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What’s on in Hong Kong: January 11–17

Surviving the cold spell? Don’t let a bit of cold get in the way of making the most of what’s on in Hong Kong this weekend and beyond. We’ve rounded up some of the best upcoming events as there’s plenty to do! Have fun!

Animation fans will love the Pixar 30 Years of Animation exhibition
Animation fans will love the Pixar 30 Years of Animation exhibition

What’s on: Tom Cotter

American comedian, Tom Cotter, the first-ever comedian to make the semi-finals of America’s Got Talent will be in Hong Kong for three shows at the TakeOut Comedy Club. Be prepared for a night of laughs from this veteran who has won the Seattle International Comedy Competition, the grand prize at The Boston Comedy Festival and was voted “Best Stand-Up” at The Las Vegas Comedy Festival.

Where: TakeOut Comedy Club, 34 Elgin Street, Central

When: Various times, 11–13 January

More: takeoutcomedy.com

What’s on: Mademoiselle Prive

Fans of Coco Chanel should head to PMQ, for a veryfocusing on origins and sources of luxury French brand’s creations. The exhibition will highlight Gabrielle Chanel’s emblematic creations, and how the brand has been nurtured and reinvented by Karl Lagerfeld. It will also look at the history of CHANEL N°5, and Chanel’s iconic jewellery, including the re-edition of the famous ‘Bijoux de Diamants’ collection designed by Chanel in 1932.

Where: PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central

When: From 11am, 13 January–10 February

More: pmq.org.hk

What’s on: Norman Jay

The legendary DJ Norman Jay is hitting Hong Kong to mark Muevete’s second anniversary with the ‘Carnival’ party at Yojimbo. Carnival is a celebration of music, culture, colour, and dance. Expect an eclectic mix of House, Funk, Soul, Disco, Latin, Caribbean, Afro-beat and Tropical, Carnival Dancers, Visuals and Live Percussion.

Where: Yojimbo37 Pottinger Street, Central 

When: From 10pm, 13 January

Tickets: ticketflap.com

What’s on: Freespace Happening

Take the family out to enjoy the first Freespace Happening event for the season at the West Kowloon Cultural District, where activities include music, market stalls and creative workshops. The varied music line-up will be sure to entertain, and there will also be disco roller skating “Rollback Sunday” – a retro themed skating rink complete with flashing lights and disco balls, as well as figure skating and inline speed skating showcases. Other fun events throughout the day include paper-making workshops led by the House of Hong Kong Literature and WE Dance group dance demonstrations and workshops.

Where: Nursery Park, West Kowloon Cultural District 

When: 2pm–7pm, 14 January

More: westkowloon.hk

What’s on: Dogtown Miniature Winter Village

A must on the things to do list for doglovers. Head to Sheung Wan to see one of the city’s cutest Christmas displays – and help charity at the same time. Dogtown is a miniature winter village, which is the result of a joint initiative between Nordic lifestyle boutique squarestreet and local animal shelter Hong Kong Dog Rescue (HKDR). Painstakingly designed, built, hand-painted and coordinated for two months by the squarestreet team, the 120cm x 80cm village highlights a mix of Hong Kong and Scandinavian features including a HKDR house, model railway, European buildings, and milk shed alongside Swedish and Hong Kong delicacies food stalls.

Where: squarestreet, 15 Square Street, Tai Ping Shan 

When: 11am–7pm, until 15 January

More: hongkongdogrescue.com

What’s on: Volvo Ocean Race and Festival

Considered one of the toughest sports competitions in the world, the eight-month around-the-world sailing race is visiting Hong Kong for the first time! A 15-day race festival from 17-31 January will be held at Kai Tak Runway Park. There will be free activities and entertainment for the whole family.

Where: Kai Tak Runway Park

When: 9am–10pm, 17–25 January; 9am–10pm, 27–31 January

More: volvooceanracehk.com

What’s on: Wheels of Fire

Rossi & Rossi, in partnership with Giovanni Martino, is showing Wheels of Fire, an exhibition by the Italian-born, New York-based artist Massimo Antonaci. Recognised for his daring use of material, Antonaci’s works in tar and glass — mediums he ceased using in 2000 – have received international acclaim.

