What’s on? Things to do this October in Hong Kong

Make October more fun and entertaining with all the cultural events ranging from Sports events to trade shows and concerts that are taking place this month. Gafencu has picked the ones you should not absolutely miss.

National Day Fireworks

The traditional fireworks display in Victoria Harbour makes a welcome return to celebrate National Day. Taking place for the first time since 2019 following the lifting of Covid restrictions, the spectacle is sure to draw huge crowds keen to see colourful fireworks displays set against the amazing backdrop of the Hong Kong skyline. Whatever the weather, this world-class event is always an unforgettable experience. The event celebrates the 74th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, and the extravaganza is a goodwill gesture intended to bring happiness and prosperity to the city.

When: October 1-2

Where: Victoria Harbour

How much: Free

Ocean Park Halloween Fest

If ghoulish goings-on during Halloween appeal, hasten to Ocean Park this month as it celebrates the horror show in style. There will be monsters galore, ghostly apparitions and lots of shows to keep you scared stiff but wanting more. The large site contains haunted houses and amazing interactive experiences to make sure your visit to the park is a memorable one. Favourite themes should return such as Ghost Tours, Survivor of the Undead and Treasure Hunts. Holders of Halloween Terror Trio Tickets can present the ticket and experience the thrill of three designated Halloween attractions.

When: October 1-31st

Where: Ocean Park

How much: From $388

Freespace Jazz Fest

A fantastic cocktail of different jazz styles will be on offer at Jazz Fest 2023, which will feature more than 500 musicians from across the world. The festival includes Jazzscapes, a series of one-hour concerts held over three consecutive evenings with musical genres ranging from punk and electronica to fusion and world music. Arts, DJ booths, interactive activities and plenty of food and drink will be available. Jim Tomlinson and Stacey Kent headline on the final night.

When: October 3-8 / 26th October

Where: West Kowloon Cultural District

How much: From $160

Fine Art and Ink Asia

Running alongside each other, Fine Art Asia and Ink Asia are returning to Hong Kong in their traditional guise with the much-missed overseas exhibitors also present, promising to make the four- day event one to remember. Various exhibitors and collection categories will highlight the dynamics between East- West artistic interaction and showcase new trends in collecting.

When: October 5-8

Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wan Chai

How much: $15

One Ok Rock Luxury Disease Asia Tour In

Japanese band One Ok Rock finally gets to perform in Hong Kong after the cancellation of their scheduled concert in 2020 left many fans in a state of despair. The group first hit international music headlines with their superb 35xxxv album, released in 2015 to much acclaim. Since that breakthrough moment, they have toured the world. The superstars’ current tour is named for their 10th studio album, Luxury Disease.

When: October 7

Where: Central Harbourfront

How much: From $599

Hong Kong Tennis Open

Sports enthusiasts will be delighted to see the return of world-class tennis to our shores in the form of the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open 2023. Previous tournaments attracted top- ranking players such as Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki. Huge crowds are expected to watch the stars of the women’s game expertly serve, volley and lob to get their hands on some of the US$250,000 (HK$1.96 million) prize money.

When: October 7-15

Where: Victoria Park Tennis Stadium

How much: From $160

Mega Show Part 1

This annual trade show is notable for the wide range of household goods, gifts and toys on display. Exhibitors from around the world will flock to show off their wares and countless buyers will congregate for an amazing sourcing extravaganza. On offer will be houseware and kitchenware, lifestyle products, toys and baby products, plus arts and crafts and Christmas-themed items. There are special sections gathering the latest sporting products, and design and tech gadgets.

When: October 20-23

Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wan Chai

How much: Price varies

Hong Kong Cyclothon

The 2023 Sun Hung Kai Properties Hong Kong Cyclothon will whizz through the streets late in the month, with places for 5,200 biking enthusiasts. There are multiple races being staged, ranging from 30 km to 50 km, the more leisurely Family Fun Ride and for top-tier professional cycling teams, the UCI Class 1.1 Road Race.

When: October 22

Where: Start / finish in Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

How much: Free for spectators

Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival

Foodies and wine connoisseurs will rejoice in anticipation of the Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival, which promises to cater for all tastes and sweet spots. This is a never-to-be-forgotten outdoor dining experience set against the stunning skyline and ambience of Victoria Harbour. Coming to the party are wineries and brewers from around the world who will bring some of the best beverages available and masters of culinary delights serving sensational dishes.

When: October 26-29

Where: Central Harbourfront

How much: Price varies

What’s on? Things to do this September in Hong Kong

Make September more fun and entertaining with all the cultural events ranging from comedy shows to plays and art exhibitions to Mid-Autumn festivities that are taking place this month. With Hong Kong bringing a plethora of things to add to your calendar, Gafencu has picked the ones you should not absolutely miss.

La Finta Giardiniera

 September 2023 events
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Even those who are not well versed in classical music will know of Mozart, and despite centuries having passed since his short but prolific life, he will never be forgotten as long as his compositions are played. On that note, Musica Viva is bringing Mozart’s three-act comedy La Finta Giardiniera to the stage. Composed by the Austrian musical genius in 1775 when he was only 18, this is an opera with a plot that will have you hooked. From a libretto by Giuseppe Petrosellini, the complicated romantic tale sees multiple players disguise their identities in quests for love and revenge.

