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What’s on Hong Kong!

Your Guide to What’s On in Hong Kong! 

Art

Art Central
Billed as “Hong Kong’s edgiest Fair,” the third edition of Art Central is coming to Hong Kong’s Central Harbourfront. The fair will feature approximately 100 leading international galleries, many of which are from the Asia Pacific.
When: 20-25 March, 2017
Where: Central Harbourfront
Tickets: From $230 Ticketflap
Art Basel Festival
Art Basel is returning to Hong Kong for its 5th edition this march. The show features 20th and 21st century works of modern and contemporary art. Half of the exhibitors are from Asia and Asia Pacific. This year’s show also presents premier galleries from the rest of the world, totalling 34 countries.
When: 22 March, 2017 More info: https://www.artbasel.com
Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center Hall 1 and Hall 3
Tickets: From $250, HK Ticketing
Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong
With the objective of ‘Affordable’ in mind this Art Fair showcases both local and international galleries along with artworks from emerging and established artists. Organisers have spent the the summer months visiting galleries and exhibitions scouting fun, inspiring and interactive works and special projects to bring to the 2017 fair.
When: 19 – 21 May 2017
Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wan Chai
Tickets: For more information

Music

James Taylor in Concert
Pencil in the date, music fans will not want to miss this concert! One of this most recognised voices in popular music along with his distinctive style of guitar-playing, James Taylor is enormously influential. Having sold over 100 million albums throughout his career, James Taylor is bringing his greatest hits to Hong Kong.
When: 23 February 2017
Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wan Chai
Tickets: from $488, HK Ticketing
An Evening with Tom Jones Live
Popular Welsh musician Tom Jones is returning to Hong Kong for a live concert this February. Performing songs from his recent albums, Long Lost Suitcase, Spirit In The Room and Praise & Blame, his shows appeal to people from all ages and backgrounds.
When: 25 February 2017
Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Tickets: From $688 HK Ticketing
Dragonland Music Festival
Dragonland Music Festival is a hip, unique, three day music festival and will be the first outdoor concert in Hong Kong to combine both Electronic Dance Music and Pop music. Acts include Carley Rae Jepsen, Black Eyed Peas, Iggy Azalea and more. Additionally, Hong Kong favorite Leon Lai will play a full concert.
For more information: http://www.dragonlandmusicfestival.com/home/
When: 24-26 February, 2017
Where: Central Harbourfront
Tickets: Hotdogtix
The Kills
YourMum is presenting their first show in the Year of the Rooster: THE KILLS. The band is a fusing of Alison Mosshart’s stunning vocals and Jamie Hince’s cooler-than-cool guitar attacks. The band gained global recognition during the Garage Rock explosion of the early 2000’s and has remained an iconic presence ever since.
When: 28 February 2017
Where: MacPherson Stadium, Mongkok
Tickets: From $530 Ticketflap
ALTN8 Music Festival
ALTN8 is a new electronic music festival debuting in Hong Kong this March. The multi-venue, indoor music festival is presenting 30 international and local artists at eight different venues across the city. Venues include the likes of Kee Club, Volar, and Fly. Prominent international artists which have been confirmed so far include British bass musicians GotSome and Preditah, German artists Stephan Bodzin and Wankelmut, and British rave icon Danny Rampling.
For more information: http://www.altn8.com
When: 11-12 March 2017
Where: Central Hong Kong, Full address to be announced shortly
Tickets: From $480 Ticketflap
Sleepmakeswaves
Aussie instrumental rock band, Sleepmakeswaves have gained a worldwide following for their innovative and expansive music and electrifying live shows. Over the past three years they have completed eight Australian tours, three European tours and have toured the USA. This March they are coming to Hong Kong.
When: 19 March 2017
Where: Hidden Agenda, Hung To Industrial Building, Kwun Tong
Tickets: From $200 Ticketflap
HK Sevens Kick Off Concert
The HK Sevens Kick off concert provides some top-class entertainment as a part of HK Sevens Rugby Week. The concert will be headlined by British pop legends Madness. They will be joined by Mod gods From The Jam, featuring British rock icon Bruce Foxton.
When: 6 April, 2017
Where: Indian Recreation Club, Sookunpoo Valley
Tickets: From $388 Ticketflap
Shi Fu Miz
Shi Fu Miz is a two day festival created by the Hong Kong based agency Fufu and the music collective La Mamie’s from France. The festival was created to offer modern and original cultural activities in Hong Kong, and includes a varied program of global music, electronic music, live performances, DJ sets and art activities and workshops. The performances will revolve around the idea of well-being and ecology.
When: 13-14 May, 2017
Where: Life Base, Pui O
Tickets: from $350, Ticketflap
Sting – 57th & 9th Tour
See a musical legend in the flesh as Sting tours his latest 57th & 9th album. He’ll be at the at the Hong Kong Convention Centre with a 3 piece band and tickets go on sale 13 January.
When: 3 June 2017
Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre – Hall 5BC
Tickets: from $588, on sale 13 January, HKTicketing

