This week's best events
Bring your furry best friend and take part in Hong Kong’s biggest dog-walking event to help raise funds for SPCA’s animal rescue efforts, homing services and desexing programmes. To take it all the memorable this year, the 5K seaside walk around Hong Kong Disneyland will feature some of the city’s most distinctive district landmarks to take some paw-fect selfies. Each participating doggie will be rewarded with a unique limited edition medal, as well as a commemorative bandana, a certificate and a goodie bag. Plus, a handicraft market and a mini-concert await at the finish line!
Written and performed by renowned theatre visionary Robert Lepage, 887 is a mesmerising semi-autobiographical tale about memory, identity and cultural history. Join Lepage as he takes audiences on an exploration of cultural identity starting from his childhood in 1960s Quebec via a revolving set, cinematic backdrops and some stunning stagecraft.
Known for their extravagant outfits, fusing futuristic funk, house and pop with dance and theatre, as well as being unapologetically themselves, the acclaimed musical duo (and real-life married couple) are bringing their incredible energy and DJ sets to Hong Kong for the first time. Look forward to performances of their hits like Black Like Jesus and Revolutionary Love, which helped catapult them into the mainstream music scene, at what looks to be a cosmic night. Plus there’ll be special performances from Ophelia’s favourite Drag Queen, Miss Midlevels too. It’s free entry but make sure to RSVP.
An eight-day festival dedicated to celebrating India’s culture and rich diversity, India By the Bay returns hosting an array of programs that brings together music, theatre, dance, food, wellness, film and literature. Visitors will get the chance to take part in energetic Bollywood dance workshops, catch Warli tribal artists Mayur and Tushar Vayeda do live mural paintings, a gala dinner to indulge in Delhi culinary delights, various talks with famous personalities including Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala and fashion director of Vogue India Anaita Shroff Adajania. There’s also captivating music and theatre performances, as well as the hugely popular Family Day on March 3.
Famed Spanish theatre director Calixto Bieito, known for his radical interpretations of classical operas, takes on Richard Wagner’s Tannhäuser in this romantic and emotional production. The story focuses on our protagonist Tannhäuser, and how he is torn between two significant yet different loves set within a soulless, modern-day society. It’s unlikely you’ll be able to walk out without feeling deeply affected.
Here’s one for the books. Infamous Japanese AV star Taka Kato is joining forces with local sex therapist Cynthia Ho and DJ Ben To for a very special seminar on sexual pleasures. Sharing over thirty years of experience in the business, Kato will be talking everything from techniques and the importance of communications to misconceptions of the porn industry and even live interactive games. There are three different sessions to choose from: men’s only, women’s only and mixed. There’s also a secret afterparty with Kato himself on March 2, which you can sign up for via Whatsapp (5178 8760).
To celebrate the launch of Rooftop Republic Academy, a training platform aiming to raise the next generation of urban farmers to meet the needs of the future, local social enterprise Rooftop Republic is hosting an open day for the public to learn more about urban farming, how to get started on growing your own and composting. Plus there’ll be Kombucha tasting, mocktail making workshops and kid-friendly programmes too. It’s the perfect starting point for your zero-waste journey.
A handicraft market with a local twist, the inaugural Spring Time Youth Art Market is created to be a platform to support and encourage local arts and businesses. Decked out in the lush greenery of Nursery Park, shop and get acquainted with more than 30 arts and crafts booths offering across a range of handmade jewellery, watches, apparel, skincare and even leather goods. Featuring music from local busking artist Mr Wally (dressed like the character from Where’s Wally), singer Panther Chan as well as ten other buskers, there's also yummy bites like from Captial Star, Iconic H and Athletic Juice & Espresso Bar.
Cross-genre music fest, The Week takes to the stage again this March. Now in its third year, the seven-day affair presents seven gigs hosted at seven different venues across town. As with previous installations, the first-night showcase on Mar 3 features up-and-comers, including Twisterella, Wellsaid and Brother Plainview. Other acts to look out for include folksy Sai Kung-based The Pineapple Jam (Mar 4), metal stalwart Parallel Horizons (Mar 6) and alt-rock favourites Nowhere Boys and Black Coffee (Mar 9). And for all the hip-hop fans out there, don’t miss the Mar 8 show, featuring the likes of 24Herbs and rising star rapper JB.
Though it’s usually a residential area most of the year, the neighbourhood comes alive this one day in March as part of the annual festivities dedicated the God of the Sea, Hung Shing. The festival kicks off with a parade in the morning featuring a spectacle of costumes and drumming performances, an 18-lion dance performance in the afternoon and the highlight of the event: a 500ft illuminated dragon dance at night.