbrite.hk

What: Rachel Kneebone – Ovid in Exile

Rachel Kneebone’s first exhibition in Hong Kong, Ovid in Exile, includes new sculpture and drawings which explore themes of transformation and metamorphosis. Kneebone uses porcelain, and her work references classicism and surrealism, to express the life cycle. The work showcased in Ovid in Exile draws and expands on themes from the poems of Ovid, exploring in particular ideas of evolution and desire.

Where: White Cube, 50 Connaught Road, Central 

When: 11am–7pm. Until 19 August

More: whitecube.com

What: Summerfest

The Central Harbourfront Event Space is the scene of Summerfest, a program of events, free to the public, through summer. August events are lifestyle-oriented and will include about 2000 people gathering to build large-scale furniture in a giant, outdoor maze, as well as sports and music therapy workshops, the Summer Ukelele Festival and the Style X DANCE KINGDOM Stars Show dance competition. A good choice for families looking for things to do.

Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central 

When: Until 23 August

More: cvm.com.hk

What: I ♥ Hong Kong Exhibition

The I ♥ Hong Kong Exhibition showcases urban street photography. Hong Kong’s colourful and vibrant street life with a unique blend of east and west architecture and culture inspires both amateur and professional photographers. The exhibition coincides with the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover.

Where: Yellow Korner, 58 Hollywood Road, Central

When: 11am–8pm. Until 23 August

More: pmq.org.hk

What: Indigo Living Summer Sale

Don’t miss the opportunity to snap up some bargains from Indigo Living. The summer sale will see great discounts offered on accessories, rugs and more, with some items up to 50 percent off. Check out the range online or in one of the their stores.

Where: Various locations

When: Until 25 August

More: indigo-living.com

What: Sea to Sky Summer Digital Playground

Get the family down to The Arcade at Cyberport to enjoy the Sea to Sky Summer Digital Playground and let the kids experience different tech-filled, sporty adventures. Each week the event will have a different theme, with plenty of variety to suit different interests.

Where: The Arcade, Cyberport, 100 Cyberport Road 

When: Noon–7pm. Until 27 August

More: cyberport.hk

What: Sketch Town by teamLab

IFC mall and teamLab are presenting Sketch Town, a large-scale interactive digital art piece in which you can see your very own artwork come to life on a wall in seconds. The magnificent digital art installation created by teamLab is ready to transform drawings into animated objects. Admission tickets are available to those who spend a minimum of HK$1800 at selected stores in IFC. Conditions apply so check the IFC website for full terms and conditions.

Where: IFC Mall, Central, Hong Kong

When: 10am–9pm. Until 28 August

More: ifc.com.hk

What: City to Wilderness | Sri Lanka

A photographic exhibition City to Wilderness | Sri Lanka, by award-winning Nikon photographer Joseph Anthony, is being held at the brand new multi-purpose space, The Haven. The exhibition will showcase Anthony’s photography of Sri Lanka’s wildlife, landscape and culture which reveals the beauty of wilderness on the island. Joseph will also create a new photobook, City to Wilderness | Sri Lanka, to complement the exhibition, which is being presented in conjunction with luxury travel operator Jacada Travel.

Where: The Haven by Jacada Travel, 29/F, Wyndham Place, 40-44 Wyndham Street, Central 

When: Until 30 August. This exhibition will be open Monday to Fridays. Entrance is free but by appointment only.

More: jacadatravel.com

The Dream with Love Campaign is a series of art-related events being held at Taipa Village in Macau
The Dream with Love Campaign is a series of art-related events being held at Taipa Village in Macau

What: Dream With Love Campaign

Taipa Village Cultural Association, in partnership with the British Council and the Macao Digital Photography Association, is presenting the Dream with Love Campaign, with the goal of raising social awareness of the underprivileged and disabled community in Macau. The Dream with Love Campaign consists of a series of art-related events and activities set against the rich cultural backdrop of Taipa Village. Add it to your list of things to do when next in Macau.

Where: Taipa Houses-Museum – Exhibitions Gallery, Avenida da Praia, Carmo Zone, Taipa, Macau 

When: 10am–7pm. Until 31 August.

More: taipavillagemacau.org.mo

What: Brand New Hong Kong Pulse Light Show

The Hong Kong Pulse Light Show is back on stage this summer, with special elements added that touch every sensory point from every angle in the open piazza at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui. The 3D light show tells the story of a Dragon which embarks on crazy ride with his best friend, the Rooster, in the heart of Hong Kong, where they experience the cultural uniqueness of the city.

