Chinese New Year is right around the corner and we’re more than ready for those glorious days off work. With tons of festive happenings, Valentine’s Day parties, art exhibitions and more in store, we’ve gone ahead and rounded up the very best things to do this month… all for free!
If you love your hot drinks, this exhibition sounds like just the treat! Featuring Japanese tableware, BASAO Tea, Olympia Graeco Egyptian Coffee, and Tokyo’s Macchinesti Coffee, you can browse speciality coffee blends, learn about tea-making and more. For more information, check out the event on Facebook.
When: Saturday, 2 February t0 Sunday, 12 February, 11:30am onwards
Where: ARTS & Crafts Studio, H401, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
How much: Free admission
There’s no shortage of things to do over Chinese New Year, but the Cathay Pacific Parade has to be one of the 852’s most beloved lunar new year events. Starting with an opening ceremony at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza, the first float and performing group will arrive at Canton Road around 8:30pm – find somewhere along the parade route and be part of the giant street party.
When: Tuesday, 5 February, 8pm to 9:45pm; the first float and performing group will arrive at Canton Road at 8:30pm, Haiphong Road at 8:50pm, and Nathan Road at 9pm.
Where: Starts at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong; continues on major roads in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon – you can find the parade route here.
How much: Free viewing along the streets.
Read more: What To Do In Hong Kong Over Chinese New Year
Calling all thrifters! This Lunar New Year flea market features vintage and secondhand clothing, vinyl, collectables and more! Head to Kwun Tong to browse nostalgic toys, old records, secondhand fashion, and original work. For more information, check out the event on Facebook.
When: Saturday, 9 February to Sunday, 10 February, 2pm to 8pm
Where: Ho Sze Kwong, 10/F, Pang Kwong Industrial Building, 59 Hung To Road Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: Free entry
Keeping up with those new year resolutions? The temperature this month is perfect to get out and about. Join lululemon for a workout this month, with events including an 8km fun run along the Shing Man River (Wednesday, 20 February), along with a circuit workout at Sha Tin Sports Ground (Wednesday, 13 February and Wednesday, 27 February). Wear your favourite workout gear and remember to bring your own towel and water bottle.
When: Wednesday, 13, 20, and 27 February; 7:30pm to 9pm (in-store bag drop at 7:15pm)
Where: lululemon New Town Plaza Phase 1 L4 – Shop 469, 18 Sha Tin Centre Street, Sha Tin, Hong Kong
How much: Free – register here.
Contact: 2234 6433, firstname.lastname@example.org
In honour of the 1969 Stonewall Riots, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal is hosting a talk about gay rights and LGBT experiences in Hong Kong. Part of its Cha Reading Series, speakers will include Benita Chick, Nigel Collett, Siufung Law, Michael Luongo and Marshall Moore, and will be moderated by Cha’s co-editor Tammy Ho Lai-Ming.
When: Wednesday 13 February, 7:30pm to 9pm
Where: To be confirmed – stay updated by following the Facebook event page.
How much: Free entry.
If you’re not feeling very romantic on Valentines, Tivo’s “Silly Cupido” Party might be just what you need. Head to Central for a night of music from DJ P.Grant and late night drinking – there’s even a complimentary glass of prosecco on offer for all singletons!
When: Thursday, 14 February, 9pm until 12am
Where: Tivo, 43 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Free entry – register here.
Contact: 2116 8055
Celebrate youth culture and get involved in some alternative activism at Still / Loud’s launch party! The independent digital magazine is publishing its very first print edition, featuring five new and exclusive interviews with and photographs of local talent from the indie music, art and culture scene. Head to Bedroom for an evening of booze and music, including a set from Hong Kong’s Fotan Laiki (Clockenflap 2017, Sónar 2018).
When: Saturday, 16 February, 6pm until late
Where: Bedroom, 5/F, 75 Bedford Road, Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: Free entry
Organised and curated by ceekayello, this beautiful solo exhibition by Desmond Lo (@des.lo on Instagram) is a fresh take on Hong Kong street photography: a visual journey of our city’s hidden corners, unknown gems, and childhood playgrounds.
When: Saturday, 16 February to Thursday, 28 February, 10am to 7pm
Where: naked HUB Gallery, G/F, 13A New Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
How much: Free entry.
Made up of Manchildblack and Monstah Black, The Illustrious Blacks are coming to Ophelia for one exclusive Hong Kong show. The acclaimed (and real-life married) duo fuse music, dance, theatre and fashion in their live DJ sets. Get complimentary entry by registering here.
When: Thursday, 28 February, 6pm to 3am
Where: Ophelia, Shop No. 39A, 1/F, The Avenue, Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: Free entry – register here.
Contact: 2520 1117, email@example.com
London based artist Camille Walala is bringing her art to Hong Kong! Head to North Point to visit her beautiful street mural, based around concepts of local and wider identity. The bold and colourful piece is part of the WORFU project, which is being revamped as a lively community hub. Stay tuned for more information…
When: Now until mid-May (it will be displayed internally within WORFU’s shopping arcade permanently after!)
Where: 21-53 Wharf Road, North Point, Hong Kong
How much: Free.
Read on for our exclusive interview with artist Camille Walala!
What inspires your work and what inspirations have you taken from Hong Kong and the North Point community? How do these translate into your work?
My inspiration for this project is a lot to do with the area [North Point] and the neighbourhood. I walked a lot around and took some pictures and got inspired by the colours that I saw, the shops, the street or even the kindergarten. Also the architecture of Hong Kong that I really love.
Hong Konger’s LOVE taking photos in front of wall art and there’s no denying your work is extremely ‘Instagramable’. Do you have any feelings on the way social media and art should interact together? Any positives or negatives of the relationship?
I think taking pictures in front of the wall, there’s nothing wrong with that. I don’t do it [my work] especially for Instagram. I think street art and public work is getting more and more commercial. Personally I do my work to embellish the city and the street. So if people want to take photos in front of it then why not!
This mural is going to be super large (54.1m (W) x 4m). How many litres of paint do you estimate will be used? How many days has the project taken and by how many people?
This is one of the biggest canvases I’ve painted. It used around 30 liters of paint, or even more. From start to finish we did it in 10 days. We did the painting with a team of seven people, it’s been amazing. We worked on a system of how to work together to do it and it’s been impressive because it’s been quite quick to do.
Energy and positivity radiate from your work. Do you have any tips for staying positive through the Winter blues?
For me the sun really makes a difference. When I’m in a city like London [where I live] there’s not much sun so I always cross the street to make sure I make the most of it. Try to get as much sun on your face as you can. In the winter I like to hibernate as well, I’m really sensitive to the light in general. Sometimes when it’s really grey outside I close the curtains and create an ambience to make it a bit more cosy.
What do you enjoy about visiting Hong Kong? Do you have any favourite food and drink places you like to visit when you’re here or must-try dishes?
It’s my third time in Hong Kong. I really really love the city. I remember when I first came I was blown away but the architecture and the scale of the buildings. I’d never seen anything like this before so that’s definitely a highlight. I love eating and going to restaurants so I’ve been completely obsessed with dim dum and the Peking duck here. I try to have as much dim sum as I can before I leave. I’ve been to some really delicious restaurants [since I’ve been here], like Madame Fu, that place is amazing! And just around the corner [in North Point], there’s this amazing dim sum place. We’ve been trying to try somewhere new every day and it’s been really nice to try different local places on the streets around North Point.