There’s a diverse range of things to do this week in Hong Kong. A highlight is the Cheung Chau Bun Festival, recognised as part of the intangible cultural heritage of the city. Meanwhile, French culture is celebrated with the beginning of the Le French GourMay festival, with a French traditional market in Stanley. Check out our list of highlights for more ideas of things to do.
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, which will include some new works. Heijnen will be present at the exhibition’s opening night on Thursday, and photo books and limited edition prints will be available.
Where: Swing A Cat, Rear Shop, G/F, 241 To Kwa Wan Road
When: 6pm–9pm, 27 April; 11am–7pm, until 4 June
Fast becoming a hub for fans of time-honoured handcrafted arts with a modern twist, 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: 28 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
When: 7-9pm, 27 April
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. Families will also get an exclusive sneak peek at Stamford’s campus for children 5 to 18 years old, opening in Ho Man Tin, Kowloon in September 2017. The Open House will end with a Q&A session and the opportunity to speak to Stamford’s Admissions team to find out more about the admissions process. Places are limited so registration is necessary.
Where: Admissions Office, Two Exchange Square, Level 40, Suites 4005-4007, 8 Connaught Place, Central
When: Various times, 26–29 April
What: Fatboy Slim
If you are looking for things to do outside of Hong Kong, why not venture to Macau. British house legend Norman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim, is returning to Pacha Macau. Expect to hear his hits from the 90s, such as Praise You, Rockafeller Skank, and You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby, as well as his newest track, Where U IZ.
Where: Pacha Macau, Studio City, Estrada do Istmo, Cotai, Macau
When: 10pm, 28 April
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, 28 April–3 September
Love an open-air market and looking for things to do? Le French GourMay’s popular annual French Traditional Market is back and being held in the grounds of picturesque Murray House at Stanley. The Le French GourMay festival promotes French culinary and wine culture in Hong Kong and Macau. Each year, a different French region is celebrated with the spotlight on Champagne wines in 2017. The event will showcase French delicacies, such as fresh asparagus, mushrooms, duck confit, goose and chestnut terrine, foie gras, saucissons, raclette cheese and fresh French seafood, as well as an impressive array of Champagnes.
Where: G/F Murray House, Stanley Plaza, 23 Carmel Road, Stanley
When: 11am to 6pm, 29 April–1 May
Asia Yachting is holding the first Brokerage Boat Show in Hong Kong, kicking off the yachting season by gathering eight of the best brokerage yachts in the market for the weekend event in Repulse Bay. The event will be the first brokerage boat show held in the middle of the ocean. Guests will board a floating venue in Repulse Bay with eight brokerage yachts tethered on the sides ranging from 21ft. to more than 100ft. The two-day show is free of charge.
Where: Repulse Bay
When: 2pm–6pm, 29-30 April
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What: Cheung Chau Bun Festival
Sleepy fishing village Cheung Chau wakes up and revels during the annual Cheung Chau Bun Festival, held on Buddha’s birthday every year – the fifth to the ninth days of the fourth lunar month. The festival is famous for sweet buns, with the event culminating with a Bun Scrambling Competition to climb 60-ft bamboo towers. The other highlight of the festival is the Piu Sik (Floating Colours) Parade where local school children in billowing costumes on floats parade through the island’s streets.
Where: Cheung Chau (take ferry from Central Pier 5)
When: 30 April–4 May (Pik Siu Parade will be held on 3 May, from 2-4pm)
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
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
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
Looking for things to do with the kids? The Legend of Hong Kong Toys celebrates the time when the city was once the world’s largest toy exporter and “Made in Hong Kong” was a guarantee of good quality. The Hong Kong Museum of History has partnered with the Hong Kong Toys Council and the Toys Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong to organise this exhibition. It showcases around 2,000 toys and explores the evolution of toys in the past century and the way Hong Kong became a toy kingdom.
Where: Hong Kong Museum of History, 100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
When: 10am–5pm, until 15 May
Ambiguously Yours: Gender in Hong Kong Popular Culture offers new insights into Hong Kong popular culture through representations of androgyny and gender fluidity in Cantopop, fashion, film, photography, and graphic design. Including more than 90 exhibits, Ambiguously Yours celebrates the creative experimentation and ongoing influence of the 1980s and 1990s.
Where: M+ Pavilion, West Kowloon Cultural District, Tsim Sha Tsui
When: 11am–6pm, Wednesday to Sunday and public holidays; until 21 May
Get a glimpse of the lives, outside medicine, of Hong Kong’s world-renowned medical and healthcare professionals and medical students at the Big Shots Photo Exhibition. The exhibition celebrates 130 years of medicine in Hong Kong, presented by the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine at The University of Hong Kong (HKU). The images have been captured by renowned photographer Ducky Tse, giving the public the ability to visually explore the daily challenges and moments in the lives of 29 medical and healthcare professionals and students at HKU.
Where: Hong Kong Central Library, 66 Causeway Road, Causeway Bay
When: 9.30am–7.30pm, until 27 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 as part of Le French May. 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
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