Things to do this week: Feb 23 – Mar 1

It’s a smorgasbord for music lovers this week in Hong Kong with concerts from James Taylor and Tom Jones, along with the Dragonland Music Festival, featuring stars such as Iggy Azalea and Redfoo. Not your cup of tea? Not to worry, there’s plenty of other things to do including a rooftop gardening workshop, a charity hike and an exhibition of Hong Kong’s iconic trams.

Check out a celebration of Hong Kong's iconic trams, one of the things to do this week
Check out a celebration of Hong Kong’s iconic trams at the Ding Ding To Kowloon exhibition

What: James Taylor – Live in Hong Kong

James Taylor has sold more than 100 million albums since 1968, won five Grammys and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Now the hitmaker behind classics such as You’ve Got a Friend, Wind and Fire and Carolina in my Mind, is coming to Hong Kong. He will perform live with his All-Star Band for one night only.

Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

When: 8pm, 23 February

Tickets: hkticketing.com

What: Knit Nights

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.

Where: 28 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

When: 7-9pm, 23 February

More: yarnintheworks.com

What: Dragonland Music Festival

Bringing together the genres of electronic dance music and pop, the Dragonland Music Festival is the first outdoor concert of its type in Hong Kong. The three-day event at the Central Harbourfront Event Space kicks off with a concert by local favourite Leon Lai on 24 February. Day two’s dance event features performers such as Redfoo, Steve Aoki and Zedd. The event culminates on 26 February with a pop concert with performances from the Black-Eyed Peas, Iggy Azalea and Carly Rae Jepson.

Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space

When: 24-26 February

Tickets: dragonlandmusicfestival.com

What: Tom Jones – Live in Hong Kong

The appeal of Tom Jones’ hits stretch far and wide and span generations. Who hasn’t sung along to It’s Not Unusual, Delilah or What’s New Pussycat? at karaoke or on a night out? Now the Welsh singing superstar is returning to Hong Kong with his rescheduled show.

Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

When: 8pm, 25 February

Tickets: hkticketing.com

What: Urban Farming Workshop For Kids

Join this rooftop farming workshop aimed at urban-dwelling kids to give them a chance to get in touch with nature. The interactive hands-on session will allow kids to learn about the basics of growing organic veggies and herbs, where their food comes from, and what they need to start growing their own veggies at home. They will also have a chance to sample some freshly harvested herbs and take home their very own plant to grow.

Where: Rooftop Garden, The Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Rd, Central

When: 9.30am-11am, 25 February

More: rooftoprepublic.com

What: Hike for Hospice

Hike for Hospice is one of the two annual signature events of the Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care (SPHC), raising funds to support people with life-limiting illnesses so that they can receive hospice and palliative home care, day care and inpatient service. In 2017, the SPHC is celebrating the 25th anniversary of this major fundraising event.

Where: Tai Lam Country Park

When: 9am, 26 February

More: hospicecare.org,hk

Join free fitness class every Wednesday morning at Sun Yat Sen Park, part of the global November Project, which aims to build a worldwide community by empowering humans of all fitness levels through fierce, free weekly workouts.
Be part of the global November Project fitness community

What: November Project

Join a free fitness class every Wednesday morning at Sun Yat Sen Park, part of the global November Project, which aims to build a worldwide community by empowering humans of all fitness levels through free weekly workouts. November Project was born in Boston in the US as a way to stay in shape during cold New England months and is now held in 31 cities.

Where: Sun Yat Sen Park, 16 Eastern Street North, Sai Ying Pun

When: 7am, 1 March

More: facebook.com

What: Hong Kong Restaurant Week

Hong Kong Restaurant Week sees more than 100 of Hong Kong’s finest restaurants offer minimum three-course lunches from HK$118 and minimum three-course dinners for HK$298. Restaurant Week is a great opportunity to experience Hong Kong best restaurants at affordable prices.

Where: Various locations

When: Lunch and dinner, until 26 February

More: restaurantweek.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

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: 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: Beef & Liberty Food Truck – Ocean Park

Have you sampled one of the city’s new food trucks yet? Beef & Liberty are among one of the 16 vendors who are taking part in the Hong Kong Government Food Truck Scheme, after a vigorous and extensive screening process. Beef & Liberty’s food truck will be located at Ocean Park until 19 March.

Where: Ocean Park, Aberdeen

When: 10am-6pm, until 19 March

More: beef-liberty.com

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