The phrase ‘March madness’ is no exaggeration when it comes to Hong Kong next month. There’s a ton of amazing events and happenings packed into the month’s 31 days. Top of the bill, Art Basel, the city’s biggest art fair, makes a grand return to the Convention Centre as part of the massive Hong Kong Art Month. That means world-class exhibitions and numerous art events beyond the tent-poll event rolling into town. If art isn’t your thing, fear not. EDM festival Sónar is back at Science Park after its hugely successful debut here last year and Katy Perry and The Chainsmokers complete the exciting line-up of international pop acts coming our way. There’s no shortage of things to do to fill up your calendar in March. Enjoy!
Hong Kong events highlight
Award-winning National Geographic photographer and filmmaker Keith Ladzinski showcases his stunning visual images of landscape and wildlife photographs taken from Asia, Africa, South America and both Poles to demonstrate the beauty of planet Earth. Be amazed by these photographs and learn more about the importance of conservation and environmental sustainability. Appointments only.
After making a huge splash representing Hong Kong at the Venice Biennale 2017’s 57th International Art Exhibition, local multidisciplinary artist Samson Young brings his acclaimed exhibition Songs for Disaster Relief to his hometown. Featuring a series of sculptures, objects, videos, sound installations, and site-specific pieces, the exhibition offers a unique audiovisual experience that re-examines the popularity of charity singles from the 1980s by creatively repurposing and misreading iconic songs. Support this rising Hong Kong artist and explore the social, political, and philosophical implications of charity singles in a cross-cultural context.
Acclaimed French photographer and filmmaker Antoine d’Agata, best known for his contributions to The Magnum Photos agency, shares 30 colour and black-and-white photographs and a video installation for his solo exhibition in Hong Kong. Concurrent with Art Basel and Sound Island Art Day, the exhibition pays tribute to d’Agata’s radical and unique vision over the past 30 years. Expect works that deal with prostitution, urban violence and drugs as he celebrates the dignity and beauty of the underdogs. Be on the lookout for the stage production Odysseia between May 8-10, which brings d’Agata’s works to life directed and performed by Fabrice Michel.