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

Enjoy a fantastic range of events to have fun and soak up some culture, from the Hong Kong Sevens to the film festival, masterpieces on display and so much more.

Illuminate! Run Beyond

Following the successful hosting of this immersive installation in global cities such as Washington DC, Toronto, London and Amsterdam, Italian artist Angelo Bonello brings his much-acclaimed light show to the majestic backdrop of Victoria Harbour. Visitors to his shows often tell of a surreal experience in which visions of silhouetted figures appear to leap almost magically from the installation creating a dreamlike, mystical ambience. Expect to be enchanted as Illuminate! Run Beyond heralds the launch of the Wan Chai Harbourfront Event Space. Bonello’s Art Light display will then continue until 28 April.

When: Until 4 April

Where: Wan Chai Harbourfront Event Space

How much: Free

For more information: wches.com.hk

Songkran

Running in conjunction with celebrations to mark the Thai New Year, the Songkran Festival is a riotous, fun- filled occasion in which a good time is always had by all. Certain streets of Hong Kong become a veritable battlefield as participants endeavour to soak each other with water and thereby cleanse their spirits of all misfortune amassed over the previous year. The festival also marks a way for Thais in the city to promote community integration. Events at Songkran HK 2024 include dance performances, a market, food stalls and the Nang Songkran Parade.

When: 4-8 April

Where: D2 Place and Cheung Yee Street

How much: Free

For more information: songkran.hk

Hong Kong Sevens

This fantastic festival of fun and sporting excellence makes its swansong at Hong Kong Stadium before moving to Kai Tak Sports Park in 2025. For three decades, the iconic venue has provided magical moments and thrilling rugby for fans who flock to Hong Kong for the party atmosphere. A streamlined competition sees 12 men’s and 12 women’s teams competing for the coveted trophy, while China, Japan and Hong Kong (men) and China, Thailand and Hong Kong (women) battle in the Melrose Claymores competition.

When: 5-7 April

Where: Hong Kong Stadium

How much: Three-day pass HK$1,950

For more information: hksevens.com

Zlatomir Fung

A precociously gifted musical talent, at age 24 cellist Zlatomir Fung has performed with some of the world’s leading orchestras and is a hot property in the classical music industry. In 2019, he was the youngest-ever cello gold-medal winner at the International Tchaikovsky Competition. The US-raised Chinese-Bulgarian prodigy makes his Hong Kong debut, ably accompanied by local star Rachel Cheung on piano.

When: 17 April

Where: City Hall Concert Hall

How much: From HK$180

For more information: cityhall.gov.hk

Beyond the Singularity

The final exhibition of the Arts Development Council’s TECH 2.0 series, which has shone an interactive light on the connection between arts, technology and the community, focuses on the topic du jour – artificial intelligence. It asks participants to venture into the world of AI and explore the deeper meaning of its revolutionary impact on technology and the creative arts in general. This is the first major exhibition in Hong Kong where artists have used AI tools to create new works.

When: Until 7 April

Where: Showcase, Wong Chuk Hang

How much: Free

For more information: arts-tech.hk

Westk Funfest

Let your imagination run wild at this family-oriented arts extravaganza that allows visitors to explore and participate in a multitude of interactive experiences indoors and out. Try Ephemeral, the immersive public art installation created by award-winning Sydney-based design studio Atelier Sisu, which lands in Hong Kong for the first time and includes a ‘Colossal’ new element. Alternatively, 10-Minute Dance Parties is an unforgettable celebration of dance.

When: Until 7 April

Where: West Kowloon Cultural District venues

How much: Free or various prices

For more information: westkowloon.hk

Hong Kong International Film Festival

Now in its 48th edition, the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) has garnered an outstanding reputation for the breadth and quality of the movies it screens. A major cultural event in its own right, it has become the template for other Asian film festivals keen to replicate this success to their film- loving public. This year the Hong Kong programme spotlights the works of directors Fruit Chan, Martin McDonagh and Hamaguchi Ryusuke.

When: Until 8 April

Where: Various venues

How much: From HK$55

For more information: hkiff.org.hk

Masterpieces from the National

Take advantage while you can of this fantastic museum collaboration in which amazing works of art usually residing in London’s National Gallery have been loaned out to the Hong Kong Palace Museum. This is the first time paintings from the National Gallery have been made accessible for the public to view in Hong Kong. In total, 52 masterpieces by some of the art-world greats can be contemplated.

