A quick digest of the coolest weekend happenings in Hong Kong.
Friday, December 13
The Hong Kong Arts Collective presents this Christmas exhibition featuring festive works from 15 local artists. Aside from art, there will be drinks and mince pies, check out @hongkongartscollective on Instagram to see the artwork on show.
6pm to 8pm (opening) 12pm to 6pm until Sunday, December 22 at, 48 Water Street, Sai Ying Pun. Free.
This Town Needs will be screening Slayer: The Repentless Killogy, a short narrative film written and directed by B.J. McDonnell that uses the music of heavy metal group Slayer. (Please note that the actual Slayer will not be there.)
8pm to 10pm at, This Town Needs, 1/F, Ocean One, 6 Shung Shun Street, Yau Tong. HK$140.
Tai Kwun will be screening three short films followed by a performance by Japanese experimental post-rock trio Kukangendai. The films include Cecile B. Evans’ Hyperlink or It didn’t Happen, Metahaven’s Black Transparency, and Wanuri Kahiu’s Pumzi, all of which explore questions about “crisis modes” and humanity in an age of ever-evolving technology. Admission is free but guests should book seats online.
7pm to 10pm at, Tai Kwun Contemporary, 10 Hollywood Rd, Central, Hong Kong. Free.
Avant-garde dramatist Terayama Shuji based this 1978 play on Jonathan Swift’s satirical essay “Directions to Servants.” The experimental play is set in a mansion filled with devious servants who become master of the house, and the program notes say it will expose the audience to “a sadomasochistic universe combining elements of surrealism, dream work and Brecht-like theatrics of defamiliarisation.” (Unsurprisingly, guests have to be aged 15 and over to watch the play.)
There will be machines, and the show’s soundtrack will combine elements of rock and opera. The play will be performed in Japanese with Chinese and English surtitles.
8:15pm until Saturday, December 14 at, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. HK$480, HK$380, HK$280, HK$180.
Open up the weekend with an evening of nighttime yoga by Victoria Harbour. Remember to bring your own mat and water bottle, and also to wrap up, now that the evenings are getting chilly.
7:30pm to 8:30pm at, Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park, Sheung Wan. Free.
If you’re into acoustic pop or folk, check out Hong Kong singer-songwriter Martsn who will be performing at Lost Stars as part of the venue’s “Future In The Making” series.
The performance will be split into three sessions, and patrons can order food and drink during the 20 minute breaks in between. If you’re undecided, check out his performance of Sail with Alicia Keys’ If I Ain’t Got You, also performed at Lost Stars.
8pm-9:50pm at, Lost Stars Livehouse Bar & Eatery, G/F, Shop 506,11 Li Tak Street, Square Mile, Tai Kok Tsui. Free, but patrons must buy food or drink from the eatery.
Sheung Wan jazz joint Peel Fresco will be hosting Croatian jazz singer Ines Trickovic for a night of jazz standards. She’ll be accompanied by Jason Cheng (piano), Skip Moy (guitar), Paul Candelaria (bass), and Gary DeSilva (drums).
9pm at Peel Fresco Music Lounge, 49 G/F Peel Street, Sheung Wan. Free.
Co-working space The Hive will be hosting a Christmas market at their Kennedy Town space for your holiday shopping needs. There will be goods from clothing outlet Anorak, French boutique jewelry brand Oolive Jewelry, handmade crafts store Etcetera Hong Kong, and many more.
There will also be workshops teaching you how to make your own upcycled leather net bags and natural lip balm.
12pm to 8pm at, the Hive Studio, 8/F Cheung Hing Industrial Building, 12P Smithfield Rd, Kennedy Town. Free.
The University of Hong Kong’s Museum and Art Gallery will be hosting this exhibition of photos of China’s coast taken from 1908 to 1909 by Hungarian photographer Dezső Bozóky. A naval officer with the Austro-Hungarian Navy, Bozóky first left Hong Kong for Canton, before traveling to Fujian province, Shanghai, and Beijing, documenting the countryside and cities, along with their inhabitants. It’s a fascinating glimpse into the final few years of the Qing dynasty before it fell in 1911.
9:30am to 6pm at, University Museum and Art Gallery, University of Hong Kong, 90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong. Free.
Club Third will be hosting this solo exhibition by Beijing-born, Hong Kong-raised artist Elaine Keung called “Go Nuts,” which aims to challenge our perceptions of, and blur the boundaries between, high and low art. The paintings are made using traditional brush and acrylic, yet contain pixelated or graphic design elements, and feature a playful character “going nuts.”
