A quick digest of the coolest weekend happenings in Hong Kong.
Friday, November 1
Hong Kong artists Joe Li and Ivan Keung first met each other at a metal-smith training course at university. Years later, the two have reunited to collaborate on an exhibition featuring intricate metalworks.
1pm to 7pm until Thursday, November 21 at, 794729metalwork, S507, 5/F, Block A, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central. Free.
Last year’s Hong Kong International Literary Festival was marred by of controversy when an exiled Chinese writer had his talks canceled. This year’s festival will focus on identity, migration, and dystopia in literature from around the world, and features writers Pico Iyer, Qiufan Chen, John Boyne, Sinéad Gleeson, Jennifer 8. Lee, Markus Zusak, Miriam Lancewood, and many more.
Speakers include Liu Heung Shing, a Chinese-American Pulitzer Prize winner and former Associated Press photojournalist who will be talking about capturing China on camera, and discussing the country’s journey transformation from revolution to modernization; John Boyne, the author of the award-winning The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas who will be talking about his latest novel My Brother’s Name Is Jessica, which deals with transgender identity, family and the difficult process of coming out; and Renee Nault, who will talk about the process of adapting Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale into a graphic novel.
For more information about the festival and the writers taking part, click here.
Until Sunday, November 10, at multiple locations.
Alliance Française de Hong Kong will be hosting the third Digital November, or Novembre Numérique, which is a month-long technology and art event. There will be video art exhibitions, artistic performances, virtual reality screenings, a hackathon, and photo exhibitions.
As part of this event, they’re presenting a photography exhibition and forum called AI, Ethics And The Public Good. The exhibition is centered on Yves Gellie’s series The Age of Robots, and each photograph depicts a “mise en scène” where the robot takes on the role of humans in a nursing home.
10am to 7pm until Saturday, November 16 at, TriAngle (DLB 306), 3/F, David C. Lam Building, Hong Kong Baptist University (Shaw Campus), Kowloon Tong. Free.
This is your last chance to catch this exhibition, so if you’ve always wanted to take a selfie with No-Face or walk into the forest to visit Totoro, then good news: You might just get that chance here at this exhibition which will feature 3D models of iconic scenes taken from the studio’s beloved films, bringing its traditional pencil and paper illustrations and animated graphics to life. For years, Studio Ghibli — the Japanese animation studio behind these characters and founded by filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki — has been wowing audiences with beautifully animated masterpieces that feature fantastical worlds, lovable characters, and stories that resonate with young and old alike.
11am to 10pm until November 3 at Portal 6311, 1/F, 18 Sheung Yuet Rd, Kowloon Bay. HK$168 to HK$208 (adults, online) HK$118 to HK$148 (students and concessions), HK$360 to HK$450 (two adults and one child, and HK$100 for each extra child), HK$188 to HK$228 (adults, at the door), HK$128 to HK$168 (students and concessions, at the door), HK$408 to HK$540 (two adults and one child, and HK$100 for each extra child at the door).
Saturday, November 2
Did you know that Hong Kong is home to more than 530 species of birds? One person who tried to capture some of them is urban sketcher Gary Yeung was last spotted by the Coconuts HK team sketching the Hong Kong Way, and is known for his pen and paper sketches of the city. He will also be hosting an exhibition displaying his sketches of birds native to Hong Kong at this cosy gallery in Wan Chai.
Some of the birds Yeung sketch includes Eurasian tree sparrows, spotted doves, and a fork-tailed sunbird. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, and thereafter the gallery will be open from 1pm to 7pm on weekends.
1:30pm to 4pm at, Part-Of Gallery, 16 Sik On Street, Wan Chai. Free.
Craft beer and psychedelic art are combined at this exhibition, which will see three Hong Kong illustrators — Man-Tsun, Miloza Ma, and Terence Choi — present “an alternative psychedelic picture in different themes and styles.” There will also be free-flow Moonzen beers on tap.
6pm to 9:30pm at, Moonzen Brewery, 2A New East Sun Building, 18 Shing Yip Street, Kwun Tong. HK$250.
This festival brings a number of Jewish-themed features, documentaries and shorts from around the world, and is a great way to get to know Jewish culture, history, and art. The opening night film is Tel Aviv On Fire about Salam, a Palestinian man who becomes a writer on a popular soap opera after a chance meeting with an Israeli soldier, and who finds himself caught up in a disagreement between the soldier and the show’s financial backers over how the show should end.
Other features on show include 93Queen, a PBS documentary about a group of Hasidic women in Borough Park, Brooklyn, who are challenging the patriarchy in their community by creating the first all-female volunteer ambulance corps in New York City; and Bye Bye Germany, a dramedy set in post-war Frankfurt about a man called David Bermann and his surviving Jewish friends who use their charms to sell bed linens door-to-door to make enough money to immigrate to America.
11am to 11pm at, Asia Society, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty. HK$380 (opening night, adults, film and dessert) HK$330 (opening night, students and seniors, film and dessert) HK$100 (adults) HK$90 (students and seniors).
Brooklyn-born 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).
Louise Nevelson is an American sculptor known for creating monochromatic wooden wall pieces. Yin Xiuzhen is a Chinese contemporary artist known for her colorful sculptures and installations. Pace will be presenting a two-person exhibition that juxtaposes the works of these two opposites, and explores the relationship between their respective styles of expression. The exhibition runs until November 15, and Yin will be present for the opening reception.
11am to 7pm (closed on Sundays) until November 15 at Pace Gallery, 12/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central. Free.
We’re all feeling a bit nostalgic about old Hong Kong these days (and with the ongoing protests, who can blame you?). F11 Foto Museum will be celebrating its fifth birthday with this exhibition of photos of old Hong Kong taken in 1959 and 1960 by Dutch photographer Ed van der Elsken. The collection will feature 130 black-and-white photos of Elsken’s 13-month stay in Hong Kong, a city he reportedly once described as “the prettiest of harbor cities.”
2pm to 7pm until February 28 (closed on Sundays) at F11 Foto Museum, 11 Yuk Sau Street, Happy Valley. HK$100 (adults), HK$50 (students and seniors aged 65 and above), free for children aged 11 and under, and disabled persons.
Sunday, November 3
It’s not Christmas yet, but get a headstart on the Christmas shopping anyway. 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. Promo for the market promises visitors that it’ll be packed with one-of-a-kind and limited edition items.
11am to 6pm at, Discovery Bay Main Plaza, Discovery Bay Plaza, Discovery Bay Road, Discovery Bay, Lantau. Free.
This exhibition is part of the Emerging Curators Project, and explores the relationship between “an art object and the practice that results in the art object.” It invites guests to explore how contemporary art has shifted its focus away from “art for art’s sake” and towards viewing objects on their own in isolation.
2pm to 8pm (Mon) and 11am to 8pm (Tues to Sun) until 31 December at JC Contemporary, Tai Kwun Contemporary, 10 Hollywood Road, Central. Free.