When: September 1 – 2

Where: Hong Kong City Hall Theatre

How much: From HK$200

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1/X Andy Lau X Art Exhibition

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Hong Kong star Andy Lau is popularly known as an actor, singer and producer. He now adds another string to his bow of creative achievements with an art exhibition. For the first time, Lau has collaborated with various artists to create works that reflect his triumphant and longstanding career in the entertainment industry, while also diving deep into his thoughts and emotions. For this purpose,1/X will bring forth different art forms including painting, sculpture and calligraphy.

When: Until September 9

Where: Freespace Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District

How much: HK$298

Better with Beer

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Described as the “ultimate craft beer festival”, Better with Beer is a two-day event where people can come together and try a diverse variety of craft beers. No less than 150 beers will arrive straight from more than 20 breweries for ticket holders to sip on, and the best part is that they are available in unlimited free flow. Other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and food have to be purchased separately. Selected live music gigs and games add more merriment to the festival.

When: September 15 – 16

Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space

How much: From HK$450

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The Actor is Present

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Much heralded and long anticipated, The Actor is Present has arrived in Hong Kong after being previously showcased in New York, Seoul, Busan, Shanghai and Beijing. The fan-favourite photo exhibition features portraits of 200 award-winning South Korean actors – 100 female and 100 male stars – who have had an impact on the industry. The photo gallery also aims to narrate their individual stories. The famous faces you can admire at the gallery include Jung Hae In, Lee Seung Gi, Kim Go Eun, Park Bo Young and many more besides.

When: Until September 16

Where: Korean Cultural Center in Hong Kong, PMQ, Central

How much: Free entry

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Ink | Pulse

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Combining ink art by Taiwanese master Tong Yang-Tze and new media art techniques from Hong Kong’s Chris Cheung (h0nh1m), Ink | Pulse is a vibrant, interactive exhibition that shows ink painting in a new and interesting manner. For this purpose, 100 ink and calligraphy pieces produced while Tong was working on her Silent Music series were collected and digitalised to create generative art, capturing each stroke and the weight of the brush on the canvas. Simultaneously, the art show also focuses on addressing the artistic and philosophical significance of ink painting.

When: Until September 24

Where: M+ Facade, West Kowloon Cultural District

How much: Free entry

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Miz Cracker Live in Hong Kong

 September 2023 events

If you love to spend a night out laughing your socks off after a hectic day at work, this show might be right up your alley. Former RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant Miz Cracker flies into town for one night to perform her one-person comedy show, A Brief History of the Entire World…and also me! Expect great fun and some jaw-dropping jump splits as the American drag queen (a.k.a. Maxwell Heller) shares her unique, humorous and queer take on historical and ongoing political events.

When: September 26

Where: KITEC, Kowloon Bay

How much: From HK$488

Fire Dragon Dances

 September 2023 events

Hong Kong is in full celebratory mode during the Mid-Autumn festival, but apart from heading to the beach or the park to sit and gaze at the moon, do not miss one of the most colourful traditions at this time of year – the fire dragon dance. This centuries-old ritual sees a fire dragon being constructed of bamboo and straw and paraded loudly through the village streets to banish bad luck. The best fire dragon dances include those held annually in Tai Hang Village in Causeway Bay and Pok Fu Lam Village. Join the parade and immerse yourself in the spectacle of Hong Kong’s traditions and culture.

When: September 28 – 30

Where: Various venues

How much: Free entry

Voyager: The Never-Ending Journey 3D

 September 2023 events

In 1977, two space probes – Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 – were sent to outer space to better acquaint us with our solar system, a mission achieved through the precise images of the universe they captured and transferred to Earth. If you want a quick and fun way to travel into space (at least through your imagination), then include this 3D dome show in your schedule this month. Voyager: The Never-Ending Journey highlights key moments from the decades-long expedition, including closer looks at Saturn’s rings and Jupiter.

When: Until September 30

Where: Hong Kong Space Museum

How much: From HK$24

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Le Sserafim Tour ‘Flame Rises’

 September 2023 events

Despite debuting only one year ago, K-pop sensation Le Sserafim has already earned global phenomenon status due to hit (and easily stuck in your mind) songs like Antifragile. Last month, the talented five-member female group kicked off their first tour. After performances in South Korea and Japan, they will land in Hong Kong, so local Le Sserafim fans – the Fearnot brigade – can get their light sticks ready and look forward to hours of singing along with excitement.

When: September 30

Where: Asia-World Expo

How much: From HK$499

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Highlighting Hong Kong’s top celebratory events from July 2023

Last month, Hong Kong witnessed a series of vibrant and joyful celebratory events that brought the city to life. From award shows to highlight some amazing talents to inauguratory events, there were some classy events that bought many influential people together in one space. Here is a glimpse into some of the top celebratory events from last month.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Champion Awards 2023

The 2023 edition of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Champion Awards was held last 14th July at Rosewood Hotel as part of the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s celebration of the conclusion of the racing season and honoured the best horse racing champions in Hong Kong. The illustrious gathering of VIPs included members of Hong Kong’s high society, champions of local sports, and the horse racing elite.

Women Power Forum

The 3rd Women Power Forum (WPF) was held last 30 June at the Hong Kong Jockey Club Auditorium of the Hong Kong Palace Museum. Co-organised by the Hong Kong Federation of Women and the Golden Bauhinia Women Entrepreneurs Association, it offers a positive platform with a global perspective – bringing together female industry leaders from around the world.

CVIEW Inauguration Event

Last 19th July, CVIEW, the contemporary Chinese fine dining restaurant, officially opened its doors on the entire 16th floor of the M+ Museum. Offering a wide variety of dishes that emphasize the cuisines of Jiangsu, Zhejiang, and Shanghai while providing a spectacular perspective of Victoria Harbour’s sea view, it provides an exceptional gastronomic experience.

