A quick digest of the coolest weekend happenings in Hong Kong.
Friday, March 1
Concert by the Hong Kong Welsh Male Voice Choir and the British Brass Band — presser says to expect the live performance to include Welsh songs, a Bee Gees hit, and at least one song in Cantonese.
7:30pm to 9:30pm at, St John’s Cathedral, 4-8 Garden Road, Central. HK$200 (adults) HK$180 (students, under-18s, and overseas foreign workers).
The Jockey Club will be screening two films for free in Tsim Sha Tsui. The first one will be the late Leslie Cheung’s 1981 coming-of-age film On Trial, in which he plays one of a trio of teenagers trying to pursue their dreams. There will also be a screening of a six-minute film called Passing Rain about a boy and a girl who notice each other across the playground, but are brought closer together when it starts to rain.
8pm to 10pm at, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. Free.
As Coconuts HK discovered last year, as the government ramps up efforts to take down many of the city’s iconic neon signs, some groups have been working to save some of these signs from the landfill. One such group is Streetsign HK, an NGO which works to draw attention to the disappearing legacy of the city’s unique signboards, including neon signs and other types of overhanging signs. The main installation features rescued pieces of Chinese characters from actual abandoned signboards, combine with lighting and a series of mirror walls and floor to recreate and “proliferate” an infinity signboards effect, similar to the old street photos of Hong Kong when signboards filled up the sky on the street.
The exhibition would also encourage visitors to “play” or interact and create part of the exhibit by selecting their preferred authentic Hong Kong style signboard, represented as graphic combination on transparencies and to project them into the signboard installation area by the overhead projector.
10am to 8pm until Sunday, May 5 at, Oil Street Art Space, 12 Oil Street, Fortress Hill. Free.
Last chance to catch Berton Chang’s photography exhibition — you may have seen Chang’s work gracing the pages of the SCMP or the Financial Times. He specializes in portraiture, architecture, and interior photos, and is holding his debut photography exhibition at The Aftermath Bar through the rest of the month.
5pm to 12am until Saturday, March 2 at, The Aftermath Bar, L/G, 57-59 Wyndham Street, Central. Free.
Morgan Wong’s work focuses on the notion of temporality, and how the subject is interweaving with other contexts like perception, geopolitics, and science. This exhibition is part of the Goethe Institute’s series of events on migration and identity and features a series of neon signs in Wong’s handwriting about his frustrations of time as a border in both a conceptual way and his own personal relationship.
10am to 8:30pm until Friday, March 22 at, Goethe-Institut Hongkong, 14/F Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai. Free.
This luxury pop-up shop will feature items from seven lifestyle brands in Hong Kong. Items on sale include photographic prints, natural stone jewelry and accessories, rugs, candles, women’s fashion, and children’s party wear. For every in-store purchase of HK$500 or above, customers will be entered into The Good Life Boutique Giveaway.
10am to 8pm at, 11 Mee Lun Street. Free.
Saturday, March 2
The Hong Kong Arts Festival is upon us, and revamped culture and heritage space Tai Kwun is hosting what they call a “spectacular collision of time and space,” also known as a “dance mega-party,” featuring site-specific performances, urban dance, street dance battles, community and contemporary dance, workshops and screenings. Note that most dance events here are family-friendly, but some do contain nudity (see website schedule for which ones).
10am to 10pm until Sunday, March 10 at, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central. Free.
Hand Me Down Collective will be presenting this second-hand market where you can get designer, vintage and high street clothes. The entrance fee also includes one drink.
1pm to 6pm at, Hand Me Down Collective, 7A Sing Teck Factory Building, Wong Chuk Hang. HK$50.
If you were one of the many people inspired to play roller derby after watching the Ellen Page film Whip It, then you might want to head over to Victoria Park this weekend, where Madame Quad will be hosting Hong kong’s third annual home bout. Entry is free, pets are allowed, and remember to bring your own beer. There will also be an afterparty at Taphouse in Tin Hau. Skaters who have passed their minimum skills to the extent they have been OK’ed to scrimmage by their coaches are welcome to play.
5pm to 7pm at, Victoria Park, Causeway Bay. Free.
Brooklyn pizza place Motorino will be hosting a pizza-making workshop this weekend. The event starts off with wine and antipasti, then a chef will teach participants how to make their own Neapolitan pies, from tossing the dough to getting creative with traditional Italian toppings. Reservations are required and can be made at email@example.com. Entry fee includes antipasti, pizza, and free-flow Peroni, plus an option to pay extra for three hours of free-flow prosecco or wine.
3pm to 5pm at, Motorino, 15 Ship Street, Wan Chai. HK$248 (plus 10 percent service charge) HK$58 (free flow prosecco or wine).
Sunday, March 3
Tiki bar Honi honi will be hosting this open mic variety night that will have everything from comedy to cabaret, and from dancing to drag. This event happens on the first Sunday of every month, and those who want to secure a spot at the mic need to pre-register.
7:30pm to 11pm at, Honi Honi Tiki Cocktail Lounge, 3/F Somptueux Central, 52 Wellington Street, Central. Free.
When we talk about Italian artists, we tend to think of men like Michelangelo, Da Vinci, or Caravaggio — but we don’t think of their female contemporaries, who were just as important in the country’s art history like Sofonisba Anguissola, Lavinia Fontana, or Elisabetta Sirani. This event will display some lost Italian art from the Renaissance era and beyond. It’s being hosted by Advancing Women Artists, a project that supports female artists, and rescues and restores women’s artwork from the past and places it in museums for preservation, giving a voice to the artists that history has forgotten.
3pm to 5pm at, Senselessart, 8/F, 400 Portland Street, Prince Edward, Kowloon. Free.
If you have kids who love reading, then Bookazine in Repulse Bay might be a good one — it’s an event that celebrates children’s literature through story-telling sessions, book-related arts and craft activities, meetings and signings with authors, am outdoor library, a scavenger hunt, and prizes. Event organizers are also encouraging attendees to dress up as their favorite book characters for the day.
2pm to 6pm at, Bookazine, 109 Repulse Bay Road. Free.
Vayeda Brothers Mayur and Tushar are artists who specialize in Warli painting, a type of tribal art that originated from the North Sahyadri Range in India. In collaboration with HK Walls and Meraki, Rapha’s wall will be painted and transformed into a canvas that showcases this beautiful art form from India. The brothers will first give a brief presentation about their background and a story of their works before they start painting.
11am to 4pm until Tuesday, March 5 at, Rapha Hong Kong, 56 Sai Street, Sheung Wan. Free.
End the weekend with a night of showtunes about love, heartbreak, letting go, and learning to love again. Dinner and drinks are available to purchase throughout the evening.
7pm to 9pm at, Grappa’s Cellar, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central. HK$280.