When: Until 11 April

Where: Hong Kong Palace Museum

How much: HK$150

For more information: hkpm.org.hk

Madame Song

Immerse yourself in the magnificent world of Song Huai-Kuei by spending some time at this major exhibition dedicated to the life and works of the Chinese cultural pioneer. The multitalented Madame Song touched and shaped Chinese art, film, music and fashion, and her influence spanned decades, from the 1950s to the early 2000s when China itself changed dramatically. The curators have gathered more than 320 objects for visitors to admire.

When: Until 14 April

Where: West Gallery, M+ Museum

How much: HK$140

For more information: mplus.org.hk

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

March has a string of sensational experiences to keep you entertained – from amazing shopping in lantern-lit streets to world-class art and cultural events to magnificent theatre and much more besides!  

Lanterns-lit

Soak up the ongoing ambience of the Year of the Dragon when strolling down Wan Chai’s popular shopping and dining street of Lee Tung Avenue made magical with hundreds of iconic red lanterns. Gleaming goldfish lanterns add extra colour to the display as they swim among the red lanterns – a beautiful touch signifying abundance. Positioned at the Central Piazza, an eight-metre-long golden dragon will further delight visitors, and limited-edition red packets stamped with the Chinese name of the avenue will be available until the early part of the month. Enjoy the vibe of a street in which East meets West.

When: Until 10 Mar

Where: Lee Tung Avenue

How much: Free

For more information: leetungavenue.com.hk

Miss Julie

August Strindberg’s masterpiece of theatre takes on a new dimension in this compelling local production adapted by British-Hong Kong playwright Amy Ng. Originally set in the seemingly more placid 19th-century Swedish countryside, the storyline exploring universal themes such as sex, power play, racial divides and social hierarchies has been reimagined into the post-war colonial Hong Kong landscape. The play follows the trials and tribulations of a mixed-race daughter from an elite family who seduces her Chinese chauffeur.

When: 1 Mar – 17 Mar

Where: Hong Kong City Hall Theatre

How much: From HK$340

For more information: hk.artsfestival.org

Fashion Access

Anyone connected to the world of fashion should consider a visit to Asia’s premier fashion accessories trade show. All sorts of accoutrements will be on display, including the latest collections of bags, footwear, gloves, scarves, small leather goods and leather garments. Many of the unsung movers and shakers in the fashion world will be present – buyers, retailers, wholesalers and other players in the mid-to-high-end range. The fair offers savvy visitors the chance to see some top-notch brands up close in Hong Kong.

When: 19 Mar – 21 Mar

Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

How much: From HK$200

For more information: aplf.com

ComplexCon

Leaving the shores of the US for the first time is the huge cultural fair known as ComplexCon. Garnering a fine reputation over recent years, it features a fusion of pop culture, music, art, food, sports, innovation and educational activities, and Hong Kong’s success in capturing this event is considered key in broadening the appeal of Hong Kong Arts Month. Expect a host of expertly curated events.

When: 22 Mar – 24 Mar

Where: AsiaWorld-Expo

How much: From HK$380

For more information: complexchinese.com

Art Basel

Widely acclaimed as the largest international celebration of arts in Hong Kong, Art Basel brings together a vast and incredibly diverse range of contemporary works over three days. It celebrates the creativity of big-name artists from the Asia-Pacific region and globally as well as those striving to make their mark. There will be galleries to explore, curated and large-scale projects to browse through and films by and about the artists to view.

When: 28 Mar – 30 Mar

Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

How much: From HK$340

For more information: artbasel.com

Art Central

Running in conjunction with Art Basel, this four-day event features an eclectic mix of artworks and programmes from some of Asia’s most inventive and inspiring galleries. Having commenced in 2015, the fair has grown in stature as the years have passed, with this edition promising to be the best; the range of exhibitors has expanded and some are taking part for the first time. The magnificent harbourfront location adds to the ambience.

When: 28 Mar – 31 Mar

Where: Central Harbourfront

How much: From HK$175

For more information: artcentralhongkong.com

Ocean Park Lunar Fiesta

Let the celebrations roll on a journey through old Hong Kong in a New Year neon-lights extravaganza. Amid traditional lion dances and drumming performances, the nostalgic ambience can be enhanced by snacks that bring the memories of yesteryear flooding back. There are plenty of other activities to keep families amused, too, as the Year of the Dragon continues to make waves at the park. Youngsters will be entertained by the Ocean 6N1 band.

