10 Events for Your Diary This April

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Hong Kong International Film Festival

Calling all film buffs! Catch the tail end of HK’s film festival and witness different cinematic visions from filmmakers all over the world. Giant blockbuster movies like the latest superhero tales are definitely entertaining, but festivals like these offer small budget and lovingly crafted films which immerse you in worlds of wholly original stories, tender performances and beautiful cinematography.

When: Monday, 19 March – Thursday, 5 April. Check the festival’s calendar to see which films you still have the chance to catch.
Different venues around HK
How much:
Prices vary according to film and venue. Pricing guide here!

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18+ Central

Hong Kong is going naughty this month! The Central Harbourfront will be transformed into an adults-only zone for the city’s first ever adult-themed carnival. This eye-popping event aims to please men and women alike with an invitation to get a little wild in a stimulating and non-judgmental environment. There will be unique experiences, performances and workshops on offer with a programme that includes pole-dancing workshops, fancy dress competitions, sexy photo shoot sessions and revealing (wink!) dance shows.

When: Thursday, 5 April – Sunday, 8 April
Where: Central Harbourfront, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Different ticket options are available. Thursday’s premiere night is $560; from Friday to Sunday, day sessions are $380 while night sessions are $460; VIP day passes from Thursday to Sunday are $760. Get your tickets here!

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Hong Kong Rugby Sevens

Yes, it’s that glorious time again! The Sevens are in town and the world’s top rugby teams are coming back to Hong Kong to participate in the super exciting tournament. Attending the Sevens is a rite of passage for Hong Kongers so don’t miss the chance to join in on the fun. Goofy costumes and a steady flow of alcohol create a party atmosphere, so even if you know absolutely nothing about rugby, you will be cheering with deep conviction for a team you know nothing about it in no time!

When: Friday, 6 April – Sunday, 8 April
Where: Hong Kong Stadium, 55 Eastern Hospital Road, So Kon Po, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
How much: Ticket prices vary, with weekend package deals to get you in all three days or single day options. Get your tickets here.

Sassy tip: Tickets can be tricky to get so if you’re having trouble finding some or you’re simply trying to save some dough, check this option out!

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Songkran HK

Hong Kong is home to a mish mash of cultures and expats, which is why the city is so dynamic – and it also gives us plenty of activities to get involved in! In April, we’ll have the chance to celebrate Thai New Year by attending Songkran HK. There will be different events that showcase the country’s culture like Thai fashion shows, children’s costume competitions and cultural performances. There will also be a Thai market set up with delicious snacks, handicrafts and even massages on offer! The highlight of the weekend manifests in the Splash Party (Sunday, 8 April; 2:30pm– 5:30pm); buckets and water guns are whipped out as a wild water fight ensues!

When: Friday, 6 April – Sunday, 8 April. Check here for details on each day’s events. Where: D2 Place, 9 Cheung Yee Street, Lai Chi Kok, Hong Kong
How much: Entry is free!

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Five Day Detox to Nourish and Grow at Pure Yoga

Living in an electric city like Hong Kong is fabulous, but there are times when the stress, pollution, dim sum feasts and partying can wreak havoc on our wellbeing. Lisa Mak, at Pure Yoga, has designed a five day detox programme (non-Pure members are welcome, too) to help us refresh our systems. Complimented by an optional juice cleanse, each day will commence with hot yoga to sweat out nasty toxins followed by a more restorative practice to calm the mind and get us in touch with the present. Feeling good on the inside does translate to looking good on the outside too – be prepared for people to comment on your glow!

When: Monday, 9 April – Friday, 13 April; 6am to 8:30am daily
Where: The Centrium, 16/F, 60 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $2,407 for full workshop; $3,200 for full workshop and 3-day juice cleanse; $3,950 for full workshop and 5-day juice cleanse. To register, call 2971 0055 or reserve your spot here!

