This week's best events
Since launching in 2010, the biennial festival has acted as a platform to promote photographic art and culture in Hong Kong, showcasing both reputed international artists and local photographers. Back and looking to encourage and educate people vis-a-vis the art of photography, the Hong Kong International Photo Festival returns with a wide variety of exhibitions, featuring names like Nakahira Takuma and Moriyama Daido. A diverse range of engagement programmes including talks, workshops and a camera-centric flea market as a bonus.
Now in its 15th year, the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival has established a reputation for highlighting work from exciting new regional talent and delivering numerous Hong Kong premiers for eager film fans.Stand out films for this year include Still Human, the directorial debut of Oliver Chan Siu-kuen, a graduate of the highly successful First Film Initiative that’s produced award-winning films like Mad World and Weeds on Fire. The movie stars Anthony Wong as a paralyzed man who has lost his family, and Evelyn (Crisel Consunji), his new domestic helper who chose to abandon her family in order to work abroad. The festival’s other opening film, Tracey, is another debut, this time for Fresh Wave short film festival winner Jun Li. A bold examination of gender issues and traditional Chinese values, longtime character actor Philip Keung delivers a career-changing performance in the lead role.Other highlights not to miss include Tang Wei in Long Day’s Journey into Night, a film that’s garnered plaudits for a supposedly stunning 55-minute long take; Jia Zhangke’s latest effort, Ash is Purest White, about the relationship between a low-level gangster and a woman who goes to jail for him; and Last Letter, Japanese director Iwai Shunji’s ode to his very own 1995 classic, Love Letter.There are plenty of other films to look out for besides these. Tickets are on sale from October 13th. Screenings take place at a number cinemas across the city from Central to the New Territories, so be sure t
Auction house Phillips showcases 27 iconic and previously unseen works by renowned English street artist Banksy at this selling exhibition. Instead of traversing the streets of London, Hongkongers can now view some of Banksy’s greatest hits like The Girl with the Ballon and Love Rat inside one gallery room. Here’s to hoping he doesn’t shred another piece at the next auction. Note that public viewings are between Mondays to Fridays, while weekends require appointments.
Having spent the past three years exploring and hitting the streets of the city, locally-based photographer Chak Kit has managed to capture minimalist yet captivating images of Hong Kong. Differentiating from typical Hong Kong photos is Chak’s ability to move past the usual crowded and dense architecture and present visual stories through colours, lines, grids and patterns.
Rendered through pop-art creations and graphic novel motifs, Timekeeper is a series of colourful portraits of tattooed individuals. O’Flynn tattooed characters exude complex, wry and humorously cynical perceptions of our world today. From symbols of the Illuminati and Third Eye, to Virgin Mary embellished with an “om” symbol and quotes about mind control and John Lennon’s “Imagine”, Timekeeper will have you swallowing the red pill and journeying down the rabbit hole to meet the myriad of influences, contradictions and questions of contemporary society today.
German artist Susanne Winterling takes over the black-cube Empty Gallery to present her artworks that feature the marine victims of climate change – dinoflagellates, the micro single-cell algae and plankton that support the basis of the food chain in the deep sea. The centrepiece of the exhibition is an immersive video projected against an enormous curved screen. Accompanying the film are sculptural 3D-printed dinoflagellates and turtle that have been cast out of Hong Kong beach sand to warn the public that our precious marine life is at risk. With a sense of aesthetic wonder, the exhibition interprets cyberpunk magic realism with the wonder of projections.
Take advantage of Sake Central’s voluminous sake menu and pair your tipple with some delicious tempura snacks at this regular event. Tempura plates – such as okra, shiso leaf and scallop – start from $58 or, if you’re bringing friends, get a mixed platter with seven items for $238. The establishment’s signature katsu sando will also be on offer throughout the night. Best of all, all bottles – including sake, shochu, beer and wine – are available at retail price. Reservations aren’t required but are recommended.
The Hong Kong French Film Festival is back for its 47th outing with a whole new boatload of acclaimed movies. Organised by the Alliance Française de Hong Kong, the film festival’s selection this year is divided into four main themes: International Festival Acclaim (films selected by International Film Festivals), Merry Laughter (comedies), Mother and Sons (films about motherhood) and Love Always (romantic films). What that means is that local film fans can look forward to the likes of Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno, Girls of the Sun, and Belleville Cop, an endearing and humorous tribute to Eddie Murphy and the Beverly Hills Cop franchise. As a bonus, January will see the festival extended with a special retrospective dedicated to film composers.
Treat your friends and family to high-end designer goods from around the globe at the Conrad Fair, which features the latest, most stylish jewellery, fashion, accessories, gourmet food, homewares, children’s products and much more. There’s nothing like shopping for others – and for yourself – at a five-star hotel ballroom.
A charity event unlike any other. Forget gala dinners and silly challenges. 10x10 is a fun one-night event where three local grassroots charities make pitches to the audience and allow them to decide where to donate the money towards. Think of yourself as the panel of Dragons’ Den. The focus of this edition is on three relatively new charities in Hong Kong which have been making huge waves in the city. Take the opportunity to learn more about the charities participating in the event: Sprouts Foundation, Rooftop Republic and The Brightly Project. Donations are your ticket in, which is a minimum of $1,000 and you'll be given charity vouchers to support the charities after hearing their pitches. And of course, there’s free booze and canapes.