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Things to do in Hong Kong in June

Make the most of the summer vibe in the city by embracing some of the many things to do in Hong Kong in June. Take your pick from theatre, concerts and sporting events.

The Tiger Who Came To Tea is a much-loved children's classic
The Tiger Who Came To Tea is a much-loved children’s classic

What: The Tiger Who Came To Tea 

This much-loved children’s classic has come to Hong Kong after a season in London’s East End. The stage adaptation of Judith Kerr’s story of Sophie and her surprising tea guest has been adapted for stage by David Wood OBE. The show runs for about 55 minutes and is suitable for ages three years and above.

Where: Drama Theatre, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts

When: 2-4 June

More: aba-productions.com

What: Women’s Choir 20th Anniversary Party at the Market

The Hong Kong Women’s Choir is celebrating 20 years of singing for good causes, culminating in the Party in the Market dinner and concert at the Western Market in Sheung Wan. Founded in the Choir is made up of two sister groups: NOVA, the core group of singers performing a cantata, to accompaniment, and Grace Notes, who sing a cappella. Both groups will perform at Party at the Market which will have a ‘touch of the Orient’ dress code and will feature dinner, dancing and, of course, song.

Where: Western Market, 323 Dex Voeux Road Central, Sheung Wan

When: 7pm, 2 June

More: thkwc.org

What: Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival 

Hundreds of thousands of spectators flock to the Central Harbourfront for the CCB (Asia) Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races. Three days of racing will provide colourful sights and sounds as teams of international paddlers compete on boats adorned with dragons and accompanied by drummers. The party atmosphere will continue on the foreshore with the San Miguel BeerFest.

Where: Central Harbourfront

When: 2–4 June

What: discoverhongkong.com

What: Sting Live In Hong Kong

Legendary performer Sting is coming to Hong Kong, following sold out concerts in North America and Europe. The frontman for supergroup The Police from 1977 to 1984, he has since been a hugely successful solo artist. He comes to Hong Kong to tour his latest album, 57th and 9th.

Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hall 3DE (Expo Drive Entrance), Hong Kong

When: 8pm, 3 June

Tickets: hkticketing.com

What: Park Island Market

Handmade Hong Kong is holding another Park Island Market day! Sample some of Hong Kong’s best arts, crafts and special goods created by local, independent vendors. The market will be located in the heart of Park Island’s neighbourhood in Shell Plaza, surrounded by the community’s shops and restaurants and a short walk to the beach and its alfresco dining area.

Where: Shell Plaza, Park Island

When: 11am–pm, 4 June

More: handmadehongkong.com

What: Swing A Shop Cat

Photographer Marcel Heijnen’s captured the unique phenomenon of the cats which make the city’s shops their home, releasing his book, Hong Kong Shop Cats, last year. Blue Lotus Gallery is presenting his second Hong Kong exhibition, Swing A Shop Cat, which will include some new works. It will be hosted at Swing A Cat and photo books and limited edition prints will be available.

Where: Swing A Cat, Rear Shop, G/F, 241 To Kwa Wan Road

When: 11am–7pm, until 4 June

More: bluelotus-gallery.com

What: Safe Summer Travel Naturally

For those planning to travel with a young family over the summer, get some advice on how to handle jet lag, time changes, exposure to new foods, new bugs and viruses and even accidents. Homeopaths Lisa Griffiths and Michelle Ricaille from The Round Clinic will be presenting advice at this special seminar.

Where: Bumps To Babes, Horizon Plaza Store, 21/F Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau

When: 9.30am–10.30am, 6 June

Register: hp@bumpstobabes.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: 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: 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: West Side Story

Considered the greatest Broadway musical of all time, West Side Story tells the tale of two rival immigrant gangs in New York’s upper west side, the Jets and the Sharks, combining a love story, action thriller and social study.The international tour coming to Hong Kong has an American cast – many of whom come direct from Broadway – and one of the best West Side Story creative teams the world has ever seen. Put this high on your list of things to do.

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

When: Various times, until 11 June

More: westsidestoryhk.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: Bhutan Happiness – photos taken by children

Bhutan Happiness is an exhibition with a difference. ANA by Karma is a social enterprise with a mission to spread happiness from Bhutan to the world, one scarf at a time. The scarves are handmade by women artisans in Bhutan who are mostly poor and illiterate, and cut off from opportunities to showcase their talent. With this venture, the women are on the path to become financially independent. Net proceeds from the scarf sale are ploughed back to Bhutan to run community development programs including photography workshops for the children of the artisans. Since 2015, ANA has fully funded almost 100 children and youth from all over Bhutan to learn creative photography skills.

Where: Drawgraphy, Unit A, 2/F, Nan Sang Building, 86 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town

When: 3pm–6pm, 25 June

More: anabykarma.com

What: Britney Spears

This former Musketeer became a global superstar as a teenager when she released her first single, Baby One More Time. Since then, she has sold more than 150 million records worldwide, won countless music industry awards and completed a cutting-edge Vegas residency. Britney will perform one show only in Hong Kong at AsiaWorld-Expo.

Where: AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau

When: 27 June

More: hkticketing.com 

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

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