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44th Hong Kong International Film Festival cancelled
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Cancelled events and closed venues: HK Wine & Dine Festival, HK Book Fair, Fuerza Bruta, and more

Stay up to date with the latest info on cancelled events and closed venues

By Time Out Hong Kong
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Tensions are high in the city as fears of the outbreak spread. The situation is keeping everyone on the edge of their seats, leading to numerous Hong Kong events cancelled. To help keep you up to date, below are the major city events cancellations, along with restaurant and bar closings, you need to know about. We'll be updating the list continuously so stay tuned, and stay safe, folks!

RECOMMENDEDCheck out our regularly updated page about the social distancing restrictions and rules on public gatherings to keep you informed of developments as they happen. 

Closed bars and restaurants

Handover Hallelujah at The Wanch
The Wanch

The Wanch

Music Wan Chai

After three decades in the business, Hong Kong’s longest-running live music venue, The Wanch, finally ceased operations of their Wan Chai bar. Since the outbreak hit Hong Kong, stringent social distancing measures restricted live venues to operate pending further developments in the city. Closed for most of the year and without revenue, The Wanch announced last August 30 that they will finally vacate their venue and will reopen until the pandemic is under control. "The Wanch management and staff look forward to coming back and rocking HK even harder in the future," states the official announcement on the bar's Facebook page. 

This popular local bar and music club hosted bands of all shapes and sizes, from across genres and origins, without fail every night since 1987.

The ThirtySix
Photograph: Courtesy The ThirtySix Bar

ThirtySix Bar & Co

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Bars and pubs Central

Named after The Macallan's 36 stills, ThirtySix Bar & Co is the latest bar to close its doors this Autumn after only being opened for over a year. The bar occupied the spot formerly belonging to whisky bar Angel's Share. Focusing on Mizuwari-style highballs and a great selection of over 200 labels of rare and collectable whiskies, the bar used to be one of the best places to have a good dram of whisky on Hollywood Road. 

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Restaurant restrictions

On Thursday, July 30, the government reversed its blanket ban on dine-in at restaurants. Eateries are once again permitted to serve dine-in guests outside the hours of 6pm to 5am – restaurants are still offering delivery and takeaway services during these hours. Although dine-in is allowed through the day, it is limited to two people per table with restaurants limited to 50 percent capacity, until August 11 pending further developments. For more details on this development and more of the latest on social distancing measures, check out our guide to things you can and can't currently do in Hong Kong.

Kung Wo
Photograph: Ann Chiu

Kung Wo Tofu Factory Kowloon City branch

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Kung Wo Tofu Factory, otherwise known as the king of tofu pudding in Hong Kong, has just announced the closure of their Kowloon City location. Tofu fans will be pleased to know, however, that the company's Sham Shui Po location is staying open.

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Rummin’ Tings

Bars and pubs Soho

Rummin' Tings is permanently closed as of July, 2020. It's sad, as this was one of the best places in the city to drink rum. However, the management says they are on the lookout for the right spaces and hope to bring Hong Kong something new in the future. For now, this little Caribbean escape on Hollywood Road will be surely missed.  

For your rum cravings, there's a new rum bar on Hollywood Road The Daily Tot.

John Anthony
John Anthony

John Anthony

Restaurants Chinese Causeway Bay

John Anthony, a quality Chinese restaurant-cum-gin bar, closed its doors in spring 2020. It is a sad loss to the city's food and drink scene, but there remain other top-notch Cantonese restaurants to get great dim sum, and other great bars around town where you can get delicious gin drinks this summer.

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Ham & Sherry

Restaurants Wan Chai

Ham & Sherry quietly closed its doors permanently in the spring of 2020. Luckily for fans of this restaurant's purveyance of Spanish fare, 22 Ships, just up the street, has recently relaunched with a new head chef and new tapas-forward menu.

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Jumbo Kingdom

This iconic restaurant is temporarily closed until further notice. For more choices in the Southern District, check out our Wong Chuk Hang neighbourhood guide.

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Rech by Alain Ducasse

Restaurants Seafood Tsim Sha Tsui

Michelin-starred Hong Kong restaurant Rech by Alain Ducasse permanently closed its doors last March. Its former location, InterContinental Hong Kong, which is currently under renovation, states that they will continue to work with Ducasse Paris on the development of a new restaurant when they reopen as Regent Hong Kong in 2022.

