April looks like it’s going to be hectic when it comes to things to do. The action kicks off (see what we did there?) with the Hong Kong Sevens and continues on with Easter events, exhibitions and a charity fashion show. Here’s some highlights:
If you are one of the lucky ones with a ticket, you will know that the Sevens weekend starts with the Kickoff Concert. This year UK supergroup Madness will mark its 40th year as headliners of the concert, supported by mod gods, The Jam.
Where: Indian Recreation Club, 63 Caroline Hill Road, Son Ko Po, Causeway Bay
When: Doors open 6.30pm, 6 April
Zaha Hadid was one of the world’s best-known and most revered architects. This exhibition features a montage video of Hadid’s architectural projects over the past 25 years, alongside her paintings, calligraphic drawings, and rarely seen private sketchbooks that show her complex thoughts about architecture’s forms and relationships. Focusing on Hadid’s early works before her first building, Vitra Fire Station (Germany) was erected in 1993, the exhibition focuses on works from the 1970s to the early 1990s, including Hadid’s first internationally acclaimed project, The Peak (1982-3), awarded first prize in a design competition for a leisure club in the Hong Kong hills – marking a critical moment in Hadid’s career.
Where: ArtisTree, 1F One Island East, Taikoo Place
When: 10am-9pm, until 6 April
What: BIT.FALL By Julius Popp
If you are Pacific Place and looking for things to do, check out an exhibition by Julius Popp, BIT.FALL, a pioneering multimedia work that combines technology and engineering. BIT.FALL uses a unique algorithm connected to the internet in real time to look for popular buzzwords through different newsfeed channels, which are then displayed as words through hundreds of water droplets in a curtain of water.
Where: Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
When: 1oam daily, until 6 April
Organised by the Hong Kong Rugby Union, some 120,000 tourists from around the world descend on Hong Kong to catch the action at the Cathay Pacific HSBC Hong Kong Sevens, considered to be the premier tournament in the World Rugby Sevens Series. The three-day tournament takes place at Hong Kong Stadium at Causeway Bay, and features top teams playing lightning-fast 15-minute matches. Away from the stadium there are heaps of satellite events and live sites around the city. Situated opposite the Sevens stadium, the Sevens Village is a hub for anyone without tickets who wants to be close to the action.
Where: Hong Kong Stadium, 55 Eastern Hospital Road, So Kon Po, Causeway Bay
When: 5-7 April
Handmade Hong Kong‘s Discovery Bay Sunday Market is a DIY Indie Arts, Crafts and Small Traders’ Fair. Hong Kong’s finest makers and sellers will be offering arts, crafts and other special goods with about 140 different vendors taking part. Make a day trip to DB on the ferry with the markets located in the DB main plaza. If you stay for dinner at one of Discovery Bay’s D’Deck restaurants you will get a free ferry ride back to Central.
When: 11am-6pm, 9 April
Where: Discovery Bay Main Plaza
Art Futures Group and Art Futures Gallery are proud to present their Contemporary Chinese Art Exhibition, at Elements shopping mall. The exhibition will span two floors of Element’s Water Zone, featuring 17 works from Ann Niu on the first floor and six from Qiu Sheng Xian on the second. The selection is hand-picked by Art Futures Group and offers insight into the philosophies and life stories of the two Shanghainese artists.
Where: Elements, 1/F & 2/F, Water Zone, 1 Austin Road, Kowloon
When: 10.30am-11pm, until 9 April
More than 300 of the world’s top cyclists will compete in Hong Kong when the city plays host to the 2017 Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Track Cycling World Championships in April. The competition will be held at the Hong Kong Velodrome, and is just the second time in track cycling history that Asia has hosted the event.
Where: Hong Kong Velodrome, 105-107 Po Hong Rd, Tseung Kwan O
When: 12-16 April
The American Women’s Association is hosting a fashion show with a difference. Conscious Couture – A Fashion Show For Charity celebrates designers working in the fashion industry who support the shift to a more conscious way of consuming and living with sustainable and environmentally-friendly creations.
