What’s on this month..
It’s as if we’re on a constant fast-forward here in Honkers, with 2016 absolutely whizzing by. We were huddled up, drinking mulled wine two minutes ago and now we’re suddenly planning our summer junks! But before we hit the sweltering summer, we’ve got plenty of exciting events for you to check out. March into Hong Kong’s art month and snap up tickets to Art Basel, Art Central and the Asia Contemporary Art Show to see all the best art our city has to offer, or celebrate International Women’s Day with a host of charitable events. There are also foodie festivals, flower shows and concerts to check out in what’s looking like an already busy month! Get the diary out – it’s time to start planning your March!
The Royal Shakespeare Company – Henry IV (Parts I & II) and Henry V
Fans of arguably the most prolific playwright of our time, William Shakespeare, will be pleased to know that there are still tickets left for a dramatic staging of his great historic play, Henry IV (Part II). This year is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, so what better way to celebrate his genius than by taking in a critically acclaimed performance from the Royal Shakespeare Company? You won’t be disappointed with the stellar performances. Time to get your history fill for the month, girls!
When: Saturday, 5 March, 7.30pm; Wednesday, 9 March, 7.30pm; Saturday, 12 March, 2pm
Where: Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: Tickets start from $200 and are available here or by calling 2824 2430.
The Women’s Foundation International Women’s Day Gala Lunch
Don’t forget to celebrate International Women’s Day this year, Sassy Girls! On Friday, 4 March, The Women’s Foundation will be hosting a special Gala Lunch with fine wine, delicious food, fabulous raffle prizes and lipstick touch ups from Lancome. Inspirational keynote speaker Jackson Katz will discuss issues of media, gender and violence against women at the lunch, so it’s the perfect way to celebrate the day and show your support for a foundation that we truly admire.
When: Friday, 4 March 12 – 2pm.
Where: Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong
How much: Tickets start from $1,800 per person (early bird) and are available here or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join Hong Kong Art Symposium in a day-long celebration of art and culture! Meet artists working in all forms of media, snag a rare glimpse into their artistic vision and learn how we can incorporate art into our (hectic!) everyday lives here in Honkers. You’ll also be given the chance to attend special lectures, panels and exhibitions as well as enjoy live music and performances, artistic workshops and a raffle or two!
When: Saturday, 5 march, 10am-5pm
Where: Chinese International School, 1 Hau Yuen Path, Braemar Hill, Hong Kong
How much: Free admission! RSVP here.
Suits for Success
Professional women with suits to spare simply can’t miss the third Suits for Success campaign with Women in Finance Asia! Head to any Pure Fitness or Pure Yoga locations around the city to donate your old professional clothing and accessories. They’ll then be given to around sixty young adults in Hong Kong in partnership with The Project Share to ensure are given a confidence as they enter the workplace. Help other young, ambitious women score those career opportunities by dressing for success! Whats more, Suits for success sponsors, Uber have organised free rides for any new Uber users with the use of promo code “SF16” any time between Monday, 7 March and Friday, 11 March!
The Romanov Ball
To commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Eastern Journey by Nicholas II, (the last Russian Tsar!) The Russian Ball will be hosting a historically-themed ‘Romanov’ evening at the Shangri-La hotel. All proceeds raised will go to directly to Hospice Charity fund, Vera for the First Hospice for Children in Moscow.
When: Sunday, 6 March, 7 – 11pm.
Where: Island Shangri-La, Pacific Place, Hong Kong.
How much: Tickets start at $2000. To purchase tickets contact email@example.com
Margaret Cho Psycho Tour
Hold on to your sides, the unbelievably hilarious, three-time Grammy and Emmy nominated comedian Margaret Cho, is coming to Hong Kong as part of her global Psycho Tour! Due to popular demand, Cho will be performing on two separate nights, but sadly tickets are all sold out. This super funny female comedian deserves a mention though!
When: Tuesday, 8 March, 7.30 – 9pm.
