Best things to do in Hong Kong in June
Essex alt-rock outfit Nothing But Thieves arrive in Hong Kong as part of their Under My Skin tour to promote their self-titled debut album. Barely four years in the business, the new group have a tight sound that is more than worth catching!
Meandering Canadian storyteller Glenn Wool has travelled the world, performed seven solo stand-up shows over 20 years, showed up on TV shows like Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Russell Howard’s Good News, and has built up a huge vault of material. For his one-night show in Hong Kong, Wool is showcasing his honest, clever and subversive comedic style for his audiences that is well worth catching.
French photographer Thien-Ty Ly showcases his signature panoramic film photography works at Central bar-slash-artspace Chez Trente. Thien’s has been documenting Hong Kong city life through street photography for the past six years, which resulted in a stunning series of human images and stories. Thien has relied on a 35mm black and white Hasselblad Xpan 24mm x 65mm panoramic format to capture the full scope of his street photographs. Join the artist in exploring the relationship between a person and their everyday environment at this exhibition.
Forget drag brunches. Drag high teas are the newest fad in Hong Kong. High Tea Hong Kong hosts another edition of their Sunday party featuring some of the best drag queens from Drag Race Thailand Season 2: Kandy Zhyanide, famously an Ariana Grande impersonator, Khanna Warrior, Angele Ange and Mocha Diva, as well as a pit crew of boys in shorts. Look forward to a day complete with uncensored and completely outrageous performances hosted by Ian Christophre.
It’s that time of year again. Le French May is here and that means a raft of Gallic events, experiences and entertainment. It’s just started and runs until the end of June, so you have plenty of time to enjoy the themed events across town. Highlights this year include the photo exhibition celebrating the works of legendary photographer Willy Ronis, a dance performance based on Bach’s music choreographed by Benjamin Millepied of LA Dance Project, and the annual French Traditional Gourmet Market at PMQ.
Always one of our highlights of the live music calendar, H2 Music Festival (formerly Handover Hallelujah) sees more than 80 local bands and music acts take the stage at The Wanch in one hectic week of pure live euphoria. Best of all? It's completely free, every night. Head down as many nights as you can and support Hong Kong live music!
Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze’s most personal project to date, this new exhibition demonstrates his deepening roots in Hong Kong and Cantonese culture. Documenting visually striking street signs, Jacquet-Lagrèze began forming piecing together and forming sentences with photographs of individual characters resulting in poems that are both visual and linguistic.
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 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.
From May through July, Sai Ying Pun is getting a proper Burmese pop-up, courtesy of Hong Kong-born restaurateur Ivan Pun. The Pansodan, an outpost of the same restaurant in Yangon named after the bustling street in the former capital, brings the vibrant flavours of Myanmar to Hong Kong — a rarity in these parts. Expect a range of tangy, funky, spicy and bright dishes, from salads to noodles to grilled meats and seafood specialties. Top it off with botanical-driven cocktails, and you've got a meal unlike any other you'll have in Hong Kong.