A quick digest of the coolest weekend happenings in Hong Kong.
Friday, November 30
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra presents a concert by performer and composer Max Richter. He’s recognized in the industry for his original contemporary classical and minimalist scores, but Richter is probably more well-known for his work in film and TV music, which includes the episode Nosedive in the dystopian science fiction show Black Mirror, and his song On The Nature Of Daylight, which most of you might recognize from the films Shutter Island and Arrival. For the first time, Richter will visit Hong Kong and play two of his best-known compositions: Recomposed, a reinterpretation of the classic Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, and Memoryhouse, his seminal debut album from 2002.
8pm until Sunday, December 1 at, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. HK$580, HK$480, HK$380, HK$280 (check URBTIX for discount details).
To celebrate the launch of the latest issue of NANG — an English-language 10-issue magazine that covers cinema and cinema cultures in Asia — the editors will be hosting a screening of Tsui Hark’s 1995 martial arts film The Blade, about a one-armed swordsman who becomes obsessed with avenging the death of his father. See the trailer for the film here.
7pm to 10pm at, Tai Kwun Contemporary, 10 Hollywood Rd, Central. Free.
There’s just one more month until Christmas, which means pantomime season is here. Local theater group the Hong Kong Players will be staging their 57th pantomime this year — lots of dancing, singing, festivities-ing among family and friends. Check URBTIX for schedule.
11am to 1pm, 2:30pm to 5:30pm, 3pm to 6pm, and 7:30pm to 10pm, until Sunday, December 9 at, Shouson Theatre, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai. HK$380/HK$280/HK$220 (Adults) HK$350/HK$250/HK$180 (Concessions).
The Hong Kong Theatre Company will be making its production debut with Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe’s tragedy Dr. Faustus, about a scholar who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for 24 years of magical powers to use on Earth. The production will incorporate original music, live musical performance, audience participation, puppetry, and physical theater.
2:30pm and 7:30pm until Sunday, December 2 at, McAulay Studio, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai. HK$320 (Adult) HK$250 (Concessions).
This panel discussion held by English-literary journal Cha will feature writers Susan Lavender and Lian-Hee Wee, who will each read six excerpts from some of their work inspired by the theme of “tears and laughter.”
7:30pm to 8:45pm at, Atteatude, Room H, 1/F, Mongkok Building, 97 Mong Kok Road, Mong Kok. Free.
The South African Consulate in Hong Kong will celebrate the Nelson Mandela Centenary by hosting this photography exhibition of Matthew Wilman, a documentary photographer who will be presenting for the first time incredible images of young orphan rhinos, and the last private portrait collection of Mandela available in the world. Proceeds from the sales will go to the Zulu Conservation Trust and Rhino Orphanage.
10am to 7pm until Saturday, December 1 at, Areteos Historical Concept, G4, 1 Hollywood Road, Central. Free.
Saturday, December 1
First day of December — it’s time to start thinking about Christmas presents. If you’re looking for something a bit more special and handmade, then LUMP’s Christmas ceramics markets will be a good place to start. The market will be held at LUMP’s 2,400 square foot pottery studio in Wong Chuk Hang, and guests can buy one of many pieces by 50 ceramic artists and makers from Hong Kong, the UK, the US, Japan and Thailand. Cash only, and remember to bring your own bag.
12pm to 7pm until Sunday, December 2 at, LUMP Studio, 11A Gee Luen Hing Industrial Building, 2 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang. Free.
This photography exhibition will feature work by Filipina documentary photographer Xyza Cruz Bacani, who uses her lens to tell the stories and experiences of Hong Kong’s migrant workers. 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.
10am to 6pm until Thursday, December 20 at, Experimental Gallery 3/F Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai. Free.
Sunday, December 2
Online photography platform Bamboo Scenes has pledged to provide “photography with a purpose” since it launched last year. To celebrate its one-year anniversary this weekend, Bamboo Scenes will be holding a street party and photo exhibition. Wine Moments HK will be providing the booze, Locofama will be serving up the food, and there will be a live DJ. More photos will be displayed, and four new photographers will be added to the Bamboo Scenes collective: Jeremy Cheung, Carlos Sun, Kevin Mak, and May James. Entrance is free, but those who wish to attend are encouraged to RSVP or provide a donation at the door, which will go to homelessness charity Impact HK.
1pm to 6pm at, Bamboo Scenes Gallery at Locofama, 13 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Ying Pun. Free.
Join the annual march to raise awareness of sexual violence and victim blaming. The march will begin at the Court of Final Appeal in Central, and end in Lan Kwai Fong.
3pm to 5pm at, Court of Final Appeal. Free.
Art, food and drink, games, face painting, Christmas trees, and hot chocolate at this festive market on Lamma Island. At 4pm, there will also be Gypsy Orleans jazz music from La Resistance, email email@example.com to reserve your seat for that performance
10am to 6pm at, Lamma Art Collective, 1/F, 23 Main Street, Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island. HK$100.
End the weekend with this annual concert brought by the Leisure and Cultural Service Department (LCSD), Philippine Consulate General HK, HK Musicians Union and the Official Media Metro Plus AM1044. Performers include the HKMU Assembly, The 852, and the Unsung Heroes, a choir made up of Filipina domestic workers.
1pm to 7pm at, Hong Kong Cultural Piazza, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui. Free.