The Diageo World Class Competition Hong Kong and Macau 2023

The Diageo World Class Competition Hong Kong and Macau 2023, known as “The Oscars of the bar industry” and the most prestigious competition in the bartending world, came to an exhilarating conclusion last 28th June at Zuma Hong Kong. The six finalists competed for the highly sought title of “Bartender of the Year”.

&Co. By Hula VIP and Press Preview

Last 7th July, &Co. By Hula held a VIP and Press Preview to highlight its new and innovative retail experience of sustainable brands including Style Carousel, KIBO, The Future Rocks and KITDO and rounded up with a panel discussion focusing on the fine balance between fashion and sustainability, with key speakers from each of the brands.

What’s on? Things to do this August in Hong Kong

Whether you want to immerse yourself in some fascinating music or interest your brain with some knowledgeable tours and conventions, Hong Kong brings it all for you to make the best out of the upcoming month. Scroll down to check out the best August 2023 events and regardless of which event you are going to, don’t forget to apply some sunscreen.

S20 Songkran Music Festival

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Aptly described as the world’s wettest party, the S20 Songkran Music Festival splashes down in Hong Kong this summer. It guarantees non-stop fun as attendees partake in water fights and watch entertaining musical performances in an ode to the traditional Thai New Year. Taking to the stage are local and international artists such as Breathe Carolina, Krewella, Karlie Chui and Yukio. If playing with water is not your idea of fun, head to one of the dry zones where you can dance to the music without getting a drop of water on you. When you get hungry, there are tonnes of snacks and drinks options.

When: August 5 – 6
Where: Central Harbourfront
How much: From HK$1,180
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Sai Kung Mystery Night Adventure

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If you are fascinated by the beauties of nature and intrigued by the idea of discovering different species in their natural habitat by moonlight, then this night adventure is for you. Led by knowledgeable guides, you will explore the country parks and protected areas of Sai Kung, from farmland, forests and orchards to ponds, where you can expect frogs and insects amid a host of nocturnal creatures. Be sure to carry a water bottle, mosquito repellent and a night torch for an unhinged experience.

When: August 11
Where: Sai Kung
How much: From HK$250
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Hong Kong International Saxophone Symposium

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Instigated in 2009 by acclaimed classical saxophonist Kenneth Tse, the HKISS 2023 once again brings talented musicians from all over the world to perform on the grand stage, both indoors and out. This year’s tribute to the sounds of the sax takes place over three days, with Tse headlining the finale on 19 August. The ensemble gala on the 15th, titled Schéhérazade, promises a blend of youth and mastery under the watchful eye of guest conductor James Leung.

When: August 13, 15 and 19
Where: Hong Kong Arts Centre Shouson Theatre
How much: From HK$250
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Vegetarian And Vegan Food And Cultural Tour

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This culinary tour around Kowloon presents some delectable offerings at fascinating neighbourhood eateries. It also takes in a few tourist spots in between the designated food stops. So if you are vegan or just enjoy the occasional plant-based meal, sign up to discover a different slice of local life.

When: August 19
Where: Various venues in Kowloon
How much: HK$575
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Lauv: The Between Albums Tour

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Having written and crooned his share of hit melodies including I Like Me Better and Who – a collaboration with K-pop superstars BTS – Ari Staprans Leff returns to Hong Kong as part of his summer tour of Asia. The American music genius very popularly called Lauv is set to wow raucous full houses of local fans for two nights. Joining him on stage for a special performance is fellow US pop singer Alexander 23.

When: August 22 – 23
Where: AsiaWorld-Expo
How much: From HK$588
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HK International Tattoo Convention

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Aiming to promote tattoo culture and put to rest negative opinions, Hong Kong’s three-day tattoo convention returns for its seventh edition after a four-year gap. Created by Gabe Shum, it attracts talented tattooists from all over the world and provides insights into the techniques used within the art form. Aspiring tattooists can also join competitions.

When: August 25 – 27
Where: Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
How much: From HK$500
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Computer & Communications Festival

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With technology leading us into the unchartered territory of AI and the metaverse, keeping up with the latest inventions in the sector is a smart move. The best place is the Computer & Communications Festival, which always delights local tech aficionados. This year’s must-browse areas include the Web3 Asia Sports Tech & Esports Experience Zone, the 5G & Green Tech Zone and for a different generation, the Smart Technology for the Elderly Pavilion.

When: August 25 – 28
Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
How much: HK$35
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Vital Signs

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Paying tribute to neon signs is the Vital Signs exhibition, a joint venture between Tai Kwun and Tetra Neon Exchange which strives to preserve Hong Kong’s iconic signage heritage. The exhibition will showcase a selection of Instagrammable neon signs and highlight their history and pioneers. Curious minds can also learn the chemical elements that come together to form different colours.

When: Until September 3
Where: Tai Kwun
How much: Free entry
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Fantasy In Fabric

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Taiwanese textile artist Danny Amazonas is known for his colourful quilts and mosaic collages. Having made fabric art since the 1990s, he has established himself as one of the leading figures in the field by creating iconic ‘freehand patchwork’ patterns. The Fantasy in Fabric exhibition perfectly captures this unique style. Amazonas gathers thousands of fabric pieces in different materials like silk and cotton, stitches them together and paints on them to construct his masterpieces.

