Best things to do in Hong Kong in July
Dedicated to one of the most internationally famous French photographers Willy Ronis, this exhibition showcases his most iconic works as well as less known ones. Many of Ronis’s best-known photographs are micro-narratives, portraying men and women, on the street, in ordinary, everyday activities. Ronis’s lens also highlights social injustice and the underprivileged classes of society.
Looking for your next good read? From July 1 to August 31, Bookazine will be launching its first-ever charity book sale in Hong Kong. Swing by one of its three branches to buy books up to 70% off, and read for a worthy cause this summer. All proceeds will go towards Room to Read, a leading global nonprofit which has transformed the lives of over 16.8 million children through literacy and education. Donation boxes will be also available in the stores if you want to make a direct gift to Room to Read.
This summer, Ocean Park will be doing a cross over with popular Japanese anime series One Piece for the Ocean Park Summer Water Battle. From 13 July to 1 September, guests can battle it out against each other as the theme park's Waterfront Plaza transforms into an exhilarating water battle zone. Fans of One Time can relive the crew's epic adventures in seven encounters and photo spots. Highlights include the Thousand Sunny Ship by the Park’s lagoon, the wanted posters, a super-size fountain in the shape of Luffy’s signature straw hat, and more. Luffy and the Straw Hat crew will also be heading to Ocean Park to join in all the fun! Apart from the water attraction, make sure you stay fueled with the time-limited One Piece Summer Adventure Feast at The Terrace Café, before trying out Ocean Park's brand-new virtual reality free fall ride, The Abyss – VR Space Voyage! Once you put on the VR headsets for this ride, you'll be by breathtaking views of outer space as you free fall to reach terminal velocity. Game on.
Charming both fine art and mainstream audiences worldwide with his cute and psychedelic works, which often feature colourful flowers with smiley faces and original characters like Kaikai and Kiki, eccentric Japanese artist Takashi Murakami returns to Hong Kong for a major survey exhibition. The exhibition will be taking over all the art galleries at Tai Kwun, showcasing more than 60 paintings and sculptures in an immersive setting that explores the multi-faceted work and life of Murakami. Those range from large-scale post-apocalyptic works to interpretations on classical Japanese paintings and Buddhism to his creative collaborations, including the character Doraemon. Also at the exhibition are some of the artist’s iconic and outlandish costume designs, video works, samples of his private art collection and the artist’s spectacular wall and floor art.
Summer is officially here and that only means the return of Central Harbourfront SummerFest. This year, the 68-day festival features a wide range of 30 large-scale events and the city’s first-ever Smartizen Park, which showcases the latest technologies and demonstrating how new technologies are being integrated into our daily lives. Some highlights to look forward to include the large-scale Sound Color Stone exhibition, showcasing more than a hundred pieces of stone art paintings by various artists from around the world, and Pure Playground, an all-out outdoor yoga party. Best of all, everything’s free.