30 August, 2013

For Your Diary: what’s on in Hong Kong for September

30 August, 2013
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Fall is fast approaching… which means a whole new month of cultural inspiration. So get your diaries ready and check out our September Cultural Round-Up for our top pick of all the shows, concerts, exhibitions and events going on around town


clockenflap hong kongThe early bird catches the worm!
What do Franz Ferdinand, Two Door Cinema Club, Chic, G.E.M and Four Tet have in common? They’ll all be at Hong Kong’s very own Clockenflap Music & Arts Festival! It’s now even bigger and better than before, with seven different stages seeing some action over the course of three whole days, along with a silent disco, cabaret, film tent, art village and lots more. With even more great local and international talent in the line-up still to be announced, make sure you snap up your tickets stat as they WILL sell out!

When: Tickets go on sale on 2 September; festival itself 29 November-1 December
Where: West Kowloon Cultural District, Kowloon, Hong Kong; see map here
How much: Early-bird tickets cost $480 (Friday only), $580 (Saturday & Sunday only) or $980 (all three days), available via www.ticketflap.com


hong kong comedy festivalTickle your funny bone
The Annual Hong Kong International Comedy Festival is back! In addition to performances by comedians from all over the world (including folk who’ve played on Comedy Central, Jay Leno and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and hilarious improv nights, there’s also the much-coveted Hong Kong’s Funniest Comic competition, which sees 30 of Asia’s best battling it out to be the last comic standing! With dozens of different performances throughout the month, you’re sure to get your money’s worth in belly-busting laughs.

When: 5 September until 6 October; see full gig schedule here
Where: TakeOut Comedy Club, 35 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong (with some exceptions, see here for more details)
How much: $150-$250, call 6220 4436 or book online here


story week hong kongTell-tales
A new Hong Kong-based arts festival, Story Worthy Week is a collection of performances by storytellers faring from near and far, all ready to share their tall tales – happy, sad, funny, serious and everything in-between! Highlights include the Literacy Death Match (part literacy reading, part comedy, part game show – sounds interesting!) and Top Notch Tales (Hong Kong’s best story-tellers all in one show). So come join the fun and get some stories to tell of your own!

When: 6-14 September, see full schedule here
Where: Venues throughout town, check schedule here
How much: Ranges from free to $220 depending on the event (see more details here); ticketed events via www.hkticketing.com, 3128 8288


emperor2Brand new season
It’s not just the fashion stores that are celebrating a brand new season – the Hong Kong Philharmonic Society is too (in fact, it’s their 40th anniversary season)! Classical music connoisseurs and interested newbies alike should have plenty to listen to over September, with four different concerts throughout the month – including pieces from Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Dvorak, Chopin, Stravinsky and many more. It’s gonna be a musical autumn, that’s for sure!

When: Opening gala 6-7 September, see full concert schedule here
Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong & Tsuen Wan Town Hall Auditorium, 72 Tai Ho Road, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong
How much: $90-$480, available via www.urbtix.hk, 2111 5999


le-crazy-horse-dancers-showCrazy horses!
Often called the world’s sexiest cabaret, Le Crazy Horse Paris has now hit the shores of Hong Kong! Pushing the envelope since 1951 with their seductive, sensual and stunning nude dancers, the Forever Crazy show promises a night of femininity and creativity with a selection of some of their best acts past and present. How about making a weekend of it and enjoying a luxurious staycation with the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong’s special package, which includes VIP tickets, a complimentary upgrade to one of their newly renovated rooms and plenty of other perks. Oooh la la.

When: 11 September, 8pm; 12-15 & 17-21 September 7.45pm; 13-15 & 18-19 September, 10.15pm
Where: Lyric Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: $690-$1290, available via www.hkticketing.com, 3128 8288


queer valentineEncore, encore
After countless sold out shows in Hong Kong, Edinburgh and the West End, My Queer Valentine by HK-Australian cabaret star Rick Lau is back in Hong Kong for another much-requested re-run. A one-man show dedicated to and in celebration of the “misfits” of society, you can expect a night filled with classic show tunes, an army shower stall and some lesbian seagulls. Now that’s a sentence you don’t get to type very often!