Theatre & Dance

WE Dance Finale
The finale of the WE Dance Programme will include non-stop showcases of local dance troupes and dancers, a dance hall where local performers get a chance to shine on stage, an interactive dance workshop and an open dance floor that everyone is invited to join.
For more information: http://www.westkowloon.hk/en/whats-on/current-forthcoming/we-dance-finale/
When: 12 February 2017
Where: Nursery Park, West Kowloon Cultural District
Tickets: Free admission
The Crucible
Aurora Theatre’s latest production, The Crucible is set for this February. The Arthur Miller classic will be directed by Nicole Garbellini.
For more information: http://www.auroratheatrehk.com
When: 16-19 February, 2017
Where: Sheung Wan Civic Centre
Tickets: from $220, book pre-sale tickets by emailing info@auroratheatrehk.com
All My Sons
Based on true events, the compelling story of love, guilt and the corrosive power of greed was Arthur Miller’s first great Broadway success. All my Sons is a gripping and profoundly moving production that exposes the corruption of the American dream. Directed by Tony Award winner, Michael Rudman who works with the Rose Theatre Kingston of the UK to produce a stunning show.
For more information: https://www.hk.artsfestival.org/en/
When: 3-5, 7-9 March 2017
Where: Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts, Wanchai
Tickets: From $200, Urbtix
HK Ballet: Coppelia
One of the greatest comic ballets, Coppelia tells the story of a mysterious inventor, his life-sized doll, and an inquisitive young couple. The performance features gorgeous sets and costumes by the award-winning Roberta Guidi di Bagno and enchanting music by Delibes, Coppelia is sure to entertain fans of all ages.
For more information: http://www.hkballet.com/en/index.html
When: 24-26 March 2017
Where: Sha Tin Town Hall Auditorium
Tickets: From $100 Urbtix
West Side Story
West Side Story is one of THE must-see musicals and now a vibrant new production is coming to Hong Kong, following wild acclaim and sold-out seasons around the world, from London, Tokyo and Sydney. Inspired by Shakespeare’s tumultuous love story Romeo and Juliet, and set amidst the vicious rivalry of teenage gangs in 1950s New York, WEST SIDE STORY’s ground-breaking choreography and unforgettable score changed the face of musical theatre for ever when it burst onto the Broadway stage in 1957.|
When: 18 May – 4 June 2017
Where: The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Lyric Theatre
Tickets: from $445, HK Ticketing

Food & Drink

Beerfest Asia 2017
Beerfest Asia returns with 4 days of great beer, food and entertainment. The festival will feature international favourite and craft brews from the familiar to the weird and wonderful. Additionally, more than 20 international and local live bands and DJs will perform.
For details: http://beerfestasiahk.com
When: 2-5 March, 2017
Where: West Kowloon Cultural District Waterfront Promenade
Tickets: from $150 Ticketflap
Taste of Hong Kong
Taste is returning to Hong Kong for the second year and will be bigger and better with Kaum at Potato Head, Mercato, Okra, Rhoda and ZUMA joining last year’s favourites Amber, Arcane, Café Gray Deluxe, CHINO, Duddell’s, Tin Lung Heen, Tosca and Yardbird. As well as tastings, there will be a gourmet market, live entertainment and Laurent-Perrier champagne-a-plenty. Grab your tickets now at early bird prices, and don’t miss out on the fast-selling VIP passes.
When: 16-19 March 2017
Where: Central Harbourfront
Tickets: from $138, Ticketflap