When: Until September 10
Where: Artspace K
How much: Free entry
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What’s on? Things to do this July in Hong Kong

From music festivals to art exhibitions, there’s something for everyone to enjoy as Hong Kong continues to bring forward its vibrant and diverse entertainment scene through fun events that can’t be missed. Get ready to immerse yourself in the culture, music, and art of this captivating city.

Out of Thin Air

For those who like to cast a critical eye over the costumes worn by actors on the big screen, the Out of Thin Air: Hong Kong Film Arts and Costumes Exhibition is an amazing showcase with a plethora of cinema-related exhibits to explore. A fascinating collection of movie props, costumes, sketches, manuscripts and more will transport you behind the scenes of your favourite films. Scheduled as part of the Hong Kong Pop Culture Festival, the memorabilia shine a light on the industry’s creative process and energy.

When: Ongoing
Where: Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Sha Tin
How much: From HK$10
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Also Festival

Whether you are curious about the Hong Kong music scene or a firm fan of the city’s talented musicians, singers and rappers, the Also Festival is the perfect event to explore the local hip-hop culture. Straddling the calendar change from June to July, this year’s lineup showcases about 30 exceptional acts. Among those taking to the stage on 1 July are Novel Fergus, Geniuz F The Future, Yellow Peril, Matt Force, Ansonbean and Martian.B. Given that the first Also Festival was a total blast, attendees of this repeat performance will expect their idols to raise the roof.

When: 1 July
Where: KITEC, Kowloon Bay
How much: From HK$580

Attack of Clone Venus

Marrying traditional art techniques with the latest digital trends is Attack of Clone Venus, a solo exhibition by the acclaimed Japanese artist Takeru Amano, whose career has spanned various geographical locales. In this particular display, Amano combines NFTs collectables with sculptures, canvases and installations that vividly tell a series of stories. The collection comprises more than 1,000 works, with interactive AR filters on hand to boost perceptions to ensure that each visitor is emotionally involved with the art.

When: Until July 4
Where: Artelli, Central
How much: Free entry
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BTS Exhibition: Proof in Hong Kong

As the world-famous K-pop sensation Bangtan Sonyeondan celebrates its 10th anniversary, the group is set to take fans on a retrospective journey. Hybe, the South Korean entertainment giant behind BTS, brings an immersive exhibition to Hong Kong that will use music, motion graphics, audiovisuals and more to let fans (called the Army) know their idols better. For those fervent followers who have seen Proof in Seoul and/or Busan, the Hong Kong rendition contains some exclusive content so it is a showcase that should not be missed by all.

When: Until 16 July
Where: K11 Musea, Tsim Sha Tsui
How much: From HK$198
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Harbour Chill Carnival

Looking for a way to chill this summer? You won’t need to look very hard as the Hong Kong Tourism Board’s Harbour Chill Carnival provides a collection of fun-filled and entertaining weekend events against the broad canvas of Victoria Harbour. These include music stages, performance art pieces by local and international artists, and a never-seen-before version of the daily A Symphony of Lights show. With so many attractions to admire on top of the magnificent view, spending time on the waterfront has never been so enticing.

When: 8 July – 6 Aug
Where: Harbourfront Area, Wan Chai
How much: Free entry

TeamLab Future Park

Anyone who has scrolled through Instagram has come across this touring exhibition with interactive installations that youngsters and the young at heart will find magical. Hong Kongers, get excited because TeamLab’s Future Park launches in the city this month as part of insurance group FWD’s 10th anniversary celebrations. Spreading across 10,000 square feet, the magnificent multi-sensory event comprises six installations for imaginative play: Graffiti Beating Mountains and Valleys, Red List, Sliding Through the Fruit Field, Light Ball Orchestra, Hopscotch for Geniuses, A Table where Little People Live and Sketch Town.

When: 9 July – 14 Jan
Where: MegaBox, Kowloon Bay
How much: From HK$180

International Arts Carnival

Hong Kong welcomes the return of a familiar summer programme in which art and performance come together to form a stage that is guaranteed to be captivating. Designed to entertain youngsters during the school break, the latest rendition of the International Arts Carnival will deliver a lineup of dance, vocals, acrobatics and drama that is made all the more engaging by the employment of art and technology. Excitingly for the little ones, the main character of IAC 2023 will be a dinosaur.

When: 14 July – 13 Aug 2023
Where: Various venues
How much: Prices vary
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Ateez World Tour 2023

Fans of Ateez will be ready to wave their light sticks as the K-pop group make a stop in Hong Kong as part of their The Fellowship: Break the Wall concert tour. With Hong Kong being one of only five Asian stops for the eight-member band, the Atiny faithful can look forward to a whirlwind of entertainment. Whether or not they break the wall remains to be seen, but the boys will surely set the stage on fire with their energetic dance moves, stunning vocals and addictive raps.

When: 15 July
Where: AsiaWorld-Expo, Lantau
How much: From HK$880
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Night of the Living Monsters

As its pride month celebrations move into July, the Eaton HK presents another fascinating event in a lineup of panel discussions, exhibitions, performances and more that has accepting queerness in a largely heteronormative society as the primary theme. Pride@Eaton 2023: It’s Morphing Time! continues with the enthralling drag skit Night of the Living Monsters, starring drag queens including Yihao, JiJi Hardy, BB Ice Fun, RaveFun and Charlieowo. Looking back on the past and into the future, the performance party is certain to encapsulate the emotions that come with being part of the Hong Kong LGBTQ+ community.

