A quick digest of the coolest weekend happenings in Hong Kong.
Friday, September 6
If you’ve always wanted to take a selfie with No-Face or walk into the forest to visit Totoro, then good news: You might just get that chance here at this exhibition which will feature 3D models of iconic scenes taken from the studio’s beloved films, bringing its traditional pencil and paper illustrations and animated graphics to life. For years, Studio Ghibli — the Japanese animation studio behind these characters and founded by filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki — has been wowing audiences with beautifully animated masterpieces that feature fantastical worlds, lovable characters, and stories that resonate with young and old alike.
11am to 10pm until November 3 at Portal 6311, 1/F, 18 Sheung Yuet Rd, Kowloon Bay. HK$168 to HK$208 (adults, online) HK$118 to HK$148 (students and concessions), HK$360 to HK$450 (two adults and one child, and HK$100 for each extra child), HK$188 to HK$228 (adults, at the door), HK$128 to HK$168 (students and concessions, at the door), HK$408 to HK$540 (two adults and one child, and HK$100 for each extra child at the door).
Scottish post-punk indie rock group Twilight Sad will be performing in its debut Hong Kong show this weekend. With five studio albums to its name, the band is known for hits like Last January, , VTr, and There’s A Girl In The Corner.
7:30pm at This Town Needs, 1/F, Ocean One, 6 Shung Shun Street, Yau Tong, Kowloon. HK$350.
Wontonmeen is a hostel that’s hosted a slew of small and intimate jazz nights, and this weekend they’re back with another session. If you’re in the mood for improvisational jazz, pianist Rod Chui Li will be performing with drummer Samson Sin and bassist Chan Kam Ming.
8:15pm at XS, G/F 135 Lai Chi Kok Road, Kowloon. Free.
Saturday, September 7
Italian-American food, Middle Eastern bites, and Michelin-starred Cantonese fare are just some of the cuisines that can sampled at FEAST, a new food festival taking place at PMQ this week. Attendees will be able to get up close with the chefs from eight restaurants, each of which will have its own live cooking station set up, not unlike a live cooking theater of sorts, so that guests can watch them prepare signature dishes before they get doled out to the public. There will be shared tables, live music, and the food and drinks will be free-flow.
12:30pm to 4:30pm until Sunday, September 8 at PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central. HK$680 (day ticket, adult) HK$380 (day ticket, child).
Afternoon jazz on Lamma Island. For those of you who are old souls and fans of jazz standards like L.O.V.E, and My Funny Valentine, Ola and Farley and the Sangels band will have a special concert celebrating love with the release of their debut jazz album and will also be performing a few songs from the album. Walk-ins are advised to email firstname.lastname@example.org so that seats can be reserved.
4pm to 6pm at Lamma Art Collective, 1/F, 23 Main Street, Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island. HK$200 (advance, includes free keychain USB copy of album) HK$120 (walk in) HK$50 (kids aged 12 and under).
Deep house and electronic sounds courtesy of Arun R this weekend. Boom BOOM booooooomm.
11pm to 4am at Mudita, G/F, 24-30 Ice House Street, Central. Free.
Wing Po So will present her first solo exhibition with de Sarthe called From the Body to the Body Through the Body, which features work on the artist’s ongoing exploration of Chinese medicinal materials. Through the use of corn — which is one of the most commonly used Chinese medicinal ingredients — Wing creates a “fictitious archeological reality” that includes petrified habitats and fossilized bones of a prehistoric crustacean-like creature made of clay and corncob, and an eleven-meter-long cocoon installation made mainly of dried corn silk. This exhibition will run until September 21.
5pm to 7pm at de Sarthe Gallery, 20/F Global Trade Square, 21 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang. Free.
Gardening in Hong Kong can be tricky — but it’s not impossible. Learn about composting at this workshop in Discovery Bay, which will teach you how to compost whether you have a balcony, rooftop, or even just a small space in your apartment.
1pm to 3pm at Discovery Bay Multi Purpose Hall G/F Discovery Bay Office Center (DBOC) No 2 Plaza Lane. Free.
Sunday, August 8
In case you missed the memo, it’s Rum Week over in Hong Kong Island, which will see a number of bars hold rum masterclasses and also serve up some rum. Twelve bars will be taking part in this weeklong event which includes Honi Honi Tiki Cocktail Lounge (the event hosts), Employees Only Hong Kong, Gishiki Lounge, Le Boudoir, PIQNIQ, Potato Head, Stockton, The Pawn, The Sea by The Old Man, Whisky & Words, Winstons Coffee, and Wise King. The big event, however, will be the closing party on Sunday over at Honi Honi, which will feature five food stations, free-flow rum punch while stocks last, and a drunken pig roast.
3pm at Honi Honi Tiki Cocktail Lounge, 3/F Somptueux Central, 52 Wellington Street, Central.
Since January 22, 2019, Hong Kong-based artist Rachel Smith has been filling one matchbox per day with a “visual commentary of the past 24 hours” — imagine a sort of micro-diorama. The project began as a coping mechanism for her growing anxiety and the panic attacks she started experiencing around the start of the year. The project was only meant to last 30 days, but Smith soon passed that mark, and the result is a visual diary in novel form. You can check out some of the matchboxes here.
10am to 7pm until September 29 at H307, Veranda, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central. Free.
As Tai Kwun approaches its one year anniversary, it will be displaying 101 objects related to its previous life as the Central Police Station.
11am to 8pm until Thursday, September 22 at Duplex Studio LG1/F & LG2/F, Block 01 & Site-wide, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Rd, Central. Free.