While many people have flitted off on their summer hols, some us are sticking it out in the Hong Kong heat! To help you get through this hot and humid month, we’ve rounded up some of the best things to do in the ‘Kong this August. From art, music and photography, to pool parties and a food frenzy – there’s loads going on for all of you who simply can’t get away!
We have to admit that some of us do love listening to our tunes in the office, so when we found out that renowned dance DJ Benji B was going to be at KEE Club, we couldn’t contain ourselves. The DJ and producer has worked with Jamie XX, A$AP Rocky and Flying Lotus to name a few, and this month he’s spinning tunes at the exclusive KEE club. Oh, and if you email email@example.com and mention “Sassy”, you’ll get free entry on the night to this usually members only club!
SASSY SPECIAL OFFER
Email firstname.lastname@example.org and mention “Sassy” to get free entry on the night – simple!
When: 8 August, 10pm-4am
Where: KEE Club, Level 6, 32 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Tickets are $200 in advance and available here, $300 at the door. Or email email@example.com and mention “Sassy” for free entry.
In the dark
We love some good theatre here at Sassy HQ. But theatre doesn’t just mean Shakespeare and catchy musicals. The Best of Black Light Theatre will be an animated and delightful theatre performance – all done in the dark! The theatre group, from the Czech Republic, will bring laughter and fun to the audience, expected to be both young and old. With dazzling visual effects, this is one you won’t want to miss!
When: 1 August, 7.30pm, 2 & 3 August, 3pm & 7.30pm
Where: Auditorium, Kwai Tsing Theatre, 12 Hing Ning Road, Kwai Fong, New Territories, Hong Kong
How much: Tickets start from $120 and are available from Urbtix.
Rock The Fringe
Feeling a bit retro? The annual Rockabilly Festival brings bands from Hong Kong, Taiwan and the Philippines to the Fringe Club for a 50s party that you won’t forget. Put on those pin-up style frocks and babydoll dresses, and get the boyf to grease his hair back, Danny Zuko-style. FULLHOUSE, The Boogie Playboys and DJ Dave “Wobbly” Ross will be playing. Oh, and if you want to get inked, Star Crossed Tattoo will be tattooing live on the night!
When: 2 August, 8pm
Where: The Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $200 in advance, $220 on the day. Tickets are available at The Fringe Club.
Blue da ba dee
Artist Peggy Chan grew up in two cities – Hong Kong and Macau. She uses an ancient photographic printing process to make her work blue, and her exhibition ‘It’s Blue There’ features plenty. From cityscapes to architecture, her solo work will be parked at the main gallery of the Fringe Club for all to enjoy.
When: 2-14 August
Where: Anita Chan Lai-ling Gallery, The Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Free
In the name of food
Are you a major foodie who has always wondered just how it’s done in HK? With new F&B establishments opening on a weekly basis, it’s amazing to see just what goes into making an eatery succeed. In conjunction with General Assembly, we’re hosting a panel talk, Building a Business People Love: Restaurant Edition. We’ve got some of the industry’s leading professionals, including Asim from Black Sheep Restaurants and Tony from Drawing Room Concepts giving their insights into the industry. RSVP and head down if you’re curious about this ever-changing industry or if you’re considering opening your own dining establishment.
In the round
Travis Pastrana’s Nitro Circus is not your typical circus with white tigers and an African elephant. There’s an adrenaline-packed show full of freestyle motocross, BMX, culminating in death-defying jumps off the Nitro Gigant-A-Ramp. It’s really not a joke, as it’s 50 feet high! Travis Pastana himself will be performing too, so if you’re looking for an exciting night out, this is the place to come.
When: 9 August, 8pm and 10 August, 3pm
Where: CotaiArena, The Venetian Macao, Estrada da Baía de N. Senhora da Esperança, s/n, Taipa, Macao SAR
How much: Tickets start from $280. They’re available from www.hkticketing.com or by calling 3128 8288.
