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What’s on this week: October 12 – 18

Looking for what’s on this weekend and beyond in Hong Kong? We have rounded up some of the highlights, which include world-class tennis, opera, musical theatre and the cinema release of the fantastic documentary looking at the lives of local domestic helpers, directed by Hong Kong expat Joanna Bowers.

what's on: Fans of all ages will enjoy the Hong Kong Tennis Open
Fans of all ages will enjoy the Hong Kong Tennis Open

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What’s on: The Helper – A Documentary

The Helper is a feature-length documentary chronicling diverse stories from Hong Kong’s migrant domestic worker population, directed by Joanna Bowers. It is having its theatrical release at AMC Cinema at Pacific Place.

Where: AMC Cinema, Pacific Place, Admiralty

When: 12–26 October

More: amccinemas.com.hk

What’s on: Barclay’s Moontrekker

The 9th Barclay’s Moontrekker sees runners tackle an overnight race on Lantau Island. There are two courses – the Moonlit 30km and the Sunrise 43km. Both races begin on Friday night in Mui Wo, on Lantau Island. Both routes finish at Pui O Beach. The Sunrise 43 starts at 8.30pm and the Moonlit 30 at 11pm. The finish-line takes participants down to Pui O beach. Hong Kong’s leading night hiking/running event raises money for charity. Show your support by making a donation.

Where: Mui Wo to Pui O, Lantau Island

When: From 8.30pm, 13 October

More: barclaysmoontrekker.com

What’s on: Baking Maniac Grand Opening

Baking Maniac is inviting the public to celebrate the opening of their new venue in Wong Chuk Hang. The 1800 sqft space consists of a commercial kitchen and a multi-purpose event and dining space which will be available for parties, classes, events, corporate events. Join the team for cupcakes and drinks at their grand opening.

Where: 5C, 40 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Kwai Bo Industrial Building, Wong Chuk Hang

When: 3pm–7pm, 14 October

More: bakingmaniac.me

What’s on: The Awakening by Claire Lee

In celebration of its second anniversary, CHARBON art space will present more than 40 pieces of ink and bitumen drawings and new collection of poetry by Hong Kong visual artist and poet Claire Lee. Based in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom, Lee studied curatorial at the Hong Kong Art School. Her works, in a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, poetry and mixed media draw on subjects dealing with psychological struggles and personal strength. The solo exhibition, named The Awakening, will run until 11 November.

Where: Charbon art space8/F, 44 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang

When: 14 October–11 November

More: charbonartspace.com

What’s on: Stamford American School Open House

Stamford American School invites you to meet Stamford’s Superintendent Malcolm Kay at the school’s Open House to discover how Stamford leads every child to achieve more than they believe they can. Malcolm will share how Stamford’s unique combination of a standards-based curriculum, individualised learning plans and a unique STEMinn (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math & Innovation) Program from age five offers children a passport to success at leading universities worldwide.

Where: Stamford American School Admissions Office, Two Exchange Square, Level 40, Suites 4005-4007, 8 Connaught Place, Central 

When: 10am–12noon, 14 October, 12 pm & 6pm, 25–26 October

Register: www.sais.edu.hk

What’s on: CENTRAL Rat Race

The CENTRAL Rat Race is one of Hong Kong’s most popular and exciting charity events. The eight-leg relay race challenges runners to conquer creatively designed obstacles themed on life in the corporate world through the streets and Grade A commercial buildings of Central. The event raises funds and awareness for MINDSET, a charity supporting mental health initiatives in Hong Kong and the mainland.

Where: From Alexandra House and Chater House, Central

When: From 9.40am, 15 October

More: centralratrace.com

What’s on: Aida

Opera Hong Kong will be staging performances of Verdi’s most famous opera, Aida, at the Cultural Centre, as a co-production with the Shanghai Opera House. A poignantly evocative story of a love triangle during the times of war between Egypt and Ethiopia, Aïda features the most intricate and memorable music that Verdi ever wrote. The timeless story of the conflicting duties of love and patriotism will feature a star-studded international cast, which includes two of the opera world’s reigning Aidas.

Where: Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui 

When: Various times, Until 15 October

More: operahongkong.org

What: Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Musical

Based on the Oscar-winning movie, this musical tells the tale of three friends who embark on a life-changing journey across outback Australia. It has won wide acclaim and Olivier and Tony awards after Broadway and West End seasons and is now coming to Hong Kong. One for fans of dance-floor favourites who are looking for things to do.

Where: Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

When: Until 15 October

More: priscillahk.com

What’s on: Design Xcel

See more than 200 pieces of work which are the result of innovative collaborations between design graduates and leading entrepreneurs at「DesignXcel」, the first joint-school design exhibition in Hong Kong. The year-long project has been organised by Design Council of Hong Kong of The Federation of Hong Kong Industries.

