Weekend Warrior: October 5-7

Beertopia is back for its seventh year this weekend. Photo via Beertopia/Facebook
Beertopia is back for its seventh year this weekend. Photo via Beertopia/Facebook

A quick digest of the coolest weekend happenings in Hong Kong.

Friday, October 5

7th Annual Beertopia Craft Beer Festival

This craft beer festival is back for its seventh year, and will feature live music, games, lots of new restaurants — and, as we reported some weeks back, minus some notable names in local brew brands. There will be craft beers from Asia, Europe, Australia, and the US. For those who have not yet gotten a ticket, there is a limited batch of at-the-door tickets, so we’d advise turning up early if you still want to get in.

Until Saturday, October 6. Central Harbourfront. HK$250 to HK$495 (online).

An Evening with Keith Farnan

The Punchline Comedy Club will be hosting Irish comedian Keith Farnan, whose work critics have described as “brilliant” and “laugh out loud funny.” Fans of political and thought-provoking comedy will likely enjoy this one.

9pm-11pm until Saturday, October 6. Tamarind, 2/F, Sun Hung Kai Centre, 30 Harbour Road, Wan Chai. HK$360.

Feminist Translators

In this event by Cha — a Hong Kong-based free English-language journal — contributors Jennifer Feeley, Andrea Lingenfelter, and Yoyo Chan will talk about their experiences of translating texts by female writers. Questions and topics of discussion at this talk will include ‘why is it important to translate more female writers in the current cultural, political and globalized environment?’, ‘Which writers get translated?’ and ‘What are the translator’s obligations and responsibilities—if any?’

7:30pm-9pm. Swing A Cat, Rear Shop, G/F, 241 To Kwa Wan Road, Kowloon. Free, but donations welcome.

Punktober 4

This Wan Chai live house will be hosting its yearly punk festival for the fourth year running, and will include special guest Jenny Woo, and local punk bands Two Finger Salute and Oi! Don’t forget to bring your Docs and braces for this one… Punktober officially begins at 9pm, but those who want to get the weekend started early should head in at around 6pm for the Acoustic Happy Hour, which will feature  musician Dave Colquhoun as a main guest.

5pm-3am at, The Wanch, 54 Jaffe Road, Wan Chai. Free.

Drop Your Closet

This pop-up secondhand sale will have over 500 curated pieces from brands that include Helmut Lang, Chanel, Patrizia Pepe, Calvin Klein, Balenciaga, and more, on display. Should be a good one for vintage fashion lovers too.

6pm-10pm. NIDO ASIA, 254 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan.

Interactive and Playful – Swiss Design from Zurich University of the Arts

This exhibition will present 10 recent projects by students and graduates from the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), and includes works on industrial design, visual communication, sensory explorations, and interactive installations.

10am-8pm until January 27, 2019 at, Experience Centre, Hong Kong Design Institute, 3 King Ling Road, Tseung Kwan O, New Territories. Free.

Apples for Sale: The parallel worlds and queer lives of Hong Kong’s housemaids

This photo exhibition — which is part of the Hong Kong International Photo fest — by Rebecca Sampson explores the parallel worlds of Indonesian domestic workers in Hong Kong, who, on their days off, are still expected to play a role game. In the world set up by the exhibit, male roles are embraced by tomboys, whilst dolls take the place of children. The result is an extensive body of work; a multimedia installation involving Rebecca Sampson’s own photographs and narratives, pictures and texts of third parties, web videos and programmed mobile phones and the distillation of the entire experience into a book, providing the audience with an insight into this peculiar world.

7pm, Goethe-Institut Hong Kong, 14/F, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wanchai. Free.

Saturday, October 6

Drypoint Printmaking Workshop

Drypoint is an intaglio printmaking technique in which an image is incised or scratched on the plates with a sharp pointy “etching needle.” Hong Kong-based printmaker and artist Tim Wong will guide you through how to make drypoint drawings on plates, and you will be able to take your prints home.

2pm-6pm. Swing A Cat, Rear Shop, G/F, 241 To Kwa Wan Road, Kowloon. HK$350 (includes materials, register via WhatsApp +852 9384 1332).


Ever since its inception, Impact HK has pledged to take a holistic approach to helping Hong Kong’s homeless. Volunteers will be welcomed into Impact HK’s main base for a meal and group discussion, before setting off for a preselected location and sleep rough for the night.

8pm at, The Guestroom, 29 Oak Street, Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon. Free but donations welcome.

Tahiti 80 Live in Hong Kong

This French indie pop band from Rouen first visited Hong Kong in 2012 and they are back this weekend. Not sure if you want to go? Check out their music here.

8pm-10pm at, MOM Livehouse, B39, Seven Seas Shopping Centre, 117-121 Kings Road, North Point. HK$320 (advanced) HK$380 (at the door).

Sunday, October 7

Apples for Sale and The Helper – Tributes to the Unsung Heroes

This event will feature a conversation between photographer Rebecca Sampson, whose exhibition Apples for Sale opens to the public on Friday, and Joanna Bowers who directed the documentary The HelperThe Helper, which chronicles the diverse stories from some of the city’s domestic workers. Check out the trailer here.

3pm-6pm at, Goethe-Institut Hong Kong, 14/F, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wanchai. Free.

Uncensored Cabaret

Ailee Slater, La Chiquitta and Vita Starkin headline for a night of comedy and cabaret. Sunday’s lineup is still to be confirmed, and will feature exclusively queer femme identifying performers, and they are still taking open submissions from any queer or female identifying acts. Register online for tickets by Saturday, 11pm to secure seats.

8pm to late at, Honi Honi Tiki Lounge, 3/F, Somptueux Central 52 Wellington Street Central. Free.

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