Where: Rossi & Rossi Hong Kong, 3C Yally Industrial Building, 6 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang 

When: 11am–6pm, until 27 January

More: rossirossi.com

What’s on: Osamu Tezuka Anniversary Film Retrospective

Osamu Tezuka, known as the Walt Disney of the East, is the Grand Master of Japanese manga and anime, best known for fictional characters, such as Astro Boy and Prince Sapphire. With the 90th anniversary of Tezuka’s birth, 2018 is the perfect time to look back on some of his classic works and pay tribute to this animation master. Special screenings of his movies will be held at UA Cine Times (Times Square, Causeway Bay), UA Cine Moko (MOKO, Mong Kok), UA iSQUARE (iSQUARE, Tsim Sha Tsui) and UA MegaBox (MegaBox, Kowloon Bay). Extended talk and workshops will be conducted in Cantonese at Phoenix Lounge, UA iSQUARE. A must on the things to do list for Astro Boy fans!

Where: Various locations

When: Until 28 January

More: uacinemas.com.hk

What’s on: after the deluge

after the deluge, the newest exhibition by internationally acclaimed media artist Kingsley Ng, will be presented at Tai Hang Tung Storage Tank. The underground space has been made available for Ng’s site-specific work of art in an unprecedented move from the Drainage Services Department. Tai Hang Tung Storage Tank will be taken over by after the deluge for three weeks, during which the unique space will be open for guided tours from Tuesdays to Sundays.

Where: Tai Hang Tung Water Storage Tank

When: Until 31 January

Book: afterthedeluge.com

What’s on: Conversations in Ceramic

As the third show in its occasional ‘Materials in Focus’ series, Karin Weber Gallery is presenting Conversations in Ceramic, a group exhibition of four ceramic artists, all emerging talents on the local Hong Kong arts scene. All are scholars of the internationally renowned Hong Kong ceramic artist Annie Wan.

Where: Karin Weber Gallery, 20 Aberdeen Street, Central 

When: 11am–7pm, Until 8 Febuary

More: karinwebergallery.com

What’s on: CATS

Following its triumphant season in London’s West End, the acclaimed revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s legendary musical is coming to Hong Kong. Based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the show is alive with highly entertaining feline characters and wonderful witty verse, as the Jellicle Cats come out to play in a larger-than-life junk yard on the night of the Jellicle Ball. It is one of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history.

Where: Lyric Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

When: Various times, 6 January–11 February

More: lunchbox-productions.com

What’s on: Kidsfest

This festival devoted to providing world-class theatre to young people in Hong Kong brings characters and scenes from well-loved books to life. An annual highlight on many family calendars, this year the festival is featuring ten productions over five weeks, including Hairy McClary and Friends and Oliver Jeffers’ Lost and Found. Tickets start at HK$195.

Where: Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai

When: Various times, 10 January–11 February

More: kidsfest.com.hk

What’s on: Tong Chong Street Street Market

Taikoo Place’s Tong Chong Street Market will be serving a rich array of winter food every Sunday until 11 February. With a theme of ‘My Street Tastes Better than Yours’ and featuring an iconic double decker bus and movable food stalls, the market offers an array of exclusive gourmet delights and local homegrown produce to incorporate eco-living with food, all while promoting a sustainable and healthy lifestyle in Hong Kong.

Where: 11am–5pm, Tong Chong Street, Taikoo Place, Quarry Bay

When: every Sunday until 11 February

More: facebook.com/tongchongstreetmarket

What’s on: It Begins With A Story – Three Exhibitions

Asia Art Archive is hosting three exhibitions that explore art periodicals in Asia as tools for criticism, historical research, travel writing, and fiction. Conceived by AAA team members, these presentations are part of the public programmes leading up to It Begins with a Story: Artists, Writers, and Periodicals in Asia, the symposium organised by Asia Art Archive in collaboration with The University of Hong Kong, 11–13 January 2018.

Where: AAA Library, Asia Art Archive, 11/F, Hollywood Centre, 233 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan 

When: Various times, Until 24 February

More: aaa.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: 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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