When: 15 – 16 July
Where: Eaton HK, Kowloon.
How much: From HK$250

What’s on? Things to do this June in Hong Kong

From musical performances that will let you immerse yourself in an array of cultures to fashion shows and art displays that bring the best of both new and established creatives, Hong Kong is ready with a lineup of fun and exciting events that you should include in your schedule.

Hope – Patricia Piccinini

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Australian multimedia artist Patricia Piccinini is known for paintings and sculptures that touch on themes like bioethics and the dystopian future. Similarly, her first solo exhibition in Hong Kong will showcase her hyperrealistic explorations of history, technology and her outlook on an ideal world where humanity is lovingly united. With more than 60 works on display, art lovers can appreciate Piccinini’s brand of surrealism at its best.

When: Ongoing
Where: JC Contemporary, Tai Kwun, Central
How much: From HK$60
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Also Read: Your Guide to Purchasing an art piece that you won’t Regret

Runway Hong Kong

june 2023 events

Deemed to be one of the city’s favourite catwalk shows, Runway Asia returns to Hong Kong for its spring-summer edition. Held at The Hive, the iconic fashion event showcases the designs of up-and-coming, independently-minded brands and is a must-attend for fashion-driven folk who love to be informed of the latest trends. Besides, if a particular look inspires you as you sip beverages and watch the show, you can do some shopping – representatives of the clothing labels will also be present.

When: 2 June
Where: The Hive Studios, Kennedy Town
How much: From HK$250
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OffGun Fan Meeting

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Following the rise of K-pop, the latest entertainment trend of Boy’s Love has been increasing exponentially. In line with the growing fanbase for this genre, Thai heartthrobs Jumpol Adulkittiporn (Off) and Atthaphan Phunsawat (Gun), who have acted in popular series like Not Me and Theory of Love, are holding a meet-and-greet in Hong Kong. OffGun will be interacting and entertaining their fans with songs, games and more fun.

When: 2 June
Where: Rotunda 3, 6/F, KITEC, Kowloon Bay
How much: From HK$780

Hayao Miyazaki and the Japanese Anime Culture

june 2023 events

Japanese anime has struck a chord with various age groups. Devotees wait expectantly for newly-released animated features while also bingeing on manga classics such as One Piece, Death Note and Naruto. If you are a fan of the genre, Cantabile’s upcoming concert, Hayao Miyazaki and the Japanese Anime Culture is right on your radar. Under the musical and art direction of Philip Chu, the orchestra group is set to deliver entertainment and nostalgia as it revisits beloved anime themes.

When: 4-5 June
Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall, Tsim Sha Tsui
How much: From HK$280
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Rare Malts Whisky Dinner

june 2023 events

For connoisseurs of the mellow, honeyed notes of a well-aged whisky, this dining event will be an absolute delight. Five tipples from the Rare Malts Selection of natural cask strength single malt Scotch whiskies aged for more than 20 years, and predominately hailing from closed distilleries, will be poured to whisk you away to the Highlands. Whisky expert Anthony Yau is the evening’s key speaker so you can be assured of returning home with a broader knowledge of this liquid gold.

When: 10 June
Where: Sow by Loft 7, Sheung Wan
How much: HK$2,180
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Also Read: The Best Food and Wine Pairings: Which wine goes well with which dish?

Fin de Siècle / Nouvelles Idées

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As part of Le French May’s line-up of art, music and dance that pay tribute to French culture, the Hong Kong Bach Choir and Orchestra contributes its own magnificent celebration of francophone music and history. The Fin de Siècle / Nouvelles Idées concert nods to the dawn of a new age through standing-ovation-worthy renditions of works by Gabriel Fauré, Jean Langlais, Ned Rorem and more.

When: 11 June
Where: Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall, Central
How much: From HK$150
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J S Bach & Beyond: A Well-Tempered Conversation

june 2023 events

Renowned pianist Julien Libeer comes to Hong Kong to perform works by Johann Sebastian Bach from the late Baroque period in a recital that is both a retrospective of the iconic German composer and an ode to his music being timeless. The Belgian classical pianist, supported by the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, also hits notes by Beethoven, Chopin, Ligeti, Ravel and Schönberg.. HK City Hall Concert Hall, Central.

When: 14 June
Where: Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall, Central
How much: From HK$180
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2023 Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races

june 2023 events

Following a four-year break due to the pandemic, Hong Kong’s traditional boat racing event is back on a grander scale. Plying the waters of Victoria Harbour, the best local and international teams will vie in hotly contested 500-metre dashes and splashes to the tune of banging drums and cheering fans. The unforgettable weekend sporting spectacle is organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board and Hong Kong China Dragon Boat Association.

When: 24 -25 June
Where: Off Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade
How much: Free entry
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Hong Kong Illustration and Creative Show

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Joining creative hands and minds for a fifth year, the Hong Kong Illustration and Creative Show is a visual treat and a fun occasion. Building the careers of up-and-coming local artists by providing access to collectors while simultaneously growing their portfolio, the event sees two skill sets coming together in one convenient airing. The Illustration Fair presents paintings, illustrations, picture books and more, while the Creative Fair showcases woodwork, pottery and other crafts.

When: 24-25 June
Where: Rotunda 2 & 3, KITEC, Kowloon Bay
How much: From HK$50
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What’s on? Things to do this May in Hong Kong

Whether you want to spend your leisure time appreciating some culture around the world or exploring the world of cinema or art, this May, Hong Kong is bringing you a line of events to keep you entertained over the month. Below are the ones you should definitely be adding to your calendar.

