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Things to do in Hong Kong this week: Jun 8–14

There’s plenty of things to do this week, ranging from workshops for yoga lovers, to theatre, exhibitions and even an Italian marketplace. Here’s a selection of what’s on offer.

Things to do: Taikoo Place will host a pop-up cocktail bar this weekend
Taikoo Place will host a pop-up cocktail bar this weekend

What: Knit Nights

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. Knit Nights are held every Thursday except on public holidays or in extreme weather conditions.

Where: Yarn In The Works, 22 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan

When: 7pm–9pm, 8 June

More: yarnintheworks.com

What: Evolution Asia Yoga Conference

This yoga and wellness conference is in its 10th year and will bring leading experts from around the world to Hong Kong for four days. There will be more than 160 classes to suit all abilities, and workshops and lectures with some of the best practitioners and teachers in the region. There will also be a variety of exhibitors so you can check out the latest gear and gadgets.

Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

When: 8am–7.30pm, 8–11 June

More: asiayogaconference.com

What: Don’t Stop Believin’

Set in summer in New York in the mid-1980s, this rock and pop musical follows the story of a group of crazy misfits and their fight to save their local community centre. The show is perfect for the whole family and will be held at the Hong Kong Arts Centre and is being presented by local theatre company, The Performers Studio.

Where: Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road Wan Chai

When: various times, 9–11 June

More: hkac.org.hk

What: My Fair Lady

It’s one of the all-time classic makeover tales, when Professor Henry Higgins takes cockney flower-seller Eliza Doolittle and teaches her to speak ‘proper’. My Fair Lady, the much-loved George Bernard Shaw musical, is coming to Hong Kong and its popular songs and witty dialogue make this a great family show.

Where: Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Drama Theatre, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai

When: Various times, 9–11 June

More: hkapa.edu

What: Retykle Pop-Up at Maggie & Rose

Love buying designer children’s wear but not the prices? Looking to clear out all your children’s outgrown clothes? Retykle, Asia’s first online consignment boutique for buying and selling outgrown high-end children’s fashion, will host its first shopping event with Maggie & Rose Family Members Club.

Where: Maggie & Rose Family Members Club, 3/F, 301, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay

When: 2pm–8pm, 9 June & 9am–12pm, 10 June

More: facebook.com

What: Mini Builders – Family Playdate

Enjoy a two-hour Mini Builder: Family Playdate session of building and unstructured play with a massive collection of LEGO®, Hero Factory®, Magformers®, Magnatiles®, and Kapla Blocks®. At Mini Builders: Family Playdates the child is the conductor of the play and adults come along for the ride. Seeing your child as the leader of their play allows you to get into their world. The inaugural playdate is being held at EPICLand in Discovery Bay. Entry costs $650 for a family of three and $150 for each additional family member. Entry includes 30 minutes of play in EPICLand after the event.

Where: EpicLand, GF, 31 North Plaza, Family Recreation Ctr., 96 Siena Ave, Discovery Bay North, Lantau

When: 10am–12pm, 10 June

Tickets: eventbrite.com

What: International Chef Showcase

The MICHELIN guide Hong Kong Macau Dining Seriespresents a one-of-a-kind dining experience for Hong Kong gourmands this summer with the International Chef Showcase. It will see Chef Haikal Johari, from one Michelin-starred Alma by Juan Amador in Singapore and Chef Laurent Peugeot from one Michelin-starred Le Charlemagne in France join forces for one night only on 10 June.

Where: Petrus, Level 65 at Island Shangri-la Hong Kong, Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Central,

When: 7pm–10pm, 10 June

More: michelin.com.hk

What: Italian Market

Fans of Italian food and wine should head down to Cyberport for an authentic Italian Market experience. There will be more than 30 stalls to browse around, shop for some quality olive oil, handcrafted jewellery and handmade products while enjoying Italian fare. Entry is free for Italian Chamber of Commerce members and HK$50 for the general public.

Where: Cyberport – The Arcade, Ocean View Court & Sea View Terrace, 100 Cyberport Road, Pok Fu Lam

When: 12pm–8pm, 10–11 June

More: icc.og.hk

What: I, Wu Song – A One-Man Chinese Opera Without Words

Chinese opera has often been seen as an art form that tells historical tales, and Wu Song’s is one of the classics, yet I, Wu Song: A One-Man Chinese Opera challenges this. Wu is no longer the protagonist, nor does opera take up the task to tell his story. Instead, Wu’s story is transformed into a medium for opera to explore itself as a theatrical form of body movements and musical gestures.

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

When: 8pm–9.30pm, 10-11 June

More: facebook.com

What: Regis Gonzalez – Close to Black

Close to Black is the the latest exhibition of original ink works by French visual artist Régis Gonzalez. Gonzalez’s drawings are self-portraits and landscapes. His works combine his study of art history with observation of modern society and are collected internationally.

Where: CHARBON Art Space, Sing Teck Factory Building, 44 Wong Chuk Hang Rd, Wong Chuk Hang

When: 1–7pm, until 10 June

More: frenchmay.com

What: The Faust Festival 2017

Looking for things to do with the kids? Faust International Youth Theatre proudly presents The Faust Festival 2017, a selection of 28 family shows, with performances including Peggy The Pint Sized Pirate, Cyrano De Bergerac, A Brief History Of The Ancient Olympic Games, The Voyage to Atlantis and many more. Shows are performed in English by Faust International Youth Theatre members aged 4 to 16.