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Spartan Race

If you love pushing yourself and testing your mental and physical strength then Spartan Race HK was made for you! This ain’t no ordinary 5km+ race; running is just the beginning because you’ll need to climb, crawl, pull, push and throw in order to make it through the 20 plus obstacles in your way. Trees, water, mud and barbed wire will be just a few of the things challenging your pursuit of that finish line. Don’t be intimidated though! Everyone is welcome and there will be various races including open sprints and sprints according to age group. Feel like the epic beast you are and sign up here! No matter the outcome, you’ll feel like a champion afterwards.

When: Saturday, 14 April
Where: Ha Pak Lai, Yuen Long, Hong Kong
How much: Registration prices vary from $860 to $1,190 depending on sprint type.  Spectators can enjoy the messy action for $50. Details on the sprint types, what essentials to bring to conquer the race and participant/spectator registration can be found here!

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Gather four team members and get ready to race for an excellent cause! Peak 24 is a relay-style marathon where each team member takes turns running laps around a course on the Peak. The mission of the race is to join the fight in ending modern slavery and funds raised will go towards Operation24.  It’s a lovely time for the whole family that attracts a high-spirited and caring crowd. Nibbles, drinks, live performances and other enjoyable activities add to the jovial atmosphere.

When: Saturday, 14 April – race begins at 8 am.
Where: Lugard Road, The Peak, Hong Kong. Precise course map TBA.
How much: $5,000 per team entry. There is also a warrior option for individuals to race ten laps on their own ($500/entry).  Register here!

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The Week

Hong Kong’s music festival scene is on the constant rise and The Week HK is a great way to rock out this April. It’s all about shining a much-deserved spotlight on indie artists who may not have big labels backing them but ooze passion and talent. There will be seven days of music across seven different venues in HK and each day is split into themes and genres like World Music, Hip Hop and Soul Funk. Who cares if you’re unfamiliar with the lineup? You’ll be supporting hard working artists (many of whom are local!) and maybe someday, if one of them hits the big time, you’ll have the chance to brag that you saw them live way before anyone else was in the know!

When: Sunday, 15 April – Saturday, 21 April
Where: Different venues which will be confirmed
How much: Each day will cost $170 for adults and $100 for students (in advance) / $200 per adult and $130 per student (on the door). Weeklong passes are also available for $888 for adults and $500 for students – Get yours here!

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Cirque du Soleil KOOZA

Cirque du Soleil is back in Hong Kong to present KOOZA, an intoxicating performance that will have you gasping. Opening in April, this performance pays tribute to a more traditional circus experience by combining exhilarating acrobatic high jinx with the complex art of clowning. Cirque Du Soleil is always more than a simple thrill for the eyes as poignant messages and themes are often expressed. The performers will thrill the audience with the double high wire and ‘wheel of death’, while threading humour and emotion into the spectacle.

When: Thursday, 19 April – Sunday, 3 June
Where: Central Harbourfront, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Tickets range from $488 to $1,888 per person. Get your tickets here!

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Women’s Five

Women’s Five is a wonderful event that gets you active and creates a feeling of sisterhood. The main component is a 5km run but there is also an option of a five-week programme leading up to the run where you’ll meet other like-minded ladies, train together, do some yoga, attend wellness talks and participate in more awesome activities. The beauty is that you can join the five-week programme even after it has begun and there’s no pressure to attend everything scheduled; it’s up to you to choose what you want to do! Women’s Five also gives back to important charities so 10% of entry fees will go to RainLily, an anti-sexual assault and survivor support foundation. Take the opportunity to join this truly wholesome and empowering event.

When: Saturday, 28 April 2018 (5km race). With the five-week programme beginning on Monday, 26 March. Take a look at the schedule here!
Where: Aberdeen Country Park, Aberdeen, Hong Kong (Race location). Check out the course map.
How much: You can join as an individual or as a team of two. Joining only the race costs $390 per individual and $780 per team. Full programme costs $800 per individual and $1,600 per team

Read more: SassySupports: RainLily Foundation

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