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Best things to do in Hong Kong in April

Here’s how to make the best of April 2019

Sonar 2018
Leafhopper Project // David Simon Martret & Blanca Galindo
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Hong Kong Arts Month is over and the city’s warm weather means spring has officially landed. That means it’s time to hit up the city’s best rooftop barsplan a day trip to these amazing country parks or simply enjoy the outdoors before the rainy season starts.

There’s tons of stuff happening in Hong Kong this month including the city’s biggest rugby tournament and outdoor party, the Hong Kong Sevens
Here are our April highlights to get you started.

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The best things to do in April

Liu Bolin, Supermarket Pyongyang, 2015.
Courtesy of Liu Bolin
Art, Photography

Liu Bolin: New Change

icon-location-pin Over the Influence Gallery, Sheung Wan
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Come, look closer. Do you see the “Invisible Man” in the photograph? Known for his camouflage photography works, performance art and sculptural creations, Chinese artist Liu Bolin’s artworks are more than just an illusion. Liu uses them as a hook to question the abundance of capitalism and the destructiveness of consumerism particularly on the environment.  The exhibition features new sculptures alongside photographs pulled from over five years of performances including this surprisingly abundant Pyongyang supermarket. 

Things to do, Event spaces

IRIS: Your Escape

icon-location-pin Central Harbourfront Event Space, Central
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Escape city life and find your inner peace at the non-stop two-day yoga event. Treat yourself with a good stretch and all kinds of meditation exercise classes - we’re talking hula-hoop dance, silent disco yoga and fun interactive art and music workshops. There are more than 60 classes to choose from and join, meet interesting individuals while picking up some healthy snacks, chic athletic gear and goodie bags. Remember to bring your own mat. Namaste.

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Fan Ho 'Balance' Hong Kong 1950s and 60s, courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery
Art, Photography

Fan Ho: Portrait of Hong Kong

icon-location-pin Blue Lotus Gallery, Sheung Wan
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Legendary Hong Kong photographer and filmmaker Fan Ho went through his extensive archive of negatives to compile a series of works that had not previously been published. The result is the photo book Portrait of Book. The exhibition showcases documentarian-style works from the publication, which highlight the lives of the people from Hong Kong of old. 

Kraftwerk
PETER BOETTCHER PHOTOGRAPHY
Music, Dance and electronic

Kraftwerk

icon-location-pin KITEC, Kowloon Bay
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German electro-pop titan Kraftwerk brings its renowned 3-D concert to our shores. The performance fuses music with art and has been showcased at some of the most esteemed venues in the world, including MoMA in New York, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris and the Tate Modern Turbine Hall in London. Be sure to check out this awe-inspiring, genre-spanning concert when it’s in town.

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Luke Jerram: Gaia
Jim Huntsman
Art, Public art

Luke Jerram: Gaia

icon-location-pin Lee Tung Avenue, Wan Chai
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Luke Jerram's giant moon installation that hung up in Lee Tung Avenue back in 2007 captivated Hongkongers and had us howling for more. Upping the game this Arts Month, Jerram brings with him his latest touring artwork, Gaia, a breathtaking seven-meter wide installation of the Earth which features 120dpi detailed Nasa imagery of our planet. That’s not all, the Earth will be self-rotating as well (about 360 times faster than the real thing). Much like the astronaut looking down from space, you'll feel how small you are yet hopefully walk away with a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the planet. 

Julio Le Parc: Light–Mirror
© Julio Le Parc _ ADAGP, Paris & SACK, Seoul 2019
Art

Julio Le Parc: Light – Mirror

icon-location-pin Perrotin, Central
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A major and influential figure within the kinetic and op art movement, Julio Le Parc is hugely interested in what art could do by inviting the participation of the public. Relying simply on basic geometric shapes, a contrast of colours and reflective mirrors, the exhibition allows viewers to move around the space to become an active participant and help create various illusions.

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Art

Van Gogh Alive – The Experience

icon-location-pin FTLife Tower, Kowloon Bay
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A multi-sensory exhibition that brings Vincent Van Gogh’s iconic and lesser-known paintings and artworks to life. Set to a classical score, this immersive experience allows you to explore more than 3,000 images projected across walls, columns, and even floors of the venue. Don’t miss the interactive drawing room filled with rows of canvas stands where visitors can try their at drawing following the projected video, as well as a real set of the Bedroom in Arles for photo-ops.

Audrey by Bob Willoughby
© Bob Willoughby
Art, Photography

Audrey by Bob Willoughby

icon-location-pin F11 Foto Museum, Happy Valley
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Audrey Hepburn is undeniably one of the greatest Hollywood icons of all time, and while we can still experience and witness her beauty and talent on film, Hollywood photographer Bob Willoughby has managed to capture her effervescent charm and shows an intimate side  to her life. Celebrating what would have been Hepburn’s 90th birthday and marking a decade since the passing of Willoughby, this rare photography exhibition (and a first in Hong Kong) features an outstanding selection of some of Willoughby’s most memorable photos of Hepburn.

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