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Best things to see and do in Hong Kong this May

Your guide to all the best upcoming events throughout the month

Jenny Leung
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Jenny Leung
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Time Out Hong Kong

It's hard to believe that we're already stepping into the month of May. With Mother's Day landing on May 14 and the return of the Cheung Chau Bun Festival and Affordable Art Fair, along with many more foodie events and art exhibitions popping up all across the city, Hongkongers are in for an exciting ride around the city this May. Here are just some of the best ones you should check out.

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  • Restaurants

Mother’s Day celebration happens every second Sunday in May, and this year it falls on May 14. Make sure to make your mums and all mothers who are close to your heart feel extra special on this day and show them your appreciation. From luxurious dining affairs to bountiful buffets, here are our top picks for the best Mother’s Day meals to treat your special lady. 

  • Art
  • Performance art

Add this programme to your bucket list for the much-awaited French May Arts Festival. Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels presents internationally renowned choreographic artists as they mesmerise with diverse visions of the art of movement in nine captivating performances in various locations around Hong Kong.  Highlights of the festival include the revival of Polka Chinata with Alessandro Sciarroni’s Save the Last Dance for Me, aerial performances ​​with Rachid Ouramdane’s Les Traceurs, and an electrifying solo performance by artist Katerina Andreou for BSTRD.  

Tickets and slots to the performances are getting booked out. Book yours today to secure a spot. 

Time Out Hong Kong in partnership with Van Cleef & Arpels

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  • Art
  • North Point

Korean digital design company d’strict heads to Hong Kong with Arte M, a special digital art show showcasing selected highlights from its renowned immersive media art exhibition Arte Museum.

Open from now to January 7, 2024, at K11 HACC, Arte M takes on the theme of 'Eternal Nature' and consists of four individual spaces displaying unique media artworks that reinterpret elements and nature. From the life cycle of flowers and crashing swells to boundlessly stretching seashore and the tropical rainforest, the works will take audiences on a surreal immersive experience through a combination of visual effects, sensuous sound, and elegant aromas.

Following its 15-month showcase at K11 HACC, the exhibition is expected to relocate to 11 Skies as a permanent exhibition with more works added to the collection in a much larger space. If you can't wait that long, get your tickets to the current show now.

  • Art
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

If you've been around the harbourfront area at Tsim Sha Tsui lately, you might have noticed the huge swimming pool installation located outside the Hong Kong Museum of Art (HKMOA). Created by Hong Kong artist Chan Wai-lap, the installation – titled, Some of Us are Looking at the Stars – is part of HKMOA's Harbour Wonder exhibition, which also features a set of six art installations by local artist Tsoi Wai-kuen. Standing four-metre-tall and 11-metre-long, Chan's installation invites audiences to step into a fantasy world that draws on his personal memories and experiences of swimming pools, while exploring themes of public and private spaces. The installation plays with light, sound, and even the weather to create an ever-changing scene for those who step inside. 

Meanwhile, Tsoi's set of six art installations – titled, A symphony of delights – takes inspiration from iconic buildings and their exterior designs on both sides of Victoria Harbour, including the Cultural Centre, HKCEC, and IFC. Sitting at Art Square in the forecourt of HKMoA, the installations come in both dynamic and static form, acting as playful 'landmarks' for people to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery amidst the hustle and bustle of the city. 

  • Art
  • Fortress Hill

Created by American architectural group Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Joyful Trees (Arbores Laetae), is an art project at Oil! featuring 16 Chinese Junipers, three of which are placed on turning planters at a 10-degree tilt. As the trees rotate, the movement channels a rhythmic rustle and evokes discourse about human’s role in nature from Anthropocene’s perspective. Planting a movable landscape, the installation also reinterprets nature as ever-changing and never static, creating an unusual artistic perspective.

The three-dimensional installation can be viewed from eye level on the ground; by the adjacent pedestrian ramp; on the footbridge across the site; from the gallery window in the Oi! Glassie building; or even from the skyscrapers above. 

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