Want to know what’s on in Hong Kong? We have rounded up some highlights of things to do this weekend and beyond! Musical theatre fans will be pleased to know CATS has started its run in Hong Kong, while art buffs should take advantage of some really interesting exhibitions, including one located in the Tai Hang Tung Water Tank! Read on for the details!
Yojimbo and Music Fest Asia are presenting Nic Fanciulli – Live in Hong Kong. One of the most influential artists to come out of the international dance scene in several years, Nic will be bringing his special brand of music to Hong Kong.
Where: Yojimbo, 37 Pottinger Street, Central
When: From 9pm, 5 January
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
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: 6–31 January
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, 7 January–8 Febuary
Amy Chan’s solo exhibition Memento Mori: Sonata for Light, which showcases light artist Amy’s work, is one for the things to do list for art buffs. Through the exhibition, Amy hopes that audiences may perceive and cogitate the correlation between photography, time and death. The theme of the Exhibition Memento Mori is a Medieval Latin theory and rumination towards death, meaning “Not to forget people will eventually die.”
Where: Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre, 30 Pak Tin Street, Shek Kip Mei, Kowloon
When: Until 7 January
The HKDI Gallery is proud to collaborate with prestigious art and design academy Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD – Genève) for its first ever showcase in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong exhibition will be presenting an exquisite collection of more than 100 exhibits at HKDI’s Experience Centre, including refined watches and accessories produced by their students and recent graduates.
Where: HKDI Gallery, Experience Centre, 3 King Ling Road, Tseung Kwan O, New Territories
When: 10am–8pm, until 7 January. Closed Tuesdays.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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