Brides-to-be, if you’re looking for a one-stop shop to get organised for your special day, then the 76th Fall/Winter Wedding Service and Banquet Expo is one for you. With seven themed zones, including ones for jewellery, bridal skin care and make-up and a wedding planning service section, everything you need to plan your dream wedding is all under one roof. Happy researching!
When: 8-10 August, 12noon-8pm
Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: $20 for admission
It’s my party and I’ll do what I want to
The W Hotel is known for cool pool parties, and August is no exception. Head down to get wet and wild at their Heat Wave Summer Series this month, where there will be drinks and more drinks to keep you going for the night. Once you’ve had enough of the pool, head up to Woo Bar for the after party. On 9 August, Miss Kelly Marie will be spinning the tunes, and on 30 August, DJ Badkiss will see you through to the early hours. Time for some summer partying…
When: 9 August & 30 August, 8pm ’til late
Where: Wet Pool, W Hotel, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: $350 in advance, $400 at the door for both the pool party and the after party. The prices also include a complimentary standard drink at each venue. $950 in advance and $1,000 at the door if you’re looking to splurge and have free-flow booze ’til 1am. Buy tickets here!
She needs your love…
Brit electro-pop star Ellie Goulding hits the ‘Kong this month as part of her world tour. The BRIT-award winning chart topper will grace the stage at Kitec, belting out all your favourites from her latest album Halcyon. She may even sprinkle in a few hits from her debut album Lights…
When: 12 August, 7.30pm
Where: Star Hall, Kowloon Bay International Trade and Exhibition Centre, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: Tickets are $540 if bought before 11 August, $640 if bought on 12 August. Tickets are available from www.hkticketing.com or by calling 3128 8288.
Food, glorious food
It’s a well known fact that HK’s a food-lover’s paradise. So it’s only fitting that the Food Expo 2014 is popular among those in the F&B industry and the public alike. Pop down to taste some delicious food from around the world, especially if you’re planning on opening your own café or resto – one of the most popular business ventures in the ‘Kong. Everyone’s gotta eat, right?!
When: 14-17 August, 10am-10pm, 18 August, 10am-6pm
Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: A single ticket is $25, a combo ticket is $40. They’re available from 31 July (this Thursday!) on www.hkticketing.com or by calling 3128 8288.
Get this party started…
In more summer pool party news (come on, there are only certain days of the year we can enjoy the sunshine and the pool with no rain!), Gweilo Concepts presents Poolzilla Volume 2 for all of you looking to have some fun in the sun. Bring your swim gear, a towel, sunscreen and any other bits and bobs you may need and enjoy a few drinks by the pool. Happy partying!
When: 16 August, 11am-7pm
Where: Lantau Island. You’ll find out the exact location of the pool party when you purchase your ticket.
How much: $100 ’til 8 August, $150 after that. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP and secure your tickets.
In a chord-ance
Not something for us girls who’ve just invested in a summer time mani, playing the guitar ‘finger style’ means not using a pick to pluck the strings. Andy McKee, the musician famous for this, shouldn’t have to worry about this, however. He performs this month in Hongkers just for us, and guitar-lovers alike.
When: 17 August, 7.30pm
Where: Drama Theatre, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: Tickets start from $350. They’re available from www.hkticketing.com or by calling 3128 8288.
Based on the novel of the same name, the ballet version of Don Quixote hits Hong Kong for a couple of nights this month. An energetic dance spectacle suitable for everyone, Don Quixote will excite the audience as it follows the lead character on his adventure. With Spanish origins, it’s been adapted into one of the most famous ballets in Russia and been exported around the world. Happy viewing!
When: 22-24 August, 29-31 August, 7.30pm
Where: Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: Tickets start from $140 and are available from Urbtix.
Music and drama performance Telema! Awaken the Dream will be performed by African refugees of the Vine Centre. It’s a touching story of how Moses finds acceptance and love from Candice, a local girl. Head down for an evening of serious theatre, featuring local celebrity Jill Vindal and support this great cause!
