Rain, rain, go away… it looks like August might end up being a wet one! Never fear, our August Cultural Round-Up is here with our top picks for all the shows, concerts, exhibitions and events going on around Hong Kong… come rain or shine, there’s something for you to get stuck into!
Get yourself in Detention!
What happens when you’re stuck in detention with the most gorgeous girl on campus…? Detention is a physical comedy that channels some hilarious Hong Kong-style humour – without actually using any words at all. This detention-turned-talent-competition show promises music, dance, pranks and even kung fu! In its fourth run in Hong Kong, this is great entertainment for all ages and nationalities. Detention? Yes please! Top photo also from Detention.
For your ears only
Ever wondered what happens when the lights go out? Concert in the Dark, brought to you by Dialogue in the Dark, is the world’s only purely sound concert held in complete darkness and managed with the participation of visual impaired people. With a range of different live singers and bands performing in total darkness, plus other sensory stimulations such as touch and smell added to the mix, this promises to not just be a great night of music but a fascinating and thought-provoking experience too.
When: 8-9 August, 7.30pm; 10-11 August, 12pm, 3.30pm & 7.30pm
Where: Rotunda 3, 6/F, Kowloon Bay International Trade & Exhibition Centre, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong
How much: $480-$1500, tickets available online and from HMV outlets throughout Hong Kong
Still got the blues
The blues have come a long way from their 19th century African origins, having helped shape many other kinds of music including rock n’ roll, jazz and even pop. With this special concert, A Brief History of the Blues, three international live bands will take you on a journey linking the dots (or should that be, musical notes!) between the genre’s Mississippi Delta roots to the 50s Chicago Blues and the present day… And the rest, as they say, is history!
When: 9 August, 10pm
Where: Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $120 (in advance), $150 (at the door), including one drink; tickets available at the Fringe Club
Diana Panton, a Canadian jazz diva with five albums and several jazz awards to her name, will be in Hong Kong for her My Dear Asia Tour for one night only. With accompaniment from fellow jazz maestros, pianist Don Thompson and guitarist Reg Schwager, you’re guaranteed a quality night of great jazz – plus you’ll even get a commemorative tote bag and a copy of Diana’s exclusive limited-edition My Dear EP to take home as well!
When: 10 August, 8pm
Where: Drama Theatre, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: $190-$480, tickets available at www.hkticketing.com, 3128 8288
Not your usual summer festival
Forget hard rock extravaganzas or clomping around muddy fields – Hong Kong is having its own professional choral-orchestral festival this summer! SingFest 2013 will hold a number of classical concerts and conducting master-classes with internationally renowned musical maestros in collaboration with Hong Kong Sinfonietta. Time to ditch your flip-flops and sink into those comfy red velvet chairs for a night of Haydn’s The Creation or Beethoven & Brahms!
When: Haydn’s The Creation 10 August 8pm, Beethoven & Brahms 17 August 8pm
Where: Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $140-320 (20% off if purchasing full-price tickets to both concerts); available via www.urbtix.hk, 2111 5999
I’m all out of love…
I’m so lost without you! I know you were right, believing for so long… Sorry, we got a bit carried away there! Why, you ask? Well, legendary pop-rock duo Air Supply are back in Hong Kong and performing live for one night only. It’s time to dust off the old CDs and start practicing in the shower, because a nostalgic night of singing and swaying is definitely in store!
When: 11 August, 8pm
Where: Hall 10, Asia World-Expo, Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau, Hong Kong
How much: $480-$880, tickets available via www.hkticketing.com, 3128 8288
Veteran American alternate rock band The Smashing Pumpkins will be performing in Hong Kong this summer at the Asia World-Expo. With a gold-certified album, chart-topping hits and huge headliner events around the globe under their belt, this concert shouldn’t disappoint. Time to head-bang!
When: 13 August, 8pm
Where: Hall 10, Asia World-Expo, Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau, Hong Kong
How much: $580-$780, tickets available via www.hkticketing.com, 3128 8288
If your kitchen is in need for a refill, the Food Expo 2013 is the place to go! With bakery products, beverages, snacks, fresh fruit and veg, organic goodies, kitchenware, seasonings and seafood from around the world all under one gigantic roof, you can taste, test and head to the till in just one visit. We hear foodie freebies and delish discounts calling already!
When: 15-19 August, 10am-10pm
Where: Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: $10-$40, depending on time or area of access; ticketing details here
A tribal masquerade
Thought dance was limited to just ballet or popping and locking? Think again! Masquerade, an ethnic Chinese dance drama based on the ancient Nuo culture, tells the story of a man ashamed of his scarred face who only finds confidence performing in a mask – hrmmm… Phantom Of The Opera, anyone?! This award-winning production by the Hong Kong Dance Company together with the Guizhou Song and Dance Ensemble features amazing tribal music, exquisite original choreography and a moving story with real heart.
When: 16-17 August, 7.45pm; 17-18 August, 3pm
Where: Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
How much: $180-320, tickets available via www.urbtix.hk, 2111 5999
Get your Nitro pumpin’
Thought circuses were just about cheesy clowns and performing animals? Then you need to check out Travis Pastrana’s Nitro Circus Live at The Venetian Macau. Showcasing over 40 of the world’s best action sports athletes performing record-breaking tricks and heart-stopping stunts in freestyle motocross, BMX, skateboarding and aboard various other custom-made contraptions, this is one show tailor-made for any wannabe adrenaline junkies! With bizarre props including a Barbie car, drink cooler and a Zorb ball (on which riders will be landing from over 50 metres away – eeek!), this stuff needs to be seen to be believed.
