With Movember in full swing and Hong Kong Art Week on the horizon, the remainder of November makes for a fortnight filled with art, culture and supporting worthwhile causes. Relax poolside by the harbour, appreciate legendary artworks, and find ways to hone inner peace with some of the best events in Hong Kong this month.
Hong Kong Art Week
When: 21–30 November
The Hong Kong Art Gallery Association hosts its annual Art Week this fall, presenting a week of exhibition openings, artist receptions, talks and seminars and live performances. It all kicks off with Art Gallery Night on 21 November, where gallery-goers hop from show to show across Central, Sheung Wan and Sai Ying Pun. Highlights include Philips Fall Auction Preview from 22–26 November and Opera Gallery’s dual exhibition, ‘Across Borders – Digital Art and Beyond’ from 21 November featuring pieces from Nam June-Paik and Anthony James. South Island Art Brunch on 23 November is an opportunity to explore all the art that the Southside has to offer on a Saturday afternoon. The two-day Art Symposium that wraps up Art Week on 29–30 November brings together a string of art professionals to host four panel discussions on the theme ‘Back to Basics: Restructuring the Future’.
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Clockenflap 2019 [Cancelled]
When: 22–24 November
Price: HK$995–1,560 from Clockenflap; HK$1,050–1,640 at the door.
With the final lineup announced, Hong Kong’s biggest weekend in music is more alluring than ever for music fans of every genre. From Friday night’s return of indie trio Bombay Bicycle Club and pop queen Halsey; to Saturday’s Nick Murphy (formerly known as Chet Faker), rapper Lil Pump and Taiwanese singer-songwriter Crowd Lu; to a grand finale on Sunday with electronic duo Honne and folk rockers Mumford & Sons, Clockenflap is the place to be to sway and stomp your feet to your current and newfound favourite tunes.
Central Harbourfront, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central, Hong Kong
When: 16–23 November
Two art world juggernauts exhibit face to face in this Sotheby’s selling exhibition. Debuting at West Bund Art & Design earlier this month, the show travels to the auction house’s Hong Kong Gallery from 16 to 23 November. Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat were not just two of the 20th century’s most influential artists, they also shared a mutually inspiring friendship from 1982 until Warhol’s death in 1987. This curated selection of work brings the audience into the heart of New York in the 1980s, with Warhol’s colourful pop aesthetic side by side with Basquiat’s raw, street-art infused expressionism.
Sotheby’s Gallery, 5/F, One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 2524 8121
Annie Leibovitz [Postponed until further notice]
19 November, 7pm
Price: Free, register at Eventbrite
You don’t need to huddle around a screen to catch Annie Leibovitz’ masterful tips and tricks. The legendary photographer is about to exhibit an archival selection of pieces with Hauser & Wirth in Hong Kong. Coinciding with the occasion, Tai Kwun is also hosting a talk by the artist herself to discuss her oeuvre and photography as an art form. It wraps up with a Q&A session led by Tobias Berger, the head of arts at Tai Kwun. Entry is free of charge and first-come-first-served.
Laundry Steps, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
When: Through 30 November
Each November, men grow out their whiskers and the world pitches in to raise funds and awareness for Men’s health issues for the annual Movember campaign. This November is no different: Join in on three official Movember events in town at Central’s Ciao Chow Italian Cafeteria and Beef & Liberty. Order the Handlebar Martini — billed as the Great Grandfather of Martinis with gin, sweet vermouth and orange bitters, finished with a dash of maraschino liqueur — and HK$18 from each drink will be donated to the Movember cause.
Similarly, order the limited ‘Green Chile’ burger at Beef & Liberty and HK$10 of each order goes to the Movember Foundation, while every Pilsner Urquell sold donates HK$5 as well.
Know-it-alls keen to win for charity can also take part in the burger joint’s Let’s Get Quizzical: The Movember Edition, which is themed around men’s health. All proceeds on the evening will be donated to the cause, and guests with teams of up to six people will go away with goodie bags from Selvedge Grooming and Deliveroo.
