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What’s on in Hong Kong: February 15–21

Looking for interesting things to do this weekend and beyond? Look no further than our weekly round-up of what’s on in Hong Kong. Highlights this week include the Chinese New Year night parade, along with a very special Rene Magritte exhibition at Artistree and the AIA Great European Carnival in Central.

what's on: The Tsim Sha Tsui parade is one of the highlights of Chinese New Year celebrations

The Tsim Sha Tsui parade is one of the highlights of Chinese New Year celebrations

What’s on: Flower Markets

The annual flower markets are part of Chinese New Year celebrations. Each year, 15 parks and playgrounds across Hong Kong are packed with stallholders selling orchids, cherry blossoms, daffodils and other festive blooms for decorating the home in one of the key new year customs.

Where: Key locations are Victoria Park in Causeway Bay and Fa Hui Park in Sham Shui Po

When: Noon to midnight on 10-15 February; and midnight to 6am on 16 February

More: discoverhongkong.com

What’s on: Chinese New Year Night Parade

Chinese New Year is the city’s biggest and brightest festival. The arrival of the Year of the Dog will be marked on New Year’s Day with the International Chinese New Year Night Parade. It will feature spectacular floats and more than 3000 performers as it winds its way through the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui. Definitely a must-do on your things to do list for Feb.

Where: Major roads in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. Parade starts with an opening ceremony at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza. First float and performing group will arrive Canton Road at around 8:30pm, Haiphong Road at 8:50pm and Nathan Road at 9pm.

When: 8pm to 9.45pm. Warm-up entertainment starts from 6pm. 16 February

More: discoverhongkong.com

What’s on: Chinese New Year Race Day

Head over to Sha Tin for an extra special race day as the whole of Hong Kong celebrates the Year of the Dog. The most popular race day of them all will provide a full programme of traditional and colourful festivities on-course, including a grand opening show, a lion dance, a variety of cultural and entertainment performances, and jockeys greeting fans with good luck messages.

Where: Sha Tin Racecourse

When: 12.30pm–6pm, 18 February

More: campaigns.hkjc.com

What’s on: Chinese New Year Parade Macau

A celebration of Chinese New Year in Macau includes a massive parade on 18 February. The parade begins at Sai Van Lake Square and will march along Avenida Dr Sun Yat-sen and end at the Macao Science Museum. It will feature about 15 floats and more than 1000 local and overseas performances, before ending in time for the fireworks display in front of the Macau Tower. Headlining performances will be delivered by Hong Kong hip-hop duo FAMA and Canto-pop singers Jason Chan and Mag Lam. Celebrity hosts are FAMA, Kitty Yuen, and Germano Guilherme. The parade starts at 8pm.

Where: From Sai Van Lake

When: From 8pm

More: macaotourism.gov.mo

What’s on: Macau Tower Fireworks

The Macau Tower stands at 338 metres high and was opened in 2001. The 20th tallest tower in the world, it is one of the focal points of Chinese New Year in Macau, as the setting for a stunning fireworks display. The fireworks will take place on Sunday, 18 February, the third day of the Lunar New Year, at 9.45pm. The best vantage points are from the Taipa waterfront across the bridge, or from the base of the tower.

Where: Macau Tower

When: 9.45pm

What’s on: Rene Magritte – The Revealing Image – Photos and Films

Rene Magritte: The Revealing Image – Photos and Films will immerse visitors in 132 original photographs and eight films by the influential 20th century surrealist artist at ArtisTree in Taikoo Place. The photos and films – created between 1914 and 1967 – have never been exhibited in Asia and Europe before.

Where: ArtisTree, 1F Cornwall House, Taikoo Place 

When: 10am–10pm, until 19 February

More: taikooplace.com

What’s on: AIA Great European Carnival

The AIA Great European Carnival has become a fixture on the Central Harbourfront each winter. Organisers have upped the ante this season, with new rides and attractions to suit all ages. This year will see The Great Circus of Europe as part of the fun, featuring more than 25 experienced performers from around the world. There will also be other shows and interactive experiences during the carnival season.

Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space

When: 11am-11pm. Until 25 February

More: tgec.asia

What’s on: The Great Circus of Europe

The Great Circus of Europe is coming to Hong Kong for the first time as part of the AIA Great European Carnival. Highlights include breath-stopping thrills of high wire walkers forming a human pyramid as they balance more than eight metres above the ring, and the side splitting antics of the UK’s most popular clown. There will also be the nail-biting drama of the Space Wheel, the high-speed action of the Motorcycles in the Globe and the outstanding aerial acrobatical skills of the flying Cubans.

Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space

When: Various times, until 25 February

More: greatcircusofeurope.com

What’s on: Making Room For_

The Making Room For_ exhibition at 1aspace examines the self-regulated emptiness is to create a small universe for ourselves. If architects and artists can make room for people of all kinds, it should be more than a physical containment. The invited architects artists of this exhibition include young talents who are concern with the living/dying environment.

Where: 1aspace, Unit 14, Cattle Depot Artist Village, 63 Ma Tau Kok Road, To Kwa Wan, Kowloon

When: 11am–7pm, until 25 February

More: oneaspace.org.hk

What’s on: A Dance of Celebration

This Chinese New Year, Citygate Outlets will become home to six dynamic Chinese paper lions designed by Master Hui Ka Hung, the youngest lion paper crafting master in Hong Kong. With over 30 years of experience, the 39-year-old is skilled at making unconventional Chinese lions with unique materials. This time around exclusively for Citygate Outlets, Master Hui Ka Hung has challenged himself to create ingenious lions made with blossoms, replacing bobbles with silk flowers on the lion’s head and designing a floral pattern to cover the lion’s body. Each flower represents a unique wish for all who visit.

Where: Citygate Outlets, 20 Tat Tung Rd, Lantau Island

When: Until 4 March

More: citygateoutlets.com.hk

What’s on: Well-Wishing Festival

The festival attracts hundreds of thousands of locals and visitors from all over the world to Lam Tsuen every year. Experience the traditions of throwing placards onto the wishing tree and lighting wishing lanterns. The floats from the Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade will also be displayed from 17 February to 4 March.

Where: Lam Tsuen Wishing Square, Lam Tsuen, Tai Po

When: 9am–7pm, until 4 March

More: discoverhongkong.com

What’s on: Moving Tales of Hong Kong Animation

This retrospective exhibition of the local animation industry over the past decade. With oral history as the main approach, the exhibition focuses on the milestones in the past decade.  The project interviewed 13 units of representative animators in Hong Kong, providing an overview on the development and the outlook of the local animation industry. Interviewees from Hong Kong animation companies, workshops, and animators who were active during the past decade help to chart the development of the animation industry in Hong Kong and further explain the creative ideas, styles, and characteristics of animation works during this period. Presented by the Hong Kong Arts Centre and Comix Home Base.

Where: Function Place, 1/F, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin 

When: Until 5 March

More: hkac.org.hk

What’s on: Pixar 30 Years of Animation

This new exhibition at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum celebrates Pixar’s 30 year history of innovative use of animation technology along with creating heart-warming stories and memorable characters through traditional artistic media. It showcases a selection of artwork created on traditional and digital media, including hand-drawn sketches, paintings, storyboards and sculptures, created by the artists at Pixar Animation Studios. Together with the videos of artists’ interviews, which give visitors a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how they come up with story ideas, the exhibition offers a rare and unique opportunity to experience the craftsmanship and creative process behind Pixar’s films through over 300 exhibits.

Where: Hong Kong Heritage Museum, 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin 

When: Until 5 March

More: heritagemuseum.gov.hk

What’s on: Glitter, Glitz and Glamour exhibition at Garden of Stars

An exhibition of caricatures by the ‘Godfather of Hong Kong movie posters’, Yuen Tai-yung, will be on display at the Garden of Stars. The Glitter, Glitz and Glamour exhibition will feature portraits of Hong Kong film and movie industry stars such as Andy Lau, Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee, Leslie Cheung, and Anita Mui, as well as famous international singers and personalities such as Michael Jackson, Angelina Jolie, and Steve McQueen. A fun exhibition to add to your list of things to do.

Where: Garden of Stars, Avenue of Stars, Tsim Sha Tsui

When: Until 31 March

More: avenueofstars.com.hk

What’s on: Homo Ex Data – Red Dot Design Exhibition

The Hong Kong Design institute (HKDI) is partnering with the world-renowned Red Dot Design Museum for Homo Ex Data – The Natural of the Artificial. The exhibition at HKDI Gallery showcases Red Dot Award-winning products and innovations that highlight the impact on society brought by technology-enabled designs. Featuring over 150 Red Dot Award-winning technology products, the exhibition explores how design creates a new reality by marrying human factors and digital technology.

Where: HKDI Gallery, Hong Kong Design Insititute, 3 King Ling Road, Tseung Kwan O

When: 10am–8pm, until 27 May

More: hkdi.edu.hk

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