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The Weekend Ahead: May 26 – 28

Another weekend looms large, with the added bonus of a public holiday next Tuesday for the Dragon Boat Festival. Hooray! So, what is there to do you ask? Well, the curtain will come down on Le French May (officially, there’s still loads of stuff cracking on right up until July) for another year so now this is your last chance to see things like Nicholas Buffe’s exhibition. This Saturday will see eight top bands duke it out in the Volkswagen X Underground Battle of the Bands Final, and the biggest football event of the year by way of the Soccer Sevens kicks off on Friday. Enjoy!


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Eli – Everlasting Illusion Debut Album Release Show

The local post-rock outfit finally drop their long-anticipated debut album, marking the occasion with a live show at the Fringe Club. Eli have carved out something of a niche following with frequent live shows and a storming EP release. Successfully capturing the stoic anti-showmanship of 90s grunge with their own minimalist, but effective walls of sound, they’re an act well worth checking out.

When: May 26, (9pm)
Where: Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central
How much: $300 (includes a limited-edition, hand painted album)
Click here to buy tickets


Volkswagen x Underground Battle of the Bands Finals

After four hard-fought semi-finals, 30 groups have been whittled down to just eight, who are now ready to do battle once more for an amazing line-up of prizes including recording time, vouchers for equipment, and sweet transport to and from the winning band’s next gig! Vying for dominance in the finals are eight amazing bands by way of Dusty Bottle, LPM, Esimorp, Wanchai Road, Narcissus, The Muchell, Mockingbird, and Cowhead.

When: May 27, (7pm)
Where: Hang Out, 2 Holy Cross Path, Sai Wan Ho
How much: $70
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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

37 Shakespearean plays in 97 minutes! This herculean task promised a hilarious, fast-paced romp through the great bard’s work, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) is an ‘exciting show that promises waves of laughter from beginning to end’. Basically, you don’t have to be a Shakespeare snob, or even a fan to enjoy this show, which is good to know.

When: Until May 27, (2.30pm & 7.30pm)
Where: Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central
How much: $215 – $280 (includes a limited-edition, hand painted album)
Click here to buy tickets


HKFC & Citi Soccer Sevens 2017

The biggest football event of the year returns bigger and better than ever! Organised by Hong Kong Football Club, the sevens features two competitions – first up, the Main Tournament, which comprises teams from some of the biggest clubs from across Europe and Asia (teams like Leicester, Aston Villa, West Ham, Rangers, and of course, Hong Kong FC to name a few). The second, the Masters Tournament, which features veteran players aged 35 and over. The event is a huge draw and will see legends past and present take the field, with Aston Villa no doubt hoping to defend their 2016 crown.

When: May 26 – 28, (match schedule can be found here)
Where: Hong Kong Football Club, 3 Sports Road, Happy Valley
How much: $160 – $300
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PhotoVALE

Passionate about photography? Want to take those really amazing (and interesting) photos of you eating spaghetti to the next (and doubtless even more interesting) level (if that’s even possible?!). Then, you need to get yourself down to PhotoVALE, which claims to be ‘one of the biggest photography events in Hong Kong’. You get to go have a nosey about in a film studio, check out the shiny, fancy equipment, see a demonstration, and try out some of the latest photo-taking tech.

When: May 27 & 28, (11am – 6pm)
Where: Clear Water Bay Film Studio DD224, Lot 368, Clearwater Bay Road, Hang Hau, Sai Kung
How much: $20 (students), $50 (general)
Click here to buy tickets


Russel Howard LIVE in Hong Kong

He’s come a long way since testing the comedic waters as a cheeky 18-year-old on stage at Jesters Comedy Club in Bristol, UK – and now the lovable blonde who won over the nation with his hilarious take on everyday characters and situations is about to take the world – and Hong Kong – by storm with his biggest global comedy tour. Aptly named ‘ROUND THE WORLD’, the jam-packed tour sees him performing in 11 countries and 29 cities, hitting the 852 this Saturday night. Ladies and gentlemen, please put your hands together for the amazing RUSSELL HOWARD!

When: May 27, (8pm)
Where: Academic Community Hall, Hong Kong Baptist University
How much: $488 – $888
Click here to buy tickets


Read more! Check out our interview with the lovable Russell Howard


Fantasy Dance Garden

Yip, that’s what this event is called. Fantasy Dance Garden. What is it you ask? Well, Fantasy Dance Garden is in fact the graduation performance of the Hong Kong Dance Company. After years of professional dance training and hard work, 200 graduates aged 5 to 16 will show off the fruits of their labour. It’s going to be a magical world of fantasy dance in a garden, probably.