When: 12-14 September, 8.30pm
Where: Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $180-$220, available via www.hkticketing.com, 3128 8288


drawing hero2Lights, paint, action!
Hailing all the way from Korea, Action Drawing Hero certainly isn’t your ordinary live theatre or musical performance. Featuring four artists, giant boards and simply amazing free-hand painting skills, this hugely creative non-verbal stage show will blow you away with its combination of dance, music, 3D special effects, audience participation and artistic expression. Art made of Rubik’s Cubes, drawings created with dust or light, marbling art… It certainly puts our stick men doodles to shame!

When: 13-15 September, 8pm; 15 September, 2pm
Where: Star Hall, Kowloon Bay International Trade & Exhibition Centre, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong
How much: $200-$480, available via www.hkticketing.com, 3128 8288


all about hkAll about the 852
We heart Hong Kong – the architecture, the history, the people… basically everything! Inspired by this amazing city, ten local and international artists have come together for a group photography exhibition and it’s All About Hong Kong. From black and white images to photos taken from an outsider’s POV, you’ll be able to see this city in a whole new light.

When: Until 14 September, 10am-6pm (closed Sundays & Mondays)
Where: AO: Vertical Space, 3-13/F, Asia One Tower, 8 Fung Yip Street, Chai Wan, Hong Kong
How much: Free entry


cine italiano copyBravo!
The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society has come together with Zetema Progetto Cultura of Rome, Istituto Luce Cinecittà the General Consulate of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute of Hong Kong (phew!) to present Cine Italiano! – Cinema Italian Style in Hong Kong. This eclectic programme of Italian films opens with the world premiere of Something Good, an East-meets-West drama shot on location in Hong Kong! With seven other diverse award-winning films in the schedule including comedy, romance, thrills and spills, this festival will showcase the best and latest of Italian cinema.

When: 18-22 September, see full schedule here
Where: The Grand Cinema, Elements, Kowloon Station, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: $80 per ticket, buy tickets here


al murray hong kongKnock knock…
Who’s there? Al Murray! The British comedian, TV personality and much-loved “Pub Landlord” is in the ‘Kong for one night only with his hilarious stand-up comedy show The Only Way Is Epic. So grab a couple of friends and a couple of beers and get ready to laugh your socks off!

When: 20 September, 8.30pm
Where: Grappa’s Cellar, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $590, tickets available at the venue



far-east-movement-macauLike a G6
If you haven’t heard of Far East Movement, then it’s time to come out from hiding under that rock! With huge radio hits like Rocketeer and Like a G6, FEM have become total party favourites – and they’re hitting Macau for a rocking Full Moon Party! With DJ Anil and DJ Nishad on the decks to get the night going and the luxurious CHINA ROUGE lounge as the setting, this is one full moon you won’t wanna miss. Let me see them bottles popping in the ice!

When: 20 September, 10pm
Where: China Rouge, Galaxy Macau, Estrada da Baia de Nossa Senhora da Esperanca, COTAI, Macau
How much: $680, buy tickets here


Yuki Kajiura hong kongKonichiwa!
Famous Japanese composer Yuki Kajiura is performing overseas in Asia for the first time – and she’s chosen Hong Kong as the place to do it! She’ll be performing songs from her solo albums and animation soundtracks, alongside a full-on live band and four other female vocalists, so get ready to jam.

When: 20 September, 7.30pm
Where: Rotunda 3, Kowloon Bay International Trade & Exhibition Centre, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong
How much: $480-$980, available via www.hkticketing.com, 3128 8288


wagnerThe greatest love of all
Classical music lovers, this sounds like the perfect night out – a special concert in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Richard Wagner, featuring a range of the composer’s most rarely performed pieces inspired by and dedicated to his two great loves. Performed by the Music Viva chamber orchestra and a host of guest singers and musicians, this looks set to be a night of total classical inspiration.

When: 21 September, 8pm
Where: Theatre, HK City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $100-$150, available via www.urbtix.hk, 2111 5999


Give us some strings! Wendy Law will be kicking off the Hong Kong Sinfonietta’s Cellomania series with a night of Tchaikovsky, Huang Ruo and Shostakovich pieces. Then it’s the turn of legendary cellist Antonio Meneses, described as “a player of aristocratic reserve” by The Telegraph (oooo… fancy!), who’ll be performing Lalo’s famous Cello Concerto in D minor, as well as two other intricate pieces.

