November in Hong Kong is full of music festivals, art shows, and so much food. With events like Clockenflap, Babi Guling Nights, Diwali Beats, the Hong Kong Literary Festival, and TEDxTinHauWomen lined up, there’s no running out of things to do. Open up your calendar apps and get planning!
Microwave Festival is Hong Kong’s first and only art festival dedicated to new media. This year’s “MUCH ADO ABOUT EVERYTHING” exhibition will revolve around trust in the virtual world, technology and artificial intelligence. Immerse yourself in interactive virtual installations and check out the workshops, screenings, and talks. You can view the full programme here.
When: Friday, 26 October – Sunday, 4 November, various times – details here
Where: Hong Kong City Hall (Exhibition Hall, Low Block), 5 Edinburgh Place, Central
How much: Free admission
Self-dubbed a ‘cosmic techno music vision’, Pleasurekraft has worked with some of the biggest names and labels in dance music, releasing a debut album “Friends, Lovers, & Other Constellations” earlier this year. This year they’re touring with Brennen Grey, fresh from the rich and evolving Techno scene, making their Hong Kong debut at Yojimbo! Grab a ticket and put on your (comfiest) dancing shoes.
When: Friday, 2 November, 1opm onwards
Where: Yojimbo, 37 Pottinger Street, Central
How much: Advance $200, On-the-door $250 – get your ticket here.
Back with an incredibly diverse slate of speakers, this year’s Hong Kong Literary Festival is focusing on feminism, LGBTQ+ issues and travel. Featuring overseas and local writers from music, history, politics, science fiction, poetry and the environment, there’s something for everyone. Make sure to check out the full programme for all the details.
When: Friday, 2 November – Sunday, 11 November, various times, more details here
Where: Tai Kwun Centre, 1o Hollywood Road, Central
How much: Ticket prices vary by speaker, starting at $100, discounts available – get them here
Organised and curated by Blue Lotus Gallery, “The Way We Were” will be showcasing Keith Macgregor’s mix of vibrant and monochromatic prints of “Hong Kong in its prime”. It promises to be a photographic journey down memory lane, transporting you to the ‘70s and ‘80s! The exhibition will be featuring a selection from Macgregor’s “Neon Fantasies” series, so get ready for a heavy dose of nostalgia or simply a chance to see this now-vanished world. There will also be a chance to meet Macgregor and hear him speak about his time in Hong Kong.
When: Friday, 2 November, 6pm – 9pm; Saturday 3 November – Sunday, 18 November, 11am – 7pm; events at various times, details here
Where: Usagi, G/F, Wah Shin House, 6-10 Shin Hing Street, Central,
How much: Free admission
Head to Central and indulge in gallery tours, special luncheon offers, creative DIY workshops, tasting opportunities and art seminars conducted by acclaimed connoisseurs! Promising to be an exclusive experience for art and food lovers, this “adventure” will feature fabulous food, complimentary refreshments, seminars on art appreciation and art investment, calligraphy workshops, a DIY label workshop, and a wine tasting session. Check out the programme rundown here. Various ticket bundles and premium admission tickets are available on a first-come, first served basis so grab them quick!
When: Saturday, 3 November, 11:45am – 7pm
Where: H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central
How much: General Admission $250 (includes a limited edition umbrella, entry to one art seminar, one calligraphy workshop and one wine tasting session), Premium Admission $390 (includes exclusive “Taste-of-Art” luncheon offer provided by selected restaurants, entry to one art seminar, one calligraphy workshop and one wine tasting session) – buy your tickets here.
If you’ve never experienced the Hindu festival of light, why not try this twist on traditional celebrations? Head to Tamarind for the contemporary sounds of The Zero Point and free flow tapas from 8 to 11pm (with two standard drinks). Stick around for the after-party Bollywood DJ and a hangover breakfast at 2am! It’s guaranteed to be an evening full of music, food, drinks and Diwali sparkle. Check out the Facebook event here.
When: Saturday, 10 November, 8pm until 3am
Where: Tamarind, 2/F, Sun Hung Kai Centre, 30 Harbour Road, Wan Chai
How much:$550 – get your ticket here
Contact: 2827 7777
Needing no introduction, Clockenflap Music & Arts Festival is returning for its 11th edition! This year will feature London indie rockers The Vaccines, Brooklyn-based dreampop trio Cigarettes After Sex, Toronto’s Alvvays, and alt-rockers Wolf Alice amongst tons of international and local acts. You won’t want to miss Khalid (Location) and Big Shaq (Man’s Not Hot) Hong Kong debuts! Check out the full line up here.
When: Friday, 9 November, 5pm – 11pm, Saturday 10 November and Sunday, 11 November, 12pm – a
Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space, 9 Lung Wo Road Central, Central
How much: Various ticket prices, bundles and discounts available, starting at $890 – get more information and buy them here.
Get ready to #NETWORKnROLL! Local charity Suits for Success is hosting a live music night featuring five bands (Bottom Line, MKD2, The Pistons, Static Radio, and Groove Lee) from the Hong Kong Finance Industry, raising funds for its campaign. It’s a great way to support underprivileged young adults and help give them a leg up in the business world. Check out the lineup and buy a ticket here – there won’t be tickets available at the door!
When: Thursday, 15 November, 6pm – 12am
Where: Grappa’s Cellar, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central
How much: $300 – get your ticket here
Read more: Sassy Supports: Suits for Success
Celebrate the end of Movember with a night full of fun and funds at Beef & Liberty! Head to Lan Kwai Fong for moustache-themed food and free-flow booze, including snacks, sliders, house red and white wine, and Brooklyn Brewery beer. There’s also goodie bags from Selvedge Grooming, shave-offs by Selvedge Barbers and big raffle prizes up for grabs. All proceeds will be donated to The Movember Foundation. Check out the Facebook event and grab your ticket as soon as possible!
When: Wednesday, 28 November, 7pm onwards
Where: 3/F California Tower, 30-32 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central
How much: Early Bird $288 (+booking fee), On-the-door $350 – get your ticket here.
Contact: 2450 5778
TEDxTinHauWomen is holding its second annual event dedicated to women in Hong Kong, part of the global TEDWomen community. Featuring incredible women who are pushing boundaries and making a change, it is bound to inspire you to “show up”, connect to movements, and support one another! Female pioneers include Dr. Zoe Fortune, speaking about showing up for your mental health, Professor Rossa Chiu, a ground-breaking researcher aiming to reduce cancer deaths through early detection, Carmen Yau (Chairperson for the Association of Women with Disabilities Hong Kong), Dr. Joyce Wong, speaking about how children can lead social impact and Verlebie Chan speaking about the importance of taking risks, being agile and diversity in technology. Make sure to check out all the speakers here and to keep updated by following its Facebook and Instagram.
When: Friday, 30 November, 1pm – 7pm
Where: Sky 100 Hong Kong Observation Deck, ICC Tower, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon
How much: Advance $450 (includes access to the event, cocktail reception and gift bag) – get your ticket here.