A quick digest of the coolest weekend happenings in Hong Kong.
Friday, March 8
Art Women and Table of Two Cities will be screening City of Joy (see trailer here), a Netflix documentary about the survivors of gender-based violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and how they have rebuilt their lives. The event is part of Campfire’s Women’s Empowerment Series, and will also include a fireside chat with the founder of Art Women, an arts and crafts collective made up of refugees living in Hong Kong.
6:30pm to 9:30pm at, Campfire Collaborative Spaces, Remex Centre, 42 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang. 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 until Saturday, March 9 at, 11 Mee Lun Street. Free.
Wyndham Street speakeasy Stockton will celebrate International Women’s Day with a “Women for Women” guest bartending shift, featuring three female mixologists serving up special cocktails. Entry is free and all women who arrive at Stockton between 7pm to 8pm will get a token for one complimentary drink, and 10 percent of each drink purchased will be donated to domestic worker charity Enrich HK. The guest bartenders are Arlene Wong (The Pontiac), Michelle Ki (Chihuly Lounge, Singapore), and Yana Kamaruddin (Atlas, Singapore).
7pm to 10pm at, Stockton HK, Wyndham street, Central. Free.
Hong Kong-based UK artist Kate Sparrow will be displaying some of her art work at the Fringe’s Anita Chan gallery to celebrate International Women’s Day. The event will feature portraits of inspirational women who live in Hong Kong, and the exhibition will have its opening night on Friday.
5:30pm to 8:30pm at, Anita Chan Gallery, Fringe Club, Wyndham Street, Central. Free.
German artists Willi Siber — described by the event organizers as a “virtual alchemist” — will be presenting his latest solo exhibition, and third solo show at the Karin Weber Gallery, which will feature materials that have moulded into altered states quite unlike their original form. In Siber’s exhibition, forms and shapes are combined, juxtaposed or twisted with fluidity to create three-dimensional wall and table objects that blur the line between sculptures and pictures.
11am to 7pm until Saturday, April 6 at, Karin Weber Gallery, 20 Aberdeen Street, Central, SOHO. Free.
Some of the city’s leading female bartenders and industry faces will be taking over Tai Kwun bar Book Club for International Women’s Day, each woman serving her own creation. Proceeds from the sales will go to the charity Playtao Foreverland, which supports after-school programs for underprivileged children in Hong Kong, and there will also be handmade clutches and soaps from mothers at the HATCH co-working factory on sale. Behind the bar on Friday are Chanel Adams (PDT), Holly Graham (DRiNK Magazine), Annie Simpson (Eat & Drink Editor, Sassy Hong Kong), and Masumi Tomioka (Duddell’s).
6pm to 9pm at, Old Bailey, 2/F, JC Contemporary, Tai Kwun, Central. Free.
Saturday, March 9
In this video installation, Au Man Kit “scrutinizes the everyday ordinariness of home, work, and day-to-day living” to examine the simultaneous feelings of “comfort and contempt” that we experience in these settings. For this series, Au uses the setting of his family’s restaurant, which is close to a local playground, to explore the “stifling monotony” that occurs during “the dead periods … between meal service, when food prep happens or there is nothing to do but wait.”
5pm to 8pm on Saturday, and 1pm to 6pm on Sunday March 10 until Saturday, March 30 at, Hidden Space, Unit 6, 16/F, Block A, Wah Tat Industrial Centre, 8-10 Wah Sing Street, Kwai Hing. Free.
Jack Lowe, the artistic director from UK-based theater company Curious Directive, will be hosting this 90-minute lecture on how to make a theater production using VR. Event organizers say that the talk will take audience members on “a journey across three continents, underwater into a coral reef, and into a rehearsal room.” Taking Frogman as an example, the lecture picks apart the challenges of making theater using VR and points towards the potential future of VR in theater.
11am to 12:30pm at, N2 Cattle Depot Artist Village, 63 Ma Tau Kok Road, Ma Tau Kok, Kowloon. HK$30.
Lowe will also be hosting this hands-on workshop that looks at the fundamentals of AR from a non-technical perspective. This event is part of the Hong Kong Arts Festival, and is an ideal workshop for those who work in theater and want to understand the “grammar of AR,” and explore its potential in story-telling in theater productions.
4:30pm to 6pm at, N2 Cattle Depot Artist Village, 63 Ma Tau Kok Road, Ma Tau Kok, Kowloon. HK$50.
Live show put on by psychedelic rockers Shumking Mansions, Hong Kong alternative rock band The Sulis Club, pop/rock/hip hop and groove duo Now We Talking, and DJ Amourfina. Should be a fun one.
9pm to 1am at, The Aftermath Bar, L/G, 57-59 Wyndham Street, Central. Free.
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.
Performances by Indonesian duo Senyawa, who combine traditional music with experimental sounds produced by home-made instruments, French avant-garde band Las Aves with some lively electronic pop, and US group Mik Nawooj. There will also be dance performances from Shilpika Bordoloi (India), who will also be hosting a workshop on indigenous Indian dance. As well as the regular handicraft market, Hong Kong Dog Rescue will also be there with some pooches who are up for adoption.
2pm to 7pm at, West Kowloon Cultural District, Kowloon. Free.
Three-day exhibition and arts and crafts market — free talks by professional illustrators, as well as workshops and live drawing demonstrations on the lineup of activities. The opening of the exhibition will begin at 7pm on Friday.
7pm to 10pm; 12pm to 10pm on Saturday and Sunday at, L1 Gallery & Courtyard, Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre, 30 Pak Tin Street, Shek Kip Mei, Kowloon. Free.
Sunday, March 10
Animal rescue charity Paws United Charity will be hosting an adoption day at Coffee Academics in Sai Ying Pun’s Coffee Academics. Adopters will receive a free bag of dog or cat food from Canidae, and a bottle of all-natural, pet-friendly floor cleaner from YOPE.
1pm to 5pm at, Coffee Academics, 1-17 Sai Yuen Lane, Sai Ying Pun. Free.
Free community yoga class in Tamar Park — yoga instructor Marcel will be guiding students through a Hatha-Vinyasa practice “aimed to cultivate our inner resilience.” All levels of experience are cool, and participants should bring their own mats, towels, and water bottles. Note, the event may be cancelled if it rains.
10am to 11:15am at, Tamar Park, Admiralty. Free.
Hong Kong’s craft beer and pub industry have been booming in recent years with new local brands and brews popping up all over the SAR (nudge nudge, we have a list). This tasting (which will be in Cantonese and Mandarin) will present some local and international brands that are known for their environmental sustainability efforts. Ten percent of proceeds from this event will go to the Pink Boots Society, a non-profit organization with international membership that supports women working in the brewing profession.
2:30pm to 4:30pm at, The OakCrafted, Shop F, G/F, Lai Ming Building, 223 Tung Choi Street Prince Edward. HK$250.
BeCandle, an artisan candle and scented products brand based in Hong Kong, will be hosting a workshop on how to make your own candle. There are only six slots per session, and the cost includes materials.
2pm to 4pm until Sunday, March 17 at, Kapok, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central. HK$440.
This handmade craft market will feature local and independent vendors selling their handmade and self-designed wares. There will be bags, jewelry, home accessories, fine art, stationery and paper crafts, and children’s accessories.
11am to 6pm at, Discovery Bay Main Plaza, Discovery Bay Plaza, Discovery Bay Road, Discovery Bay, Lantau. Free.