Spring is here – it’s time to leave the house, get out and enjoy all that Hong Kong has to offer! To make it just that little bit easier for you to plan your schedules, we’ve pulled together a list of all the top shows, events and activities happening around town in March. So get those diaries out and starting planning a fun-filled month!
Glambert’s in town!
If you love American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert, then get online ASAP to buy tickets for his one-night-only show in Hong Kong. Expect a glitter-drenched dance workout of music from his latest album, Trespassing, plus all his big hits so get glammed up and ready to rock out!
When: 5 March, 8pm
Where: Star Hall, Kowloon Bay International Trade & Exhibition Centre, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong
How much: $590-790, www.hkticketing.com, 3128 8288
In the midnight hour…
Do you know about Hong Kong’s unique night market community? Well, if not, now’s the perfect chance to come see what it’s all about. The Night Market Project will show you a different side of art in the city, with a group of Hong Kong creatives, students and market traders exhibiting and selling design work, prototypes and cool cultural objects that are bound to get you talking. Come join the likes of HK Honey, Twins Kitchen, Tangram, Shoe Artistry and one of Sassy’s fave bloggers, The Wanderlister, who will all be there – oh, and don’t forget to bring a torch!
When: 9 March, 10:30pm-midnight
Where: Around Pei Ho Street Market, Sham Shui Po (MTR Exit A2), Hong Kong
How much: Free entry
An accidental death
In the mood for some stinging satire courtesy of Italian Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo? Well, come watch the “Maniac” in the play Accidental Death of an Anarchist, who regularly impersonates important people… but gets away with it legally because he’s insane! Sounds like a cool storyline eh? This political satire on government corruption and incompetence was based on a true event – CY Leung better watch out!
When: 6-9 March, 7.45pm; 9 March, 2pm
Where: Fringe Underground Theatre, Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $180-$220, www.hkticketing.com, 3128 8288
A date with Princess Aurora
A feast for the eyes and the ears – come enjoy a night at the Hong Kong Ballet’s production of The Sleeping Beauty! This charming fairytale is sure to be a hit, complete with elaborate costumes, whimsical characters and of course, the enchanting choreography. You might even catch a glimpse of our very own That Girl, principal dancer Jin Yao, in action too!
When: 15 March, 8pm; 16 March, 3pm & 8pm; 17 March, 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Where: Auditorium, Sha Tin Town Hall, 1 Yuen Wo Road, Sha Tin, Hong Kong
How much: $120-$500, www.urbtix.hk, 2111 5999
Art for everyone!
You don’t need to be an expert or a billionaire to enjoy art – just stop by the Affordable Art Fair to get your hands on some beautiful contemporary and most importantly, affordable works of art! Come see the works of both emerging artists from Hong Kong and household names, check out a few expert art talks, recharge at the café (or wine bar!) and enjoy a great day out with family and friends – you might just find the perfect piece for your pad. Portrait (left) by Cristina Gayarre.
When: 15 March, 12-6pm (Arty-Licious Evening 6-9pm); 16 March, 12-8pm; 17 March, 11am-6pm
Where: Hong Kong Convention Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: $60-$180 (buy before 14 March for buy one, get one free tickets), www.hkticketing.com, 3128 8288
Stop and smell the flowers!
Valentine’s has passed, but that doesn’t mean our love affair with flowers is over! Head to the Hong Kong Flower Show to ooh and aah over gorgeous floral arrangements, potted plants and landscape displays… plus don’t forget to stop by the market stalls to buy yourself some blooms to brighten up your apartment.
When: 15-24 March, 9am-9pm
Where: Victoria Park, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
How much: Only $14!
Theatre, concerts, dance, opera… the 2013 Hong Kong Arts Festival has got it all! This fabulous annual event is already in full swing, offering a massive range of shows, from classics to the cutting edge. Featuring world premieres, internationally renowned productions, specially commissioned shows and homegrown local talent too, there’s something for everyone – just make sure to get your skates on, as many events are already sold out!
When: Until 22 March, see full programme here
Where: Numerous venues around town, see full list here
How much: Prices vary for each show, book via www.hkticketing.com (3128 8288) or www.urbtix.hk (2111 5999)
Hold your horses
Come for an epic battle at the Hong Kong Derby horse race – there’s over HK$16million worth of prize money to be won, making it one of the world’s richest derbies! Whether you’re there to have a flutter and win big (fingers crossed!), or just for a great day out (and an excuse to get dressed up!), this is a great weekend out.
When: 17 March, 12-6pm (doors open at 11am)
Where: Sha Tin Racecourse, Sha Tin, Hong Kong
How much: $10 admission for public enclosure
Lights, camera, action!
All you film buffs out there should already have the Hong Kong International Film Festival penned in your diaries… But for the rest of us, now’s your chance to book tickets for exclusive screenings of over 330 films from over 50 countries showing around town. There’ll also be seminars by filmmakers, exhibitions and parties (lots of parties!), so there’s a little something for everyone! Just remember to book your tickets ASAP, as many screenings do sell out.
When: 17 March-2 April
Where: Throughout Hong Kong, see all venues here
How much: Tickets vary from $40-100, with value passes also available; see here for all pricing info. Book online here; after 7 March, you can book through www.urbtix.hk, 2111 5999
King of Pop Art
If you haven’t already made a visit to get inside the head of quirky genius Andy Warhol, then get your butt over to TST for the final month of the Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal exhibition. It’s the largest touring exhibition of Warhol’s work, including over 468 of his paintings, drawings, photographs and screen prints – plus his Time Capsules (including one from his trip to HK!). If you can, try to get on one of the tours – they are incredibly helpful and will take you on a journey through the artist’s unbelievable life and career.
When: Until 31 March; closed Thursdays
Where: Special Exhibition Gallery and Contemporary Hong Kong Art Gallery, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 2/F, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
How much: $20, $10 on Wednesdays (discount concessions apply)
All roads lead to Rome
Travel back to ancient Rome at the Julius Caesar: Military Genius and Mighty Machines exhibition in the Hong Kong Science Musuem. You’ll be amazed at quite how much of the knowledge and technology from today was inherited from way back when; with over 40 interactive models of ancient machines and tools, you’ll get to travel back in time to over 2000 years ago and get a fascinating insight into the Romans’ mighty war machines, measurement, transportation, construction and entertainment. It’s the best kind of edutainment!
When: Until 10 April; closed Thursdays
Where: Special Exhibition Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
How much: $25, free on Wednesdays
The royal jewels
Who knew the jewellery industry of Russia in the 19th to 20th century would produce such beautiful and intricate pieces? Some of these intricate masterpieces need to be seen to be believed, so don’t miss out on Fabergé: Legacy of Imperial Russia – the largest display of Russian artefacts in Hong Kong, with more than 200 pieces of jewellery, artwork, infamous Easter eggs and other fabulous adornments of the Russian imperial family. Oh, if only we could try it all on!
When: Until 29 April; closed Tuesdays
Where: Hong Kong Heritage Museum, 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin, Hong Kong
How much: $20 or $10 on Wednesdays (discount concessions apply)