Comedy, music, photography and more! There’s plenty happening on the cultural scene in Hong Kong this month. For all you culture vultures, here’s our list of events you won’t want to miss this July when you’re not topping up your tan…
Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow
We love it when an international comic hits the ‘Kong to grace us with their humour. It’s even better when there’s a whole barrage of them at once! The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is coming to town for night after night of laughter and fun. Beat the blues by checking out headliners Harley Breen, Ronny Chieng, Joel Creasey, Anne Edmonds and Luke McGregor.
That’s not all girls, as we’re giving away two pairs of tickets for the show on 16 July, starting at 8pm at one of our favourite venues, the Fringe Club. Winners will be announced on 9 July. Fill in your details here or click on the button below. Good luck!
This giveaway is now closed. Please stay tuned for future giveaways!
When: 14-20 July
Where: Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Tickets are between $250 and $350 and available from www.hkticketing.com.
A cappella fever!
Whether you’re a music aficionado or a glee fan, the Set Tone Men’s diverse repertoire, including classical, pop, and contemporary music, is sure to please all. This young and energetic male a cappella group have performed all over Asia, in all sorts of locations – including the MTR! Well-known for their unique styles and arrangements, this is not a performance to miss. You might even leave feeling inspired to start your own a cappella group!
When: 4 July, 10pm
Where: Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $150 in advance and $180 at the door, includes one standard drink. Buy your tickets from the Fringe Club.
Fusion of sounds
5 Dollar Tux’s music is an unusual fusion of pop and rock, with classical elements mixed in, bringing together a whole spectrum of sounds. Though the band started out small, as a college hobby, they soon grew and now play gigs all over the city. Make sure to join them at the Fringe club to enjoy some good music, company and drinks!
When: 5 July, 8:30pm
Where: The Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $150 including one standard drink
If looks could kill…
Embrace one of Hong Kong’s oldest forms of entertainment and go along to the Cantonese Opera! The Four Legendary Beauties is a tale of four women who were said to be beautiful enough to bring about a country’s downfall. The Cantonese Opera is a must-do for any Hong Konger! Experience the fascinating stories and learn something about the history of China in these four moving operatic pieces.
When: 8 – 10 July, 7.45pm
Where: The Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: $200-$1,000, tickets are available at www.hkticketing.com.
Jax Sheko Challenge
For the 10th year in a row, the Jax Sheko Challenge is going down at Big Wave Bay at Shek O Beach. There will be an open water swimming, running and paddling challenge, as well as an after party. Fitness fanatics can register here and don’t forget that it’s all for charity too!
When: 12 July, registration is from 12.30pm, the race starts at 2pm
Where: Big Wave Bay, Shek O Beach, Big Wave Bay Road, Hong Kong
How much: $400 if you register before 30 June, $450 if you register before 10 July, $500 on the day from 12.30pm. Register here and see here for more info!
Hong Kong is loaded with nature reserves (although sometimes you wouldn’t think so if you’re immersed among the metropolitan areas of the city). If you’re keen to get away from the city, pop over to Tai Po Kau for a spot of firefly watching with Countryside Hikes! The spectacular creatures glow green-yellow in the dark and are remarkable to watch. This is definitely a different kind of Hong Kong activity that you’re sure to remember…
Ode to the old
Hong Kong is a city that is constantly changing. The Funeral Portraits of Cities is an exhibition that pays tribute to the old, lost customs of our hometowns. These photos captured precious moments and memories before they vanished. From Hong Kong, Tai Pei, Tokyo and Prague, this exhibition will give you a great insight into old Hong Kong, one very different from the city we know today!
When: 12-24 July
Where: Anita Chan Lai-Ling Gallery, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Free entry
Hark the harp
Calling all classical music fans! For her first concert in Hong Kong, Isabelle Moretti has promised to stun her audience with an immaculate Harp performance. She will be showcasing timeless favourites including Debussy’s Prélude and Menuet et Clair de Lune. We are super excited for a night of incomparable music, a concert not to be missed!
When: 15 July, 8pm
Where: The Hong Kong Jockey Club Amphitheatre, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: $90-$380, tickets are available at www.hkticketing.com.
