In a couple of days, the Post-Sevens blues will be upon us, and we know we’ll be wanting a cheering up. April has got a fabulous spread of cultural and dining events to pen in your diary, and we can’t wait to get out and try them all… check out our handpicked highlights!
On the streets…
Sidewalk Hong Kong is a fabulous way to spend your days exploring Hong Kong by foot – organised by women, for women! Founder and tour director, Rachel Homan, takes ladies to the city’s local hangouts, across the border to Shenzen and on a jaunt to an outlying island during her four-day bespoke tour packages. Meet new people, sightsee and shop… sounds like the perfect way to spend a weekend!
When: 1-4 April
Where: Around Hong Kong!
How much: $600 per day including lunch on Days 2 & 4 (excluding drinks), for bookings email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A new festival in town, Asian Art Hong Kong celebrates Asian art during a weeklong exhibition, in partnership with the city’s foremost galleries, museums and auction houses. Organised and curated by Orientations magazine, a host of seminars and events are on offer, and the festival will coincide with the magazine’s 45th anniversary! Hooray for art in Asia!
Back by popular demand is a sweet night out for all you party animals! The queen club of classy nightlife, Boujis, is bringing back their fabulous Lipgloss and Lollipops party! They’ve got cake pops, juicy cocktails and a special surprise something from Boujis’ candy cane girls… cheeky! Girls, don your flirtiest candy outfit and you might be in for a free bottle of champers too!
When: 3 April
Where: Boujis, Car Po Commercial Building, 37-43 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong
If your face is crooked… don’t blame the mirror
Theatre-lovers watch out, Hong Kong’s newest and most outrageous satire, The Government Inspector, has arrived! Based on Nikolai Gogol’s original play and performed by members of Faust International Youth Theatre’s, Stage Group, expect plenty of one-liners just dying to be rehashed!
Who doesn’t love a bit of belly dancing? This ten-week Belly Dancing course in the ancient art form offers regular training sessions for women in a relaxed and fun environment. You’ll learn lessons in body awareness and coordination, as well as the different traditions and styles of Middle Eastern music – girls welcome from 13 years and up!
When: 4 April- 13 June, 7.30-9pm
Where: Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: $1700 for ten weeks, tickets available via www.hkticketing.com, 3128 8288
Ching Ming Spring
You know it’s Spring when Ching Ming falls! The legendary grave-sweeping festival sees relatives pay their respects to their ancestors and ring in the season by flying kites. Enjoy a jolly jaunt outdoors during this seasonal celebration!
When: 5 April
Where: Around Hong Kong
How much: Free
Japanese starlet, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, who started out as a Harajuku-style fashion model, has jumped on a jet plane to Hong Kong with her second album, Nanda Collection. Ranking top of the ORICON weekly chart, this pop princess is set to sell out quick – don’t miss out!
When: 5 April, 8pm
Where: Rotunda Hall 3, 6/F, KITEC 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: $650, $850, available at via www.hkticketing.com.hk, 3128 8288
Celebrating all things organic, the 4th Annual Homegrown Foods Harvest by Homegrown Foods is the ideal event for all you connoisseurs of quality. Enjoy a delicious afternoon in Hong Kong’s scenic countryside, grazing on dishes put together by a range of the city’s most fabulous chefs!
When: 5 April, 12-5pm
Where: Zen Organic Farm, Ping Che, Ta Kwu Ling, New Territories, Hong Kong
How much: $98 (for Young Harvesters), $888 (for Teen and Adult Harvesters), includes round-trip coach transfer from IFC and Central and free-flow food and beverage, tickets available at www.ticketflap.com
New York electro instrumentalists, Darkside, are due to storm Hong Kong this month on their Asian tour! These experimental dance musicians have made a name for themselves in the States and Europe with their progressive tracks: we can’t wait for their arrival this side of the pond!
When: 8 April, 8-11pm
Where: Music Zone, KITEC, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong
How much: $390, $400 on the door, tickets available via www.ticketflap.com
Get jazzy with it!
One of the world’s most talented jazz pianists is touching down in Hong Kong this month, just in time for Sevva’s Cuban Supper Club! Alfredo Rodriguez is one of twelve pianists handpicked to perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival and was originally spotted by MJ’s very own producer, Quincy Jones! Stop by for some jazz-tastic jamming at one Hong Kong’s most fabulous roof-top joints!
