From the globally esteemed showjumping extravaganza that is the Longines Masters to the 47th Hong Kong Arts Festival and all the pop concerts in between, check out the best things to do in the SAR in the upcoming fortnight below.
The hottest ticket in the universe of equestrian sports arrives in Hong Kong this February. As the midway stop between Paris and New York, the EEM Longines Masters is considered one of the most prestigious equestrian events in the globe, bringing together enthusiasts of showjumping, dressage as well as luxury lifestyle and gastronomy all under one roof.
The organic Sunday market on Tong Chong Street is always a solid weekend activity. This month, continuing a theme of Healthy Eating, a special programme brings together six Hong Kong top chefs and local farmers supplying their best Hong Kong-grown produce to showcase special dishes at the fair. On 17 February, expect delicious eats from VEA’s Vicky Cheng and Arbor’s Eric Räty. You’ll also see exclusive dishes at the market by Barry Quek, master chef of Beet, and Jacky Chan, head chef of member’s club The Refinery -- who notably helped Cuisine Cuisine at The Mira achieve two Michelin stars during his tenure there.
Tong Chong Street Market
The “7 Days” R&B crooner and DJ is finally here! Craig David is expected to set the club ablaze with his Hong Kong stage debut where you’ll find him singing, MCing and DJing. He’s bringing his much-anticipated TS5 set, named after his Miami penthouse apartment where he hosted intimate 10-person house parties, and later grew to thousands-strong crowds at Glastonbury.
Tony Award-winning artistic director Tom Morris (of War Horse fame), is behind this true tale of survival about two men attempting to summit an Andean mountain. Climbing on the same rope while disaster rears its head, the only chance for one to live is to cut the other one free. Based on a bestselling book turned award-winning film, the nail biting drama has been transformed for the stage.
HKAF: Touching the Void
What’s left when memory is gone? This profound piece by Theatre Re centres on protagonist Tom, who turns 55 and looks back into a void as he is unable to recollect his previous years of life -- only seeing the emotional rollercoaster of vignettes entangling tales of friendship, love and guilt. The Nature of Forgetting was created in collaboration with London neuroscience professor Kate Jeffery and inspired by work with organisations such as the Alzheimer’s Society, and has played sold out runs at the 2017 London International mime Festival, Latitude and the Edinburgh Fringe.
HKAF: The Nature of Forgetting
A Menorcan wizard on the keys meets a Portuguese double-bassist -- two of the most cutting edge improvisational talents who have built their reputation in Barcelona, the home of one of Europe’s most vibrant jazz scenes. Marco Mezquida and Jorge da Rocha are here in Hong Kong performing trio and solo recitals -- a great start to the weekend for sure.
HKAF: Nouveau Jazz Weekend
Hong Kong-based Russian actress and producer Kristina Pakhomova first debuted Dark Room in Hong Kong last September at The Hive Kennedy Town as part of a double bill, but with her freshly minted production company KrisP Production, she’s back for her encore. As Pakhomova’s first script, Dark Room is an emotionally gripping tale that traces a new Hong Kong expat wife’s life behind the facade of luxury and promised freedom. She struggles against loneliness, social pressure, and repeated histories passed down from mother to daughter.
Kristina Pakhomova: Dark Room
Another highlight this month at the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Titans is not for traditional-minded theatre-goers. Euripides Laskaridis’ 60-minute spectacle is an imaginarium of bizarre cabaret and burlesque acts, with stage players outfitted in unusual and grotesque costumes -- the stuff of dreams or nightmares, depending on your afflictions. Inspired by the titans, a race of beings that once ruled ancient Greece before they were replaced by the reign of Olympian Gods, rising star director Laskaridis spins a tale that’s not for the faint of heart.
HKAF: Euripides Laskaridis’ Titans
Electronic soul/pop duo Honne is heading to Hong Kong for a rare stop during their Asian tour this February at Macpherson Stadium. From their early smooth hits to their exceedingly danceable sophomore LP “Love Me/Love Me Not” released just last year, it’s sure to be a blast.
Aspiring shutterbugs will want to hightail it to the first Leica Flagship that just opened in Causeway Bay -- combining the world’s fourth Café Leitz coffee shop, lifestyle retail and an exhibition space, opening with local photographer Bobby Lee’s works inspired by Chinese opera. Designed by LAAB Architects, the 1,615 sq. ft. flagship store presents a facade inspired by the grooved marks on a camera’s zoom ring, and the monochrome aesthetics throughout the space are also reminiscent of various features on a camera. These are elegantly met with retro motifs taken from old Hong Kong. Café Leitz partners with Central caffeine mainstay Interval Coffee Bar to offer grab and go cups, as well as more creative concoctions. The flagship works closely with Happy Valley’s f22 Foto Space, Hong Kong’s first photographic museum, to help develop tightknit community of photography enthusiasts.