Comedy

Eddie Izzard Force Majeure Live in Hong Kong
Eddie Izzard is coming to Hong Kong for the first time with his brand new show ‘Force Majeure.’
The show is one of the most extensive comedy tours ever and began in Spring 2013. Eddie will visit 30 countries as a part of the tour.
When: 23 February, 2017
Where: Hong Kong Baptist University, Academic Community Hall, Kowloon Tong
Tickets: From $488, HKTicketing
The Punchline Comedy Club All Irish Show
Punchline Comedy Club is hosting a show of all-Irish comedians. The show will feature Totally Wired!, Ireland’s oldest and least successful boy band, as well as popular Irish comedian Ian Coppinger and critically acclaimed stand-up comedian, columnist and broadcaster, Colm O’Regan.
When: 16-18 March, 2017
Where: Sun Hung Kai Centre, Wan Chai
Tickets: From $290, Ticketflap
Russell Howard Round the World Live in Hong Kong
Popular British comedian, Russell Howard is visiting Hong Kong as a part of his biggest tour yet, the 2017 Round the World tour.
When: 27 May 2017
Where: Hong Kong Baptist University, Academic Community Hall
Tickets: From $488, HK Ticketing

Kids & Family

These events are specifically aimed at children, but you can find family-friendly events throughout this post (especially in music and theatre). Please scroll through and take a look!
The AIA Great European Carnival
Looking for a fun family day out this winter, Hong Kong will once again host The AIA Great European Carnival. The Carnival will this year be bringing back all the favourite rides and attractions, along with new ones.
When: 16 December 2016 – 12 February 2017
Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space, Central
Tickets: more info & Tickets here
KidsFest 2017
KidsFest is a three-week Festival of world-class theatre for young people. Dedicated to creating and promoting a wide variety of performance styles from all corners of the world. In 2017 there are 10 different productions over 5 weeks in 2 different HKAPA venues.
Shows include:
The Way Back Home
Gruffalos, Ladybirds and Other Beasts with Julia Donaldson
Horrible Histories: The Awful Egyptians
The First Hippo on the Moon – David Walliams
Why the Whales Came by michael Morpurgo
The Snail and the Whale
Romeo & Juliet Untold
Stick Man
Horrible Histories: The Best of Barmy Britain
Shark in the Park!
When: 4 January to 12 February 2017
Where: The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Art
Schedule: More information
A Musical Fantasy in Animes
The Symphony Orchestra will present a performance of anime theme songs. The family friendly show will be presented by live symphony orchestra and projection slide show. The show welcomes guests age 3 and up.
When: 12 February 2017
Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
Tickets: From $120 Urbtix
Hong Kong International Young Readers Festival 2017
The Hong Kong International Young Readers Festival is a two day event that includes opportunities to meet authors such as celebrated author Kate De Goldi, as well as take part in storytelling sessions with authors and an illustrating workshop with Sarah Davis.
When: 11-12 March, 2017
Where: Comix Homebase, 4/F Exhibition Venue, Wan Chai
Tickets: From $80, Ticketflap
Geronimo Stilton Live in the Kingdom of Fantasy
This family musical and drama performance tells the story of children’s book character Geronimo Stilton’s adventure to save the Queen of the Fairies, encountering many magical and mystical creatures such as mermaids, dragons, pixies, witches, gnomes, fairies and a giant along the way.
When: 6-7 May 2017
Where: The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Tickets: from $295, HKTicketing
Dr. Bunhead’s Blast Off!
Dr. Bunhead’s Blast Off is a dramatic theatrical performance that explores the hows and whys of science. The show features pure, live, scary science for children and is most fun for ages five to adult, however there is no minimum age to attend the show.
When: 11-14 May 2017
Where: The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Tickets: from $195 HKTicketing
The Tiger Who Came to Tea
A family friendly stage performance of the picture book written and illustrated by Judith Kerr. The story has been adapted for the stage with songs and lyrics by David Wood.
When: 2-4 June 2017
Where: Drama Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts
Tickets: From $195 HK Ticketing