When: 21 & 27 September, 8pm
Where: HK City Hall Concert Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $140-$360, available via www.urbtix.hk, 2111 5999


Dinner in the dark2Focus your senses
Think you could manage to eat a meal or navigate the city with your eyes shut? Well, now’s your chance to find out with Dinner in the Dark and Discover Hong Kong in the Dark, presented by Dialogue In The Dark. These immersive experiences will give you a taste of what it’s like to live with only four of your senses – either at a dinner party with a delicious surprise three-course meal, or via Dialogue In The Dark’s renovated interactive exhibition, which features traditional Hong Kong scenes and surround sound all in the pitch black (see our review here). To celebrate Dialogue In The Dark’s 3rd anniversary, you’ll get $20 off admission to the exhibit if you have the number 3 on your HKID card – an even better excuse to visit one of Hong Kong’s top-ranked attractions on TripAdvisor!

When: Dinner In The Dark 22 September, 7-9.30pm; Discover Hong Kong promotion until 30 September
Where: Dialogue in the Dark, Shop 215, 2/F, The Household Centre, Nob Hill, Mei Foo, Hong Kong
How much: $850 per person for dinner, $150 per person for Discover HK exhibit; buy tickets here


violin piano duo2It takes two
Bringing the rising stars in the classical world to Hong Kong, Premiere Performances of Hong Kong are presenting Alina Ibragimova and Cedric Tiberghien, an exciting young violin and piano duo. Come check out the pair play some of Beethoven’s biggest and most challenging sonatas, in what The Times has called an “electrifying partnership”.

When: 22 September, 8pm
Where: HK City Hall Concert Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $80-$480, buy tickets here


Somebody told me…
This indie/rock & roll band has multi-platinum albums, an NME award and was nominated for the Grammy. They’ve also earned a reputation of being one of the best live bands in the world. And quite a few of you may even have a crush on their lead singer. Can you read my mind? Yes, The Killers are in town! But they’re only here for one night, so don’t miss their first-ever show in Hong Kong (their last gig here was cancelled!) and grab your tickets quick.

When: 24 September, 8pm
Where: Arena, AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau, Hong Kong
How much: $888, available via www.hkticketing.com, 3128 8288


tamingThy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper…
London’s The Globe Theatre is world-renowned for its Shakespeare productions… and luckily for us, they’re finally heading to Hong Kong to give us a taste of the Bard’s finest in action! Their production of The Taming of the Shrew, done with an all-female cast and an Elizabethan-style stage, won rave reviews back in the UK – so now’s your chance to see if gold-digging Petruchico can “tame his shrew” Katherine in one of Shakespeare’s most outrageous comedies (also known as the basis for teen classic, 10 Things I Hate About You!).

When: 25-29 September, 7.30pm; 28-29 September, 2.30pm
Where: Lyric Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: $395-$795, available via www.hkticketing.com, 3128 8288


U MagazineBody language
Telling the story of the Yellow River and the Yangtze River, The Great River is the seventh epic dance poem produced by the Association of Hong Kong Dance Organisation. An original production with absolutely zero speech, this poignant tale of a River Nymph’s journey through nature will be told with beautiful choreography alone – a great chance to get to know more about Chinese culture and heritage in a super inspiring way.

When: 28 September, 8pm; 29 September, 3pm
Where: Auditorium, Kwai Tsing Theatre, 12 Hing Ning Road, Kwai Tsing, Hong Kong
How much: $120-$180, available via www.urbtix.hk, 2111 5999


Formed in 1989 (ok… we’re feeling old now!), Britpop band Suede are back in Hong Kong for another live gig, this time in honour of their latest album Bloodsports. One of the biggest indie bands of the 90s, they’ve now got six whole albums of their trademark alt-rock music to treat us with, so it should be a good ‘un!

When: 29 September, 8pm
Where: AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau, Hong Kong
How much: $580-$780, available via www.hkticketing.com, 3128 8288


work-in-the-exhibition-of-the-splendours-of-royal-costume-qing-court-attire-s5-mask9Dress for the occasion
It’s always important to look good, but the masters of stately grandeur have to be ancient Chinese royal families! Get a glimpse of what Chinese emperors and empresses from the Quin Dynasty wore at the Quin Court Attire Exhibition, which features 130 pieces of elaborate and luxurious textiles and embroideries from times gone by. Time to get inspired, fashionistas!

When: Until 7 October, closed on Tuesdays
Where: Hong Kong Museum of History, 100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
How much: $20 (also includes entry to “The Hong Kong Story” permanent exhibition), $10 on Wednesdays



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