When: May 28, (3pm)
Where: Tsuen Wan Town Hall Auditorium, 72 Tai Ho Rd, Tsuen Wan
How much: $140 – $180
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West Side Story

Inspired by William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story follows the love story between Tony and Maria set amidst a vicious rivalry of teenage gangs in 1950s New York. Performing classic numbers like Tonight, Somewhere, America, and I Feel Pretty, the acclaimed musical promises high energy dance routines and stunning performances. It’s only here for just under a month so make you get in there as tickets will no doubt sell like hotcakes.

When: Until June 18
Where: The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Lyric Theatre, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai
How much: $330 – $3,482
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Le French May – Régis Gonzalez: Close to Black

Presenting the latest of the famed French artist’s drawings, Close to Black will feature both portraits and landscapes. In his portrait work, Gonzalez delves beyond the functional aspects inherent in a person’s face, looking to tap into the madness and fear present within. His landscapes encompass much of the same despite dealing in a wildly subject matter, the marrying theme being that the artists looks to observe beyond the natural forms.

When: Until June 10, (1pm – 7pm)
Where: Charbon Art Space, Sing Teck Factory Building, 44 Wong Chuk Hang Road
How much: Free
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Le French May – Inventing Le Louvre: From Palace to Museum Over 800 Years

Showcasing the universality and vitality that has been the staple of the Musée du Louvre since its beginnings, From Palace to Museum is a wonderful collection that illustrates the diversity and richness of the museum’s exhibitions. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with the history of Le Louvre – from the origins of the very idea of a museum, born of the royal collections of François I and Louis XIV, to modern times, marked by renovations and profound changes (both architectural and functional). Along the way, the exhibition explores the contributions of Napoleon I and the visionary ideas of the “Republics” and intellectual movements that followed.

When: Until July 24 (Monday, Wednesday to Friday – 10am to 6pm; Saturday, Sunday and public holidays – 10am to 7pm; Closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays)
Where: Hong Kong Heritage Museum, 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin
How much: Adults: $20; Group of 20 person or more – $14; Full-time students, people with disabilities and one accompanying minder and senior aged 60 or above – $10
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Le French May – Nicolas Buffe: The Dream of Polifilo

The extraordinary French artist’s first exhibition in Hong Kong features his signature location-sensitive mural drawings, large scale cut-out sculptures, and new works inspired by the vibrations of Hong Kong. From room to room, visitors will be invited to live in an ‘allegorical dream’, as if progressing through an adventure, dotted with various discoveries, games and surprises, between the lightness of a theme park and the seriousness of an exhibition creating a unique and rewarding juxtaposition.

When: Until May 29, (10am – 8pm)
Where: Hong Kong City Hall – Exhibition Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central
How much: Free
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Hong Kong Upside Down

An exploration of Hong Kong’s mesmerising cityscapes from the perspectives of two talented creatives. French photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze points his camera upwards and expresses Hong Kong’s vertical élan in a series called ‘Vertical Horizon’ while Tugo Cheng investigates Hong Kong from a bird’s eye view as revealed in ‘City Patterns’.

When: Until June 24
Where: Blue Lotus Gallery, 1606  Chai Wan Industrial City, 160 Wing Tai Road, Chai Wan
How much: Free
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Thriller Live

Watched by 4 million people, performed in over 30 different countries close to 5,500 times. The numbers speak for themselves, this show is something special. Direct from London’s West End, where it’s now in its record-breaking ninth year, Thriller Live is a 90-minute, high-energy explosion of pop, rock, soul, and disco that takes the audience on a magical audio-visual journey through Michael Jackson’s astonishing 45-year musical legacy. As well as experiencing his legendary live performance and innovative dance routines, fans can expect to hear their favourite Jackson songs perfectly rendered by the exceptionally talented cast.

When: Until September 3, (show times can be found here)
Where: The Parisian Theatre, Lote 3, Strip, SAR, P.R. China, Estr. do Istmo, Macau
How much: $180 – $480 (ferry and hotel packages available)
Click here to buy tickets


Phantasmagoria

Australian illustrator Chloe Bennett’s Phantasmagoria showcases a collection of pop-art visuals, exploring the glorification of mundane and pedestrian objects. The main exhibition will feature five of Bennet’s aerosol on canvas works, three of which are inspired by Eastern food. The specially commissioned ‘Brain Food’ serves as a play on the Cantonese staple of dim sum, where two bright hued brains and a dish of soy sauce are presented in a bamboo steamer basket. Get it? It’s called Brain Food, and it’s a picture of a brain – as food. Good thing you have us here to explain all this super deep, sub-textual art stuff.