When: Until 3 Mar

Where: Ocean Park

How much: From HK$498

For more information: oceanpark.com.hk

International Jewellery Show

Following the success of last year’s post-Covid exhibition, some of the biggest players in the world of gemstones and jewels gather again at a glittering trade fair that appeals to a global audience. This 40th edition of Jewellery & Gem World Hong Kong is an ideal opportunity to glean the latest developments in the sector.

When: Until 4 Mar

Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

How much: $100

For more information: hktdc.com

Legend of the Enchanted Reef

Immerse yourself in the joy of watching the underwater world come to life via the fantastic hemispherical screen of the Space Museum. This under-the-sea tale revolves around three little fish whose natural habitat is devastated by the ruthless actions of fishing trawlers. Their journey to the so-called ‘enchanted reef’ forms the basis of the plot, which is depicted in 3D glory on the dome screen utilising the latest NanoSeam technology.

When: Until 31 Mar

Where: Hong Kong Space Museum

How much: From HK$24

For more information: hk.space.museum

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

This month features some fantastic things to do –  savour the spectacular Lunar New Year fireworks or soak up the carnival atmosphere of the night parade and so much more! 

Lunar New Year Fireworks

Celebrate the Chinese New Year in style by watching the iconic fireworks display against the unforgettable backdrop of Victoria Harbour. The Hong Kong New Year Countdown Celebrations has justifiably gained a reputation as one of the best synchronised and spectacular fireworks displays anywhere in the world. With the pyrotechnics released from barges in the centre of the harbour, the best views can be gleaned from waterfront vantage points spanning Central to Causeway Bay and over in Tsim Sha Tsui. Some hotels and restaurants, the Observation Wheel and even up on the Peak also offer excellent vistas.

When: Until 11 Feb

Where: Victoria Harbour

How much: Free

For more information: discoverhongkong.com

Flower Markets

During the week preceding Chinese New Year, flower fairs are dotted around Hong Kong to service residents busily decorating their homes or seeking gifts for friends and family. The main market is located in Victoria Park, and evenings are the best time to visit and experience the electric vibe of the festival of flowers. Join the crowds on this traditional saunter past stalls of blooms and orange trees, browsing the displays and soaking up the intoxicating scents of the myriad exotic flowers. Stalls around the city will sell every imaginable flower and fruit.

When: 4-10 Feb

Where: Victoria Park and elsewhere

How much: Free

For more information: fehd.gov.hk

Night Parade

On the very first day of the Chinese New Year enjoy a wonderful festival of fun as the Night Parade floating carnival meanders through the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui. Sponsored by Cathay International, the festive procession will start at 8 pm from the Cultural Centre piazza and wind its way to its final destination at the Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel and Towers. The Year of the Dragon celebrates that iconic creature of nobility and good luck, and the theme for this year’s parade is ‘Good Fortune All Around Hong Kong’.

When: 10 Feb

Where: Tsim Sha Tsui

How much: Free

For more information: discoverhongkong.com

Well-wishing Festival

A traditional Chinese New Year activity is to head to Lam Tsuen in the New Territories and partake in well-wishing. Write down your wish, tie it on a string, anchor it with an orange, then toss it into the village’s famous wishing trees. Alternatively, release a wishing lantern into the canal to help bring better tidings for the year ahead. Plus there is another chance to see the Night Parade floats.

When: 10-25 Feb

Where: Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees

How much: Free

For more information: lamtsuen.com

Sha Tin Races

Immerse yourself in the joy of watching magnificent horses gallop around the track in a full programme of races, with the feature race being the Chinese New Year Cup. Perhaps have a flutter and see if your luck is in! Entertainment and Cultural performances abound too at Sha Tin Racecourse on a day packed with activity, including a grand opening show, lion dance and the opportunity to receive good-luck messages from the jockeys.

When: 12 Feb

Where: Sha Tin Race Course

How much: From HK$10

For more information: campaigns.hkjc.com/chinese-new-year

World of Animation

Take an almost spiritual journey into the multimedia universe of Miwa Matreyek as she delves deep into the relationship between humans and the natural world. In this amazing one-woman theatrical display, the artist’s silhouette interacts with cinematic projections, and seemingly separate worlds seem to collide into a new reality. World of Animation offers reflections on the inherent conflict between humanity and nature.

When: 20-23 Feb

Where: City Hall Theatre

How much: From HK$200

For more information: hk.artsfestival.org

Disney on Ice

It is 100 years since the creations of the Disney cannon first began to light up the imaginations of children and adults alike. Now the Disney on Ice 100 Years of Wonder tour comes to Hong Kong and brings the fantastical nature of so many of those characters closer to your heart. Marvel at Simba and his friends on safari in the Pride Lands or rejoice in the carnival of Toy Story 4 as you are swept along in Aladdin’s princely parade.