When: 17 August, 8pm; 18 August, 3pm
Where: Cotai Arena, The Venetian Macau Resort Hotel, Baia De N. Sen. Da Esperanza The Cotai Strip-Macau Sar, Macau
How much: $280-$1168; ferry ticket packages also available via www.hkticketing.com, 3128 8288
The art of Dao
Over the past few years, the Hong Kong Art: Open Dialogue exhibition series has explored various different aspects of art in HK – and the series comes to a close with The Origin of Dao: New Dimensions in Contemporary Chinese Art at the Hong Kong Museum of Art. Paintings, calligraphy, lacquerware, ceramics, installations, video and animations by artists from all over Asia will be on display, showcasing the many ways in which traditional Chinese culture interacts and transforms contemporary art.
When: Until 18 August; closed on Thursdays
Where: Hong Kong Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
How much: $10 (including access to all museum exhibits); free entry on Wednesdays
All Time Low, the ever-popular American pop punk band, are finally hitting the shores of Hong Kong for the first time ever with their Don’t Panic Asia tour. With five bestselling studio albums under their belt, you’re guaranteed a totally rocking night. Better get those tickets while you can!
When: 19 August, 7pm
Where: Kowloon Bay International Trade & Exhibition Centre, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong
How much: $420 online, $480 at the door; available via www.cityline.com, 2111 5333
When you wish upon a star…
Disney films are classics not only because of their timeless stories, but also because that special brand of Disney magic never fails to enchant you… however old you are! Remember the Fairy Godmother transforming Cinderella’s rags into a beautiful ball gown… Aladdin and Jasmine soaring, tumbling, freewheeling through an endless diamond sky… Mickey calming down all those crazy dancing brooms?! Well, you can watch all your fave characters come to life at DisneyLive! Mickey’s Magic Show for a night of fun-for-all-the-family entertainment. After all, you’re never too old for Disney, right?!
When: 21-25 August, 7pm; 24-25 August, 11am & 3pm
Where: Star Hall, Kowloon Bay International Trade & Exhibition Centre, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong
How much: $150-$600, tickets available via www.hkticketing.com, 3128 8288
To add to the number of awesome bands hitting Hong Kong this summer, American electronic pop star Adam Young, better known as Owl City, is back in the 852! Part of the Midsummer Station World Tour promoting his latest album of the same name, Adam (or do we call him Owl?!) will be performing all his hits for your listening pleasure. Even if we can’t catch some fireflies, it’s always a good time… right?!
When: 22 August, 7pm
Where: Rotunda 2, Kowloon Bay International Trade & Exhibition Centre, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong
How much: $380, available via www.hkticketing.com, 3128 8288
‘Cos this is thriller!
…Well, OK, not exactly but who can resist a bit of Michael Jackson? Combining the amazing acrobatics of Cirque du Soleil with the fantastic tunes of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson The IMMORTAL World Tour has finally reached our shores! This electrifying music and dance extravaganza promises to take us into MJ’s fantastical inner world via over 35 of his chart-topping hits… start perfecting that moonwalk, girls!
When: 23-25 August, 8pm; 24-25 August, 4pm
Where: Arena, Asia World-Expo, Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau, Hong Kong
How much: $288-$1288, tickets available via www.hkticketing.com, 3128 8288
To be or not to be…
Hamlet is often considered Shakespeare’s greatest play – and now’s your chance to catch it in person and see if you agree! Get Real Theatre and Sharmon Productions present this exciting new production of the classic play (don’t worry traditionalists – they’re promising to keep it faithful to the original text too!), with its mixture of philosophy, murder, comedy, intrigue and lots of dramatic monologues. To go or not to go – now that really is the question!
When: 23-24 August, 7.15pm; 24 August, 2pm
Where: Fringe Underground, Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $250, available via www.hkticketing.com, 3128 8288
Think ballet and you probably think Swan Lake – so it should come as no surprise that the Hong Kong Ballet are delivering another production of this perennial favourite to the stage this summer. Alongside our That Girl, principal dancer Jin Yao, you can also catch special guest star The Mariinsky Ballet’s Kim Kimin (often touted as one of the best Asian ballet dancers in the world) performing as Odette and Prince Siegfried. The classic tale of good vs evil (in swan form!) has been capturing hearts for over 100 years… don’t forget the Kleenex!
When: 23-25, 30-31 August & 1 September, 7.30pm; 24-25, 31 August & 1 September, 2.30pm
Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
How much: $140-$1500, available via www.urbtix.hk, 2111 5999
Hong Kong has a Comic-con?
While Comic-Con is thousands of miles away in the US, fans of comics and animation no longer need to sigh over the fact that Asia is missing out! Hong Kong is holding its very own Ani-Com all through the summer with a series of special events and exhibitions. During August, you can check out exhibitions from local and international artists, animated commercials and film screenings, comic art displays and much more. Kapow!