What to see and do in Hong Kong this January

Bryan Adams

Bryan Adams

Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams is stopping off in Hong Kong as part of the promotional tour for his 13th studio album, Get Up. This month’s concert will be one of the last dates on the marathon string of global gigs that Adams embarked on at the beginning of last year.

A multi-platinum award-winning recording artist, Adams has numbered among the world’s must-see performers since his hugely successful debut single, Let Me Take You Dancing, was released in 1979. He came to true superstardom, however, back in 1991 when one of his songs – (Everything I do) I Do It For You – topped the UK charts for a record-breaking 16 weeks. The song – the theme tune to the movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves – was also a global hit for the singer. He has collaborated with the likes of Tina Turner and a former Spice Girl.

Venue: AsiaWorld Expo, Chek Lap Kok, Lantau Island
Date: 14 January
Enquiries: 3606 8888
Website: www.bryanadams.com

Lantau Base Camp (LBC) Ladies Race

Lantau Ladies Race

Get fit and help a good cause in the New Year as LBC hosts ladies-only 20km and 11km races in a bid to raise money for the Hong Kong Cancer Fund.

Venue: Mui Wo, Lantau Island
Date: 21 January
Enquiries: lantaubasecamp@gmail.com
Website: www.events.lantaubasecamp.com

8th International Chamber Music Festival

Chamber festival 2

Returning for the eighth time, Hong Kong is hosting the International Chamber Music Festival, an annual delight for true music aficionados and the general public alike. This year – in something of a coup for the event – the artistic director is the esteemed violinist Cho-Liang Lin.

Offering a creative array of paid and free concerts, master classes, live rehearsals and talks, the event invariably attracts talented musicians and music lovers from across Asia and even well beyond. This year’s event will welcome Australian-born Brett Dean as the festival’s first ever composer-in-residence. As part of his role, Dean will host open lectures to discuss his work, as well as performing a number of his own compositions.

While all of the events are well worth attending, the grand opening night concert is the undoubted jewel in the crown. There’s also a family concert – The Emperor’s New Clothes – for those keen to nurture the younger aspiring musicians in the house.

Venue: Selected Hong Kong venues
Date: 19-25 January
Enquiries: 9545 6851
Website: www.pphk.org

Good Music with James C

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In partnership with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Fringe Club promises an evening of music, song and sketches, including a number of semi-improvised acts.

Venue: Fringe Club
Date: 17 January
Enquiries: 2836 3336
Website: www.hksl.org


For the first time, the metal legends of Metallica come to Hong Kong following their release of Hardwired…To Self Destruct, their latest album.

Venue: AsiaWorld Expo, Chek Lap Kok, Lantau Island
Date: 20 January
Enquiries: 3606 8888
Website: www.metallica.com

Field of Dreams
Field of Dreams

Winner of four Hong Kong Drama awards, Field of Dreams is a stunning musical that tells the touching story of a penniless man who makes it onto China’s Olympic football team.

Venue: Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Date: 8-15 January
Enquiries: 103 5900
Website: www.hkrep.com

Hong Kong Composers Showcase

HK Composers Showcase

The Hong Kong Philharmonic is featuring new works by four emerging composers as part of its annual showcase, with the audience getting to choose their favourite. Admission is free.

Venue: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
Date: 7 January
Enquiries: 2721 2030
Website: www.hkphil.org

Wang Chuan: Forms of Line

Lauded as one of the most significant figures in contemporary Chinese ink painting, Chinese-American artist Wang Chuan is the subject of a major retrospective this month. A specially curated exhibition at the Galerie du Monde will showcase pieces from several different periods of the artist’s life.

Aiming to chart the evolution of Chan’s style, the exhibition – Forms of Line – will explore the artist’s extensive back catalogue.

The highlights of the exhibition are three of his defining pieces – Jungle, Apparition and Apparition 2 – with their appearance already much anticipated in the city’s more artistic circles.

Ever modest, Chuan says of his oeuvre: “The perfect state in a painting cannot be reached through any brush techniques. The real technique for obtaining perfection has no form; therefore, it cannot be seen on paper.” This month, visitors will have the chance to come to their own conclusion.

Venue: Galerie du Monde, Central
Date: 6 January-4 February
Enquiries: 2525 0529
Website: www.galeriedumonde.com

New Writing Series: Roads to Chicken Pie

A surreal, subversive and thought-provoking play that explores the relationship between the consumer and the consumed.

Venue: 8/F Sheung Wan Civic Centre
Date: 14-23 January
Enquiries: 3103 5900
Website: www.hkrep.com

Lloyd and Friends

Fusion jazz fans can enjoy a night of music and drinks as a celebration of the release of Lloyd Yamid’s debut album, An Inspiration.

Venue: Fringe Club
Date: 6 January
Enquiries: 2521 7251
Website: www.hkfringeclub.com

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