When: 10-11 April
Where: SEVVA, 25/F Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2537 1388
How much: $1,280 + 10% service charge per person, to book email: email@example.com, 2537 1388
It doesn’t matter if it’s black or white!
Get ready to go monochrome this April at the HandsOn Black and White Ball! HandsOn Hong Kong is a community-oriented NGO that connects volunteers with a fantastic set of social projects in the city. A fabulous program of entertainment and prizes are lined up, with the after-party hosted at Boujis… It’s a fantastic cause to get all glammed up for!
When: 11 April
Where: Island Ballroom, Island Shangri-La Hotel, Hong Kong
How much: Individual tickets are $2,088, tables for 10 are $20,000 – see here for more ticketing info or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
One of our favourite markets, Hand Made Hong Kong, is back! With handmade arts and crafts made by local artisans, this is the perfect place to pick up some unique goodies. Spring spending has never been so fun!
When: 13 April, 11am-6pm
Where: Discovery Bay Main Plaza, Discovery Bay, Lantau, Hong Kong
How much: Free! For more info see here
After a mid-winter sabbatical, Island East Markets is back on form this month, with all our favourite offerings of artisanal cookery and handcrafted goods. A small social enterprise that has now become a buzzing farmers’ market, we can’t wait to see what treats the city’s most entrepreneurial foodies and crafters have been hiding up their sleeves.
When: Starts 13 April, every Sunday
Where: Tong Chong Street, TaiKoo Place, Island East, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
How much: Free
The art of peacocking
A spectacle of dance and drama, Yang LiPing’s The Peacock is just about the most breath-taking performance in Hong Kong this year. Based on an ancient Chinese allegory, Yang’s inspirations for her choreography and stunning costume design have been nurtured by folk culture, nature and art… a show not to be missed!
When: 19-21 April, 3pm and 8:15pm
Where: Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: $160, $260, $380, $480, available at urbtix.hk, 2111 5999
Al fresco theatre!
This month, lovers of the Bard can look forward to the city’s first ever, outdoor Shakespeare festival! Shakespeare in the Port hosts over 28 engaging performances by young artists around Hong Kong. The 18-day theatrical extravaganza celebrates culture and community, with favourites like ‘The Taming of the Shrew’, and the ‘slightly’ adapted, ‘The Tragedy of Miss Julius Caesar’ being performed. Shakespeare lovers, this one is for you!
When: 17 April-4 May
Where: Cyberport Podium, Cyberport Road, Pok Fu Lam
How much: Season passes are $1000 per person, day tickets are $150 per person, weekend tickets are $300 per person. Tickets available at shakespearefest.ticketflap.com
Calling all foodies, and anyone who like a good laugh, Cheung Chau’s Bun Scrambling Competition is a yearly tradition and a Hong Kong highlight! It’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like – a tower of buns, put together for a speedy ascent by the competition’s finalists! We can’t wait to see this…
When: The Climbing Carnival is the 27 April
Where: Pak Tai Temple, Cheung Chau
How much: Free
Ice ice baby…
Asia’s ‘Largest Ice Hockey Tournament’ comes to town in April, with a two-week run of Youth and Adult Divisions vying for the Mega Ice Hockey 5s championship! With over 1,300 players competing, the atmosphere will be buzzing… we know this is going to be one cool event (literally!).
When: 28 April-10 May
Where: Mega Ice, L10-1 MegaBox, 38 Wang Chiu Road, Kowloon Bay
We heart sake
For all you sake connoisseurs, we’ve found the ideal event catering to your liqueur of choice. Premiering in Hong Kong, Sake Room is the city’s first premium sake and food tasting event, with 75 types of sake on offer and food from six top restaurants, including Sushi Hiro, Iroha and Sushi Kuu. Have all those unanswered sake questions attended to by sake brewers and sommeliers, and enjoy an evening of fabulous Japanese dining!
When: 9-10 May, open to the public until 2am
Where: Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Pier 8, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Buy early bird tickets from 1-15 April at $800. Regular tickets are $880, on the door they’re $1080. For more info, visit sake-room.com
Not only does Club Monaco do gorgeous clothes (we can’t get enough of them here at Sassy!), but they also organise super cool events. They’ll be teaming up with some of our favourite cafes in the Poho area for an afternoon of art, music and of course, coffee! Stop by for your caffeine fix and you might even be able to pick up a cute canvas bag with an illustration by trendy HK artist, Telephone. This cool, creative event is the perfect way to spend your Friday afternoon…
When: 11 April, 1-5pm
Where: Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
How much: Free to attend