When: Until July 8
Where: 1 – 5 Irving Street, Causeway Bay
How much: Free
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Abstraction of the World

A group exhibition borne from a collaboration between Duddell’s and Biennale of Sydney, and curated by Mami Kataoka, Artistic Director of the Biennale’s 21st edition. Abstraction of the World will focus on how cosmic space and natural phenomena have been depicted in abstract art from the Asia Pacific region, presenting works by acclaimed and respected artists from the region including Mit Jai Inn (Thailand), George Tjungurrayi (Australia), and Haegue Yang (South Korea / Germany).

When: Until July 10
Where: Duddell’s, 3/F, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central
How much: Free
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The Faust Festival 2017

The annual celebration of live theatre returns in its 18th year. The Faust Festival is an opportunity for the young and talented members of the esteemed theatre group to perform onstage and share their passion with audiences. Whether you’re looking for a classic children’s story faithfully told, or innovative new shows for young adults and family groups alike, this year’s Faust Festival has something for everyone with a staggering 28 shows playing over the festivals roughly three-week run.

When: Until June 11
Where: McAulay Studio Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Habour Road, Wan Chai; Y Studio, Youth Square, 238 Chai Wan Road, Chai Wan
How much: $125
Click here to buy tickets


 The Coming Week

Prestige Summer Lifestyle and Gift Fair

Popping up for one day only, shoppers are invited to feast their eyes on a huge selection of pop-up shops at the Prestige Summer Lifestyle and Gift Fair. From women’s fashion to health and beauty products, and homeware to jewellery, there will be plenty of stalls to keep you busy in the Grand Ballroom of the Conrad Hong Kong. Of course, no shopping trip is complete without some good eats, as such, there will be a delicious selection of gourmet foods, confectionery, and wines on offer too. Expect the Grand Ballroom to be filled to capacity with pop-up shops featuring thousands of the latest lifestyle and gift ideas from all over the world. This isn’t just for people who have a shopping itch to scratch, the Prestige Summer Lifestyle and Gift fair is an amazing opportunity to expand your network if you work in the industry, giving you the chance to talk with designers, entrepreneurs, and of course, consumers.

When: June 1, (10am – 7pm)
Where: Grand Ballroom, Conrad Hong Kong, One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
How much: Free
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Dragon Boat Festival

It’s a Tuesday, you have the day off work, the sun is (probably) shining and it’s the Dragon Boat Festival. Okay, so the carnival isn’t till early June but still, you can get your fix of dragon boat action at one of the major racing events around the city.

Hop on the bus to Stanley and browse the stalls, pile into the photo booth, and try your luck at the games and entertainment courtesy of Sun Life. Or, for a more low-key experience, head over to Aberdeen where another competitive schedule of races is planned for the public holiday. Bag yourself an admission ticket from the Aberdeen Dragon Boat Race Committee and call (+852) 8107 3488. For a breath of fresh air and a more local experience, take a hike northward to one of the two spots in the New Territories (Sai Kung and Sha Tin) which are hosting dragon boat racing tournaments. The outlying islands are also getting in on the action with racing taking place in Discovery Bay (please note this takes place on May 28), Cheung Chau, and Tai O.

When: May 30
Where: All over Hong Kong
How much: Free
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Read more!See our guide on the best spots to take in the Dragon Boat Festival


Turtle Beach Hike & Clean-up

One of Hong Kong’s most beautiful beaches (Turtle Beach) and it’s precious inhabitants (green sea turtles) need your help! From the end of May till the end of October, this magical beach – which turtles use to lay their eggs – is closed to the public, so this our last chance to not only visit, but clean up the beach, in preparation for the expectant mothers. This is your opportunity to help protect an endangered species, keep Hong Kong that little bit cleaner, as well as hike to this wonderful and remote beach. Please sign up to help keep our home clean!

When: May 30, (10am – 4pm)
Where: Central Pier No.4, Take 10.20am ferry to Sok Kwu Wan
How much: Free
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First Light – Dancing in the Dark

A special nighttime edition of the feel-good, vibe-heavy dance party. The idea behind Dancing in the Dark is to ‘break down barriers, build individual confidence, and increase energy levels’, and judging by the testimonials given by those who have attended the event in the past, it works like a charm! There’s really nothing else like it in Hong Kong, so check it out!

When: May 31, (7.30pm – 9pm)
Where: Premium Sofa Club, 128 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan
How much: $130 (advance), $150 (door)
Click here to buy tickets


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