Things to do this week: March 23 – 29

Art lovers continue to be spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do as Hong Kong’s ‘art month’ draws to a close. Art Basel launches this week and Art Central continues, while other galleries around town host some cutting-edge exhibitions. Meanwhile, there’s a doggie art show for pooches and their owners in Stanley.

Paws by the Sea is one of the things to do this weekend
Paws by the Sea doggie art show is Hong Kong’s first art exhibition for dogs

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 March

More: yarnintheworks.com

What: Lantau International Beer Dash

It’s probably hard to argue this 5km dash in fancy dress is more about fitness than fun, given that it involves stopping for beer after 3km, but it’s all for a good cause with money raised going to animal welfare on Lantau. The race starts at Ma Po Ping Prison with the race route continuing to Lower Cheung Sha.

Where: Lantau Island

When: 9.15am registration, race starts at 10.30am, 25 March

More: active.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: Various times, until 25 March

Register: sais.edu.hk

What: Sophie Barker Live in Sai Kung

Don’t miss an exclusive intimate showcase of Sophie Barker’s latest album, Break the Habit, and her greatest hits in a small and intimate setting. Barker’s distinctive and critically acclaimed vocal range paired with her emotional song-writing skills have yielded worldwide chart-topping singles, million-selling albums and music collaborations with artists as diverse as David Guetta, Zero 7, Groove Armada, The Egg and Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins). Tickets are HK$300.

Where: The Hive Sai Kung, 5 Tai Mong Tsai Road, Sai Kung

When: 7pm-9pm, 25 March

Tickets: pelago.events

What: Children’s Bookfest by Bookazine

This fun-filled day aims to foster a love of reading in kids through a variety of events. Activities include a story-telling marathon, arts and crafts workshops, a bookmark competition and a Where’s Wally treasure hunt. There will be special appearances by Thea and Geronimo Stilton, as well as book signings by children’s book authors. Grown-ups aren’t forgotten with wine and book tastings. Suitable for ages 3 to 12 years.

Where: Bookazine Repulse Bay, 109 Repulse Bay Road

When: 11am-5pm, 26 March

More: bookazine.com.hk

What: Paws by the Sea

The Paws by the Sea 2017 exhibition has transformed 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.

Where: Stanley Plaza, 23 Carmel Road, Stanley

When: 18-26 March, various times

Register: here

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: Until 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: Cityplaza – Create Your Smile | LIVE HAPPY art exhibition

Cityplaza is presenting the Create Your Smile | LIVE HAPPY art exhibition and collage workshop. The exhibition features cheerful portrait paintings by four talented local artists, Vivian Ching, Dylis Ching, Witty and Bluey and Jenny Chui. Guests can explore the artists’ interpretation of the ‘LIVE HAPPY’ theme and experience how art can bring joy and hope into people’s lives. The collage workshop is a fun activity aimed at both adults and kids to allow them to create portrait collages. Visitors to the exhibition can also contribute to a rainbow display, creating pieces for a rainbow art installation.

Where: Cityplaza, 2/F Centre Bridge, 18 Taikoo Shing Road, Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong

When: Until 26 March

More: cityplaza.com

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: 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

What: Harbour City – Children’s Art in Restaurants

Harbour City is collaborating with Creative Kids to exhibit children’s artwork in different forms in three of the family-friendly restaurants in the mall. The Children’s Art in Restaurants project provides a platform for children to explore their talents and creativity. The art will be on display in three restaurants – Dan Ryan’s Chicago Grill, Green Common and Jamie’s Italian. A one-hour kids workshop will be held on Sunday, 26 March at Dan Ryan’s at 11am. Other Harbour City restaurants have joined in the fun by creating special art-themed menus until March 28.

Where: Harbour City, Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

When: Until March 28

More: harbourcity.com.hk

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

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: 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

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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