The best things to do in Hong Kong this weekend
Elevating your movie experience to whole new level, enjoy blockbuster films and indie hits on a rooftop terrace in the heart of Wan Chai. Each ticket comes with two drinks of your choice and plenty of snacks available. But feel free to bring your own and a cosy blanket or two. This edition of the Open Air Cinema is a showing of Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. Sit back, relax and enjoy the movie!
Welcome the Year of the Dog at this free outdoor yoga class as part of Pure Yoga’s semi-regular community classes. Overlooking the waters, breathe in the fresh air at the complmentary morning class and find your zen. The session is taught by Pure Yoga's Greta Lai and Hilda Chan and is completely open to everyone. Register at any Pure Yoga locations or call 8129 2200. Remember to bring a yoga mat, towel and plenty of water. Namaste.
Looking for that perfect excuse to get a new ink? Popular Central tattoo parlour The Dragons Lair Tattoo is hosting a flash weekend between February 24-25 where all pre-designed tattoos sized five to 10cm are priced between $500 and $1,000. With designs ranging from old school, Japanese, mandalas and neo-traditional, it’s a bargain for something that will last for life. Walk-ins only!
Hong Kong’s biggest carnival returns to Central Harbourfront! With all your favourite thrilling rides, game booths, and more than a million toys waiting to be won, the carnival is the perfect Christmas day-out for the family, complete with the gorgeous Hong Kong skyline for selfies. This year, there’s the addition of the Great European Circus featuring incredible aerial acts and motorcycle performances in the wheel of death.
The power of the Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree is legendary. One of the age-old traditions of Chinese New Year in Hong Kong is a visit to this wishing tree in Tai Po where you write your wishes on a placard and tie it to a mandarin, which is considered an auspicious fruit. It is believed that by throwing the placard up high onto the tree without falling back will make your wishes come true. There are also food vendors selling local snacks and traditional Hakka food, as well as daily cultural performances like singing and lion dances.
For David Zwirner’s inaugural exhibition, the newest addition to art gallery complex H Queen’s, the new venue presents works by prominent Belgian painter Michaël Borremans. Subverting imageries of innocent new-borns into unsettling, the collection features still-lifes of toddlers playing or engaging in mysterious acts with their bodies covered in blood. The uncomfortable atmosphere evoked is further exaggerated by a gloomy, nostalgic backdrop.
Love Toy Story, The Incredibles, Msters Inc. and all things related to Pixar? This exihibition is one for you. In collaboration with Pixar Animation Studios and as part of the celebration of the 20th anniversary of HKSAR Establishment, the world-renowned studios takes Hong Kong on a journey through its 30 years of history from Toy Story to the most recent Coco, and view an impression collection of hand-drawn sketches, paintings, storyboards and sculptures, as well as digital media, and see how they transformed into the resulting films. With the theme of friendship and family, see how the artists convey emotions of love and sadness and everything in between of the character through various shapes, colours and lines.
Beijing-based artist Lu Song’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong Combre is a reference to the remote and rural territory that lies beyond the coast or the city. With key themes of purity and mystery, romanticism and eroticism, discipline and mysticism, the artist aims to create a refuge of the mind through his acrylic landscape paintings featuring dark green leaves, water and flowers, allowing viewers to contemplate and find inner peace.
Transforming stones into unique artworks, Japanese sculptor and painter Izumi Kato returns to Hong Kong with a new exhibition. The collection features his signature human figurative designs created with irregularly-shaped granite pieces selected near his coastal studio, highlighting the power of natural aesthetics. Some of Izumi’s recent paintings are also showcased alongside.
From gripping experimental dance pieces and riveting Cantonese opera to majestic classical works and sombre stage performances, the Hong Kong Arts Festival has them all. Now in its 46th year, the line-up is as impressive as ever. Highlights include the Olivier Award-winning play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Anna Karenina by Ballett Zürich.