What’s on in Hong Kong: February 22–28

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 opening of the Harbour Arts Sculpture Park at and the final days of the AIA Great European Carnival in Central.

what's on: Enjoy the rides at the Great European Carnival
Enjoy the rides at the Great European Carnival

What’s on: Harbour Arts Sculpture Park

The Harbour Arts Sculpture Park, Hong Kong’s first international sculpture park, will bring museum-quality works to the public, dramatically transforming the landscape of Central and Wan Chai Harbourfront. The Harbour Arts Sculpture Park  will feature sculptures by over 18 emerging and renowned local and international contemporary artists together – a first for the artists and the city.

Where: Central and Wan Chai Harbourfront

When: 22 February–11 April

More: hkac.org.hk

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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