Where: The American Club Hong Kong, 28 Tai Tam Road, Tai Tam
When: 6.30pm-10pm, 26 April
What: Kids GT Racing Carnival
This four-day carnival offers a host of other activities over the Easter long weekend. Let your kids experience the thrill of Hong Kong’s first-ever outdoor GT Racing Carnival by hitting the racetrack, enjoy an Easter egg hunt, drive the bumper cars or go bowling. They can also experience the interactive creative aquarium or the bouncy obstacle castle. There will also be 10 classic game booths.
Where: The Arcade, Cyberport
When: 10am-7pm, 14-17 April
The city’s first Pediatrics & Parenting Conference, presented by AD MediLink, will see health and parenting institutions, practitioners and organisations all under one roof. The conference will showcase products and services from 23 kid-focused organisations, including healthcare clinics and baby and children product providers. There will also be a range of panel discussions to inform and educate parents on topics relevant from birth to teens.
Where: JW Marriott Hotel, 88 Queensway, Pacific Place, Admiralty
When: 9.30am-4.30pm, 22 April
Looking for something active when it comes to things to do? The Country of Origin 30km Trail Run is aimed at bringing together teams from different nationalities. The route is a 30km clockwise loop starting and finishing in Mui Wo, outside the China Bear pub next to the ferry terminal. Teams must have three members from the same nationality of any gender and age combination. Male, female or mixed teams are welcome and teams must start, run and finish together. Fancy dress in national costume or colours is encouraged.
Where: Starts and ends at China Bear, Mui Wo Centre, Mui Wo, Lantau Island
When: 8.30am-5.30pm, 22 April
Disney fans will love the chance to see the largest Winnie the Pooh exhibit to show in Hong Kong, featuring 92 pieces of memorabilia from the Walt Disney Archives, bringing beloved teddy bear, Winnie the Pooh, to life. Enjoy seeing storybooks, sketches, original animated cels and toys from the Walt Disney Archives collection in the US, many of which are being exhibited for the first time.
Where: Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay
When: 10am-10pm, until 23 April
The Solo Exhibition by Cheng Hon Shan will feature 15 art pieces by the English Schools Foundation Jockey Club Sarah Rose School (JCSRS) student, who has autism. The artwork showcases his perspective on the city landscape. The exhibition launched on 2 April, to coincide with World Autism Awareness Day.
Where: Art and Culture Outreach, 14/F, Foo Tak Building, 365-367 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai
When: noon-7pm, Tuesdays to Sundays, until 30 April
Still looking for things to do? Don’t miss Handmade Hong Kong at Cafe Sausalito. Located in the heart of the city’s DIY area, this new market will see specialty coffee shop Café Sausalito connect the community to local artists and vendors in a fun fair of shopping, workshops, coffee and live music.
Where: Cafe Sausalito, 201 Tai Nan Street, Sham Shui Po
When: 11am-5pm, 30 April
A unique exhibition that will bring together the work of Roland Flexner and Ai Weiwei for the first time. The two artists first crossed paths in New York in the 1980s and have since developed an on-going friendship. In this exhibition, Roland Flexner’s iconic ink paintings will be shown together with a body of work by Ai Weiwei, which will be exhibited here for the first time and includes a series of paintings tracing back to his days in New York.
Where: Massimo De Carlo Gallery, 301-302A Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong
When: 10.30am-7pm, until 14 May
Foodies looking for things to do should head to a unique and exclusive pop-up on The Lawn at The Upper House, which will be held every weekend for the next three months. Restaurant Yardbird and curated convenience store Sunday’s Grocery will be offering a special snack menu with dishes such as fried chicken, katsu sando and rice cakes. There will also be a selection of special drinks prepared by the Yardbird team, such as whisky lemonade, jumbo ozaki, Sunday’s sake and Sunday’s shochu.
Where: The Lawn, The Upper House, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
When: Thursday to Saturday, 6pm-10.30pm, Sunday 3pm-10.30pm, until 30 June
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