Shopping & Markets

Discovery Bay Sunday Market
Organised by Handmade Hong Kong, browse for arts, crafts and special goods.
Where: Discovery Bay Plaza
When: 8 January, 12 February, 12 March, and 9 April 2017
Tickets: Free event more info
Park Island Market
This market, organized by Handmade Hong Kong is located in the Park Island neighborhood, surrounded by community shops and restaurants, and a short walk from the beach with alfresco dining areas. The market has a laid-back and welcoming atmosphere for both residents of Park Island and day visitors.
For more information: http://www.handmadehongkong.com/event/park-island-market-19th-february-2017/
When: 19 February 2017
Where: Shell Plaza, Park Island
Tickets: Free admission
Rug Lane Vintage and Secondhand Markets Vol. 2
Rug Lane’s second installment of their popular Secondhand Market is on this March at Soho Yard. The market is open for both girls and guys to buy or sell secondhand and vintage clothing. There will be food, beers from a local brewery, Black Kite, and giveaways from Black Kite and Guava Pass.
When: 5 March 2017
Where: Soho Yard, Central
Tickets: From $35 Ticketflap
Shopping Hong Kong Spring Event
Shopping Hong Kong is offering a special shopping event this spring at the American Club Tai Tam. The event features new Spring Collections from vendors in every department including women’s, children, men, home accessories, jewelry and more. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to FOCUS, a Hong Kong based charity.
When: 29 March, 2017
Where: The American Club Tai Tam
Tickets: free event, for more info

Health & Wellness

Legion Run HK
Legion Run features 20+ obstacles of mud, fire, ice and barbed wire held in several countries around the globe. The events are designed to challenge your physical and mental limits and make memories with friends and families.
When: 11 June, 2017
Where: Mui Wo
Tickets: From $580 Ticketflap
Longines Masters Hong Kong
The award-winning The Longines Masters event promises to combine heart-pounding competition by the world’s top show jumping riders and horses with world-class entertainment, fashion, art and food.
When: 10-12 February 2017
Where: Asia World Expo
Tickets: From $120 http://www.longinesmasters.com/en/ticketing
Freespace Happening
A free cultural event for the community. Musical performances from the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, WE Dance performances and workshops and Writing On Leaves, a guided tour of the park are some examples of activities included in the free event.
For more information and to register for workshops: https://www.facebook.com/events/383498168709042/
When: 12 February 2017
Where: Nursery Park, West Kowloon Cultural District
Tickets: Free admission
Suits for Success
Donate your gently used work attire to this fantastic cause! Suits for Success is a charity event organised Women in Finance Asia (WIFA). The program is aimed at getting people to donate their old suits to charities, who then repurpose the garments for really great causes. The suit donations benefit such causes as: underprivileged youths who will be attending internships or interviews, mothers looking to re-join the workforce, and asylum seekers and refugees who are attending training workshops and exiting Hong Kong for their new home among others.
When: 1-9 March 2017
Where: You can donate your suits at Pure Yoga and Fitness Centers and other collection points throughout the city.
For More information: Event Facebook page
Hong Kong T20 Blitz
The Hong Kong T20 Blitz is a cricket tournament with five franchise teams consisting of world famous players and Hong Kong’s finest cricketers competing for victory.
When: 8-12 March, 2017
Where: Mission Road Cricket Ground, Kowloon
Tickets: From $90 Ticketflap
Shi Fu Miz Southside Project
Shi Fu Miz Southside Project is a precursor to the Shi Fu Miz Festival in May. This day and night time party at Ovolo in Wong Chuk Hang. The costume party will be split between two spaces including an underground warehouse with International guests, artists and local djs.
When: 18 March 2017
Where: Ovolo Hotel Southside, Wong Chuk Hang
Tickets: $200 Ticketflap
2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships
2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships presented by Tissot are a set of world championship events for the various disciplines and distances in track cycling.This will be the second time in track cycling’s history that the event has been hosted in Asia.
When: 12-16 April, 2017
Where: Hong Kong Velodrome, Tseung Kwan O
Tickets: From $120 Ticketflap
2017 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX
Formula 1 returns to Singapore’s Marina Bay Street Circuit for its tenth year this September. Book now and join the crowds watching speeding vehicles passing the beautiful Singaporean skyline and take in all the sights, sounds and festivities surrounding the event.
When: 15-17 September 2017
Where: Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore
Tickets: From $248 Ticketflap
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