A quick digest of the coolest weekend happenings in Hong Kong.
Friday, August 3
When Coconuts HK spoke to Dutch photographer Marcel Heijnen about his photo book on Hong Kong’s market cats, he mentioned that his next project would involve turning the lens on Hong Kong’s garage dogs. If you were fans of Heijnen’s books on the city’s shop and market cats, then you’ll likely dig this exhibition, too.
Until August 31; 8am-8pm, Black Sugar — East Tsim Sha Tsui, Shop G34, Empire Centre, 68 Mody Road. Free.
Tai Kwun Contemporary has commissioned reoccurring special performances based on City Cookie, which was first staged in 2008 in Sao Paulo and restaged for the first time here in Hong Kong. This is a collaboration with dancers from the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts (HKAPA), choreographer Ming Pak, and artist duo Leung Chi Wo and Sara Chi Hang Wong, who have installed a performance on the second floor of JC Contemporary art gallery.
On Fri 7-7:30pm, Sat-Sun 3-3:30pm until August 15; Tai Kwun Contemporary, 10 Hollywood Road, Central. Free.
Canadian-born Chinese singer-songwriter Jess Leung cut her teeth in cafes and livehouses across the city by serenading Hongkongers with her songs that combine elements of jazz, indie folk and pop. This is the last date of her Hong Kong tour, so if you weren’t there at the cafes and livehouses, then here it is — one last chance to catch her.
On Fri 10pm-midnight; Peel Fresco Music Lounge, 49 Peel Street, SoHo, Sheung Wan. Tai Kwun Contemporary, 10 Hollywood Road, Central. Free.
Saturday, August 4
Summer is here — bring on the junk parties, wakeboarding, and paddleboarding. If you’re someone who is not great at paddleboarding but want to be better at it, then Asia Pacific Adventures (APA) will be holding a workshop so you can do just that. Participants need to be over the age of 12 and at least 1.5 meters tall, and will need to pay here first to join. Note that you’ll need to provide an emergency contact and provide your past medical history, too.
1pm-4:30pm, Deep Water Bay. HK$590.
Dominican musician Chris Polanco is a mainstay in Hong Kong’s local music scene, often credited with forming the only genuine Latin American band in the city. To celebrate the big 4-0, he will be holding a concert and bringing the Azúcar Latina Band, a 10-piece band that will get you dancing within seconds (trust us, we’ve seen them perform.)
8pm-1155pm, Grappa’s Cellar, B1 Jardine House, Central. HK$250 (pre-sale), and HK$280 (standard).
Sunday, August 5
Run by Meow Yoga and Wellness, this outdoor group yoga activity — next to palm trees and a water fountain, we hear — is gathering proceeds to donate to Impact HK, a charity that uses a holistic approach to help the city’s homeless population. Note, the class may be subject to cancellation if the weather’s not looking good for the day, but the organizers will notify those taking part two hours in advance of the event. This one’s suitable for all ages and experience levels.
Every Sunday 4-5pm. Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park, Sheung Wan. Free, but donations welcome.
Early-bird and advance tickets are sold out — however, they will be selling 20 tickets at the door at 6:30pm sharp on a first-come-first-served basis.
7:30pm-11pm. This Town Needs, 1/F, Commercial Accommodation, Ocean One, 6 Shung Shun Street, Yau Tong. HK$220 (walk in), HK$160 (advance)