The best things to do in Hong Kong this weekend
Beat the Summer heat with some of your favourite ice-cold brews. Packed with booths and vendors offering 200 variety of beers and bitters from around the world, head down to LKF for a boozy weekend and rock out to more than 20 amazing live bands. Featuring tantalising snacks to satisfy the munchies, fun arts and crafts stalls and interactive games, there's something for the whole family.
The city's annual literature extravaganza is back again this July. Head down to pick up the latest popular fictions or catch up on your summer reading and purchase books in bulk. There's also multiple lectures and book signings running throughout the six-day event, including appearances by internationally renowned writers and literary heavyweights.
Arguably the first masterpiece by acclaimed Swedish director Ingmar Bergman, The Seventh Seal is also Bergman’s first serious attempt to confront his fear of death while questioning the existence of God and the meaning of life. The film is set in Europe during the latter half of the Middle Ages. A once religious and idealistic knight joins the Crusades, only to find himself disillusioned with the reality and absurdity of war. On his return to his homeland during an outbreak of plague, he is greeted by Death, whom he challenges to a game of chess in hopes of forestalling his own fate while attempting to perform ‘one meaningful deed’ before his own inevitable passing.
Hong Kong’s popular indoor neon playground Crossfire Arena is taking things outdoor and is hosting a one-of-a-kind sports carnival at Central Harbourfront. For three consecutive days, challenge yourself and your friends in neon-lit strategic games like Star Wars-style lightsabre duel, dodgeball, five-a-side archery war games and something called balance bike. Exercise has never been more fun.
A group exhibition organised together with the iconic Galerie Denise René from Paris demonstrating and celebrating the beauty of Op art and kinetic art, view both historical and more recent works by artists who have worked within the legacy of the historical movement into the 21st century and up-and-comers in the genre. Marvel at the artworks comprised of osculating colours and forms that invite the viewer to be an active participant.
Renowned for their theatrical, awe-inspiring live shows, this live concert movie is the latest in a long line of Muse live shows recorded for video following the likes of Live at Rome Olympic Stadium, Absolution Tour and Hullabaloo. The film – recorded over multiple shows of the band’s 2015-16 world tour – includes never before seen special effects along with exclusive insights from the band. The release is meant to be a one-night-only event in cinemas across the globe but Hong Kong cinemas have kindly scheduled a handful of repeat showings for any fans busy on the 12th. Regardless, the release is extremely limited and anyone eager to see this one the big screen should book their tickets early to avoid missing out.
Inflatable slides are this summer’s must-have and Discovery Bay’s Tai Pak Beach is being transformed into a Jurassic Water Park featuring a series of awesome dino-covered inflatable slides and obstacles. That’s not all, there’s also hand-paddled boats, inflatable hamster cyclinder-type installations to walk on water, inflatable games booths and even children’s zip line. Fuel up with the whole family at various restaurants at DB. Happening every weekend between July 21 July to August 12, all the water fun awaits just one ferry away.
Everyone’s favourite superhero family finally returns this summer after 14 years. And to celebrate the momentous occasion, The Incredibles 2 (plus Frozone and Edna Mode) is taking over Times Square for an entire month. There are plenty of photo ops with the characters including a four-meter-tall giant Jack-Jack, a figure of Elastigirl being badass on a bike and the new villain, the Underminer. You can also try your hand at the new Lego video game as well. Don’t miss the chance to meet the whole team on July 21-22 and July 28-29.
French artist DanHôo, who is one of the top specialists in marouflage wall painting, presents his first solo exhibition with A2Z Art Gallery. Vigorously using mixed media and a plethora of different materials, DanHôo’s work represents the connection between emotions and psychologically induced feelings. He breaks down the fourth wall in every piece he makes, proving to be a thought-provoking, mind-bottling exhibition.
Paris-based artist Christophe Aguirre Schwarz, aka Zevs, returns to Hong Kong for the first time since 2009 for a new solo exhibition ‘Supreme même’. Zev’s work is notable through his deconstruction of trademark logos and global brands – Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Coca-Cola, Google, among others. In the latest show, he explores the relationship between powerhouses Louis Vuitton and Supreme, a collaboration of conspicuous materialism and idealised beauty and wealth.