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Jamie's Italian

Restaurants Causeway Bay

This Italian restaurant chain brought to us by much-loved Brit chef Jamie Oliver – has served hungry Hongkongers since 2014. Unfortunately, both Tsim Sha Tsui and Causeway Bay locations permanently closed since February 28 having gone through tough times in the latter stages of 2019 and the recent outbreak of the coronavirus. 

Events cancelled or postponed in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival
Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival
Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival

Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival goes virtual

News Events & Festivals

Originally scheduled on October 29 to November 1, Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival will now commence online in light of the current situation in the city. Since it launched in 2009, the festival has been attracting over 140,000 visitors annually and featuring over 400 wine and food booths from wineries and brands from different parts of the globe. Set against the stunning backdrop of Victoria Harbour, the festival welcomes visitors for wine tastings and food pairings with award-winning dishes from renowned culinary masters.

It will be the first time the celebrated event is going virtual, but it is the second year that it is not pushing through on-ground as it was first cancelled last year due to the ongoing protests in the city. The Hong Kong Tourism Board announced this afternoon that the online version of the festival will be extended to a few weeks instead of a three-day event and will feature a series of pocket activities like wine tasting, cooking workshops, and auctions, among others. Going virtual would allow merchants to still participate and promote their products even without a physical booth.

This announcement also comes with the cancellation of the annual cycling race Hong Kong Cyclothon originally scheduled to take place in November.

Hong Kong Book Fair 2018
Hong Kong Book Fair 2018
Photograph: Courtesy Hong Kong Book Fair

Hong Kong Book Fair 2020 (POSTPONED)

Things to do Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wan Chai

Due to recent events, HKTDC has officially announced the postponement of the annual Hong Kong Book Fair, originally scheduled to take place on July 15. Apart from the book fair, other events such as the Hong Kong Sports and Leisure Expo, the Education and Careers Expo, and the Entrepreneur Day will also be postponed. A number of virtual seminars for Entrepreneur Day will continue to be broadcast live online as scheduled. Those who have purchased tickets to the fair already may head to the event's official website for details on refunds. Many speculate that the event will be postponed to a later date between October to December, but the organisers have yet to make an official statement. Keep your eyes peeled on this page for more details on new dates.

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44th Hong Kong International Film Festival cancelled
44th Hong Kong International Film Festival cancelled
Photograph: Courtesy Hong Kong International Film Festival

44th Hong Kong International Film Festival cancelled

News Film

Sorry, film buffs – this likely will not come as a surprise, but the 44th Hong Kong International Film Festival has officially been cancelled due to the ongoing outbreak in the city. This is the first time that the Hong Kong International Film Festival - one of the oldest of its kind in Asia - which has been running annually since 1977, has been cancelled. The two-week-long festival was slated to run from August 18 to 31 and would have brought hundreds of films, directors, and actors from over 60 countries to the city. Although the festival’s full line-up was never announced, there was much to be excited about from the confirmed screenings. 

The festival’s organizers have already begun to plan for next year’s festival, and are determined to deliver an even better experience next year to make up for the cancellation. In the meantime, film fans can support the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society by purchasing their festival-themed merchandise from their online store.

Clockenflap
Clockenflap
Photograph: Courtesy Clockenflap/Kitmin Lee

Clockenflap 2020

Music

Clockenflap has announced that the 2020 festival is cancelled and that it will return to Hong Kong from November 26 to November 28, 2021.

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Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2018
Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2018
Photograph: Courtesy David Paul Morris

Hong Kong Sevens 2020 (April 3-5, 2020)

HKRU announced in February that the event would be postponed to October later this year, but due to the ongoing concerns over the health and safety of both players and visitors, the organisers have sadly just announced that the Hong Kong Sevens will not be going ahead. It's not all bad news though, as HKRU promises to return to their usual slot next year with the Hong Kong Sevens event set to take place on April 2 to 4, 2021.

ani-com hk 2019
ani-com hk 2019
Photo: KiH.

Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong 2020 (POSTPONED)

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Supposed to follow straight after the book fair is Ani-Com and Games Expo, which attracts comic book, anime and video game fans to HKCEC. But due to the developing situation in the city, the event has now been postponed. Watch out for updates on this page for the next schedule. 