The Pasta Cook Off
Two of our favourite pasta joints, Doppio Zero and Linguini Fini are going head to head. No, they’re not competing to see how much pasta they can make, or how many customers they can get in the door. Nor are the chefs going all Solange Knowles on each other. They’re having an old fashioned cook off, handpicking their own five course dinner menu to showcase to over 60 guests, including their star-studded panel. May the best chef win!
When: 16 July, 7pm onwards
Where: Doppio Zero, G/F, The Pemberton, 22 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
How much: $852 plus 10% service charge. Call 2851 0682 or 2857 1333 for more details and if you’d like to make a booking to witness the cook off.
Annual Summer Salon Show
Art still goes on well past Hong Kong’s art month (okay, that was May), and it continues in the form of the annual show at one of the city’s best loved galleries, The Cat Street Gallery. With more than 20 works from around 15 artists, including Australian artists Mike Chavez, Emma Hack and Leila Jeffries, there’s something that everyone will enjoy.
When: 17 July – 23 August,
Where: The Cat Street Gallery, 222 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
How much: Free to attend!
The Harvard Din & Tonics are Harvard University’s signature all-male jazz a cappella signing group. During their 16-country world tour, we are lucky enough that they’ll be stopping in Hong Kong to share their unique form of entertainment. Their impeccable talent, snappy choreography and hilarious antics left us asking for more! Head over to the Fringe Club to enjoy an unforgettable performance from these well-dressed Harvard gentlemen.
When: 18 – 19 July, 10:30pm
Where: Fringe Upstairs, Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $100-$120. Buy your tickets from www.hkticketing.com.
The Hong Kong-Shenzhen Creative Arts Festival
Getting culturally close to our neighbours just got a whole lot easier, thanks to an art festival linking HK and Shenzhen, one of our favourite shopping destinations (see our fab Shenzhen guide here!). Shopping aside, there’s an ink painting exhibition, as well as Cantonese Opera performances (different to its sister, the Beijing Opera) and more in this cross-city festival.
When: 18 July – 12 August
Where: Check out the various programmes going on and their location details here.
How much: See here for more details on the performances and their costings. Tickets available via www.urbtix.hk.
Real life Wolf of Wall Street
We all saw (and loved!) Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street, but now the real wolf, Jordan Belfort, is coming to Hong Kong! Once a former stockbroker convicted of fraud, he now is a motivational speaker. Get your tickets and listen to him live as he describes the crimes that landed him four years in federal prison and $110 million in restitution, and maybe learn a thing or two about getting rich quick!
When: 23 July, 7:30pm
Where: Grand Hall, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: $680-$1,680, buy your tickets from www.hkticketing.com.
Less is more
Stephen Bishop’s world tour, Simply Acoustic, will surely leave you wishing you could play the guitar as beautifully as he can! Not only has he written major hits such as “On and On” and “Save It For A Rainy Day”, but he also performs and writes movie themes, one of which was nominated for an Academy Award! Don’t miss out on a night of great jazz music!
When: 28 July, 8.15pm
Where: Music Zone at E-Max, Kowloon bay International Trade and Exhibition Centre, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong
How much: $480-$680, tickets are available at www.hkticketing.com.
Movie Night: A Rockabilly Presentation
Tired of those same old Saturday nights out in LKF? What’s better than combining both brunch and a movie – an old 80s classic at that? Rockabilly is hosting movie nights on Sundays throughout July. They’re serving good old sliders and fries while you get caught up in Patrick Swayze’s arms – er, eyes – in Dirty Dancing. And best of all, you get to have a say in which movie gets screened. Head over to their Facebook page to vote.
When: All 4 Sundays in July!
Where: Rockabilly, 12 Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $150 per person.
Monochrome Faces & Places
Living life in black and white is truly awesome to see. Photographer Angeline Teo is showcasing her exhibition Monochrome Faces & Places, street photography from her travels around Beijing and Bhutan. Pop over to enjoy her exhibition over a cup of coffee at one of our favourite new cafes, Opendoor Café and Courtyard (check them out in our hidden coffee spots guide here).
When: From now until 31 July
Where: Opendoor Café and Courtyard, G/F, 120 Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
How much: Free to view.