Things to do this week: March 16-22

March continues to be a feast for the senses in Hong Kong when it comes to things to do. Arts events are gearing up around the city with the shows such as Art Basel, Art Central and the Asia Contemporary Art Show imminent. Meanwhile, foodies get to have some fun as Taste Hong Kong kicks off.

Julius Popp's BIT.FALL work pushes multimedia boundaries
Julius Popp’s BIT.FALL work pushes multimedia boundaries. Picture: Swire Properties

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: A La Mode Luxury Pop-Up Shop

The A La Mode luxury pop-up shop is in Hong Kong for two days of unique shopping, presented by Shoppinghongkong. A La Mode is hosted by Shabnam Hemdev and Tanya Chabria who travel all over the world creating luxury shopping experiences.

Where: Fine N Rhine Showroom, 2F, 68-70 Wellington Street, Central

When: 11am-7pm, 16-17 March

More: shoppinghongkong.blogspot.hk

What: Dwayne Perkins Live in Hong Kong

Dwayne Perkins, one of the US’s biggest comedy stars, is appearing in Hong Kong for three shows only. He shot to fame after being scouted to appear on the Conan O’Brien Show in 1999 and has since built a reputation with appearances on the Jay Leno Show and Comedy Central. He also toured extensively doing stand-up around the world. Perkins will be performing his first show at Champs in Causeway Bay and the other two shows at the TakeOut Comedy Club in Central.

Where: Various locations

When: 16-18 March

More: takeoutcomedy.com

What: Science Alive

Don’t miss the last days of Science Alive. 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 – lets everyone explore, discover, and find fun in science. Sessions are held in English with Cantonese interpretation.

Where: Various locations

When: Until 17 March

More: britishcouncil.hk

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.

Where: Various locations

When: Until 18 March

More: irishfestival.asia

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: various times, 18-26 March

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: BIT.FALL By Julius Popp

Pacific Place is hosting 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

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