Things to do this week: March 30 – April 5

Art month may be coming to an end but if you are looking for things to do this week there’s still so many world-class art exhibitions to enjoy. There’s also some cutting-edge offerings for music fans and a chance to make new friends or pick up a new hobby.

The Sonar Music Festival is making its Hong Kong debut
The Sonar Music Festival is making its Hong Kong debut

What: Winnie the Pooh – Be My Friend Exhibition

The Winnie The Pooh: Be My Friend Exhibition will be the largest Winnie the Pooh exhibit in Hong Kong, featuring 92 artefacts from the Walt Disney Archives, bringing beloved teddy bear, Winnie the Pooh, to life. Visitors to the exhibition will also be able to take photos alongside 19 figures of Winnie the Pooh and his friends including a 3m tall Pooh, Tigger and Eeyore in a replica of the Hundred Acre Wood. There will also be meet-and- greet experience sessions with Tigger on 1-2 April on the Second Floor.

Where: G/F Open Piazza, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay

When: 10am-10pm, until 23 April

More: timessquare.com.hk

What: American Women’s Association Coffee Mornings

The American Women’s Association of Hong Kong holds a weekly coffee morning, CHAT – Come Have A Talk. The informal gathering is for members, newcomers and non-members and provides a friendly atmosphere to have a coffee or tea. It is a drop-in activity so people are welcome to join anytime between 10.30am and noon. The group often stays for lunch.

Where: Cafe 8, Roof Level, Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Central Ferry Pier No.8, Central

When: 10.30am, 30 March

More: awa.org.hk

What: Knit Nights

Fast becoming a hub for fans of time-honoured handcrafted arts with a modern twist, Yarn in the Works hosts 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.

Where: 28 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

When: 7-9pm, 30 March

More: yarnintheworks.com

What: The Best of Yardbird and Sunday’s Grocery on The Lawn At Upper House

Foodies 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

More: upperhouse.com

What: Crayon Jamming Fridays

The Crayon Society is a charity organisation dedicated to raise funds (and fun!) for sick children. It collects used crayons and remoulds them into new ones. Join Crayon Jamming Fridays to help peel and sort some old crayons, and be part of the crayon re-creation process in order to raise funds for disadvantaged children in Hong Kong.

Where: MakerBay, Unit 508, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central

When: 3.30pm-5.30pm, 31 March

Register: TheCrayonSociety@gmail.com

What: Lan Kwai Fong Vertical Art Gallery

More than 40 pieces of world-famous prints, paintings and sculptures are featuring in Hong Kong’s first-ever Vertical Gallery in Lan Kwai Fong during March. The artwork includes pieces from internationally renowned artists including Bansky, D*Face, Damien Hirst. The art pieces can be found at six restaurants in the California Tower building, highlighting the characteristics of each restaurant’s style and interior design. The participating restaurants CÉLA VI, Ciao Chow, Jinjuu, Mercato, Porterhouse by Laris and Yuet Kwai Restaurant by FOVEA will offer special menus during the exhibition.

Where: various locations, Lan Kwai Fong

When: Until 31 March

More: lankwaifong.com

What: Sonar Hong Kong

Barcelona’s legendary festival celebrating music, creativity and technology, makes its Hong Kong debut. The groundbreaking festival has an impressive lineup of live acts and DJs. With a mix of established artists – including DJ Shadow, Gilles Peterson and Dave Clarke – and emerging talent, like Lady Leshurr, Kingdom and Evian Christ, Hong Kong audiences can expect a diverse array of live and DJ performances, from dance-floor-driven sets to experimental electronica. Beyond the music, Sónar+D, features a series of creative tech-centred activities, including workshops, talks and an expo, plus interactive virtual reality and new media arts installations and performances.

Where: Hong Kong Science Park

When: noon-3am, 1 April

More: sonarhongkong.com

What: Hong Kong International School World’s Fair

This free event ticks all the boxes for a family looking for things to do. The free annual event is open to the community and promises to be bigger and better than ever as the school marks its 50th anniversary. This year’s fair has a vintage theme and there will be carnival retro games, a shopping village with items from around the world, a used book sale, student-led entertainment, a bake sale and a charity expo.

Where: Hong Kong International School High School, 1 Red Hill Road, Tai Tam

When: 11am-3pm, 1 April

More: hkis.edu.hk

What: Sonic Anchor #32 – Fundamental Frequencies

The talents of two artists, Milad Mozari and Alvin Lucier, are being brought together for the Sonic Anchor #32 – Fundamental Frequencies concert. Alvin Lucier is a US composer of experimental music and sound installations that explore acoustic phenomena and auditory perception. Lucier’s conceptual piece is being paired with a project by Chicago-based sound artist Milad Mozari. His project, titled Study for Santur, stems from ongoing research on the fundamental frequencies of the santur (Persian dulcimer), and its electronic mimicry.

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

When: 8pm, 2 April

More: hkac.org.hk

What: Solo Exhibition by Cheng Hon Shan

This exhibition of work will feature 15 art pieces by 19-year-old ESF Jockey Club Sarah Rose School student Hon Shan Cheng, 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 (ACO), 14/F, Foo Tak Building, 365-367 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai

When: Noon-7pm, Tuesdays to Sundays, 2-30 April

More: aco.hk

What: Solastalgia by Kate Shaw

Australian artist Kate Shaw returns to Cat Street Gallery for Solastalgia, her second solo show at the venue. Solastalgia is a term coined by philosopher Glenn Albrecht, formed by a combination of the Latin word solacium (comfort) and the Greek root – algia (pain). It described the form of psychic or existential distress caused by environmental change, such as mining or climate change. The artist has taken this concept to define her landscapes, which are simultaneously sublime and toxic.

Where: Cat Street Gallery, 50 Tung Street, Tai Ping Shan

When: 11am-7pm, until 3 April

More: catstreetgallery.com

What: Zaha Hadid – There Should Be No End To Experimentation

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

More: taikooplace.com

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

More: pacificplace.com.hk

What: Contemporary Chinese Art at Elements

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: elementshk.com

What: Roland Flexner and Ai Weiwei exhibition

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

More: massimodecarlo.com

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