Where: Open Piazza, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui

When: When: 8.20pm, 8.40pm, 9pm, 9.20pm and 9.40pm (about 8 minutes per session). Until 2 September

More: discoverhongkong.com

What: Summer Art Party

Join the fun of as the ELEMENTS shopping mall in Tsim Sha Tsui presents the Summer Art Party, showcasing a series of exciting, entertaining and interactive musical and artistic installations. The Summer Art Party has three artistic themes which provide fun-filled opportunities for creativity, making it a good choice to put on your family’s list of things to do.

Where: ELEMENTS Shopping Mall, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon 

When: 10am–10pm. Until 3 September

More: elementshk.com

What: Our Sanrio Times

Fans of cartoon characters such as Hello Kitty can head to Macau for the Our Sanrio Times exhibition, featuring much-loved Sanrio characters from various eras. Highlights include the Sanrio Village, which will feature 100 selected characters together for the first time, some of which will take a ride on the Sanrio train, made to imitate Sanrio Gift Gate of Gotanda, Tokyo in 1970s. There will also be a replica of the first piece of merchandise created by Sanrio, the Hello Kitty coin purse, on display for the first time in Macau, along with 400 vintage Sanrio items.

Where: Studio 8, Studio City Macau, Estrada do Istmo, Cotai Macau

When: 10am–9pm. Until 3 September

More: oursanriotimes.com

What: THRILLER LIVE

THRILLER LIVE, which features Michael Jackson’s timeless songs and signature dance moves, returns to the Parisian Macao after its season last year. The show has been performed close to 5,500 times and been seen by more than four million people in over 30 countries. The 90-minute show takes the audience on an audio-visual journey through Jackson’s astonishing 45-year musical legacy. Add it to your list of things to do while in Macau.

Where: The Parisian Macao, Estrada do Istmo, Lote 3, Cotai Strip, Macau

When: Various times. Until 3 September

Tickets: cotaiticketing.com

What: Nintama Rantaro Ninja Academy

This should be on top of the list of things to do for fans of Japanese anime classic Nintama Rantaro. Join the 25th anniversary celebration as three main characters Rantaro, Kirimaru and Shinbei, along with other series regulars descend upon Gold Coast Piazza for a host of fun activities.

Where: Hong Kong Gold Coast Piazza, 1 Castle Peak Road (Castle Peak Bay), Tuen Mun 

When: Noon–10pm. Until 3 September

More: goldcoastpiazza.com.hk

What: Astro Paws Our Life Fighters & Charity Art Exhibition

A charitable art exhibition is being held at gastropub, BRICK LANE Gallery, in Tsim Sha Tsui. The exhibition showcases the work of amateur artist and animal lover, Wink Au. The works feature portraits of stray or abandoned dogs and cats with the message to support adoption, not abandonment of animals. Part proceeds of sales will be donated to charity.

Where: G/F, 17 Minden Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

When: 9am–midnight, Monday–Thursday & Sunday; 9am–1am Friday, Saturday & Public Holidays. Until 15 September

More: bricklane.com.hk

What: On Sharks and Humanity

On Sharks and Humanity is a powerful contemporary art exhibition co-curated by Parkview Arts Action and the Hong Kong Maritime Museum, and launched in partnership with the international non-profit organization WildAid. It aims to raise public awareness about the pivotal role sharks numbers play in maintaining the balance of the marine ecosystem, and the urgent need for shark conservation. The exhibition brings together 36 top international contemporary artists that have joined forces to raise awareness on the negative impact of the shark fin trade. The exhibition will be held both inside and outside of the museum.

Where: Central Pier 8, Hong Kong

When: Monday-Friday 9.30am-5.30pm, Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays 10am-7pm. Until 30 September

More: hkmaritimemuseum.org 

What: Eternal Life – Exploring Ancient Egypt

Looking for family-friendly things to do? Why not check out the Eternal Life – Exploring Ancient Egypt exhibition at the Hong Kong Science Museum. The exhibition presents insights into Ancient Egypt, one of the oldest civilisations in the world. The highlight of this exhibition are six Egyptian mummies between 3,000 and 1,800 years old. Along with the mummy displays and around 200 invaluable objects, digital interpretation of the mummies demonstrates how non-invasive computerised tomography has allowed research Ancient Egypt.

Where: Hong Kong Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon 

When: Monday to Wednesday and Friday from 10am–7pm and Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 10am–9pm. It is closed on Thursdays. The box office opens at 10am and closes one hour before the museum closes. Until 18 October.

More: hk.science.museum

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