The weather has taken a cooler turn which means in Hong Kong that events start heating up. Here’s our guide to some of what’s on this week – including the documentary which has everyone talking, The Helper, as well as the stunning outdoor installation, Museum of the Moon.
What’s on: Guess How Much I Love You
Join Little and Big Nutbrown Hare, from the best-selling Guess How Much I Love You and I Love You All Year Round collection, as they leap off the page and onto the stage in this magical journey through the seasons. This ABA Productions show is directed by Anna Fox, with music composed by Harry Sever and movement by Lucie Pankhurst. Explore this playful story of love and nature as it unfolds on stage through puppets, live music and interactive play for children aged 2 and up. The running time is about 55 minutes with no interval.
Where: Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Drama Theatre, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai
When: Various times, 20–22 October
What’s on: The Marco Polo German Bierfest
Get into the spirit of Oktoberfest at the Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel for the Marco Polo German Bierfest. Enjoy an evening of German beer, food and dancing. Music will be provided by The Notenhoblers, a seven-member band from Germany. The 26th Marco Polo German Bierfest kicks off on 20 October and will run for 23 consecutive nights until 11 November. The event won the Gold Award for Hong Kong’s Best Outdoor Events: Arts, Leisure and Entertainment at The Marketing Events Awards 2017. Tickets range from HK$160–HK$280.
Where: Marco Polo Hotel, 3 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
When: 6pm–11pm, 20 October–11 November
What’s on: Hong Kong Maternity + Baby Event
If you’re a new parent, expecting, or even just planning a family, don’t miss this year’s Maternity + Baby event – the third annual event of its kind – which promises to be a one-stop shop for all the information and products you need. Presented by Healthy Matters, it will feature maternity experts addressing key topics of interest for expectant parents, along with exhibitors showcasing an array of relevant goods and services. A highlight of what’s on for parenting.
Where: JW Marriott Hotel, 88 Queensway, Pacific Place, Admiralty
When: 9.30am–4.30pm, 21 October
What’s on: HKIS Annual Pumpkin Festival
the Hong Kong International School (HKIS) Annual Pumpkin Festival is fun for the entire family offering seasonal activities including a Pumpkin Patch (choose and take home your very own pumpkin!), a bouncy castle and slide, games with prizes, a talent show, a used-book fair, Boo-tique shopping, food, and so much more! Admission is free for this event and complimentary bus transportation is provided to and from the event (note that there is no parking on site at the event). Please check the HKIS PFO Facebook page regularly for updates.
Where: Hong Kong International School, 700 Reservoir Road (HKIS Middle School), Tai Tam
When: 11am–3pm, 21 October
What’s on: One Sky Charity Walk
Get your walking shoes ready and join the OneSky Charity Hike. The hike raises funds for vulnerable children and enables OneSky to train caregivers to provide care for children across China. There are trails available for all levels and ages so it’s easy to get involved, whether you are a beginner or advanced hiker.
Where: MacLehose Trail
When: 21 October
What’s on: Harbour School Open Day at Harbour Village
Families will be able to explore the campus’s inspiring learning spaces and meet with the school’s accomplished and passionate faculty including Head of School Dr Jadis Blurton and Principal Christine Greenberg at the family-friendly event held at the school’s early childhood centre and newly renovated campus in Kennedy Town, called the Harbour Village.
Where: The Harbour School – Harbour Village, 2/F, 23 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town
When: 10am–12pm, 21 October
What’s on: In Search of Light Photographic Exhibition
In Search of Light by George Turner brings Northern Europe alive across the colour of all four seasons, demonstrating the beauty of this continent all year round. Featuring destinations such as Norway, Finland, Scotland, and Iceland, George Turner captures the beauty of the road less travelled in these countries; providing you inspiration to create your next holiday.
Where: The Haven by Jacada Travel, 29/F, Wyndham Place, 40-44 Wyndham Street, Central
When: 21 October–9 December
The Hebe Haven Yacht Club 24-Hour Charity Dinghy Race offers a challenging lap race sailed around a short course (approximately one nautical mile) in front of the yacht club. The race is kept within sight of the Club and caters for both adults and children who just wish to “sail for charity”, as well as those who want to enjoy a more competitive weekend on the water. A Race Village will be open to the general public and entry will be free. It will feature live music, an array of merchandising stalls, food, drink and activities. Great for families looking for what’s on for family fun.
Where: Hebe Haven Yacht Club, 10.5 miles Hiram’s Highway, Pak Sha Wan, Sai Kung
When: 21–22 October
What’s on: HOLLOWS Beach Bash
Hong Kong resort wear label HOLLOW is celebrating its launch with a big beach bash! Entry is free and if you RSVP you will get a free 500ml can of Somersby Cider. Email full names only to firstname.lastname@example.org. Head down to Shek O beach for an afternoon of cool tunes. DJs include Janette Slack, Frankie Lam (PUSH), Andrew Thomas (A Squared), Too Much (HUMMINGBIRD), Jamie Rogers (Bunker), and AKW (PUSH).
Where: Shek O
When: 2pm–10pm, 21 October
What’s on: Canstruction Hong Kong
Canstruction Hong Kong, organised by Food Angel by Bo Charity Foundation, is on at Hysan Place and Lee Garden this year. This year’s motto is “adopt a can, give love and care to the needy”. Under the theme “Treasure of Hong Kong,” participating teams will construct sculptures with canned foods that present beloved Hong Kong traditions, foods and landscapes on 21 October.
Where: Hysan Place & Lee Garden
When: 21 October–30 October
Dr Eeqbal Hassim, an education consultant with an interest in intercultural teaching and learning and education in transcultural contexts, will be conducting an Internationalism workshop for teaching professionals at Discovery Bay International School. Dr Hassim will lead an examination of key internationalism concepts in relation to addressing the needs of students in transient international school communities. The workshop will involve a group discussion of strategies and action plans to enable us to better prepare students as global citizens for the future. The three-hour course will cost HK$350 to attend and includes snacks, tea and coffee.
Where: Discovery Bay International School, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island
When: 9am–12pm, 23 October
The Reunion sculpture exhibition showcases outstanding works by nine renowned Chinese contemporary masters, at The Rotunda in Exchange Square, Central. The relationships among these sculptors date back to 1985, when they took part in the first ever art exhibition at The Rotunda to commemorate the official opening of Exchange Square. Now they reunite to present 26 pieces of different, but equally remarkable art. Add to your list of things to do when you are in Central.
Where: The Rotunda, Exchange Square, Central
When: 24 October–16 November
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: 25 October
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: 12 pm & 6pm, 25–26 October
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: Until 26 October
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
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
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 space, 8/F, 44 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang
When: Until 11 November
What’s on: Who Am I
The Who Am I: Video Installation by Allen Wong exhibition showcases two sets of artistic expressions – video installations and mixed-media installations based on Wong’s recurrent theme of traditional Chinese bird cages. The exhibition is on display at the Taipa Village Art Space, which opened in 2016. It is the seventh show at the art space, which aims to contribute to the development of the cultural and creative industries in Macau.
Where: Taipa Village Art Space, 10 Rua dos Clerigos, Taipa, Macau
When: 12pm–8pm, until 29 November
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
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
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
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, until 7 January. Closed Tuesdays and 3 and 10 December.
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
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