Want to plan ahead and fill up your calendar for the next seven days? Discover the biggest and best things to do in Hong Kong from Monday morning to Sunday evening with our ultimate list. From the latest restaurant openings and the best art exhibitions in Hong Kong to pop-up events and free community classes, we’ve got you covered for the rest of the week. And if you're looking to get some fresh air after a long day at work, why not fit in a hike on a weeknight?
This week's best events
Showcasing the cultural collision between Berlin’s fascinating history and its influence on both classical and contemporary arts, Projekt Berlin is an art festival that delves into the creative brains behind Berlin’s thriving art scene. Taking place at Tai Kwun from November 4 to 17, culture vultures will be able to enjoy wondrous concerts, adrenaline-pumping dance performances, and an abundance of amazing arts programmes. Tickets for each of the events are already on sale, click here to find out our pick of the most exciting events you can't afford to miss!
Offering a unique insight into the remarkable community that was the Kowloon Walled City, City of Darkness is an exhibition that explores into the now-demolished organic megastructure that, somehow, without basic services, regulations or building standards, managed to not only survive but positively thrive. Showcasing this influential body of work put together by photographers Greg Girard and Ian Lambot, the exhibition brings this extraordinary community that held such a looming presence in Hong Kong into the spotlight.
After his controversial art exhibition "Tear and Consume" back in November 2018, in which guests were invited to tear up his artworks Banksy-style, the talented artist Ernest Chang is back at it again. Presenting his latest collection of artworks, "Famous by Proxy" features a series of acrylic silkscreen canvases, screen prints, 3D pieces and neon lighting. Combining classic European paintings going as far back as the Renaissance with his love for comic book and manga characters, this exhibition is able to speak to the masses by fusing Western traditions with contemporary culture.
Expanding from her ongoing series of collage sculptures, Carol Bove's Ten Hours exhibition features a collection of square steel tubing works that has been crushed, manipulated, painted in vibrant colours and mixed with found pieces of scrap metal and/or highly polished steel disks. Making her first solo exhibition in Asia, Bove's artworks play with surface texture while pushing the limits of steel's physicality, rendering the material she uses with an almost fabric or clay-like finish.
Presenting his first solo exhibition in the region, San Francisco-based artist Barry McGee's The Other Side exhibition features a brilliant selection of the artist's old and new artworks. Depicting various social issues and placing a strong emphasis on community through his distinctive and often humorous style, the exhibition allows its audience to fully immersive themselves in McGee's evocative and spontaneous world of creativity. Incorporating an eclectic selection of media – painted surfboards, hand-thrown ceramics, obsolete television sets – and found objects sourced during his stay in Hong Kong, this is one not to miss.
Travel back in time this October and head to F11 Foto Museum to witness a beautiful display of black and white photography by one of the most influential Dutch photographers in the 20th century, Ed van der Elsken. Extending beyond his direct and avant-garde style, this particular collection showcases Elsken's love and perspective of the old Hong Kong. A city which he described as "the prettiest of harbour cities".
Whether you’re an avid K-pop fan or have an undying love for Korean food, take advantage of this year’s Festive Korea right here in Hong Kong. Divided into six different categories including performing arts, music, cinema, food, visual arts, and special events, there’s everything from traditional folk music and dance performances, to a kimchi workshop and a rocking Korean Indie Band Fair. With so much going on around the city to celebrate Korean culture, better start pencilling in those dates!