When: 28 & 29 August, 7.30pm
Where: The Vine Centre Main Auditorium, 2/F, 29 Burrows Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: Early bird tickets are $200, regular priced tickets are $250. They’re available here.
Shop ‘til you drop!
It’s back! That’s right, the 8th annual Kowloon Bazaar is back again for another round of shopportunities that you need to check out. With a host of different vendors offering everything from jewellery and clothes to home ware and crafts, this is the ideal place to pick up that last minute gift… or get some very, very early Christmas shopping done! This is the perfect chance to spend a fun day out with the girls, which not only includes a good dose of retail therapy, but also has an hourly lucky draw and free entrance gifts. Get all your essential shopping done under one roof! Cash at the ready…
When: 23 August, 11am-8pm
Where: Regal Kowloon Hotel, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: Free admission! See here for more info.
Mr and Little Miss Peak
Who didn’t love those Mr Men and Little Miss books as kids? Hong Kongers love an exhibition based on childhood characters, including the characters from this series. Up at the Peak this summer, the GUMGUMGUM X Mr Men and Little Miss Exhibition is currently going on. The art pieces that have been created will be donated to a charity sale after the show, so it’s all for a good cause too! Join the mini carnival at one of HK’s landmarks, and get ready to enjoy the nifty snack kiosk and drink bar, as well as game booths. See you there!
When: 21 June to 31 August
Where: The Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Road, The Peak, Hong Kong
How much: Free entry, see here for more info.
The cat’s meow
If you’re looking for a mix of Billie Holiday and urban beats, pop over to The Peninsula to check out jazz singer Kitty Carmichael. Her smooth tones and the modern tunes will have you bopping along. The dazzling diva, supported by her five-piece band, gives Beyoncé a run for her money.
When: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights from 9pm, Friday & Saturday nights from 10pm until 31 August
Where: Salon de Ning, The Peninsula, 22 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. See here for more info!
In the wake of the duck, there was the panda, and in the wake of the panda, there was the elephant… ? Hong Kong will soon be invaded by a herd of elephants to raise awareness of the endangered Asian elephant and to raise funds for conservation. The Elephant Parade will stampede across shopping malls all over town, and at the end of the exhibition, about 20 of the elephant statues will be auctioned off with the proceeds going to charity.
Paintings of Paris… in HK
A mix of East and West, an exhibition called ‘Paris • Chinese Painting: Legacy of the 20th Century Chinese Masters‘ has hit Hong Kong already. Featuring more than 100 works, including oil paintings, Chinese ink paintings, sketches, lithographs, sculptures and more, you’ll be able to see how the artists were inspired by their travels. Check it out if you’re looking for a cool exhibition this month!
When: From now until 21 September
Where: Hong Kong Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: $20 each day except Wednesday, when tickets are $10. See here for more info and other exhibitions!
They say Macau is the Vegas of Asia, and while Siegfried and Roy have yet to grace HK’s sister SAR, Franz Harary returns this month for Mega Magic, another set of weirdly awesome magic shows. This amazing dude worked with the late Michael Jackson in the 1980s on a tour featuring innovative live illusions. Prepare to be amazed!
When: 9 August, 8pm and 10 August, 6pm and 8.30pm
Where: Level 2, Grand Ballroom, Grand Hyatt Macau at City of Dreams, Estrada do Istmo, Cotai, Macau
How much: Tickets start from $480, and are available here.
Hong Kong love
How much do we love Hong Kong? Too much, it seems! A roving photography exhibition is celebrating all things Hong Kong with photographs of cultural and heritage sites in our fair city. This month, it’s on display at the Central Star Ferry Pier building… a symbol of Hong Kong’s most famous icon.
When: From now until 31 December
Where: All over town! Click here for more details on where you can find this roving exhibition.
How much: Free!
pretation of this popular work for the Hong Kong Ballet.