Despite rising worries of the current epidemic, these events in Hong Kong are still going strong. Looking to brighten your day during the upcoming season of romance? Check out these top cultural events around town to put on your calendar this February.

Hong Kong Arts Festival [Certain programmes cancelled]

When: 13 February–14 March*

Celebrating its 48th edition this year, the Hong Kong Arts Festival returns with the annual spread of scintillating performances by some of the most esteemed musicians, actors, dancers and operatic acts on the planet today. Opening with Russian wunderkind pianist Pavel Kolesnikov’s tribute to Chopin on 8 February, programme highlights also include cross-cultural and foreign language feats, such as a contemporary Chinese Opera rendition of Julius Caesar, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo’s take on The Taming of the Shrew, and more.

*The Leisure and Cultural Services Department has announced that performance venues will remain closed until 17 February and The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts has cancelled all performances until 16 February. As such, the Hong Kong Arts Festival will cancel all programmes original scheduled in this period. Ticket refund information here.

More information here.

Love Jazz Festival

When: 8–16 February, 3-4:15pm; 4:45–6pm (14 February 6:30–7:45pm)

Romance your date with the sultry sounds of some of the world’s foremost jazz artists, who are taking the stage at K11 Musea’s newly transformed Romantic Garden. The revamped lawn will be dotted with cosy beanbags and towering rose installations, making for an atmospheric green space that’s sure to draw couples over Valentine’s Day week. There are daily performances throughout the 5-day festival, featuring local talents Wong Way Down, Tjoe Man-Cheung, Canopy Ensemble and the Fiesta Brass Quartet, amongst stars from Japan, USA and Beijing.

Bohemian Lawn, 7/F, K11 Musea, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Sushi Masterclass at Kakure

When: 15 February, noon–3pm

Price: HK$480 per guest (plus service charge)

Looking for an unconventional way to spend Valentine’s weekend with your boo? Book in for a sushi-making class at Kakure, where you’ll learn from Executive Sushi Chef Araki Kazunari, who joins the team following a tenure at Nobu Hong Kong and NYC. Couples will learn to make nigiri, maki and prawn tartare while enjoying free-flow sake for three hours, and every participant will receive a masterclass certificate at the end of the session. 

Kakure, Shop M20-24/F, M/F, Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2522 9990

Disruptive Matter and Carbon’s Casualties

When: Through 16 February

Price: HK$80 from K11 Art Foundation

The recently launched commercial office building K11 Atelier King’s Road is the first project in the world — not just Hong Kong — awarded three Platinum pre-certifications, paving the way for how we can live and work in a sustainable means. What better venue to host a double bill of thought-provoking exhibitions about the future? Held at the new multi-purpose art space, the two exhibitions curated by K11 Art Foundation includes ‘Disruptive Matter,’ a group exhibition centred on sustainable design innovations; and ‘The New York Times: Carbon’s Casualties’, featuring award-winning climate photography by Pulitzer Prize-winning staff photographer Josh Haner.

HACC, 2/F, K11 Atelier King’s Road, 728 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong

Tai Kwun: Let’s Do Lunch

When: Through 8 February

Deep diving into Hong Kong’s cultural and heritage quirks one at a time, Tai Kwun has paid tribute to the ritual and rhythm of the lunch hours of the average worker bee with an immersive installation — ostensibly for Centralites to enjoy during their lunch break. Tracking and investigating the fabric of business lunches, fast food meals and catered meal cultures, this unique exhibition is worth a stroll before it rounds off at the start of February. Don’t miss special menus at participating dining venues around Tai Kwun. More information here.

Duplex Studio at Block 01, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3559 2600

Freespace Outdoors

When: 15–16 February

The popular free-to-public live music festival Freespace Fest returns to welcome the new Year of the Rat with Freespace Outdoors. It’s the perfect way to enjoy the newly revamped Freespace and Art Park. The weekend of indoor and outdoor, genre-crossing activities and performances feature live bands, dance performances, camping, workshops, art installations and more. More information here.

Freespace, Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District, Austin Road, West Kowloon, Hong Kong

EUFF 2020

When: 13 February–1 March

Price: HK$85–95 from Broadway Cinematheque

The European Union Film Festival presents 14 award-winning titles for the first time in Hong Kong, exclusively to the Broadway Cinematheque and Palace IFC. With a resolve to offer better gender representation in the stories presented, the festival opens with The Conductor, which centres on conductor Antonia Brico’s real life as she contends with the inherent gender discrimination in the world of classical music. On that same vein, the festival closes with French documentary Woman, directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Anastasia Mikova. The project gives voice to 2,000 women across 50 different countries as they share their stories of gender injustices all across the world. 

Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square Street, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong; Palace IFC, 1/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong

Evelyn Lok
Associate Editor
When not trying out the latest beauty and wellness trends, Evelyn is likely enjoying a perfectly balanced negroni or exploring some of Hong Kong's best new places to eat and drink. At Lifestyle Asia she covers everything from the biggest events in town to interviews with Hong Kong specialists, with topics spanning art, food and drink, health, tech, and travel.