A quick digest of the coolest weekend happenings in Hong Kong.
Friday, December 7
A night of drag acts at DragJam, the holiday-themed variety show that’s apparently the first among many to come; entrance fee includes mulled wine and a Christmas cookie, but do remember to bring your own booze.
8pm to 10pm at, Bulle d’Art, Kwai Bo Industrial Building, Space 8A, 40 Wong Chuk Hang Road 40, Aberdeen. HK$100.
This refugee-curated fashion and music show will be holding its debut show this weekend. There will be live performances by hip hop group Mama Told Me, and proceeds will go to Learning Together HK, a charity that helps train and empower young refugees and asylum seekers in Hong Kong. Early bird tickets are sold out, but you can still buy advance tickets or pay at the door.
9pm to midnight at, Volar, 44 D’Aguilar Street, Ho Lee Commercial Building, Basement 38, Lan Kwai Fong, Central. HK$200 (Standard) HK$350 (VIP, comes with a drink).
The Hong Kong Anthropological Society is hosting this screening of Christiane Badgley’s documentary film about Guangzhou’s African migrants. The documentary follows a handful of some members of this community who have flocked to the southern Chinese commercial center hoping to make it big in the “land of opportunity.” There will also be a Q&A session and a dinner after the screening. Click here to see the trailer.
Seating is limited; call 9746 9537 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot.
7pm at, Hong Kong Museum of History, Lecture Hall, Ground Floor, 100 Chatham Road, Tsim Sha Tsui.
Ucommune will be screening a documentary about veganism, which is timely given that it’s currently a talking point in the news since an academic published in an article this week that terms like “bringing home the bacon” and “flogging a dead horse” may become obsolete as veganism rises. The End of Meat by German documentary filmmaker Marc Pierschel poses the question “What is the future of meat in a world that will hit 10 billion humans? And what alternatives are there?” There will also be a special talk by David Yeung, the founder of Green Monday, who will share his thoughts on the future of meat and host a free tasting of his plant-based pork alternative Omnipork. Click here to see the trailer
6:30pm to 9:15pm at, Ucommune HK, 11/F, Grand Millennium Plaza, 181 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan. HK$80.
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.
Saturday, December 8
This arts prize has been held annually by refugee and asylum seeker NGO the Justice Centre since 2013, and encourages Hong Kong-based artists to explore the state of human rights both at home and abroad. There were more than 120 entries for this award, and the judges have whittled it down to 23 artworks by 24 artists. There is a HK$35,000 prize for the winning artwork, and two runners-up will also receive awards.
The event will be catered by Pololi, who will be serving their poké bowls. Pre-registration is required, and those who want to enter need to make a minimum donation of HK$250, which will go towards the running of the Justice Centre. Note that guests who are aged 12 and under do not need to register.
4pm to 8pm at until January 11, The Hive Spring, Remex Centre, 3/F 42 Wong Chuk Hang Road. HK$250 (Minimum donation).
This family-friendly Christmas market, which will be selling hand-made, fair trade, and eco-friendly gifts. There will be handmade finger puppets from Peru, Christmas tree ornaments from Guatemala, and handmade tontuu, the Finnish gnome-like creatures who wear conical red hats.
12pm to 8pm until Sunday, December 9 at, Stanley Plaza, 23 Carmel Road, Stanley. Free.
Crafty Charity HK is a group that brings together people who like to knit or crochet, and want to do it for charity. Open to all levels whether you are an experienced knitter or a complete beginner. Pick up yarn for projects or drop off completed projects to sell for charity.
10am-12pm at, Cafe 8, Central Ferry Pier No 8, 320 Central. HK$150 (donation).
Hong Komedy Guerilla and Comedy HK will be hosting this night of comedy, which features standup sets from Minnesotan comedian Dannie Higginbottom, American-born Hong Kong comedian Garron Chiu, Hong Kong-based Chiacagoan comic Ryan Hynek, Canadian comedian Tamby and many more.
9pm to 11pm at, aux, Basement, 152 Austin road, Tsim Sha Tsui. HK$150.
Dig up that Santa suit for the annual SantaCon pub crawl.
12:30 at, Soho, Central. Free.
Sunday, December 9
Last week marked the launch of the solo exhibition by Filipina documentary photographer Xyza Cruz Bacani, who uses her lens to tell the stories and experiences of Hong Kong’s migrant workers. She will be holding a book signing of her book We Are Like Air. A former domestic worker herself, Cruz’s photos tell the stories of domestic workers who are not victims, but champions who have overcome many hardships in life. The exhibition title comes from the idea that migrant workers are treated like air; invisible but important.
11:30am to 2:30pm at, Newspaper stand by World-Wide House, 19 Des Voeux Road, Central. Free.