The best things to do in Hong Kong this weekend
It’s been a decade since Hong Kong hosted its first Pride Parade, so you know this year’s event is going to be bigger than ever to celebrate that 10th anniversary. Aside from promotingacceptance, the event is also pushing for more legal protection and equality for the LGBTI community in Hong Kong. Come dressed in your best purple outfit and a party awaits at the end of the walk with performances and booths.
Returning to Hong Kong for the sixth time, the Musicus Fest this year kicks start on November 15 with performances from three string virtuosos – local artistic director Trey Lee, premier Hong Kong jazz guitarist Eugene Pao and nyckelharpa veteran Emilia Amper, joined by the Trondheim Soloists from Norway. On November 16, the Chamber Music Gala assembles some of the most prominent chamber music artists around the world, including violin prodigy Wong Pui-Ying and pianist Colleen Lee. The festival also includes the children’s concert, Marco Polo Returns to Carnival on November 17, and the finale concert on November 18, featuring Greig’s Two Melodies by the Trondheim Soloists among other magnificent performances.
Take a visual journey back in time to the iconic Hong Kong of the 1970’s and 1980’s when the city was known as the Pearl of the Orient. The Way We Were, Macgregor’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong, is an intimate and wistful sojourn back to a time that exemplified the phrase east meets west, where bellbottom jeans and colourful sampans were in abundance. The exhibition is also debuting pieces from Macgregor’s Neon Fantasies project, a digital reimagination of a city overtaken by its iconic neon signs.
Rendered through pop-art creations and graphic novel motifs, Timekeeper is a series of colourful portraits of tattooed individuals. O’Flynn tattooed characters exude complex, wry and humorously cynical perceptions of our world today. From symbols of the Illuminati and Third Eye, to Virgin Mary embellished with an “om” symbol and quotes about mind control and John Lennon’s “Imagine”, Timekeeper will have you swallowing the red pill and journeying down the rabbit hole to meet the myriad of influences, contradictions and questions of contemporary society today.
Although he died just age 32 and with only five starring roles to his name, Bruce Lee remains an icon, still the most well-known Hongkonger of all time. In celebration of the 78th anniversary of his birth, Emperor Cinemas are screening all four of his locally-made martial arts films – in glorious 4K, too. Details are as follows:The Big Boss – November 24, 4:20pm, Central; November 27, 7.30pm, Tuen Mun.Fist of Fury – November 18, 4pm, Tuen Mun; November 25, 1.30pm, Central.The Way of The Dragon – November 17, 4pm, Central; November 24, 4pm, Tuen Mun.Game of Death – November 17, 4pm, Tuen Mun; November 27, 7.20pm, Central.
Can't wait until art events and happenings in March? You’re in luck. There’s Hong Kong Art Week to tide you over until art month next year. Kicking off from November 9, the 9-day festival brings together an impressive lineup of local artists, galleries and the community to celebrate the growing and vibrant art scene in Hong Kong. There are tons of city-wide programmes to check out from a two-day action-packed art symposium at Asia Society and studio visits to an art debate. An unmissable event for any art lovers!
German artist Susanne Winterling takes over the black-cube Empty Gallery to present her artworks that feature the marine victims of climate change – dinoflagellates, the micro single-cell algae and plankton that support the basis of the food chain in the deep sea. The centrepiece of the exhibition is an immersive video projected against an enormous curved screen. Accompanying the film are sculptural 3D-printed dinoflagellates and turtle that have been cast out of Hong Kong beach sand to warn the public that our precious marine life is at risk. With a sense of aesthetic wonder, the exhibition interprets cyberpunk magic realism with the wonder of projections.
The Internet’s favourite Spanish illustrator and designer Joan Cornellà returns to Hong Kong for a pop-up store at PMQ where you’ll find new original works and comic strips (limited edition) in the store. Visitors can also check out Cornella’s limited edition of Selfie (Lithograph) for the first time, as well as pick up t-shirts, posters and totes bags featuring his works. Come to S414, 4/F in PMQ to have a look if you want to enjoy his dark humour.
It’s never too early to get all your Christmas shopping done! Shopping Hong Kong is bringing back their annual holiday bazaars where shoppers can get two chances to tick off everything from your shopping list. At the market, you'll find a wide-range collection of luxury andaffordable fashion, jewellery, lifestyle product, accessories and a whole lot more. Note that while the two-day Fair at the Fringe Club is open to the public, the one-day bazaar at the Happy Valley Football Club is open to members or if you RSVP via shoppinghongkong.net.
Find the freshest local produce at this regular Sunday Market in Taikoo Place. With over 40 stalls helmed by culinary trailblazers, browse for everything from seasonal fruits, baked goods and organic food and the trendiest bites, get ready sample healthy and delicious nibbles while learning more about sustainable eating. Each month also have a different theme and to kick off the return in November, is a coffee festival featuring the best brewers in the region.