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TLG x Pink Alliance: Are we ever too old for love? (CANCELLED)

LGBTQ+

A fundraiser for Pink Season, TLG x Pink Alliance: Are we ever too old for love? is cancelled until further notice. Pink Alliance and Tongzhi Literary Group initially set the event this July to screen the award-winning film Suk Suk followed by a panel discussion. With the government mandating cinema's temporary closures until July 21, the organisers decided to postpone the event. Those who already purchased tickets will be reimbursed. Visit TLG's Facebook page for more information.

HKARTS Collective Playing It Straight
HKARTS Collective Playing It Straight
Photograph: Courtesy HKARTS/The Dinner

HKARTS presents Playing It Straight (POSTPONED)

Art Photography

Head to HKARTS' official Facebook page and website for details on postponed dates. Created by three different artists, Playing It Straight is a thematic project that looks into the roles of sexual minorities and majorities in today's society. The exhibition showcases the photographic documentation of individuals with different sexualities who were asked to take part in this experimental performance, capturing the tension created by couples who are forced into relationships outside of their sexual orientation. 

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Marilyn Manson
Marilyn Manson
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Past cancelled or postponed events

- Hong Kong International Tattoo Convention (Aug 28-30)
- Fuerza Bruta: Look up Hong Kong 2020 (May 12-24)
- Cirque de Soleil: Amaluna (Apr 2-26)
- Sónar Hong Kong (Mar 28)
- Marilyn Manson live in Hong Kong (Mar 18)
- Green Day live in Hong Kong (Mar 20)
- Art Basel (Mar 19-21)
- Art Central (Mar 17-21)
- Disney on ice: live your dreams (Feb 19-23)
- Green Power Hike 2020 (original date: Feb 15)
- Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon (Feb 8-9)
- Tong Chong Street Market (Jan 2-Feb 28)
- KidsFest Hong Kong (Jan 15-Feb 23)
- The 48th Hong Kong Arts Festival (Feb 13-Mar 14)
- Ruel 'Free Time World Tour' Hong Kong (Feb 29)

Closed shops, gyms and other facilities

Hongkong Post
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Banking, postal, and Inland Revenue services reduced starting July 20

Post offices around the city will be closed, and other postal services reduced until at least July 26 – pending further developments

Certain banks have temporarily reduced their opening hours, and The Inland Revenue has drastically reduced its services for the time being. Read more details in our dedicated news piece.

gym personal training
Photograph: Courtesy One Personal Training

All gyms closed from July 15 to 28

As with bars, all gymnasiums and fitness clubs around the city have been ordered to close their doors, as the government tightens social distancing restrictions. If you want to do a workout at home, check out these exercises for posture and general wellbeing. 

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Xiqu Centre exterior
Photograph: Courtesy West Kowloon Cultural District

WKCDA announces temporary closure of art and performance spaces

News Art

Following the government’s latest social distancing measures, the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority has announced that all performing arts venues in the Xiqu Centre and Freespace, as well as M+ Pavilion will be temporarily closed until July 28. The atrium at the Xiqu Centre and the entire West Kowloon Art Park will remain open. As a result, all programmes that were due to take place on or before July 28 at the Xiqu Centre and Freespace will be rescheduled or cancelled. Ticket holders are recommended to keep a hold of their tickets, and visit the West Kowloon Cultural District website, for details on rescheduled events or to arrange refunds. While their performance venues are closed, their ticket office at the Xiqu Centre remains open, as well as their online ticketing service and ticketing hotline (2200 0022).

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Lush

Lush

Shopping Central

Lush, famous for its fresh handmade soaps, and other bodycare products has just closed its massive five-story outlet in Central. But fans of the brand need not worry as they still have various store locations all over Hong Kong. Shoppers may also visit their online store to take advantage of free local delivery for every $500 purchase. 

Speaking of multistory shopping, Japanese discount mega-brand Don Don Donki just opened a behemoth branch in Causeway Bay.

Topshop striped pants
Photograph: Courtesy Topshop

Topshop

Shopping Central

Topshop's two-storey flagship store in Central which opened in 2013, has announced that it would permanently close in Hong Kong when their lease ends in October. If you're a fan of the British high street retailer, you can shop in the stores for a few more months until they officially close. 

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