Get Redressed Pop-up
When: 28 November–2 December
Looking to scour some unique gems ahead of the holiday season? Reduce your environmental footprint by shopping pre-loved goods instead of brand new. Donated to Redress in October’s clothing drive, this secondhand pop-up shop offers a range of items from vintage and designer finds to high street bargains. The money raised at the pop-up shop also supports the non-profit’s work to reduce textile waste, minimise energy and water consumption, and promote the circular economy in the fashion industry. Don’t forget to bring your own shopping bag!
Loft 22, California Tower, 30-32 D’Aguilar St, Central, Hong Kong
Tong Chong Street Market: Coffee Festival
When: 4–29 November
Make it feel like the weekend every day with a fresh artisan cuppa at Tong Chong Street Market, which is now held throughout the week as well as its regular scheduled Sunday markets. Twelve coffee vendors will be showcased from 8:30am to 2:30pm every day throughout the month-long event, those strolling the market will find four award-winning brands flown especially to Hong Kong from Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Complimentary workshops are also held every Thursday lunch hour from 12:30pm to 1:45pm, so if you ever wanted to learn how to pour the perfect latte, to swirl cool designs into your latte foam, and discover about the farm to bean process, you know where to go.
Tong Chong Street Market, G/F, One Taikoo Place, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
The Ultimate Urban Escape at InterContinental Hong Kong
When: Through 29 December
Treat yourself to a half day of ultimate pampering at the InterContinental’s new spa package. HK$988 (plus 10 percent service charge) gets you a one-hour massage or facial and half-day complimentary use of the hotel’s harbour-facing heated pool, not to mention HK$300 dining credit for use at the Pool Terrace. Home to a large heated pool and three-temperature infinity spa pools, the package is ideal to soak up the sunny fall weather — available daily through to the end of December.
InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2721 1211
Once in a Blue Moon: Experimental Images by Ko I-cheng
When: 16 November: Blue Moon (Director’s Cut), 5pm; Blue Moon (Audience’s Choice), 8:15pm.
Price: Ticket packages from HK$80 at PutYourself.in
Experimental filmmaker Ko I-Cheng presents his 1997 cult classic Blue Moon, a work separated into five parts labeled ‘red’, ‘orange’, ‘yellow’, ‘green’ and ‘blue’. The segments can be presented in different orders to tell 120 different possible stories of a romantic triangle, exploring the myriad ways that people live and love in a city. Food and drink pairing packages are available for you to enhance the experience — check here for more information.
Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
When: 29 November
Price: HK$360 from Ticketflap
If you didn’t get enough of your indie music fix at Clockenflap, gear up as Florida-born lo-fi pop duo Sales head to Hong Kong during their string of Asian tour dates this autumn. Lauren Longtime friends Lauren Morgan and Jordan Shih made their first single Renee in 2013, and have continued to self release their cosy, stripped-down pop from their bedroom studio in Orlando. Fans of The xx, Boy Pablo, Beach House and Japanese Breakfast wouldn’t want to miss this one.
This Town Needs, 1/F, Ocean One, 6 Shung Shun Street, Yau Tong, Hong Kong
Bhakti & Nada Yoga Workshop at Fivelements
When: 22–24 November
Price: ‘Celebrate the Divine’ HK$657 (members), HK$730 (guests); Workshop HK$2,907 (members), HK$3,230 (guests)
November’s special event series at wellness centre Fivelements Habitat is a celebration of sacred arts and Bhakti (soul empowering) yoga practice. It starts on 22 November with a collaborative performance and flow session with Bhakti musician Daphne Tse and Fivelements’ own wellness curator May Nogoy. Inclusive of a light buffet dinner at Sakti Elixir Lounge, the ‘Celebrate the Divine’ session involves an evening of music, movement and sounds that aim to connect you to your spiritual centre. For a fuller study of Bhakti yoga practice, a beginner’s workshop hosted by Tse is held through 23–24 November, inclusive of lunch, involving experiencing sounds, chanting, movement and fine-tuning your authentic voice through your chakras.
Fivelements Habitat, 13A/F, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 6803 5081