Virtually Versailles

May 2023 events

As part of Le French May when Francophone culture is celebrated all over Hong Kong, Virtually Versailles presents the nation’s heritage in the form of an interactive tour of the Palace of Versailles. Whizzing you over to the spectacular château built by Louis XIV west of Paris, this magical experience is a visual journey across time, exploring the palace garden, the splendidly baroque Hall of Mirrors, and even catching a glimpse of Queen Marie Antoinette’s bedroom from three centuries ago.

When: Until 9 July
Where: Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Sha Tin
How much: HK$7
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Fete des Fleurs

May 2023 events

It is universally agreed that of the four seasons, Spring is a particularly beautiful time given all the flowers burst into vibrant bloom. Bringing such beauty to light is the Fete des Fleurs, a project instigated by the Sham Shui Po district office that first blossomed in March. A Fairytale Floral route and related activities have showcased a wide variety of flowers, including chrysanthemums, cherry blossoms, kapok, bougainvillaea and tulip. This month, city dwellers can look forward to even more colour from the likes of hydrangea and bauhinia.

When: Until 31 May
Where: Various venues in Sham Shui Po
How much: Free admission
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Beauty and the Beast in Concert

May 2023 events

Up for a musical concert that will ignite childhood memories? Then Disney’s Beauty and the Beast concert presented by Sound of the Earth is a must for your calendar. With Ponte Orchestra playing music live, alongside conductor Stephen Lam, while the plot of the classic cartoon unravels on the big screen, a riveting performance is assured. Caught up in countless flashes of nostalgia, fans can hum along to all the old tunes.

When: 5-7 May
Where: Star Hall, KITEC, Kowloon Bay
How much: From HK$280

Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels

May 2023 events

Van Cleef & Arpels’ love of dance is inbred in the brand’s history and its cultural programme – Dance Reflections – is an extension of the passion. On a mission to promote modern and contemporary dance cultures, the 2023 rendition treads the boards and open spaces of Hong Kong in line with Le French May. Nine performances from leading dance talents include Crowd by Gisèle Vienne, Les Traceurs by Rachid Ouramdane and Save the Last Dance for Me by Alessandro Sciarroni. Prices and venues vary.

When: 5-21 May
Where: Various Venues
How much: Prices based on the show
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Movie Tram

May 2023 events

Trams encapsulate one of the most important identities of Hong Kong, so what better way to explore the city’s cinematic scene than through a ride on a Ding Ding? In a must-do activity as part of the inaugural Hong Kong Pop Culture Festival, this guided tram journey allows movie buffs to learn about the local film industry – its history, action behind the scenes, and events that inspired the cult films. Participants will also rattle by some key filming locations in the Central and Western districts. HK$100.. Pcf.gov.hk

When: 6-21 May
Where: Hong Kong Island
How much: HK$100
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Il Trovatore

May 2023 events

Composed by Giuseppe Verdi in 1853, Il Trovatore is adored by opera aficionados and appreciated by critics for its complex, moving and melancholic plot. Opera Hong Kong rises to the task of portraying tragic elements like child sacrifice and fatal curses in this classic work from an Italian libretto by Salvadore Cammarano. While the four acts are staged in the original language, English and Chinese surtitles allow full immersion in the performance for non-Italian speakers.

When: 11-14 May
Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui
How much: From HK$220
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Affordable Art Fair

May 2023 events

Affordable Art Fair has built its reputation by making art accessible to both enthusiasts and collectors. Visitors can discover art pieces priced at HK$1,000 and also ones that are valued at HK$100,000. Representing artists from Hong Kong and overseas, the art fair has even greater resonance this year since it celebrates its 10th anniversary. In addition to viewing inspiring cutting-edge works, interactive experiences such as tours and workshops immerse participants in a less elitist art world.

When: 18-21 May
Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wan Chai
How much: From HK$180
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Ice Tribe – Breathwork and Ice Bath

May 2023 events

If you are happy to jump cold into every new wellness experience, then an Ice Tribe session by Primal Breathwork is definitely one you will embrace. Just as the name suggests, participants immerse themselves in ice-cold water as they follow the breathing-technique instructions of a certified breath specialist. The two-hour breathwork exercise, held monthly, is said to do wonders for your mental and physical health and help you manage stress levels too. From HK$400.. Primalbw.com

When: 13 May
Where: XP Fitness Hub, Central
How much: HK$400
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Also Read: The A To Z Of Cold Water Therapy – Everything You Should Know About This Recovery Method

Treasure Tour (Hello) in Hong Kong

May 2023 events

Fourth-generation K-pop group Treasure is on a three-month tour of Asia, and Hong Kong is one of their eight-city stops. Given that the 10-member idol group under YG Entertainment has set the music scene alight in such a short period, the Hong Kong concert is sure to be a (fan) frenzied affair. Known as the Treasure Makers, the boy band’s followers will be gearing up to sing along to all the latest releases and, of course, enact the dance moves of Treasure’s viral hit, DARARI.

When: 20 May
Where: AsiaWorld Arena
How much: From HK$699
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Sing for Joy: Charity Dinner by New Wine Ministries


The charitable body, New Wine Ministries Hong Kong, hosted a special “Sing for Joy” Charity Dinner in October 29, at the Aberdeen Marina Club. Through a raffle lottery and silent auction, generous guests raised a substantial sum for two of its worthy causes, namely asylum seekers, refugees, and cancer patients.


