We're officially in 2020, and a new year means new events across town – hopefully bigger and better than ever before! If you’re not too busy working on your new year's resolutions or hitting the gym, we have the lowdown on all the best things to do in Hong Kong throughout January. So whip out your calendars and mark down those dates, we guarantee you'll recover from the holiday blues in no time.
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Here to celebrate Taka Ishii Gallery's first anniversary in Hong Kong, Japanese photographer and contemporary artist Nobuyoshi Araki is here with his brand new collection of photographic works titled Flower Rondeau. Known for his vividly provoking works of eroticism and bondage, the artist continues to breathe his dark and unsaturated tones through this new set of works by capturing the most beautiful moments of the blossoms – just before they perish – and mixing in bold and unexpected colours. A "flower-fuck scene", as quoted by the artist himself.
Tai Kwun is hosting their inaugural Art Book Fair that brings together 80 art book publishers and artists from Hong Kong, Asia and around the world as a platform to share their work in publishing and art through the medium of the book. The three-day event features an array of art books across a spectrum of genres including photography, art historical texts and zines. Don’t miss out on the public talks, displays, workshops and live performances too.
Although there will be no dry good stalls this year, the Chinese New Year flower markets around town are still great places to go and pick up some blooms. Head to any one of the 15 markets between January 19 to 25 and browse bountiful offerings of orchid, cherry blossoms, daffodils and other festive blooms.
Kick off the Year of the rat with one of the biggest race days in our city's annual calendar. Not only will you get to cheer on your favourite jockeys as they race towards the finish line for the grand Chinese New Year Cup, but you’ll also get to enjoy a variety of shows with traditional lion dances, singing performances, and top lucky tips from Feng Shui Masters. Even if you're not much of a gambler, there are still plenty of reasons to make your way over to the Sha Tin Racecourse.
Back after two years of his debut exhibition at the Amanda Wei Gallery, French contemporary painter and graffiti artist Ceet Fouad is back with his latest series of work Fly with Chicanos. Known for his signature adorable Chicanos chicken story that turned what first started out as random doodles to now symbolic characters, the exhibition includes a range of canvas works, 3D printing and sculptures to present the artist's new creativity and exploration spirit.
Bringing popular children’s stories to life, Kidsfest returns with a myriad of fun-filled stage performances over the span of five weeks. Catch the whole gang of Mr Men and Little Miss gallivanting around the theatre, classic heart-warming tales like Peter Pan and The Snowman, an exciting joy-ride through the world of science with Dr Bunhead as well as the return of perennial favourites like The Gruffalo.
The power of the Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree is legendary. One of the age-old traditions of Chinese New Year in Hong Kong is a visit to this wishing tree in Tai Po where you write your wishes on a placard and tie it to a mandarin, which is considered an auspicious fruit. It is believed that by throwing the placard up high onto the tree without falling back will make your wishes come true. There are also food vendors selling local snacks and traditional Hakka food, as well as daily cultural performances like singing and lion dances.
To kick off 2020 the wholesome way, Tong Chong Street Market is back with a carefully curated selection of “Healthy, Organic Flavours” as the main theme for their much-awaited weekday return this January and February. Giving us stylish food trucks, local farmers stalls, a sustainability corner, food and beverage booths, healthy packaged food stalls and even yoga workshops, foodies can expect mouth-watering Japanese nibbles from Okra’s chef-owner Max Levy in January, some of the finest coffee in town by Interval Coffee Bar’s trio chefs Caleb Ng, Josh Ng and David Koo, healthy lunchboxes by Le Monde d’Ulysse, fresh sourdough sandwiches from Zen Organic Farm, a variety of green lunch options provided by Cofood and a whole lot more.
Titled Koloa: Women, Art and Technology, the exhibition features a rich array of Tongan art practices including ngatu/bark cloth marking, which is a major form of contemporary art in Tonga, fine weaving, kafa or woven rope and many more. Based on the life-long research of Dowager Lady Fielakepa, the exhibition features three women artists, Tanya Edwards, Nikau Hindin and Vaimaila Urale, whose works further reflect upon the status of Pacific textile as inseparable manifestations of art and technology.
Carefully hand-selecting each feather for its shape, texture and curvature before dying each of them one by one, emerging French artist Plum's plumage technique is truly one of a kind. Presenting Plumes 'n' Love, the exhibition celebrates the artist's love for pop culture and its iconic symbols throughout modern history.