Can you believe that we’re approaching the end of June? Before we say goodbye to the first half of 2018, there’s plenty of interesting places to explore and things to do in Hong Kong to fill out the rest of your calendar this month. Catch a rare film screening, sign up for a comedy show, and of course, don’t forget to celebrate the holidays coming up from Father’s Day to Dragon Boat Festival and World Cup fever.
Warehouses on West Block Party
When: 16 June, 11am–5pm
This stylish cluster of warehouse spaces in Sai Ying Pun is home to craft beer purveyors, gourmet virtuosos, co-working creatives and more. This Saturday, they’re hosting an all-day block party packed with craft beer workshops by BestBev HK, gourmet Hong Kong snacks by Test Kitchen in collaboration with former indie-band-turned-restaurateurs tfvsjs, a pop-up marketplace, and an all-day happy hour by The Winery. Real estate developer District15 is also unveiling their swish new residential project, The Nate, at the event. Get more info on the rundown here.
Warehouses on West, G/F, Kwan Yick Building, Phase III, 158A Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
FIFA World Cup 2018
When: Through 15 July
The World Cup in Russia kicked off yesterday with a sweet home victory for Russia against Saudi Arabia — as football fever continues to sweep Hong Kong for weeks to come, fans are no doubt itching to catch their favourite match on the big screen. There’s plenty of outlets around town offering special deals and live coverage, from sports stalwarts The Globe and Trafalgar Sports Bar, to Ciao Chow and de Belgie right in the middle of Central.
When: 17 June
This weekend is all about big celebration for dads everywhere in Hong Kong. Need last minute ideas on how to plan your Father’s Day Sunday? There’s special brunches to be had, stylish gifts to make him feel special, sophisticated presents to pamper the man in every way, and for a more low-key event, an afternoon on the couch bonding over the best Netflix shows for dads. You’ll want to hurry when it comes to making special plans: It’s T-3 days after all…
Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival
When: 18 June
Straight after a day of feasting and celebration is yet another excuse to indulge. In celebration of the Dragon Boat Festival public holiday, you’re either going to be indulging in delicious rice dumplings all of this three-day weekend, or perhaps clinking a few pints out in the sun as you watch traditional boats race at the yearly Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival. From zany dress races to cutthroat competition between official teams, it’s sure to be a thrilling day out, with live music, food trucks and flowing beer. There’s plenty of other vantage points to catch races being held all over Hong Kong, from Stanley to Aberdeen; check the link above for more information.
Central Harbourfront Event Space, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central, Hong Kong
In Search of Southeast Asia through the M+ Collections
When: 22 June–30 September; 11am–6pm, Wed–Sun and public holidays
The M+ Pavilion plays host to Southeast Asian art for the first time this June, with works originating from Brunei to Myanmar to Vietnam, and everywhere in between. With a vast range of art from archival materials to architectural models, and contemporary installations to moving image works, it’s a fascinating and wide-reaching exhibition illustrating the fabric of different Asian identities, ideas and cultures across the region.
M+ Pavilion, West Kowloon Cultural District
Story Party: Hong Kong
When: 26-27 June, 8pm
Price: HK$288 from Team Tito
Rachman Blake’s Story Party is back. The audacious comedy show inspired by bad dating stories and the hilarious hijinks resulting from Tinder mismatches is on its global tour, finally making its rounds back to Hong Kong this June. Bring your Tinder date, and watch them squirm.
The Hive Spring, 3/F, Remex Centre, 42 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong, +852 2110 4370
Akram Khan’s Giselle
When: 28–30 June
Price: HK$200–880 from Urbtix
This month, the vengeful Wilis — spirits of scorned women and the tragic ballet heroine Giselle descend on the Hong Kong stage, and you’ll want to fight tooth and nail for a ticket to this rare showing in the SAR. The 177-year-old ballet is gorgeously, hauntingly reimagined for the 21st century by the English National Ballet. In Akram Khan’s reiteration, Giselle features stunning costumes and set by Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon’s Academy Award-winning designer Tim Yip, an adapted score by Vincenzo Lamagna performed by the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and lighting design by Tony Award-winner Mark Henderson.
Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
When: 17, 21, 24, 29 June, 1 July
French photographer and street muralist JR teamed up with 89-year-old Agnés Varda — considered the ‘mother’ of French New Wave cinema — to create this passion-filled documentary of their travels through French rural villages. Meeting locals along the way and hearing their heartfelt stories, the pair create epic-sized portraits of them. For Hongkongers who admire JR’s work, this will be a welcome showing — particularly those who followed or missed his exhibitions here by the HOCA foundation in 2015, and the recent gallery show at Perrotin in March. Faces Places was awarded The Documentary Prize, The Golden Eye at the Cannes Film Festival, and was also nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the Oscars. This screening is also part of a series of screenings of Varda’s work under Le French May.
Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square Street, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong
Cine Fan: Ingmar Bergman and Isao Takahata
When: Through 29 July
Price: HK$75–85 from Cine Fan
Fans of arthouse cinema will be delighted to find that Cine Fan’s programme for the months of June and July pay homage to two cinematic masters, Ingmar Bergman and Isao Takahata.
Ingmar Bergman: Faith and Faithfulness is a retrospective of restored works, coming in aptly at the Swedish master’s 100-year-old birthday. He’s respected as one of the most influential filmmakers of all time — even sometimes referred to as the ‘Shakespeare of Film’ — and has inspired the likes of Woody Allen, Wes Anderson and countless greats. Catch masterpieces like the complete version of Face to Face, shown for the first time in Hong Kong.
Lovers of Studio Ghibli works will want to sit in for one of the screenings centring on the works of co-founder Isao Takahata during his tenure at the studio. Cine Fan will be showing five of his beloved animations, including Grave of the Fireflies — considered by many to be the ultimate anti-war film of all time; heartfelt bildungsroman Only Yesterday; and the most recent creation — The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.
Get info on screenings and venues here
Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16 10th Anniversary
When: Through July.
When it comes to long weekends, everybody wants to have a mini-getaway. Macau is looking quite good at the moment: In honour of Sofitel Macau’s 10th Anniversary and celebrating all the milestones it’s achieved along the way, the hotel is launching a whole host of offerings in their four restaurants and spa. Dig into five-star gourmet menus at Privé French Restaurant, Le Chinois for Cantonese fare, a summer afternoon tea at RendezVous Lobby Bar, and an ode to lobster at Mistral Restaurant.
Over at the spa, guests can indulge in two limited time packages which are perfect to relieve tension and tiredness caused by the frenetic pace of Hong Kong. Find out more details here.
Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16, Rua do Visconde Paco de Arcos, Macau