Where: Hong Kong Central Library, 66 Causeway Road, Causeway Bay 

When: 10am–8pm, until 17 October

More: eventbrite.hk

What’s on: Eternal Life – Exploring Ancient Egypt

Looking for family-friendly things to do? Why not check out the Eternal Life – Exploring Ancient Egypt exhibition at the Hong Kong Science Museum. The exhibition presents insights into Ancient Egypt, one of the oldest civilisations in the world. The highlight of this exhibition are six Egyptian mummies between 3,000 and 1,800 years old. Along with the mummy displays and around 200 invaluable objects, digital interpretation of the mummies demonstrates how non-invasive computerised tomography has allowed research Ancient Egypt.

Where: Hong Kong Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon 

When: Monday to Wednesday and Friday from 10am–7pm and Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 10am–9pm. It is closed on Thursdays. The box office opens at 10am and closes one hour before the museum closes. Until 18 October.

More: hk.science.museum

What’s on: Oktoberfest at Happy Valley Racecourse

Oktoberfest returns to Happy Valley Racecourse for the city’s biggest Oktoberfest party! Head down to Happy Wednesday Oktoberfest for German food, folks and fun in the finest tradition of celebrating great Bavarian beer. The four-week party starts on Thursday, 5 October and continues on the next three consecutive Wednesdays, 11, 18 and 25 October.

Where: Happy Valley Racecourse, Happy Valley

When: 18 and 25 October

More: happywednesday.hkjc.com

What’s on: 10th Chinese Documentary Film Festival

The Chinese Documentary Festival is back for its 10th edition with a compelling lineup of film screenings and public events. The programmes include Competition (Shorts and Features), Hong Kong Selection, Selection of New Taipei City Documentary Awards Selection, International Selection, and Retrospective of films from the previous Festivals.

Where: Various locations

When: Until 19 October

More: cdf.asia

What’s on: Museum of the Moon

Uk artist Luke Jerram’s touring artwork, Museum of the Moon, is coming to Lee Tung Avenue as part of Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations.  The seven-metre-wide glowing sculpture features NASA imagery of the lunar surface. Lee Tung Avenue will also host a LED Fire Dragon Fiesta and a traditional mid-Autumn market.

Where: Lee Tung Avenue, Wan Chai

When: evenings, until 31 October

More: leetungavenue.com.hk

What’s on: Hong Kong Cancer Fund’s Shop for Pink

The city’s largest cancer support organisation, Hong Kong Cancer Fund, is hosting its annual fundraiser Shop For Pink, in October. More than 20 retailers will sponsor this year’s Shop For Pink, offering some of their best and pinkest items to raise money in support of women with breast cancer in Hong Kong.

Where: Various locations

When: Until 31 October

More: pink.cancer-fund.org

What’s on: Festive Korea 2017

Get your fill of Korean culture at this two month festival, with the theme “Korean Arts: Beyond Imagination”. Now in its 7th year, Festive Korea will host more than 30 events. Enjoy music, films, performing arts, visual arts, food, and other special programmes. There’s something to suit all tastes.

Where: Various locations

When: Until 30 November

More: festivekorea.com

What’s on: In Praise of Silk

Check out this magnificent collection of contemporary fashion and historical costume designs at the In Praise of Silk: Fashion from China National Silk Museum Across Time exhibition. The exhibition is a tribute to “mulberry silk”, the fibre that made China famous since historical times. A glimpse into the evolution of the Chinese fashion and silk culture is offered by the collaboration between HKDI’s Department of Fashion and Image Design (FID) and the China National Silk Museum, the world’s largest silk museum. The Museum collection will also feature multimedia installations, an exploration into the production of silk with a weaving loom, photographs, and more. Add to the list of things to do for history buffs.

Where: d-mart, Hong Kong Design Institute, 3 King Ling Road, Tseung Kwan O, New Territories 

When: Until 2 December

More: hkdi.edu.hk

What’s on: Hong Kong Culture Festival

The Hong Kong Culture Festival aims to promote awareness of the city’s cultural heritage. It will see an array of events and performances to raise public interest and encourage participation in traditional culture, particularly among young people. As an integrated platform for collaboration across different cultural fields, the Hong Kong Culture Festival also aims to nurture creative talents and inject innovation into traditional culture.

Where: Various locations

When: Until 31 December

More: hkculturefestival.com

What’s on: Swiss Accessory and Watch Design Exhibition

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, 8 September – 7 January. Closed Tuesdays and 3 and 10 December.

More: hkdi.edu.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

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