When: Until 4 Feb

Where: Convention and Exhibition Centre

How much: From HK$480

For more information: disneyonice.com

Losing It

Part of Hong Kong Arts Festival’s Arab Arts Focus, this dance performance reflects the troubled times and experiences of Samaa Wakim, whose formative years were spent in the fiery cauldron of Palestine, that land of bitter and seemingly never-ending conflict. Co-created by dancer and choreographer Wakim and multidisciplinary artist Samar Haddad King, Losing It is a personal journey based on memories of a disintegrating world.

When: 27-28 Feb

Where: Cultural Centre Studio Theatre

How much: From HK$180

For more information: hk.artsfestival.org

AIA Carnival

Enjoy a fun-filled time at this carnival against the spectacular setting of Victoria Harbour. Plenty of entertainments will keep everyone amused, from comedy performers to local and international music acts to carnival games to thrilling rides. Beside a host of performing arts shows and interactive sporting events, The World Circus takes centre stage in the Big Top as well. This is an event with a European feel but a local edge, and there will be oodles of food and drink to recharge the batteries.

When: Until 25 Feb

Where: Central Harbourfront

How much: From HK$95

For more information: aiacarnival.com

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

January offers a slew of sensational things to do and see to keep you entertained – from a marathon to arts festivals to major archaeological discoveries to so much more!

Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair

As the first of its kind in Asia this year, this show is guaranteed to be a premium event and one that will have the toys and games industry buzzing. Attracting exhibitors of the highest calibre, it is an ideal opportunity to discover new products from hundreds of trendsetting market players and have some fun in the process. There will be smart-tech toys, soft toys, remote-control toys and more besides. For those in the industry, the chance to network, build up contacts and find reliable partners and direct suppliers is invaluable.

When: 8-11 Jan

Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wan Chai

How much: Prices vary

For more information: expopromoter.com

Hong Kong Marathon

Running a marathon is perhaps the ultimate test of one’s capabilities in endurance and sheer willpower. No wonder, then, that the annual Hong Kong race is well supported with the highest participation rate of any local sporting event. Up to 74,000 runners from across Hong Kong and overseas will begin on Nathan Road and finish 42.195 kilometres later at Victoria Park. It is a World Athletics’ Gold Label road race and this year serves as the Asian Marathon Championships, with top runners from the region invited to compete. The event also comprises a half marathon, 10km race, 10km Wheelchair Race and Wheelchair Trial.

When: 21 Jan

Where: Various venues

How much: Free viewing

For more information: hkmarathon.com

Brent Faiyaz

With nods to R&B, hip-hop and soul, American singer Brent Faiyaz is touring his much-acclaimed Wasteland album with a date in Hong Kong. The concert is expected to attract lovers of all three genres such is the magnetic appeal of the 28-year-old artist who knows how to test musical boundaries. The album featured guest turns by Tyler, the Creator, Alicia Keys and Drake, and came on the heels of an EP provocatively titled F**k the World. The set list for Faiyaz’s ‘It’s a Wasteland’ tour will surely include tracks from both recordings.

When: 30 Jan

Where: Rotunda 2, KITEK, Kowloon

How much: HK$799

For more information: cityline.com

Hong Kong Brands and Products Expo

A huge showcase for an amazing panoply of products makes a welcome return as the Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong presents its 57th shopping festival of local brands. The expo always draws large crowds keen to grab a bargain or two or simply have fun from the range of activities offered in a packed entertainment programme.

When: Until 8 Jan

Where: Victoria Park, Causeway Bay

How much: HK$8

For more information: hkbpe.com.hk

Gazing at Sanxingdui

Shown for the first time in a major exhibition outside Sichuan, the recent archaeological discoveries at the Sanxingdui site near Chengdu – with almost half excavated between 2020 and 2022 – shed new light on Chinese civilisation in the upper Yangtze River valley. Featuring 120 bronze, jade, gold and pottery objects, some date back 4,500 years while a number of them are national treasures, all are testaments to the expertise of modern Chinese archaeology.

