A quick digest of the coolest weekend happenings in Hong Kong.
Friday, August 9
This monochromatic art installation piece designed by Berlin-based Japanese artist Yoko Seyama aims to convey the claustrophobic feeling of urban settings. On select dates of the show (check link above for exact dates), there will also be a 40-minute dance performances centered around the installation, set to original music by German composer Dirk P. Haubrich. The audience will also be invited to explore the space with the dancers, as there will be no seating.
12pm to 8pm until August 17 at ArtisTree, 1/F, Cambridge House, Taikoo Place, 979 King’s Road, Quarry Bay. Free (installation viewing); HK$160 (dance performance).
Elevate your mood and moves at this swing dancing workshop taught by Sergey and Karen, founders of Hong Kong Swings. The two-hour workshop is tailored for intermediate-level students and will focus on leading and following turns, and will be followed by a swing dance social at the nearby STEAM Studio. Sign-ups required; interested students can do so here.
7pm to 9pm at Chit Chat Studio, 22-24 Tak Cheung Building, Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan. HK$300 per person, or HK$250 per person if you sign up as a couple.
Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy gets reinvented into a musical featuring original numbers sung in French. The show, created by popular French composer Gérard Presgurvic, premiered in 2001 and has been performed in over 18 countries around the globe since.
7:30pm until Aug 11 at Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Hong Kong Cultural Center, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Shui. HK$1,095, HK$895, HK$695, HK$495 (general tickets). HK$1314 (for two HK$895 tickets). 30% off for concessions (not applicable to HK$495 tickets).
High-End Audio Visual Show 2019
Here’s one for the audiophiles — this expo will feature up-and-coming brands from around the world (with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region) that represent to best in the digital audio sector. From cutting-edge digital systems to classic models from the last century, plus sophisticated hi-fi speakers to popular Bluetooth earphones, attendees can expect to see all kinds of audiophile gadgets. There will be live mini-concerts at the venue, too.
10am to 6pm until August 11 at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai. HK$90.
DIY Charcoal Self-portrait
In this workshop, attendees will learn to draw and blend using some of the world’s oldest artistic mediums: fingers, and charcoal. Lam Sir, who has more than 30 years’ of experience teaching art, will be leading students in the self-portrait workshop. Whatsapp 5681 4888 to reserve a spot.
7pm to 9:30pm at We3Art, Room 603, Cheung Lee Commercial Building, 25 Kimberly Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. HK$200.
Saturday, August 10
The indie bands featured in this show have wandered far and wide, and it shows in their music. The Paisley Daze, whose members were born in North London and raised in Hong Kong, play a blend of new-age rock, jazz funk and blues. Mr Koo, which was established in New York and is now based Hong Kong — where the band members also grew up — play funky rock music with a psychedelic twist.
9pm to 1am at Terrible Baby, 4/F, Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Jordan. Free.
Disco-themed party. Dress code is “disco glam.” Glitter. Sequins. Shiny stuff, but make it fashion. Note, this one’s got an age restriction: 25 and above only.
10pm to 2am at Disco Bao, 4/F, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central. Free.
Situated next to the picturesque Tamar Park, the Central Harbourfront Event Space this weekend gets transformed into an artsy market featuring original and handmade products made by local artists. There will be free workshops for face painting and terrazzo plate molding, too.
10am to 6pm, Central Harbourfront Event Space, 9 Lung Wo Road Central, Central. Free.
Award-winning vocalist Roger Chung and pianist Jezrael Lucero join forces to perform some soulful fusion of Cantopop and jazz. The duo will be performing their Great American Songbook-inspired album, “Song Book,” in which classic Cantopop melodies from 1981 to 2002 have been reinvented in the style of American Broadway, Hollywood and radio classics such as “Over the Rainbow.” The duo’s new album has been praised by prominent Hong Kong audiophile Clarence Chang for “instantly creating history.”
8pm to 10:30pm at The Hub Wanchai, 1/F, Fortune Building, 150-158 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai. HK$180 (seating first come first serve).
Yes, electronic music festivals and wild nocturnal parties are all the rage, but if you’re up for something on the opposite end of the festival spectrum, then meet Daybreaker, a 3-hour festival that will combine yoga and dancing. There will be a big group yoga session during the first hour, after which the venue will be turned into a dance floor for a dance party that will go on until midnight. Daybreaker has collaborated with an electronic music act Above & Beyond to bring on the tunes.
9am to 12pm at Fiveelements Habitat, Level 13A, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay. HK$300 (yoga+dance) HK$200 (dance only).
Sunday, August 11
Free yoga sesh with a yogi who has 13 years of teaching and training under her belt. The instructor, Maggie, focuses on alignment and mindfulness during practice, and the poses and movements will be of the gentle, slow-paced and relaxing variety. Yoga mats will be provided. Note that latecomers will not be allowed into the class.
9:30am to 10:30am at Lululemon Festival Walk, LG1-25 Festival Walk, 80 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong. Free.
Adidas has partnered with District Race to organize a community run that’s enhanced by augmented reality. Participants will need to sign up (click link above), then download the District Race app, which will show the checkpoints where runners can collect points. The highest scorers will win a pair of Adidas Ultraboost trainers — three winners for the men’s category, and three for the women’s category.
10am to 1:30pm starting at Adidas Sports Base HK, Central Harbourfront Event Space, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central. Free.
Hosted by Rhythm and Tempo, the “Beat Me Tap” dance gala will feature top international tap dance performers from Korea, Japan, Australia and Taiwan, as well as a live jazz band to groove the place up. It’s being held as part of the Hong Kong Tap Festival (yes, that’s a thing), which marks its 8th anniversary this year.
2:45pm to 9:30pm at Hong Kong Cultural Center, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Shui. HK$220 (standard) HK$150 (concession).
Live Music Afternoon with Casper Leung
Live music played by professional pianist, guitarist and vocalist Casper Leung. The free mini-concert is being held in a local sustainable clothing store, so attendees can shop, too.
3:30pm to 4:30pm at a break 93, Room F, 4/F (Press 5 in the elevator), 9 Pak Sha Road, Causeway Bay. Free.
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