“March Madness” has finally wrapped up with a bang, and Hong Kong returns to its regular scheduled programming of wellness, music and culture — and of course, the return of the Rugby 7s. Scroll through to see what’s going on in Hong Kong this fortnight.
If the wealth of visual art during Art Week has you seeking more playful ways to experience art, this maze-like installation will satisfy your whims of urban art exploration. French urban landscape photographer L’Atlas meets Austrian artist Willi Dorner for a curated multisensory art experience at ArtisTree, where visitors get to follow the two artists to see how they transform regular cities into playgrounds, with the help of Dorner’s human sculptures to lead the way. Free ice creams during the exhibition period, as well as wine packages (HK$150 for DayPlay Pass for one drink; HK$380 for NightPlay Pass for free-flow wines) with canapes, round out a fun day or evening out on the town.
Hong Kong’s blazing skyline can often make you overlook the nature of light; this exhibition, held at the new Victoria Dockside building, attempts to reacquaint visitors with the iridescence of our surroundings. The inaugural exhibition presented by K11 Art Foundation at this space, “Glow Like That” showcases work by 16 international artists that investigate the different kinds of “glow” one can find in contemporary society. Prior registration is required for admission.
Glow Like That
Four Seasons is the pioneer behind Pop Down, the mysterious alternative to the traditional pop-up experience. Successfully launched in 2017 in Toronto, Philadelphia and Miami, Hong Kong joined the club to host the first one-night-only Pop Down event to wrap up Hong Kong Art Week last weekend. For its first event, the hotel brand invited Michelin-decorated chefs and mixologists, DJ Mark Ronson and Hong Kong’s own Miss Yellow for a night of unexpected twists, tucked away in a secret venue that opened up from behind a refrigerator door. For a taste of what happened on the evening, Chef Chan Yan Tak of three-Michelin-starred Lung King Heen will be serving his acclaimed pinapple pork buns and baked cream custard puffs for the first time outside the restaurant, complete with whimsical takeaway boxes designed by local illustrator Don Mak. It’s for a two-day stint only, and as reported on Twitter, only from 11:30am–2pm, so you’ll want to hurry to get your hands on them.
Four Seasons Pop Down Bakery
Easily billed as Hong Kong Stadium’s largest event each year, the Hong Kong Rugby 7s gathers tens of thousands of sports fans and revelers in town once again this April. There are myriad ways to celebrate the fun, whether you’re a hardcore rugby fan down to catch all 95 games at the stadium, or prefer a milder affair such as the family-friendly street carnival at Lee Gardens and the Sevens Central hospitality village at Central Harbourfront. After the games kick off on Friday morning, you won’t want to miss the exclusive headlining concert by three-time Grammy Award winner Gwen Stefani in Central. Presented by the recently launched Marriott Bonvoy rewards programme, members can redeem a pair of concert tickets for just 10,000 points, or HK$780 each from Ticketflap. The weekend festivities continue on with the Sevens live on screen, happy hour drinks all day and live music by tribute acts performing the best of Queen, Oasis, The Rolling Stones and more. Don’t have Sevens tickets yet and want access to the whole shebang? There’s still the Sevens Superpass: HK$2,880 gets you stadium admission on Friday and Saturday, access to the Gwen Stefani concert with HK$200 drinks credit, as well as a Saturday South Stand express pass so you can avoid all the queues.
Hong Kong Rugby 7s and Gwen Stefani at Central Harbourfront
Everyone loves an interactive art exhibition, and even more so when the great master Vincent Van Gogh is involved. “Van Gogh Alive,” the world’s most visited Van Gogh experience arrives in Hong Kong this month, taking visitors on a tour through the Dutch painter’s best known masterpieces. You’ll be able to step through Arles, Auvers-sur-Oise and Saint Rémy and more, bringing you face to face with new angles and ways of appreciating each storied work.
Van Gogh Alive
Veterans heading to the Hong Kong Sevens again this year may want to line their stomachs ahead of the marathon Pimm’s and pints to be expected at the highly anticipated sporting event. Just a hop and a skip away from the stadium at Ovolo Southside, rooftop lounge Komune is hosting a weekend Recovery Brunch semi-buffet for guests getting ready for a long boozy day -- or who just need a good Bloody Mary for a hair of the dog cure. Start from a satisfying spread of charcuterie and cheese and fresh seafood, before choosing from breakfast favourites such as Eggs Benedict, French Toast, or the Sevens Special Burger, a hearty hangover cure with a fontina fonduta and runny egg. For a more wellness focused brunch, be sure to look out for Komune’s monthly rooftop yoga brunch: the next session is slated for 21 April.
Hong Kong Sevens Recovery Brunch
Seven-time Grammy Award-winner John Mayer is playing in Hong Kong for the very first time, so naturally, fans of “Slowhand Jr.” have already snapped up all the official tickets for his one-night-only debut. Mayer will be performing hits that span his entire recording career, from perennial favourites such as “Gravity” to “Your Body is a Wonderland” to recent chart toppers such as “New Light” and “Still Feel Like Your Man.” Perhaps there’ll be a few sneak peeks from a new album currently in the works? Regardless, it’s sure to be a night for the books.
An Evening with John Mayer
EDM fans will want to get ready to hit the dance floor as Hong Kong’s premier electronic music festival returns for its third edition. In addition to headline acts such as AlunaGeorge, Bonobo and Thundercat bringing heart-pounding beats, Sónar is also reputed for its creative technology experiences, ranging from the visual treats that come with each set, talks and workshops with industry pioneers, AR, VR and AI experiences, as well as the MarketLab, where visitors get to try out new tech prototypes around the world.
Sónar Hong Kong
Tackling the theme of veganism and zero waste efforts this year, The Conscious Festival returns to host insightful talks, workshops, wellness sessions, not to mention a marketplace chock-full of vegan-friendly products and delicious eats, featuring 100 booths and green artworks exhibited at the fair. Best of all, the educational two-day event is completely free for visitors, with only a ticket fee for Talks sessions, where a portion of the proceeds will go to an environment-focused charity.
Stuck in a fitness rut and looking to challenge yourself with an alternative exercise? Check out the new series of Pool Fitmat Yoga classes hosted at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong. Launched just in March, these small group classes of four students per session take your yoga practice to a floating Fitmat at The Oriental Spa’s indoor swimming pool. A fantastic challenge for your core, as well as an effective exercise to improve balance, flexibility and strength that suits both beginners and experienced yogis. The 45-minute classes are Thursdays at 6:30pm and Saturdays 12:15pm. At least 24 hours advance booking required by phone or email at email@example.com.