Celebrating the year’s most hilarious quips, anecdotes and happenstances

We all need a little humour to make life a little bit more tolerable sometimes. As the old adage goes, “laughter is the best medicine”. Indeed we have scientific research to back that up. Especially in trying times and difficult situations, it helps to let your hair down and have a good old belly laugh.

Or even a gentle chortle. As comedian and political satirist Jon Steward once said, “Comedy is in the middle of a traffic jam, getting everybody moving again.” This time around, though, we’re turning the attention from ourselves and on to some of the most laughable events to have made headlines this year…

Musk be a Mistake

At one point or another, especially after a few too many pints, many of us have had the experience of tweeting something we’d later regret. Except, in most occasions, it doesn’t result in a billion-dollar lawsuit. The same can’t be said about Tesla CEO Elon Musk however.

After months of buzz around Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s claims to buy Twitter, the quirky SpaceX founder has finally declared that he will not be pursuing ownership of Twitter after attempting to terminate a signed merger agreement in April. As a result, Twitter has sued the business magnate for backing out of a US$44 billion acquisition.

Sniping back at the social media platform, Musk has accused the company of misleading him with inaccurate data, obfuscating facts, not notifying him of layoffs and executive changes, as well as refusing to hand over “useable” user data – all of which allegedly constitute a “breach” of the agreement, according to Musk’s lawyers. As the case goes on, if found liable, Musk will be obliged to pay a US$1 billion break-up fee according to the agreement.

Bagel Wars

Money, muscles and bagels. Hong Kong is known to be one of the safest cities in the world, with murder and theft cases being comparatively lower than other cities. However, a recent scuffle between two establishments has turned sour and you bet social media was quick to catch on. 

In June, the infamous Bagel War was the talk of Kennedy Town and almost every English media in the city. Mendel’s, a New York bagel shop went viral on social media for a video they posted to their Instagram page in which men in black shirts were seen blocking entry to the store and telling customers that they were not allowed in, while employees can be heard yelling from inside to customers that the deli was in fact open.

The establishment had accused rival Schragel’s founder Rebecca Schragel of having hired security to harass customers and employees. In the video, customers can be seen struggling to pass through – dodging and pushing their way past the burly men. While many customers and supporters of the eatery were enraged, some found amusement in the turn of events.

It was cleared that Rebecca Schrage, a majority shareholder of Mendel’s was suing her partners for financial disputes.

It’s Not Over Until It’s Over

Nobody wants to be broken up with on text or over the phone. However, that didn’t stop the head of state of Sri Lanka to pack up and flee the country in the wake of anti-government protests in July.

It was confirmed By Mahinda Yapa Abeywardenena, the Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka, that Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had sent over his resignation through e-mail and fled to Singapore on a flight from the Maldives.

Abeywardenena has told media that “we cannot accept such an email at face value” and that the legality of such a declaration needs to be legally verified, ascertained and officially confirmed. The state is expecting a paper copy of the letter but is expecting the letter to come through at a later time as it would be sent from Singapore.

It’s Türkiye, not Turkey

When you think of Turkey, what springs to mind? If you say a large gobbling bird, you’re not alone. Most of us have all been guilty of associating “Turkey” with the thanksgiving dinner table rather than paying any mind to the actual country. In fact, if you type it into Google, you’re quite likely to see pages worth of the large game bird.

As such, the government of Turkey had formally advocated to officially change the country’s name to Türkiye (pronounced tur-key-yay), even producing a video commercial of the movement. It doesn’t help that the word is also alternatively defined as “a stupid or inept person”.

The name was changed to reframe the country’s image and connect it to its cultural roots. The process of the country’s renaming had began in December 2021 when President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a statement saying, “The word ‘Turkiye’ represents and expresses the culture, civilisation, and values of the Turkish nation in the best way.” In June, The United Nations officially recognised Turkey as Türkiye and had implemented the change shortly after receipt of the request.

Behind Every Dream is Cartier

Contrary to high end jeweller Tiffany & Co.’s tagline: Behind every dream is a dreamer, a recent legal battle between the high-end brand and competitor Cartier has pit the two luxury brands against each other.

In march Cartier accused Tiffany & Co. of stealing trade secrets of the brand’s bespoke jewellery collection. According to a complaint filed in a New York state court in Manhattan, Tiffany had hired an under qualified junior manager to learn more about Cartier’s High Jewelry collection, in which pieces cost from US$50,000 to US$10 million.

The manager also happened to be a former executive worker for Cartier and was hired despite her six-month non-compete agreement. She was then fired after five weeks. Tiffany had since denied all allegations Cartier has made thus far. Although this isn’t the first legal battle between the two, it’s still a saucy affair to see two major league brands go head to head. 

Metabirkins? Nadabirkins!

As vague as the lines are between reality and the metaverse, to luxury conglomerate Hermès, the boundaries of copyright is clear.

In January, Hermès sent artist Mason Rothschild a cease and desist letter and filed a lawsuit in federal court in the Southern District of New York for alleged trademark infringement, false designation of origin, trademark dilution, and cyber-squatting.

This lawsuit followed a sale by the artist of reinterpreted Berkin NFTs, coined the word “Metabirkins”, within the metaverse. The NFT features furry renderings of Hermes’s iconic Birkin handbag. Artist Mason Rothschild has since claimed his First Amendment right and right to artistic expression, stating that the Metabirkins are not explicitly misleading.


Much Ado About Nothing

If there is one thing the infamous reality TV family The Kardashians is known for, it’s controversy – and there is a lot – enough propel the family into global fame. For what exactly? Absolutely nothing, allegedly.