Where: Various locations

When: Various times, until 11 June

More: faustworld.com

What: Cheers at Taikoo Place

Taikoo Place and Diageo World Class are presenting the cocktail pop-up bar, “Cheers at Taikoo Place” from 12 to 15 June. The event will see Tong Chong Street transformed into a cocktail paradise, providing the backdrop to the Hong Kong final of the World Class cocktail competition – the precursor to the global final of the world’s largest cocktail competition and the annual search for the world’s best bartender of the year. The pop-up bar culminates with the final of the 2017 World Class Hong Kong and Macau cocktail competition where the top six bartenders in the region will compete for a place at the World Class Global Final in Mexico City.

Where: Tong Chong Street, Taikoo Place

When: 12–15 June

More: taikooplace.com

What: Chinese Opera Festival 

The annual Chinese Opera Festival presents a chance to immerse yourself in an experience that has been formally listed by UNESCO as part of Hong Kong’s intangible cultural heritage. The festival blends opera genres from Beijing, Guangdong, Jiangsu, as well as local Cantonese opera to provide an insight into ancient China.

Where: Various locations

When: Various times, 13 June – 13 August

More: cof.gov.hk

What: Hong Kong Upside Down

Fans of photography should put this on their list of things to do. Hong Kong Upside Down features the work of two photographers and their perspectives on Hong Kong’s cityscapes. French photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze shoots his images pointing his camera upwards, producing a series and book called Vertical Horizon. Hong Kong photographer Tugo Cheng’s images are the result of a drone camera in a series called City Patterns. The exhibition is part of Le French May arts festival.

Where: Blue Lotus Gallery, 1606 Chai Wan Industrial City Phase 1, 60 Wing Tai Street, Chai Wan

When: 2pm–6pm, Thursday-Saturday, until 24 June

More: frenchmay.com

What: Confluence 20+

Organised by the Hong Kong Design Centre and presented by CreateHK, the Hong Kong edition of Confluence 20+ features 20 collaborative design projects by Hong Kong’s best design talent, along an array of workshops and activities to engage the general public. The free exhibition showcases a mix of veteran and up-and-coming designers pulling together works that fuse tradition with technological innovation. The exhibition is an accredited event celebrating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).

Where: Hong Kong City Hall, Low Block, 1/F Exhibition Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central

When: 10am–8pm, until 28 June

More: confluence20.hk

What: SCAD x MTR Art in MTR Sham Shui Po Station Project

SCAD x MTR Art in MTR Sham Shui Po Station Project exhibition showcases an inspiring exhibition of works by some of the brightest young creative minds in Hong Kong.  Savannah College of Art and Design was approached by MTR with a design challenge to rejuvenate MTR Sham Shui Po station, focusing on the user experience and increasing the engagement between the station and the community. Look out for the exhibition of the design ideas in Exit J of MTR Central Station.

Where: Exit J of MTR Central Station

When: Until 30 June

More: scad.edu

What: Le French May

Le French May is an annual arts festival organised by the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong & Macau to promote French art and culture which provides plenty of things to do. Now in its 25th year, Le French May is one of the largest cultural events in Asia. With more than 120 programmes presented across two months, the festival presents an opportunity to catch innovative performances across a number of arts genres, such as theatre, dance and live music.

Where: Various locations

When: Various times, until 30 June

More: frenchmay.com

What: Bubble Football on Ice at Cityplaza

Head to Cityplaza’s Ice Palace with a group of friends, strap on your sneakers and let the fun begin. Players get inside a giant inflatable ball and play football on the ice rink. Players must be aged 15 or over to form a team of three or five and rent the full rink for half an hour at HK$2,000 which includes equipment. There are neither techniques nor rules but only to kick the ball to score.

Where: Cityplaza, 18 Taikoo Shing Road, Taikoo Shing

When: Play daily from 9am–10am and 8pm–10pm and 5.30pm–7.30pm on Sundays, until 30 June

More: cityplaza.com

What: The Roofs of Paris

The roofs of Paris have always been a powerful source of inspiration for artists including architects, painters, photographers, moviemakers and writers both in France and around the world. The Roofs of Paris exhibition embraces Parisian roofs with objects ranging from three-dimensional architectural models, French oil paintings, and prints to films, photos, and multi-media installations, the exhibition celebrates the urban panorama of Paris as it metamorphosed from a dark and ornate medieval city into the “city of light”. Part of the Le French May arts festival.

Where: Exhibition Gallery, 18/F Lau Ming Wai Academic Building, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, City University of Hong Kong

When: 10am–7pm, Tuesday to Sunday, until 23 July. Closed Mondays.

More: lefrenchmay.com

What: Masterpieces from the Louvre

This is one of the highlights of things to do from Le French May. More than 100 pieces of artwork will be on display from the Musee de Louvre in a special exhibition at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum. The Inventing le Louvre: From Palace to Museum over 800 Years exhibition will showcase an array of statues, paintings, sculptures and antiques from different periods of time within the history of the Louvre, from the royal collections of François I and Louis XIV, to modern times. 

Where: 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin

When: Monday, Wednesday to Friday: 10am–6pm; Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 10am–7pm; Closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays); until 24 July

More: heritagemuseum.gov.hk

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.

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

When: Various times, until 3 September

Tickets: cotaiticketing.com

What: TREE Summer Sale

TREE’s summer sale is on, with items including solid eco-wood dining tables, beds, desks, sideboards and TV cabinets, in a variety of styles. Stylish sofas and sofa beds are also on offer, along with a selection of chairs suited for the living room, dining room or even home office. Finishing touches include handcrafted terracotta ceramics, kitchenware, and embroidered cushions.

Where: TREE stores in Horizon Plaza (Ap Lei Chau), Sha Tin and Sai Kung

When: Until stocks last

More: tree.com.hk

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