Where: King George V School, 2 Tin Kwong Road, Homantin, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: Tickets are all sold out! Maybe you can find a friend who managed to score tickets…
Taste of Hong Kong
Foodies, rejoice! The world’s greatest restaurant festival is coming to Hong Kong this month. An international success, HK is playing host to the first Asian edition of the festival, set over four days at Central Harbourfront. Enjoy 14 of the city’s finest restaurants as you browse the various stalls. There will be live cooking, masterclasses, artisan produces and of course, some of Hong Kong’s best chefs serving up the best of the city’s culinary delights. Buy tickets soon so you don’t miss out on your favourite sessions, bon appetite!
Read more about Taste here.
When: Thursday, 10 March – Sunday, 13 March
Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Tickets range from $138, for general entry, to $648, for VIP entry which includes three complimentary drinks and access to the VIP enclosure. Tickets available here.
5 Seconds of Summer Sounds Live Feels Live Tour
World-famous Australian pop-rockers, 5 Seconds of Summer are heading to Asia for their first ever performance in the 852! These boys have topped the charts with single after single, so grab your tickets quick, 5SoS fans. Stay tuned for our interview with them, coming soon!
When: Thursday, 10 March, 8pm.
Where: AsiaWorld-Expo, Asia World Summit, Lantau, Hong Kong
How much: Tickets start from $488 and are available here or by calling 3128 8288.
Embark on an journey of a different sorts and join fellow adventure-seekers for a two-hour night walk to prime bat habitats across Hong Kong. Look out for these awesome, winged creatures and listen out for their high pitched echo calls.
When: Friday, 11 March & Friday, 25 March, 8pm
Where: Meet at Fanling MTR Station, Exit C
How much: $130 per person, book here!
Hong Kong Flower Show
Head over to Victoria Park this March for a floral frenzy like no other. The Hong Kong Flower Show is back and promises beautiful floral arrangements, potted plants and specially manicured landscape displays, you’ll be lost in a world of fragrant colour! Apart from the visual spectacle, there will be photography competitions and musical performances too. Make a day of if it!
When: Friday, 11 March – Sunday, 20 March, 9am – 9pm
Where: Victoria Park, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
How much: General admission is $14. Tickets can be purchased at District Leisure Services Offices or at the entrance.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Rock chicks this one’s for you! Montreal band, Godspeed You! Black Emperor. is returning to Hong Kong and bringing us all the latest tracks from their album, ‘Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress’. Their previous performance in HK sold out, so be sure to grab yourself a ticket before it’s too late.
When: Friday, 11 March, 8 – 11.30pm
Where: MacPherson Stadium, 38 Nelson Street, Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: Tickets are $470 per person and are available here.
Salsa Street Party
The Hong Kong Salsa Festival 2016 and the 5th World Salsa Championships have teamed up to invite you to a Salsa Street Party at Lee Tung Avenue. Join international dancers and attend a free salsa lesson! Shake that booty and join fellow salsa lovers in a Latino street party full of drinks and flavourful festivities.
When: Saturday, 12 March, 6 – 8.30pm
Where: Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queens Road East, Lee Tung Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: Free entry.
Shakespeare fans will be pleased to know that another one of his most famous plays is taking the stage in the 852. Tang Shu-Wing brings a dynamic interpretation of the tragic Macbeth, using exciting contemporary production and music. This is one of the highlights of the Hong Kong Arts Festival, so make sure you check it out. Please note the performance is in Cantonese with English subtitles.
When: Wednesday, 16 March – Sunday, 20 March
Where: City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Tickets start from $160 and are available from www.urbtix.hk or by calling 3761 6661.
The Beach Boys
Looking for some ‘good vibrations’ this month? You’re in luck, as legendary American rockers, The Beach Boys, will be playing live in HK! Performing alongside the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, they’ll be here for two nights to play some old-time favourites like Surfin’ USA and Wouldn’t It Be Nice. We’re already California dreaming…
When: Friday, 18 March – Saturday, 19 March at 8pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Stadium, 18 Oi Kwan Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: Tickets start from $380 and are available from www.urbtix.hk or by calling 2591 1346.
We’re big fans of Pinnacle Performance Gym here at Sassy, so we had to share news of their truly awesome event, the Pinnacle Million! They’ve rounded up a small team of 24 male and female Pinnacle athletes to attempt to dead-lift 1,000,000 kilos in just 24 hours. You read that right! This incredible and inspiring initiative is all in aid of the Pinnacle Foundation, an organisation which provides coaching and fitness activities for underprivileged children in the city. Show your support and donate here!