When: Until 8 Jan

Where: Gallery 8, Hong Kong Palace Museum, West Kowloon Cultural District

How much: HK$150

For more information: hkpm.org.hk

Sai Kung Hoi Arts Festival

Based in Yim Tin Tsai, this festival has grown over the years and now includes Sharp Island, Kau Sai Chau, High Island and Sai Kung town. Taking ‘Joy Again, Isle’ as its theme, it promotes the history, culture, heritage and natural environment of Sai Kung District’s scenic islands through art explorations and the healing power of the arts and nature. These local experiences can be shared.

When: Until 14 Jan

Where: Sai Kung town and islands

How much: Free

For more information: skhartsfestival.hk

teamLab Future Park

For a great immersive experience that takes the co-creation concept to the next level, this futuristic amusement park should not be missed. Located in a venue spanning more than 10,000 square feet, this is interactive fun how it should be, using art and technology to reimagine a universe co-created by the individual participant in an immersive art space. This iteration of an event that roves the region features six popular Future Park works that are bound to appeal.

When: Until 14 Jan

Where: MegaBox, Kowloon Bay

How much: Various prices

For more information: ttt-works.com

The Oyster Odyssey

For years, oyster reefs have played a vital role in the ecology and marine environment of Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta. This exhibition offers an immersive journey into the underwater world of oysters, exploring the historical significance of oyster cultivation and how the local industry developed, as well as highlighting efforts to restore “Hong Kong’s lost treasure”.

When: Until 31 Jan

Where: Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Pier 8, Star Ferry, Central

How much: HK$30

For more information: hkmaritimemuseum.org

HK2 Night Scene Bus

What better way to see the magnificent night sights of Hong Kong and Kowloon than by taking an open-top double-decker bus. The Citybus Rickshaw Sightseeing Bus is running a night service, HK2, in collaboration with the Hong Kong Tourism Board that allows passengers to hop on and off to visit more than 50 landmarks. Embracing iconic rickshaws of a bygone era, but with a driver rather than a puller at the helm, it offers a blend of the past and the present.

When: Ongoing

Where: Star Ferry, Central

How much: Night pass HK$100 (tourists HK$20).

For more information: rickshawbus.com

Park Keepers: Outré outwear you will never ever want to part with

Sometimes even a walk in the park or leaving your house to run some errands can become a fashion show if you put on the right attires that are stylish and comfortable at the same time. Gafencu has put together seven such ensembles that will let you show off your inner fashionista.

Look 1

Sweater, shorts, belt, handbag and heels by Ferragamo

Look 2

Sunglasses, earrings, rings, top, pants, handbag and wedge sandals by Givenchy

Look 3

Dress, undergarments and thong boots by Miu Miu

Look 4

Top and handbag by Prada

Look 5

Bucket hat, top, skirt, handbag and boots by Dior

Look 6

Jacket and skirt by Marant Étoile
Sock booties by Roger Vivier

Photographer: Jack Law Art Direction and Styling: Jhoshwa Ledesma Videographer: Jack Fontanilla Model: Beatriz M (Primo Management Ltd.) Hair and Make Up: Heti Tsang Cover: Jacket, top, long skirt and heels by Gucci

Here is your September 2023 Horoscope

Mercury may be in retrograde this September but that is not going to change the fact that this Virgo season will be filled with exciting opportunities. Moreover, as Venus retrograde ends on September 4, you can also expect to see your love life take a better turn. Read your September 2023 horoscope to know what this Virgo season has in store for your star sign.

VIRGO (23 August – 22 September)

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Born under the Virgo star sign, you are great at thinking with practicality and logic. While this has made you appear less compassionate around others, this September, some incidents will change the way people perceive you. They will begin to appreciate your thought process and even ask for your opinions and actually take them seriously.

While this sudden change, especially from your partner, may confuse you at the beginning, you should try not to overthink and go with the flow. Your needless suspicions can only have a negative impact but accepting them could benefit your relationship. So, though it may be in your nature to think critically, it is best to set aside that characteristic of yours, at least for the time being.

LIBRA (23 September – 22 October)

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While your past self might have felt discouraged by the many hurdles you have to overcome to taste victory, you are more mature now, so you understand that success does not come easily. This month, you will find happiness in knowing that you have put in your best efforts in the things you do. (Libra of the Month: Atthaphan Phunsawat, Thai Actor, 4 October 1993)

SCORPIO (23 October – 21 November)

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September could turn out to be the most exciting month for you, as you will find yourself involved in projects that you are highly passionate about. In fact, a certain person may be amazed by your expertise and give you an opportunity to advance in your career. If it feels right, just go for it, Scorpio. (Scorpio of the Month: Ryan Gosling, Canadian Actor, 12 November 1980)

Sagittarius (22 November – 21 December)

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You are feeling a sense of despair but now is the time to stay optimistic, Sagittarius. Life can be more exciting for you if you learn to pay attention to the new beginnings in life rather than pondering over what has ended. September is the right time for you to unwind and focus on your health and personal life before you become busy. (Sagittarius of the month: Sebastian Croft, British Actor, 16 December 16)

CAPRICORN (22 December – 19 January)

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Given the planetary alignment this month, you will find September to be less exciting but you may not be very concerned about feeling bored on some days. Your priorities will completely lie in knowing that you have passed each month without any troubles and that you were not involved in any minor or major arguments. (Capricorn of the Month: Kim Taehyung, South Korean Idol, 30 December 1995)

Aquarius (20 January – 18 February)

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You will come across a couple of hurdles that would initially discourage you from continuing to work towards your goals. Do not let those minor troubles stop you from focusing on your aspirations because when you see the bigger picture, these recent obstacles will have actually taught you some valuable lessons. (Aquarius of the Month: Tom Hiddleston, British Actor, 9 February 1981)

PISCES (19 February – 20 March)

September 2023 horoscope

Communication is going to be the most vital thing for you, Pisces. Whether it is at work or at home, reminding yourself and letting the people around you know what your true feelings are, will help you and the people around you to resolve issues. September brings you the opportunity to fix any past misunderstandings. (Pisces of the Month: Emily Blunt, British Actress, 23 February 1983)

ARIES (21 March – 19 April)

September 2023 horoscope

You may feel like there is something holding you back, not allowing you to go ahead and do the things you planned. Such intuitions are mostly just in your thoughts. Learn to put your self-confidence in the forefront and it will be easy for you to see significant progress in your life, but try not to get overconfident because that might just work negatively for you. (Aries of the Month: Jim Parsons, American Actor, 24 March 1973)

TAURUS (20 April – 20 May)

September 2023 horoscope

Now is the right time to look at events from this year and reevaluate your past which may give you an awakening that will encourage you to look forward to a better future. If you have been procrastinating certain discussions to avoid conflicts, September will make it easy to have such difficult conversations. (Taurus of the Month: Andria Tayeh, Jordanian Model, 9 May 2001)

GEMINI (21 May – 20 June)

September 2023 horoscope

Previously, you might have reclined from chatting with strangers in fear of being judged or coming off as unlikable. But, this month, you will let go of that shyness and find yourself networking with new people and focusing on growing your career. Besides, you do know how to talk in a way that impresses everyone. (Gemini of the Month: Troye Sivan, South African Singer, 5 June 1995)

CANCER (21 June – 22 July)

September 2023 horoscope

In the last couple of weeks, you were probably focusing on all the things that are missing from your life and that has only made you feel low. Fortunately, your stars are pushing you to be more optimistic and look at all the simple yet great things that you have overlooked recently. Sometimes, bliss comes from within you, Cancer. (Cancer of the Month: Camila Queiroz, Brazilian Actress, 27 June 1993)

Leo (23 July – 22 August)

September 2023 horoscope

September may feel more stressful than you expected it to be, so planning out in advance and following a strict schedule will be both necessary and beneficial for you, Leo. Your proper time management may even make the last week of September much more relaxed and raise your desire to go on a weekend trip to a new destination. (Leo of the Month: Dulquer Salmaan, Indian actor, 28 July 1983)

Here is your August 2023 Horoscope

August is quite a special month in astrology as the month brings not one but two blue moons which can have a unique effect on each zodiac sign. Scroll down to read your August 2023 horoscope to learn what this month has in store for you.

Leo (23 Jul – 22 Aug)

august 2023 astrology

Individuals born under the Leo zodiac sign are natural leaders who attract attention with their flamboyant presence. This August, you may be inclined to make changes in a specific matter that affects you and those in your proximity. Do not hesitate to take the first steps, even if no one has taken any action in the past. Your initiative can inspire others to follow your lead, and the ultimate result will provide a sense of relief.

Fortunately, you have a supportive partner by your side to help you on this journey. Remember that it’s normal for them to expect the same support, even if they don’t ask for it. With this mutual understanding, your relationship can continue to thrive and maybe even improve.

VIRGO (23 August – 22 September)

august 2023 astrology

You are having second thoughts about the people around you, especially because you feel they don’t encourage you as you do for them. You may be inclined to hang out with new people but keep in mind, it is better not to have high expectations from others. (Virgo of the Month: Zendaya, American Actress, 1 September 1996)

LIBRA (23 September – 22 October)

august 2023 astrology

You have a certain charm to you that attracts new people leading to new opportunities too. This August, your amicable personality will have people wanting to collaborate with you and if it interests you, you can look forward to the success of these projects. (Libra of the Month: Thanawat Rattanakitpaisarn, Thai Actor, 13 October 1998)

Also Read: The most anticipated movies released this August

SCORPIO (23 October – 21 November)

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Though you may not be ready for it, the universe calls you to make certain decisions. With both your options being equally pleasing, you are worried about the loss that comes with not choosing the other. It is time to focus on what would make you happier so pick the one close to your heart. (Scorpio of the Month: Björk, Icelandic singer-songwriter, 21 November 1965)

SAGITTARIUS (22 November – 21 December)

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When you rethink why you made some choices in life, you would realise that you are onto something productive and though you may not see its outcomes immediately, you will surely one day. Don’t let this dull phase in your life make you feel agitated and discouraged from working towards your goals. (Sagittarius: Jung Wooyoung, South Korean Singer, 26 November 1999)

CAPRICORN (22 December – 19 January)

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You are actually your strictest critic, Capricorn. Some incidents in August may have you thinking that you are not showing your full potential but it is better not to be very hard on yourself and understand that it is essential to prioritise your mental health. (Capricorn of the Month: Ryuichi Sakamoto, Japanese composer, 17 January 1952)

AQUARIUS (20 January – 18 February)

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On a positive note, you, things are going to go undisturbed on the career aspect. However, your love life may see a downfall unless you learn to express your love towards your partner and being subtle is just not enough at least for the time being. (Aquarius of the Month: Alexander Glantz, American Singer-songwriter, 23 January 1995)

PISCES (19 February – 20 March)

monthly horoscope

You have found an environment that is ideal for you to succeed and that has allowed you to work without any worries. While such circumstances have pushed you to work hard, so that you can see victory, you may want to slow down and remember that using all your energy now will leave you hopeless in the future. (Pisces of the Month: Catherine O’Hara, Canadian-American Actress, 4 March 1954)

ARIES (21 March – 19 April)

august 2023 horoscope

This month’s planetary position pushes you to have high expectations of yourself and though it may feel daunting at first, it can become your own dose of encouragement once you see that you are more capable than you think you are. Take full advantage of this new-found hope to win big in life. (Aries of the Month: Tristan Tzara, Romanian Poet, 28 April 1896)

TAURUS (20 April – 20 May)

august 2023 horoscope

August could feel like the longest month and it will test your patience as you will find yourself waiting for things to happen. Look at it optimistically and all that extra time gives you more room to prepare better and perform better. (Taurus of the Month: Miranda Kerr, Australian Model, 20 April 1983)

GEMINI (21 May – 20 June)

august 2023 horoscope

You are feeling like you are stuck in a slump with nothing happening the way you planned. Don’t let this despair stop you from working towards your ambitions. Diverting your mind from any negative thoughts you may have, will benefit you significantly. (Gemini of the Month: Ranganathan Madhavan, Indian Actor, 1 June 1970)

CANCER (21 June – 22 July)

august 2023 horoscope

You have discovered your true potential but this turned out to be a double-edged sword for you, Cancer. Now, you are pushing yourself to work even harder and not giving the rest you most certainly need. August could be the right time to take a break and then swing back with full force. (Cancer of the Month: Sofia Vergara, Colombian-American actress, 10 July 1972)

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Plant Parenthood Made Simple: Apps for Keeping Your Plants Healthy

Plants not only drastically elevate the aesthetics of your interior decoration, but they also come with many other advantages such as better air quality and reduced stress levels, anxiety and fatigue. If you decide to do some home gardening and grow some herbs or flowering plants, our selection of plant apps will help you to take care of your greeneries even if it is your first time doing it.

Blossom

Catered to both experienced gardeners and newbies, Blossom holds a Webby award for being one of the best apps for taking care of plants. It is programmed to help you through every step of growing your plant. It includes features such as setting reminders for watering your plants based on the size of the pot and the weather and identifying any disease your plant may have and providing tips to nurse them. However, if you will need more assistance, the app even has botanical experts who are online day and night to assist you.

For those curious minds who would like to learn more about their plants or the ones growing in their neighbourhood, Blossom knows about 12 thousand plant species so all you need to do is click some pictures and the app will use its artificial intelligence technology to tell you everything you will need to know about the plant.

Download on ios or Android.
Price: HK$29.90/month

Plantin

Herbs, shrubs, succulents, flowers or whichever type of plant you own or would like to learn about, you can undoubtedly rely on this app called Plantin which literally has a database consisting of information about more than 16 thousand plants. With such wide data, this app can effortlessly aid with taking care of both healthy plants and dying ones which will need extra care and attention.

Plantin’s main goal is to make gardening more fun and for this, the app is built in a manner that makes plant parenting easy for everyone. All you need to do is scan your plant and the app will let you know the ideal environmental conditions required for it to grow well. It focuses on factors like sunlight, humidity, temperature and more. Simultaneously, plant parents can also communicate with other botanical enthusiasts to share their gardening journey.

Download on ios or Android.
Price: HK$778

Gardenia

Gardenia is an app that is most suited for house plants like herbs and vegetables you would typically grow on your terrace or balcony. Once you let the app know which plant you own in your garden, it will give you tailored information on the right portion of water, the proper fertilisers and pesticides and even the perfect placement for your potted plants so that it is exposed to the correct amount of sunlight.

Whether you have one plant or more, the app has an inbuilt tracker which allows you to set alarms in order to care for them individually. In addition to all this, Gardenia also pays attention to the daily weather and other environmental conditions of your surroundings so that the guidance provided by the app is more tailored and accurate.

Download on ios or Android.
Price: Free

PlantSnap

With an aim to get the younger generations interested in gardening, PlantSnap is an app that has collaborated with Snapchat so that you can record and share your gardening journey with your friends using cool snaps. On top of that, PantSnap has one of the largest collections of plants in its database with the app being able to recognise more than 600 thousand plants while also translating the details into nearly 40 languages thus making the app user-friendly for more people.

However, PlantSnap is limited to only helping with the identification and cannot actually help you with taking care of the plants. But, given that the app can apparently identify 90 per cent of the species around the world, this could be a go-to source if the other apps don’t have information about your plant in them.

Download on ios or Android.
Price: Free

Everything You Should Know About Quiet Luxury – The Rules Of This Fashion Trend

Gwyneth Paltrow’s courtroom fashion during her recent eight-day trial or some super-wealthy men like Mark Zuckerberg and Simon Cowell who are mostly spotted wearing outfits that look super casual – people associate their fashion to high-end brands simply because it is them who are wearing it and as you guessed it, all their attires are branded.

The Meta owner’s choice of clothing for instance includes a simple-looking grey T-shirt which is actually a Brunello Cuccinelli estimated to be about HK$2500. The X-Factor judge’s laid-back white or black T-Shirts are Armani. Likewise, if it does not look obvious to the unfamiliar eyes, the wellness icon and Goop founder was decked in Celine, The Row, Prada, Ray-Bans, Foundrae, Gucci and other luxury brands during her appearances in the courtroom.

These simple-yet-luxurious styles, which resemble the ‘money talks, wealth whispers’ phenomenon, are what is gaining traction in 2023 and are referred to as quiet luxury or as social media platforms have popularised it – old money aesthetics. So, what exactly is quiet luxury?

The Row

Quiet luxury is a fashion trend that focuses on dressing simply and sophisticatedly. It follows the minimalist approach while sticking to investment pieces usually falling under the colour palette like neutrals such as black, white, grey, beige, olive green, caramel and more that allow for endless possibilities of outfit combinations to wear. In other words, it does not boast monograms or logos that make it very apparent that they were purchased from a high-end brand.

Zegna

Instead, quiet luxury prioritises the quality of the clothing and sticks to closet essentials that will be in vogue forever. The easiest example has to be something like a white T-shirt. Quiet luxury encourages you to buy one that is of great quality and that you can wear comfortably for many years to come without worrying about its wear and tear. Precisely, it is also a smart and sustainable way of shopping because by opting for clothes of better quality, you are not inclined to do an annual purchase of your basics. You are cutting down on fashion waste.

Acne Studios

Another important rule of Quiet luxury is that the clothes are always very neat, ironed and well-tailored because if you agree or not, quiet luxury is definingly the fashion of the ultra-rich so the trend is also an extension of their lifestyle. These are people who are driven in their cars thus never having to worry about their shirts or blouse getting crinkled while taking public transport and the material itself is less prone to wrinkles. They also have their own personal tailors who will alter anything they buy to fit them perfectly. As a result, these people’s styles always look prim and proper and that is the aesthetic Quiet Luxury is going for.