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Things to do in March in Hong Kong

March is a big month for all things culinary and cultural in Hong Kong. There’s heaps of things to do for foodies and art lovers with art month in full swing, as well as Taste of Hong Kong. The Irish community will also be celebrating St Patrick’s Day with lots of fun events in the lead-up and don’t miss the final Freespace Happening event for the season.

Rain didn't dampen spirits at last year's St. Patrick's Day parade
Rain didn’t dampen spirits at last year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade

What: Hong Kong and Macau Irish Festival

The Hong Kong and Macau Irish Festival is now in its second year and is a collaborative effort led by the Consulate General of Ireland and the Emerald Fund with the support of the Irish groups in Hong Kong and Macau. In the lead-up to Ireland’s national holiday on 17 March, the month is dedicated to promote Irish culture, community and commerce and will showcase Irish animation, craft, music, dance, art, sport, literature and Irish hospitality. Highlights include a festival of crafts and animation from 3-11 March, traditional Irish dancing on 9 March and the Hong Kong St Patrick’s Day Parade on 12 March. A parade will also be held in Macau on 18 March.

Where: Various locations

When: 3-18 March

More: irishfestival.asia

What: Science Alive

Science Alive returns to Hong Kong with more than 50 fun and exciting activities that are free for everyone. The science festival – jointly organised by the British Council (Hong Kong), the Hong Kong Science Museum, the Education Bureau and Hong Kong Education City Limited and sponsored by the Croucher Foundation – is sure to let everyone explore, discover, and find fun in science. Events include a science drama show ‘Who wants to be a superhero’, which explores how scientists are turning the power of superheroes into reality, and a fun talk on the latest discoveries about dinosaurs. Sessions are held in English with Cantonese interpretation.

Where: Various locations

When: 4-17 March

More: britishcouncil.hk

What: St David’s Society of Hong Kong Annual Ball

This black-tie event is the annual ball of the St David’s Society of Hong Kong, a group for members of Hong Kong’s Welsh community. The ball is a fundraiser for charities Hope of the City and Valleys Kids, both of which support underprivileged families. The event features the Hong Kong Welsh Male Voice Choir and other great entertainment.

Where: The Conrad, Pacific Place, Admiralty

When: 4 March, 7pm-1am

Tickets: eventbrite.hk

What: Hong Kong International Young Readers Festival

The Hong Kong International Young Readers Festival (YRF) aims to encourage children to discover the joy of reading and the world of books by facilitating interactions between authors and young readers through workshops and meet-the-author sessions. A diverse range of local and international children’s book writers and illustrators will take part. The festival’s public events will take place on 11-12 March.

When: 6-17 March, various times

Where: Comix Home Base, 7 Mallory Street, Wan Chai

More: youngreaders.org.hk

What: Workshops with Author Sarah Brennan

Budding writers will have the chance to be inspired by meeting best-selling children’s author Sarah Brennan. The author of much-loved titles, such as A Dirty Story and The Tale of Pin Yin Panda, will conduct a series of workshops when she takes part in Stamford American School Hong Kong’s Global Mentor Program. She will share her love of literacy through fun, educational and free events open to the public. Registration is necessary.

Where: Various locations

When: 8 March

Register: sais.edu.hk

What: Dale Frank Exhibition

Australian artist Dale Frank is known for his work with unusual materials, using anything from varnish to glass to human hair. Pearl Lam Galleries is presenting a solo exhibition at the Pedder Building of 16 new works, all completed in 2016. His newest works demonstrate his commitment to pushing the boundaries with the use of unusual materials and the chemical and physical process of painting a canvas.

Where: Pearl Lam Galleries, 6F, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central

When: 10am-7pm, until 9 March

More: pearllam.com

What: Between Utopia and Dystopia

Get cultural when looking for things to do. 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

What: Howard Hodgkin – In The Pink

The work of one of Britain’s most celebrated living painters, Howard Hodgkin, is being presented by the Gagosian Gallery. The In The Pink exhibition will feature recent work by Hodgkin, who has a career spanning more than 50 years, in his first exhibition in Hong Kong. Completed between 2014 and 2016, the work will showcase his intimate oil on wood-panel paintings which convey the relationship between hand, eye, and memory that charges process, visual structure, and emotional temperature.

