This week's best events
Explore Wong Chuk Hang's and Tin Wan's massively exciting art scenes for the 2017 edition of South Island Art Day. Get involved with unique art and activities from 16 galleries and artist studios in the area including Blindspot Gallery, Rossi & Rossi and de Sarthe Gallery. With exhibition openings, art performances, guided tours, artist talks and a dedicated kid's corner, there's something for everyone down on the Southside.
Nominated for the West End's prestigious Olivier Awards, Potted Potter sees Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner rise to the daunting task of condensing all of the Harry Potter books – and a live game of Quidditch – into 70 minutes. People are Ravenclawing their screens to get tickets so they can Slytherin to the venue because they know they'll Gryffinroar with laughter and be, uh, Huffle... out of... puff afterwards?
The Price Tag singer has been making headlines in China recently following her win on Mainland TV show Singer – though why she took part in the first place is anyone’s guess –becoming the first international artist to compete and win that competition. Riding that wave of success, Jessie J is embarking on a world tour to promote her eagerly awaited fourth album, R.O.S.E. (which apparently stands for realisations, obsessions, sex and empowerment). Hongkongers can experience her powerhouse voice in person at AsiaWorld-Expo this September.
It’s not just any old race around the park – this one’s got stunning views to boot! Take part in this inaugural 7km race, which consists of doing two laps of the Peak Circle Trail staring and finishing at the Peak Galleria. It’s a fairly easy run since it’s mostly flat and on asphlat, perfect for those dipping the toes in the trail run scene or warming up to other bigger events. There’s also a fun and easy 3.5km family run/walk, as well as a 1km kid’s dash too.
Pop along to the quaint outlying island that is Peng Chau for a special festival showcasing the talents, crafts and local produce of the local community. At the market you’ll find 40 stalls offering a plethora of local organic vegetables and produce grown on the island including green papaya, carrots and tomatoes, hand-painted ceramics, as well as handmade soap using natural ingredients produced by local islanders. Back for its third year, the festival also aims to promote environmentally friendly practices and lifestyles so don't forget to bring your own cups and bags!
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.
Organised by Amnesty International, the Hong Kong Human Rights Documentary Film Festival is one of the most important film fests to take place in the city.Now in its eighth year, the theme for 2018 is ‘We Are Watching’. Selected documentaries this year include the award-winning Last Men in Aleppo, which follows a local volunteer organisation in one of Syria’s most devastated cities; The Workers Cup about migrants brought to Qatar to prepare for the country’s hosting of the Fifa World Cup in 2022; Freedom for the Wolf, which examines what is democracy and why are our elected officials recklessly destroying previously cherished values; and Free Speech Fear Free, a documentary that examines the nature of free speech and what life is truly like in countries where it is lacking.The main portion of the festival takes place from September 26 to October 4 at Broadway Cinematheque, but free community screenings are taking place too. Check the event website for details.