Catch an indie gig, party with plant-based treats, and watch Cannes Festival wins at Hong Kong’s summer film festival: Here’s how to start August the right way, with all the best things to do in Hong Kong.
Clockenflap Presents: American Football
When: 1 August
Price: $390 from Ticketflap
The team behind Clockenflap has been working to bring gigs that normally would see the grandstands at the yearly music festival to the year-round calendar. For lovers of indie rock, math rock, or emo post-rock, here’s American Football, hailing from Illinois for your broody enjoyment. They’re opened, by wonderful coincidence, by indie four-piece Chinese Football, which hails from Wuhan.
This Town Needs, 1/F, Ocean One, 6 Shung Shun Street, Yau Tong, Hong Kong
Hong Kong Arts Collective: Home Grown
When: Through 2 August
Part of the Pop Up Co-Art Exhibition at The Nate in Tsim Sha Tsui dedicated to local art, ‘Home Grown’ is the inaugural group show by the Hong Kong Arts Collective — a group of Hong Kong artists supporting and promoting works independently, giving more control and opportunities to those pushed out by the high end market. Celebrating some of the city’s best talent, you’ll find mesmerising scenes by illustrator Jonathan Jay Lee, collage artist Camille Levert, watercolourist Rainbow Tse, yarn bomber Esther Poon, collective founders Pete Ross and Marc Allante and many more. More information here.
4/F, The Nate, 176 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Vegan Block Party
When: 3 August
Price: HK$80 from Facebook or Eventbrite, includes free flow beer and wine spritzers; all food items at additional cost.
Hong Kong’s first-ever vegan block party brings on a night of plant-powered fun, with free-flow booze, hip hop and old school beats plus delicious comfort foods — think pizza, ‘meatball’ subs, fried ‘chick’n’ and desserts — that are all meat- (and presumably guilt-) free. The event is hosted by soon-to-come vegan project Big Dill, in collaboration with Latvian sourdough bakers Mayse Artisan Bakery, plant-based event team SocialVegan and kombucha brand Taboocha. More information here.
Tuckshop by Social Club, Shop 4-7, 158A Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
Curiocity Hong Kong
When: Through 11 September
Price: HK$168–200 from Curiocity Asia
Rather than endless phone scrolling for an afternoon, this travelling interactive exhibition aims to get people in busy cities to get out and experience life beyond our screens. At Curiocity, installations and exhibits can be touched, played with and even tasted. Check out the ‘Love Laboratory,’ where you can explore your chemistry with others and discover the equation to true love; the ‘What Life Throws At You’ installation, where you can test your fears in a life-sized ping pong pit; and the ‘Shall We Talk’ setup that encourages communication with each other. With the goal of uplifting the spirits of Hongkongers through physical interaction, a portion of ticket sales will go towards Smile With Us HK — a non-profit that works with several charities to bring positive energy to the people of Hong Kong.
The Annex, 2/F, 173 Des Voeux Road Central, Hong Kong
#PP30 Pacific Place Anniversary Workshops
When: Through 15 September
Price: Free, register here.
Pacific Place is celebrating its big 3-0 with a celebration of creativity: This summer, the mall is offering a range of ateliers spanning the worlds of fashion, food and beverage and lifestyle. Sign up to a suitcase customisation sesh with Rimowa, learn about sleep and stress relief with Lululemon; get a soothing scalp massage with haircare experts Aveda; taste esoteric sake and liquors with Liquid Gold, create a flower box with Piaget and more. Each workshop is first-come, first-serve, with free admission for all — so be sure to register early.
1/F, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Summer International Film Festival
When: 13–27 August
Looking for a movie watchlist for the summer? This returning 15-day film festival brings a range of award-winning cinematic gems to Hong Kong. It opens with ‘Pain and Glory’ — the film that won Antonio Banderas the best actor gong at Cannes for his portrayal of an ailing filmmaker, director Pedro Almodóvar’s own personal story. The programme also features a prominent retrospective paying tribute to the Spanish auteur’s diverse style, from 1987 work ‘Law of Desire’ to 2006’s ‘Volver’. From Cannes hits to Woody Allen’s latest romantic comedy, ‘A Rainy Day in New York’, to a local melodrama starring Sammi Cheng, the eclectic bill is sure to please film lovers of all tastes.
See the full programme at CineFan.
10th Chinese Opera Festival
When: Through 18 August
If you ever wanted to explore the intricate art of Chinese Opera, now is the time. The two-month Chinese Opera Festival returns once again for its 10th anniversary, paying tribute to the diverse operatic styles and genres from across the country. In August, catch ‘The Fragrance of Chrysanthemums and Orchids,’ showcasing excerpts from both Peking Opera and Kunqu Opera traditions — chrysanthemums normally used to symbolise Peking Opera, and orchids for Kunqu. While you’re at it, check out the newly opened cha chaan teng-style casual eatery Peony Garden, or more refined bites at Moon Lok Chinese Restaurant. See the full programme here.
Tea House Theatre, Xiqu Centre, 88 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Kowloon Dairy Pop-up Store
When: Through 31 August
What’s summer without ice cream? Taste all the flavours of this beloved homegrown brand at the return of the Kowloon Dairy Pop-up in Central. Themed after pop art, the decor pays homage to Kowloon Dairy’s almost 80 years of heritage, no doubt making for vibrant selfie backdrops together with your icy treats. There’s also a new range of retro-inspired merch available for you to take home. Amongst the iconic bottles of fresh milk, drinking yoghurt, as well as the beloved chewy mochi ice cream, be sure to taste all-new ice cream flavours, ranging from premium fresh D24 durian from Malaysia, refreshing pink guava, and luscious sweet corn — incorporating real corn for enhanced texture. More information here.
G/F, 33 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
The World of Studio Ghibli’s Animation
When: 3 August–3 November
Price: HK$168 on weekdays, HK$208 on weekends from Ghibli HK; HK$188–228 at the door.
From ‘My Neighbour Totoro’ to ‘Porco Rosso’ to ‘Spirited Away’ and more — if the magic of Studio Ghibli’s animations have ever tugged at your heartstrings, you’ll want to check out this expansive exhibition located at Kowloon Bay’s Portal 6311 — the exhibition space that formerly housed the first Van Gogh Alive showcase in Hong Kong. At this new temple to Studio Ghibli, fans will get to step into iconic scenes from their favourite films, fully rendered with dramatic light and hand-painted details. More information here (website in Chinese).
Portal 6311, 18 Sheung Yuet Road, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong
Movie + Margaritas Mondays
When: Every Monday
Price: HK$300 for free-flow margaritas, wine, and table-side guacamole.
Want to kick back after a long, hard start to the week? Los Sotano is serving up its signature margaritas with a cult classic film every Monday. This month, check out ‘Coyote Ugly’ on 5 August, ‘Grease’ (sold out) on 12 August, ‘Pretty Woman’ on 19 August, and ‘Sister Act’ on 26 August. HK$300 gets you free flow margaritas and wine, plus table-side guacamole. More information here.
Los Sotano, Basement, 21 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong