Hong Kong Rugby Sevens
Much more than just a rugby sevens tournament, the HK Rugby Sevens has evolved into the highlight of Hong Kong’s sporting events calendar. Globally recognised as a genuinely good time, fans from all over the world congregate every year to enjoy rugby, revelry and dressing up in fancy dress. The more adventurous will no doubt find themselves in the notorious South Stand, where beer and song are the order of the day(s) and almost nothing is taboo! This year’s tournament will host the same pedigree of rugby big guns, with Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, England and South Africa all vying for a shot at the title. Local hometown heroes will also be represented in Hong Kong’s very own sevens team and they always get the loudest cheer of the day!
Venue: Hong Kong Stadium
Date: 7-9 April
Enquiries: 2504 8311
Bollywood Show: Da-Bang the Tour
Da-Bang: The Tour promises to be a no-holds-barred Bollywood extravaganza and will be making its way to Central Harbourfront this month. Chock full of all your favourite Bollywood stars and starlets, it promises to be a toe-tapping, booty-shaking whirlwind of the best of Bollywood music, dance and showmanship. Led by Bollywood legend Salman Khan, the renowned actor, producer and TV personality, the show will feature a host of Bollywood stars doing what they do best. Make sure you get your tickets now to be sure not to miss out on this taste of Indian acting royalty. Prices start at a reasonable HK$99.
Venue: Central Harbourfront
Date: 21 April
Enquiries: 021 636676
Queen Elizabeth II Cup
First established in 1975, the Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup is one of the biggest events on Hong Kong’s illustrious horse-racing calendar. The race, which will be held at Sha Tin Racecourse this year, is run over a distance of 2,000 metres (10 furlongs) on turf. Sponsored by Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet since 1999, the prize purse stands at HK$20 million. Horses from all over the world will be competing, including entries from the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, France and, of course, Hong Kong.
Venue: Sha Tin Racecourse
Date: 30 April–1 May
Enquiries: 2504 8311
Hoppy Wednesday Easter
Celebrate Easter with a night at the horse races. There will be Easter-themed treats, including chocolate-covered fruits, and opportunities to win sweets from Chocolat-ier.
Venue: Happy Valley Racecourse
Date: 12 April
Enquiries: 2504 8311
Cliche Records 5th Anniversary Celebration
The record label celebrates its anniversary with a raging party featuring house/techno music by Borrowed Identity, and a performance by German DJ ATEQ.
Venue: On Hing Building, 1/F, 1 On Hing Terrace, Central
Date: 22 April, 11pm
Asia Wine Festival
Calling all oenophiles and wine curios. Get ready to taste the best wine from around the region at this year’s Asia Wine Festival. Featuring award-winning wines from across Asia including Japan, China and more, the festival promises to be a wine connoisseur’s dream.
Not only will there be tastings of the finest Asia has to offer but winemakers and master sommeliers will also be on hand to guide the tastings and talk you through the wines as you snack on tapas specially prepared and paired just for the occasion. In addition there will be masterclasses hosted by renowned winemakers such as Eddie MacDougall and others. If you are interested in attending the masterclasses it is advisable to register at: www.flyingwinemaker.com.hk.
Venue: Hotel Icon
Date: 19 April
Enquiries: 2522 2187
The 41st Hong Kong International Film Festival
Hong Kong’s International Film Festival will take place in April for the 41st time and promises a line-up that includes multiple award-winning films from across the globe, such as the winner of the Golden Bear for Best Film at the Berlin International Film Festival, On Body and Soul by Hungarian director Ildikó Enyedi. Other highly anticipated screenings include: Spoor by veteran Polish director Agnieszka Holland; Bright Nights by Thomas Arslan,
the film that helped Austrian actor Thomas Arslan take home a Silver Bear Best Actor award; and I Am Not Your Negro by ex-cultural minister for Haiti, Raoul Peck. The latter
is also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Film.
Venue: Venues across
Date: 11-30 April
Enquiries: 2102 7323