Read more about Pinnacle here.
When: Saturday, 19 March
Where: Pinnacle Performance, Morrison Plaza, 5-9A Morrison Hill Road. Hong Kong
How much: Make a donation here, girls!
The 40th Hong Kong International Film Festival
Film buffs will be excited to know that the Hong Kong International Film Festival is back this year and it’s bigger and better than ever! With over 280 films from more than 50 countries, there’s a huge range of cinematic talent to take in. Don’t miss the interesting seminars and exhibitions too, which will give you even more of an insight into what goes on behind the scenes. Tickets are selling out quickly so get booking!
When: Monday, 21 March – Monday, 4 April.
Where: All over Hong Kong!
How much: Tickets for individual screenings can be purchased at www.hkiff.org.hk.
After the success of last year, Art Central returns this month with over 100 exhibits from emerging artists and some of the best contemporary art galleries from Asia and around the world. Set on the Central Harbourfront, Art Central brings together gallerists, curators, collectors and art-lovers alike, showcasing amazing installations, cutting-edge new media and panel discussions. This is a must-visit event for art week, ladies!
When: Wednesday, 23 March – Saturday, 26 March
Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Tickets start from $230 for two people if purchased on or before March 22, or $230 for one person thereafter, and are available from www.hkticketing.com or by calling 3128 8288. See more info here.
Art Basel, arguably the biggest art fair in the world, is back! The fourth edition of this famed art fair in Hong Kong sees over 4,000 artists from 239 of the world’s most renowned art galleries. Check out the best of local and international creativity at the different sectors, which include: Galleries, Insights, Discoveries and Encounters. We’re excited for the large-scale sculpture and installation at the Encounters sector… whether you’re an art expert or not, you’re sure to find something out of the hundreds of cultural events during the week that fascinates you. The city will be taken over by all things art during this week, so get ready!
When: Thursday, 24 March – Saturday, 26 March
Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: Tickets start from $180 and are available from www.hkticketing.com or by calling 3128 8288. See more info here.
Asia Contemporary Art Show
March is the official Hong Kong art month, and it doesn’t end at Art Basel and Art Central! The Asis Contemporary Art Show will transform rooms at the Conrad hotel into mini galleries, showcasing paintings, limited edition prints, sculpture and photography from emerging and mid-career artists.
When: Thursday, 24 March – Sunday, 27 March
Where: 40-44/F, Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong
How much: Tickets are $220, and if purchased online in advance, include free admission for a +1. Otherwise, $220 at the door. Available at www.hkticketing.com or by calling 2811 9015.
From Asia to America, Voxfire Gallery‘s newest exhibition ignites the playfulness of talented artists across the globe as they use a vast variety of different mediums and art techniques. Come browse an array of prints, drawings and photographs and discover your mischievous side.
When: Opening party will take off on Thursday, 24 March, 7pm-10pm, Gallery exhibition will continue from Friday, 25 March – Sunday, 27 March, 11am-6pm.
Where: Voxfire Gallery, 1/F, 52 Gage Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Free admission
Bali Spirit Festival
Get your zen on at this ohm-azing, spiritual celebration set in beautiful Bali. This five-day extravaganza features yoga, dance, music and art alongside workshops and musical performances. You’ll get to explore the stunning sights and cultural delights of Ubud too, so start planning your flights, girls – this is the perfect Easter destination.
When: Tuesday, 29 March – Sunday, 4 April.
Where: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
How much: Tickets are available to purchase from www.balispiritfestival.com
If you’ve got a passion for fashion, then you’ve got to make a visit to Hong Kong’s Fashion Access this month. The biannual Fashion Access trade show gives visitors the opportunity to browse the best of Fall/Winter collections, including handbags, footwear and accessories. Meet and mingle with designers, buyers and all the most fashionable people in town… this is ideal for Sassy Girls interested in a career in the fashion world.
When: Wednesday, 30 March – Friday, 1 April, 9am – 6pm.
Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai.
How much: Register online here by Sunday 13 March to claim your free admission pass.