12pm to 7pm until Saturday (closed on Sundays), December 21 at, Club Third, Shop no. 2, G/F & Cockloft, Fook On Building, 192 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun. Free.
We’re all feeling a bit nostalgic about old Hong Kong these days (and with the ongoing protests, who can blame you?). F11 Foto Museum will be celebrating its fifth birthday with this exhibition of photos of old Hong Kong taken in 1959 and 1960 by Dutch photographer Ed van der Elsken. The collection will feature 130 black-and-white photos of Elsken’s 13-month stay in Hong Kong, a city he reportedly once described as “the prettiest of harbor cities.”
2pm to 7pm until February 28 (closed on Sundays) at F11 Foto Museum, 11 Yuk Sau Street, Happy Valley. HK$100 (adults), HK$50 (students and seniors aged 65 and above), free for children aged 11 and under, and disabled persons.
Saturday, December 14
If you’re in need of a laugh this weekend, Tsim Sha Tsui bar and lounge Dada will be hosting a stand-up performance featuring Hong Kong-born Indian comedian Vivek Mahbubani. Mahbubani — who was last spotted by Coconuts HK at a protest leading a chorus of the pro-dem Cantopop song Beyond Vast Oceans — is a stand-up who performs in both Cantonese and English, and has previously been crowned the funniest person in Hong Kong (in both language categories) at the Hong Kong International Comedy Competition. His stand-up sets typically tackle Hong Kong-specific issues, including how racism manifests in the city.
8pm to 10pm at, Dada Bar + Lounge, 39 Kimberley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. HK$228.
Sheung Wan tea spot teakha will be joining forces with local bookstore Mount Zero for a two-day Christmas flea market, selling books, handmade jewelry, ceramics, stationery, pastries, and coffee. And because a dog is for life and not just for Christmas, on Sunday, local animal shelter LAP will be hosting a dog adoption clinic for anyone who wants to give a dog a forever home.
11am to 6pm until Sunday, December 15 at, Teakha, 18 Tai Ping Shan Street, Hong Kong Sheung Wan. Free.
Classy cocktail bar Tell Camellia, which specializes in tea-based cocktails, will be teaching guests how to make their own cocktails at this two-hour class. To book your spot, email email@example.com.
4pm to 6pm at, Tell Camellia, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street. Central. HK$400.
If pub crawls and Lan Kwai Fong are your thing, then there’s the annual LKF Christmas pub crawl. It costs HK$100 to join, and the deals include HK$30 cocktails and HK$40 for two beers at every bar, a free shot at each stop, and free entry at the final club. Remember to drink responsibly. Ahhhhhhh, just kidding!
9pm to 12am at, Baby Buddha, 18 Wo On Lane, Central. HK$100.
Jordan hotel Eaton HK will present this “24 hour movement and dance festival,” which involves an entire day of dance, film, music, literature, and dramatic showpieces provided by 40 local and overseas artists performed throughout the entire building.
This “performance” — curated by Alice Rensy — will begin in earnest at 7am, and highlights will include parkour at breakfast, acrobatics and Cantonese opera at The Astor over dinner, a special section on love and instability within families at Yat Tung Heen, dramatic readings, and a classical performance by Cambodia’s only gay dance troupe, among others.
At 5pm, the Eaton HK Ballroom — named Maggie after actress Maggie Cheung — will also hold an open-call “two on two” street dance competition, with the winner crowned in the finals at 9pm. Afterwards, the party will continue at the hotel’s live music lounge Terrible Baby.
7am to 1am at, Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Kowloon. Free.
The Pink Boots society is a non-profit organization that supports women in the craft beer brewing profession. Their Hong Kong chapter have collaborated with local Hong Kong brewery Yardley Brothers to brew an Imperial raspberry sour at 8 percent ABV, and it will be available to try this weekend.
5pm to 9pm at, The Globe Pub, Graham Street, 45-53A, 40- Garley Building, Central. Free.
Sunday, December 15
This exhibition is part of the Emerging Curators Project, and explores the relationship between “an art object and the practice that results in the art object.” It invites guests to explore how contemporary art has shifted its focus away from “art for art’s sake” and towards viewing objects on their own in isolation.
2pm to 8pm (Mon) and 11am to 8pm (Tues to Sun) until 31 December at JC Contemporary, Tai Kwun Contemporary, 10 Hollywood Road, Central. Free.