A quick digest of the coolest weekend happenings in Hong Kong.
Friday, December 28
Beijing-based artist Hao Jingban gained recognition for her Beijing Ballroom project, where she traces the present ballrooms in Beijing to the two waves of ballroom dancing in the early 1950s and post-Cultural Revolution in late 1970s. This exhibition Uninvited Guests will feature three new video works from the artist’s most recent project using images and videos from the Manchuko of the 1930s-40s. In this exhibition, Hao explores the politicalness of visual language and the subjectivity of interpretation, revealing the power dynamics, border geopolitics and conflicting identities.
10am to 6pm until Saturday, January 12 at, Blindspot Gallery, 15/F, Po Chai Industrial Building, 28 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang. Free.
To Kwa Wan arts gallery Swing A Cat usually holds a life drawing class on Wednesday evenings, but this week, they’ll be holding it on Friday. Sessions start with a series of warm-ups where participants draw poses for five minutes, then 20 minutes, then one hour. Drawing tools like A2 paper, charcoal, pencils, easels, drawing boards will be provided, although participants are welcome to bring their own. WhatsApp +852 9378 8614 to register.
7:30pm to 9:30pm at, Swing A Cat, Rear Shop, G/F, 241 To Kwa Wan Road, Kowloon. HK$300.
Good Vibes Only will be transforming their industrial space into a weekend pop-up market that will sell art, clothing, and also feature live music from Arthur Yeti, DJ Healthy, DJ Freckles, Group Photo, Loading Crew, and magic Ramen.
7pm to 2am at, Good Vibes Only Store, Unit G, 10/F, Wang Kwong Industrial Building 45 Hung To Road, Kwun Tong. Free.
To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre’s will be hosting an exhibition on the theme “Factory Forward”, which alludes to the center’s roots as a factory. The exhibition will feature work from 70 resident artists, who took inspiration from the Shek Kip Mei neighborhood and the concept of old meets new. The artworks will spread across different spaces in the Centre to facilitate dialogues between artists.
10am to 8pm at, Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre, 30 Pak Tin Street, Shek Kip Mei. Free.
This photography exhibition features photos of Japan by photographer Chow San.
11am-6pm until Thursday January 10 (closed on Wednesdays) at, JPG, G/F, Shop 5, Poga Building, 6-20 Po Tuck Street, Sai Wan. Free.
The project features work from seven local artists and groups, themed around the idea that — though not everyone is an art collector, we all amass keepsakes to which we attach our emotions. Be it unintentional or intentional collecting, the common phenomenon of so-called “domestic collecting” has fueled discussions on how one’s collectibles play a role in personal and social contexts.
11am-7pm until Friday, January 4 at, JC Contemporary, Tai Kwun Contemporary, 10 Hollywood Rd, Central. Free.
Inspired by Yasi’s work of the same title, Keith Lam invited three talented creators, namely Nico Tang, CY Leo and Wing Shya to roam through different places in Hong Kong and transformed the sounds they have heard and images they have seen into a conversation between people and their cities of memories.
10am to 9pm until Sunday January 27 at, Multi-purpose Studio, U3, Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre. Free.
Saturday, December 29
Belly dancer and choreographer Esther Lopez and her team of belly dancers will be retelling the story of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid with belly dancing.
8:30pm at, Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre, 111 Shau Kei Wan Rd, Sai Wan Ho. HK$200 (Adult) HK$180 (students and concessions).
Tapdancer Tansei is back in town again back by popular demand, and will be collaborating with various local musicians for a performance at the co-working kitchen BiteUnite. Last year he collaborated with an Erhu player (Chinese violin), and this year he’ll partner with an African Harp player, and Japanese traditional Flautist. He’ll also be showcasing a special a cappella tap solo.
5pm to 6:30pm at, BiteUnite, G/F, 15 Lung On Street, Wan Chai. HK$150 (includes one tea, coffee, wine, or beer).
Sunday, December 30
If you didn’t get time to catch Tansei tapping away at BiteUnite, he’ll be performing at XS with some local classical and jazz musicians.
8:45pm at XS, G/F 135 Lai Chi Kok Road, Kawloon. Free.
Neon lights have been a synonymous part of Hong Kong’s cityscape for decades — and now, we’ve got this upcoming exhibition featuring works by a number of artists and designers who use neon lights as an accent that highlights the work, similar to how they highlight Hong Kong’s streets.
10am to 7pm until January 10 at, Kong art Space, G/F, 3 Staunton Street, Central. HK$20.