Which is ironic since the most famous of the Kardashian-Jenner clan Kim Kardashian has been criticised for an interview in which she advised women who want to make a successful career in business with this statement: “I have the best advice for women in business,” she says. “Get your f—–g a– up and work. It seems like nobody wants to work these days.

The punch line here is that the family has been called out several times in the past, including by Oprah Winfrey and Barbara Walters for having no talent or any particular expertise or professional background. Yet, for two decades they have become a household name across the globe and cashed on millions for their Keeping Up with the Kardashians reality show in which they do, well…nothing…


Text: Staff Writer

Andante showcases exclusive ART and full Minotti collection

Hong Kong’s lifestyle expert in designer furniture, lighting and décor Andante invites visitors into its newly renovated a total of 600 sq.m showrooms on Duddell’s Street to showcase its exclusive art pieces and the full Minotti Collection.

The world of design and art are often married together as inseparable entities — both evoking emotions and visual narrative in philosophy and practice. Recognising this dynamic, Andante has in recent years begun bringing these two worlds together. This May, it has curated a collection of art pieces by five collaborative Italian contemporary artists to be featured in this art month alongside the full collection from Italian luxury furniture brand Minotti.

Andante showcases exclusive ART and full Minotti collection
(Photography: Tony Luk)

Having established itself as an emporium of fine Italian craftsmanship, it has long been lauded as the city’s exclusive dealer of celebrated Italian furniture brand Minotti. With new collections by renowned designers released every year, the Central-set luxury retail store interprets the beauty of the brand’s creative and artistic mastery in Italian design.

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(In this photo: Roger seating system by Rodolfo Dordoni, 2021 Minotti collection)

An exemplary point is the brand’s inclusion of the Roger and Belt indoor seating system by long-time collaborator Milan-born Rodolfo Dordoni. The creative synergy between both the designer and brand have led to numerous designs over more than the two decades, making no exception for the recent 2021 collection.

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(In this photo: Belt sofa by Rodolfo Dordoni, 2021 Minotti collection)

Presenting an innovative and exceptionally versatile collection of modular seating systems meant to provide a full range of layout and use that caters to a variety of tastes, owners can feel inspired to incorporate their own style in personalising the products within the collection.

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(In this photo: Brasilia seating system by Marcio Kogan, 2021 Minotti collection)

Another example is São Paulo-based Marcio Kogan/ studio mk27’s Brasilia collection. The relationship with the brand and designer debuted in 2018 with the studio’s Quadrado outdoor modular seating system and continued in 2019 through to 2021 with the present Brasilia seating system.

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(In this photo: Brasilia seating system by Marcio Kogan, 2021 Minotti collection)

Drawing from simplicity and Brazilian modernism, while also demonstrating a meticulous attention to details and finishing, the sofas within the collection boasts a use of premium materials to ensure the utmost comfort and sophistication for any living space.

Built into square frames and enclosed in Dark Brown stained palisander Santos that were sourced from responsibly managed forests, the sofas are then assembled with plush padding and cushions that sit on polished Brandy finish metallic legs that give the design a warm, natural and elegant aesthetic.

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(In this photo: Patio Outdoor seating system by GamFratesi, 2021 Minotti collection)

Another highlight within the brand’s 2021Collection comes from award-winning designer GamFratesi, founded by Danish architect Stine Gam and Italian architect Enrico Fratesi. Combining their expertise of furniture design and industrial design, the duo’s designs take their creative drive from reinviting tradition through experimental approaches with materials and techniques. It is this very combination that led to their debut in the Minotti’s2019 Collection, serving as the catalyst for future collaborations, including their inclusion in the brand’s 2021 Outdoor Collection in which the designer’s Patio and Lido “Cord” seating system and outdoor sofas were included.

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(In this photo: Lido “Cord” Outdoor sofa by GamFratesi, 2021 Minotti collection)

Drawing on classic Danish designs and traditional Italian approach, the series presents a highly versatile modularity and a use of mixing different materials that evoke an eclectic and contemporary style through mosaic, geometric, and bergère designs. Even such unique design features as a handy tray in stained solid mahogany or natural teak set with grooves for draining water demonstrates the level of creativity and craftsmanship the designer executes with every design.

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(In this photo: I ate an idea, 2021 by Matteo Negri. 35cm x 35cm x 10cm 23-carat gold and lacquered iron; Photography: Tony Luk)

While Andante has long established itself as a leading destination for all thingsmodern classic designs for interior decoration, the showroom goes beyond furniture. Continuing its endeavour in the art world, the newly revamped showroom remains as a double entendre for showcasing Italian designs, as well as artistic creations.

 Spanning across 600 sq.m of space, the showroomwill be showcasing five contemporary Italian artists during this art month of May,exclusively available for viewing at Andante.

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(In this photo: Counterpoint, 2019, 54cm x 66.5cm x 12cm, Pastel on paper, cardboard / Beat, 2017 59cm x 69cm x 8cm Pastel on paper, cardboard by Paolo De Stefani; Photography: Tony Luk)

The curation of this body of work will include new art pieces by recurring artist Matteo Negri as well as two new collaborative artists, Eugenio Filippi and Paolo De Stefani. The pieces, along with previously showcased works by Federico Casati and Alessio Ceruti, will stage the venue’s five newly refurbished main areas. Here, art meets lifestyle and transforms creates a space of creative flair.


For more information on the art pieces and Minotti collection, please visit andante.com.hk. (Instagram: @andatehongkong)