Looking for a quiet respite? Hoping for a laugh? Shopping for a new look or looking for spiritual awakening? Here are the best things to do in Hong Kong this fortnight — from a beer-inspired Michelin dinner to a life-changing women’s retreat.
New Waves, New Shores: Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 50 Meets Hong Kong Cinema
When: 6–23 June
Price: HK$40–75 from Urbtix
In an effort to support Hong Kong’s buzzing filmmaking talent, the Hong Kong Arts Centre pays homage to one of the most prestigious events that has become known as a wellspring of the world’s most accomplished filmmakers — the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Hong Kong’s “New Waves, New Shores” acts in tandem to bring a selection of highly anticipated screenings, talks, workshops and masterclasses as a comprehensive film appreciation programme for young cinephiles and budding screenwriters alike. 11 picks include film classics from the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight — three of which are from Hong Kong, and another three showcasing local works.
Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2582 0200
Vivek Mahbubani: Live at Eaton HK
When: 21 June
Price: HK$200 from Ticketflap
Local comedy legend Vivek Mahbubani first made a name for himself by winning 2007’s Funniest Person (in Chinese) in Hong Kong title, then nabbing the gong in English the next year. The bilingual comic joins Hong Kong’s best and brightest funny folk in this showcase at Eaton HK, including Asher Chan, Tamby Chan, Troy Lewis, Kevin Ramirez, and special guest Shivang Jhunjhnuwala.
Terrible Baby, 4/F, Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Jordan, Hong Kong
Theatre Bites: Double Bill
When: Through 22 June
Price: HK$280 from Ticketflap and discounted packages from the Taikoo Social App
ArtisTree’s newest cultural programming brings five bite-sized British plays to one of Hong Kong’s sleekest stages for performing arts. From tales of age-old gang wars to thought-provoking takes on unconventional parenthood, there’s something for fans of every genre. And for fans of Channel 4’s “The I.T. Crowd”, you’ll want to check out Katherine Parkinson’s writing debut, Sitting, which centres on three individuals whose lives change when they meet a portrait master. Don’t miss out on the Double Bill package, which includes a glass of champagne or an ice cream treat as well as exclusive food and beverage offers, together with tickets to two shows. More info here.
ArtisTree, 1/F, Cambridge House, Taikoo Place, 979 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
Soul Awakening Women’s Retreat
When: 22 June
Price: HK$800 per person from Eventbrite
Feeling world-weary, lost or overwhelmed with the daily hustle? This half-day women’s only retreat aims at helping individuals take back control and gain clarity in their life journey. Led by life coach Coco Chan and Shamanic Healer Amber Im, this intimate workshop includes goal-setting exercises and clearing blocked energies in a welcoming space located in a beautiful seaside home in Mui Wo. A ticket includes light refreshments and tea, and is restricted to a small group of eight people. More info here.
Yoga Paramgati, 34 Tung Wan Tau Road, Mui Wo, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Epik High in Hong Kong
When: 27 June
Price: HK$780–1,180 from Cityline
Fresh from their American tour, Tablo, Mithra Jin and DJ Tukutz of Korean alternative hip hop trio Epik High returns to Hong Kong as they tour their latest album, “Sleepless in ______” — the first release after their departure from YG Entertainment.
Rotunda 2, KITEC, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2111 5333
Swire Sunday Family Series: Ode to Shakespeare
When: 23 June
Price: HK$180–380 from HK Phil
Sit in for an afternoon of orchestral joy as the Hong Kong Philharmonic tackle the dramatic masterpieces by Dvořák, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky as inspired by the Bard’s greatest storytelling. The evening starts with Dvořák’s Othello Overture before moving onto Mendelssohn’s odes to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, finally rounding off with the popular and romanticised Tchaikovsky theme for Romeo and Juliet.
Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
CineFan Back to the Screen: Rebel Without a Cause
When: 29 June (Rebel Without a Cause)
Price: HK$85 from CineFan
Everybody knows Rebel Without a Cause for being the eternal picture of James Dean’s debonair anguish — you can now watch it in its restored technicolour glory. For those hungry for more of the same vein, a full showcase of director Nicholas Ray’s works are also under the spotlight, illustrating him as the quintessential post-war American auteur. Other CineFan highlights this summer include the 8-Oscar-winning war epic From Here to Eternity, and a selection of Dutch Master-quality cinematography magic by Robby Müller, in films by Wim Wenders and Jim Jarmusch. See more here.
Festival Grand Cinema, Festival Walk, 80 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong
Kronenbourg 1664 x Michelin Guide #DinnerinBlue
When: Through 30 June
Price: HK$1,616 per person
This month, beer lovers will want to head over to 1-Michelin-starred Épure to enjoy a tall icy glass of Kronenbourg 1664 paired with a new tantalising tasting menu. A beer-pairing menu spread across six courses, the citrus-y, Belgian-style witbier Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc works to bring out the freshness of blue lobster from Brittany, as well as buttery John Dory with vibrant heirloom pineapple tomatoes of summer. For the main, the robust, malt-forward flavours of the Kronenbourg 1664 Lager pairs wonderfully with a soft braised veal cheek with baby artichoke, then equally well with a selection of French artisan cheeses. The meal ends with a comforting sweet note of velvety rice pudding with strawberry sorbet. Showcasing the delicate possibilities of beer when matched with fine dining, this is a refreshing and elevated way to enjoy a few pints.
Épure, Shop 403, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong; Reserve here
3CE Diner Pop-up
When: Through 30 June
Check out new wares by every K-fashion fan’s favourite makeup brand — STYLENANDA cosmetics arm 3CE. Decked out like a retro Americana diner, the new 3CE pop-up shop is set to serve ‘grammable looks all day. There’s photo corners, AR fun, a vending machine of brand favourites and plenty of bestsellers to browse — from the Velvet Lip Tint to the Waterproof Mascara to the brand new “Mood for Blossom” nail lacquers. Check out pop-up exclusives such as the new “Stranger Lights” range featuring neon-packaged essentials, as well as the handy three-compartment wash bag in 3CE’s popular blush pink. Every purchase gives visitors a hand at the gachapon capsule machine where they can win a small gift.
3CE Diner Pop-up, 3/F, LCX, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong +852 2677 0382
Audrey by Bob Willoughby
When: Through 27 July
Price: HK$100 admission fee
Catch these rare glimpses of screen icon Audrey Hepburn in a comprehensive collection of photos by Bob Willoughby — the first photographer retained by a Hollywood studio to take on-set promotional stills. In this exclusive collaborative effort between F11 Foto Museum in Happy Valley and the photographer’s son, the works bring back traditional photography as an art form as well as documentation. You’ll see stills from the sets of “My Fair Lady” and “Paris When It Sizzles” as well as other well known films, as well as rare candid shots that show Audrey as style icon, mother, and animal lover.
F11 Foto Museum, 11 Yuk Sau Street, Happy Valley, Hong Kong