Where: Gagosian Gallery, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder St, Central

When: 11am-7pm, until 11 March

More: gagosian.com

This month's Freespace Happening event includes camping
This month’s Freespace Happening event includes camping

What: Freespace Happening

Take the family out to enjoy the final Freespace Happening event for the season at the West Kowloon Cultural District. Held over two days, activities include music, literature, theatre, market stalls and creative workshops – plus two camping events that let you spend the night under the stars in the Nursery Park.

Where: Nursery Park, West Kowloon Cultural District

When: 11- 12 March, from 2pm

More: westkowloon.hk

What: Discovery Bay Sunday Market

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, attracting about 2000 visitors. Make a day trip to DB on the ferry with the markets located in the DB main plaza, just a short walk from the ferry pier. 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: 12 March, 11am-6pm

Where: Discovery Bay Main Plaza

More: handmadehongkong.com

What: Ding Ding to Kowloon

The history of Hong Kong’s iconic trams are celebrated in the Ding Ding to Kowloon exhibition. The exhibition includes tram memorabilia, rare images from the Whitty Street Depot’s workshop where trams are made, oil paintings depicting activities at the depot as well as images from the tram chasers series Following Trams in 24 Hours.

Where: Jao Tsung-I Academy, Hall 2 & 3 of the Gallery at Jao Tsung-I Academy, 800 Castle Peak Road, Kowloon

When: 10am-6pm, Tuesday to Sunday, until 14 March

More: jtia.hk

What: Taste of Hong Kong

Central Harbourfront is playing host again to Asia’s premier restaurant festival. Visitors can see top chefs, such as Michelin-starred Paul Lau, from the Ritz-Carlton, and Arcane’s Shane Osborne, in action. You can also sample dishes from some of Hong Kong’s best restaurants, as well as enjoy wine tastings, live entertainment and pick up premium food and drink from artisan producers in the Gourmet Market.

Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space

When: 16-19 March

Tickets: hongkong.tastefestivals.com

What: Hong Kong Arts Festival

The city’s major performing arts festival, the Hong Kong Arts Festival brings together leading local and international artists in all genres including opera, dance, theatre, multimedia and installation. “Festival PLUS” activities will include lectures, masterclasses, workshops, backstage visits, exhibitions and educational events.

Where: Various locations

When: Until 18 March

More: hk.artsfestival.org

What: Asia Contemporary Art Show

Whether you are after original paintings, limited editions, sculpture or photography, you will be able to browse thousands of artworks from both established and emerging artists available at the Asia Contemporary Art Show. The 10th edition of the event will showcase more than 3,000 unique works of art spread over more than 80 art living spaces. This year will see the introduction of two new features  – a section dedicated to contemporary Chinese art, called China Perspectives, and Artist Projects. China Perspectives will introduce work from emerging artists from China into the international arena that will challenge perceptions about Chinese art. Artist Projects invites artists from around the world to exhibit in a solo or joint presentation to sell their work to collectors.

Where: Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty

When: 18-20 March

Tickets: asiacontemporaryart.com

What: Stamford American School Open House

Join Stamford American School at Open House to meet Superintendent Malcolm Kay over breakfast, lunch or dinner to discover how Stamford realises its vision of leading individuals to achieve more than they believe they can. With more than 40 years’ experience in the International Baccalaureate (IB), Malcolm will share how Stamford’s unique combination of the IB curriculum and the American Education Reaches Out (AERO) and Common Core Plus frameworks lead to academic excellence.

Where: Stamford American School Admissions Office, Two Exchange Square, Level 40, Suites 4005-4007, 8 Connaught Place, Central

When: 18-25 March

Register: sais.edu.hk

What: Paws by the Sea

Link’s Stanley Plaza is celebrating pet pooches in March with a host of canine-inspired events. The Paw by the Sea 2017 exhibition will transform Stanley Plaza and Murray House nearby into art galleries to become the Hong Kong’s first art exhibition designed for dogs. Emerging local artists have depicted five paintings from a dog’s colour spectrum to create a visual experience for dogs and their owners. There will also be a number of other events to complement the exhibition, including a display of architecture designed for dogs, a car installation to create the experience of car travel for canines and talks on dog training and nutrition. There will also be a doggie carnival on 19 March and a pop-up cafe with dog latte art. Dog lovers are also invited to join a Guinness World Record challenge for the longest line of photo cut-out boards.

Where: Stanley Plaza, 23 Carmel Road, Stanley

When: 18-26 March, various times

Register: here

What: Hebe Haven Yacht Club Open Day

Hebe Haven Yacht Club is opening its doors to the public to give people the opportunity to experience sailing and other water-based activities. The Hebe Haven Yacht Club Sailing Centre Open Day is a free event and a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in water-based sports to experience the sport of sailing, as well as kayaking and other water-based activities. There will also be demonstrations from the club’s qualified sailing team, food stalls, games, face painting, art jam and other onshore fun.

Where: Hebe Haven Yacht Club, 10.5 Miles Hiram’s Highway, Pak Sha Wan, Sai Kung

When: 10am-5pm, 19 March

More: hhyc.org.hk

What: Picasso and Jacqueline Exhibition – Times Square

Don’t miss the opportunity to view masterpieces by legendary Spanish artist Picasso being exhibited for the first time outside of Spain, with the Picasso and Jacqueline Exhibition at Hong Kong’s Times Square. The exhibition, which is being presented by Times Square together with the Museu Picasso in Barcelona, will show 13 pieces of artwork that Picasso dedicated to his last wife, Jacqueline. The Picasso and Jacqueline Exhibition will be held in the Living Room Museum of Times Square.

Where: Living Room Museum, Times Square

When: 10am-10pm, until 21 March

More: timessquare.com.hk

What: Art Central

Returning to the Central Harbourfront, Art Central will host 100 contemporary art galleries with a mix of museum quality artworks from more established names exhibited alongside cutting-edge works from emerging artists from around the globe. Now in its third edition, last year’s fair welcomed over 32,000 international collectors, curators and art enthusiasts. The strong gallery line-up is complemented by a dynamic five-day programme that includes interactive installations, experimental film and performance, engaging panel discussions, as well as some of Hong Kong’s hottest eateries, seeing Art Central become one of the fixtures on the calendar during Hong Kong Arts Month.

Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space

When: 21-25 March

Tickets: artcentralhongkong.com

What: Art Basel

The Hong Kong edition of the international Art Basel art fair showcases significant modern and contemporary works of art. Work from both established and emerging artists from 242 galleries and 34 countries will be exhibited. The Hong Kong edition acts as a hub for artists and galleries with half of the participating galleries coming from Asia and Asia-Pacific. It provides a portal to the region’s artists, but also offers galleries from around the world a platform for bringing their highest quality work to Asia. During Art Basel, collaborations with local and international partners ensure a diverse range of arts programming, with hundreds of cultural events hosted across the city throughout the week.

Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Road, Wan Chai

When: 23-25 March

Tickets: artbasel.com

What: Spring Shopping Fair

Swing into Spring with Shoppinghongkong’s Spring Shopping event. Their vendors will be showcasing their Spring collections with goodies for women, men, children, home accessories, jewellery and more. Snag a bargain and make a difference to charity while you are at it. Part of the proceeds from the event is being donated to FOCUS, a Hong Kong-based charity which helps parents and professionals who support children with mainstream learning difficulties.

Where: The American Club, Vista Ballroom, 28 Tai Tam Road, Tai Tam

When: 29 March, 10am-6pm

More: shoppinghongkong.blogspot.hk

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