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Best things to do in Hong Kong in February

Your guide to the best events and all the awesome happenings around town throughout the month of February
CNY parade in Tsim Sha Tsui

February is a big month for Hong Kong, what with Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day happening and all. When you’re not too busy marvelling at all the Chinese New Year displays and making your bookings at the city’s most romantic restaurants, there’s still a bunch of exciting events happening this month. Follow this guide to get the lowdown on all the best things to do in Hong Kong to welcome to Year of the Pig. 

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Hong Kong events highlight

Touching the Void
Geraint Lewis

Hong Kong Arts Festival

icon-location-pin Various venues, Central

Get ready for critically acclaimed stage performances, stunning dance pieces and sensational musical renditions all packed into a single month. Back for its 47th outing, the festival features more than 160 shows around Hong Kong, including Touching the Void, staged by Tony Award-winning theatre director Tom Morris, and a concert led by Brazil’s revered São Paulo Symphony Orchestra.


Craig David presents TS5

icon-location-pin Multiple venues

While he was a much bigger name in the 2000s, Craig David made something of a comeback last year with his hit album The Time is Now, which featured radio-friendly tunes like Heartlines and I Know You featuring Bastille. The Brit singer is making his debut Hong Kong appearance this February, bringing his TS5 show to our shores, which sees him showcase everything from his old school anthems, like 7 Days and Fill Me Up, to garage and house tunes. He’ll be singing, MC-ing, DJ-ing and working the crowd all through the night.

Snakes for Alexander McQueen by Nick Knight
2009 © NickKnight

Beyond Fashion

icon-location-pin ArtisTree, Quarry Bay

Imagine if you could step into the pages of a fashion magazine, and immerse yourself in a world of design and visual culture at this exciting new fashion photography exhibition. Featuring 100 of the finest works made by over 40 important fashion photographers today, curated by art historian Nathalie Herschdorfer, Beyond Fashion allows visitors to see up close works by some of the world’s most celebrated photographers including Nick Knight, Peter Lindbergh and Miles Aldridge, as well as other iconic images and videos. Look forward lunchtime forums, guided tours and special immersive dining events curated by Mike Bagale, former Executive Chef of Chicago’s three-Michelin-starred restaurant Alinea.

Things to do

Hong Kong Pulse Light Festival

icon-location-pin Central Harbourfront, Central

Central Harbourfront has unveiled 14 creative light installations by Hong Kong and international designers, making the harbourfront the photo hotspot of the season. Organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board, the International Light Art Display features some stunning and, let’s be honest, Insta-bait creations, to admire and play around with. Among the goodies, you’ll find massive illuminated angel wings; a modernised spring rider on a platform dotted with colourful lights that changes hues as you ride it; giant head sculptures; a pawn shop sign-inspired tunnel; and a 25m-high steel ribbed Christmas tree. 


Ophelia presents The Illustrious Blacks

icon-location-pin Ophelia, Wan Chai

Known for their extravagant outfits, fusing futuristic funk, house and pop with dance and theatre, as well as being unapologetically themselves, the acclaimed musical duo (and real-life married couple) are bringing their incredible energy and DJ sets to Hong Kong for the first time. Look forward to performances of their hits like Black Like Jesus and Revolutionary Love, which helped catapult them into the mainstream music scene, at what looks to be a cosmic night. Plus there’ll be special performances from Ophelia’s favourite Drag Queen, Miss Midlevels too. It’s free entry but make sure to RSVP. 

Music, Jazz

Bob James Trio

icon-location-pin Applause Pavilion, Wong Chuk Hang

Grammy award-winning jazz pianist Bob James is set to perform at the Applause Pavilion at Ocean Park. Along with bassist Michael Palazzolo and drummer Ron Otis, James will be playing hits such as Angela, Take Me To The Mardi Gras and Nautilus. Even if you’re not familiar with jazz, you might have still come across James’ music, which has been sampled by the likes of Run-DMC, Missy Elliott, Beastie Boys and Will.I.Am.

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