When you’re not picking out your summer reading list at the Hong Kong Book Fair this week, you’ll want to escape the heat of the summer with special highballs, art exhibitions, eclectic gigs, special screenings and weekend markets. Check out below for our picks for the best things to do in the next fortnight.
50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing
When: 3 July–2 September
Price: Free admission
Space geeks don’t need much reminding that this July commemorates the 50th anniversary of the storied first lunar landing of the Apollo 11 mission — where Neil Armstrong became the first man to ever set foot on the moon. The Hong Kong Space Museum is staging a special exhibition to introduce the rocket, the spacecraft, suit and lunar exploration flight path that made it all possible. There will be stellar (excuse the pun) images, footage, models and interactive exhibits to satisfy any astronomy lover.
Hong Kong Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2721 0226
HKWalls x District15 Platforms Pop-Up Co-Art Exhibition
When: 13 July–4 August
Following the fifth edition of its successful eponymous street art festival earlier in March, HK Walls turns indoors to offer an artist-in-residence programme, created in collaboration with boutique property developer District15. Several artists’ works will be exhibited at The Nate, a new serviced studio apartment tower in Tsim Sha Tsui. Hong Kong artist Go Hung’s sculptures reflect on Hong Kong social issues using found objects from the streets. Norwegian DJ and artist — and founder of music initiative Club Kowloon — Espen Cook experiments with genre-bending painting and music curation. Amy Maria Tong is a Hong Kong artist gaining traction for her abstract still life and portraits, inspired by greats such as Matisse and Rauschenberg. Daisuke Tajima draws intricate cityscapes infused with fantasy. The programme will offer open studio days on the weekends, allowing the public a closer glimpse at the creative process, while finished works will be available for public viewing from 20 July onwards.
The Nate, 1/F-4/F, 176 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Hong Kong Book Fair
When: 17–23 July
Price: HK$25 at the door; at 7-Eleven or Circle-K stores.
This year’s Book Fair is just around the corner. Themed around ‘Sci-fi and Mystery,’ the 2019 fair also features a thematic exhibition showcasing Hong Kong’s most eminent fantasy and detective fiction authors. A total of 686 exhibitors from across 39 countries are expected to gather at the literary festival. Catch appearances from acclaimed writers such as the UK’s Natasha Pulley, author of the bestseller ‘The Watchmaker of Filigree Street’, who is speaking about the speculative fiction genre at a book signing event on 17 July, 7pm. Rounding out the English Reading and Creative Writing Seminar series is British crime fiction writer Will Dean, best-selling Canadian author Steven Erikson, and British sci-fi writer Emma Newman. Other international speakers include French writer Bernard Werber, who began writing at the age of seven; Japanese novelist Kanae Minato; and Finnish author Selja Ahava. See the full schedule here.
HKCEC, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Johnnie Walker Neon Light Highball Party
When: 17–18 July; 7:30–9:30pm or 9:30pm–11pm
Price: HK$250 per person from HK Whisky Popup
An icy highball is arguably one of the best remedies in the stifling heat of summer, and Johnnie Walker has teamed up with Draft Land to offer a range of whisky cocktails on tap. Helmed by Hong Kong’s Antonio Lai and Taiwanese mixology maestro Angus Zou, Draft Land is the first in town to offer lightning fast serves and potent, fresh cocktails poured by draft system. With the effervescent concoctions that best showcase Johnnie Walker Black Label, ranging from pairings that bring out the scotch’s toasty, smoky flavours to its citrusey, refreshing notes, we’re sure it’ll be all too easy to knock back a few during a mid-week tasting. Each ticket admits one of two daily sessions only; and includes a 200ml bottle of Johnnie Walker Black Label, a special edition glass, and a neon sign displaying the whisky brand’s motto, “Keep Walking.”
Draft Land, 63 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2711 8809
Happy Paradise 2nd Anniversary Dinner Cabaret
When: 18–19 July
Price: HK$280 for show ticket with one cocktail; HK$1,200 per person with admission, two cocktails and free flow dinner, from Seven Rooms
2017’s Asia’s best female chef May Chow celebrates the 2nd birthday of her funky neon-lit eatery with none other than the return of award-winning mixologist Cross Yu, who will be shaking up his signature cocktails for two nights only. The bar takeover will coincide with an intimate solo cabaret show by Andrew Burt’s drag queen persona Virgin Xtravaganzah — the winner of ‘London’s Next Top Queen.’ For a full dinner package you’ll get unlimited supply of chef May Chow’s newest dishes and two summer cocktails curated by Cross Yu. Show tickets and dinner packages are available to purchase at the restaurant, or email hello@happyparadise or call +852 2816 2118 to make bookings.
Happy Paradise, UG/F, 52-56 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong +852 2816 2118
An Afternoon of Floral Mindfulness by Floristry at M&L
When: 20 July
Price: HK$350 from Floristry at M&L
A languid stretch, a soothing sound bath, and a bouquet of fresh blooms — what could sum up a better Saturday afternoon? Join Floristry at M&L for this wellness session: It all starts at 2:30pm with a gentle flow led by Nikita Ramchandani of Kita Yoga, followed by a floral sound bath meditation by Minnie Cheng of Mins yoga. You’ll get to take home an arrangement of gorgeous fresh cut flowers by the Sheung Wan florists. Yoga mats and cushions will be provided — just arrive comfortable in loose clothing suited for movement. More information here.
Floristry at M&L, G/F, 18 Bonham Strand West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
House 1881 Summer Sensation: The Market @ House 1881
When: 20 July–25 August
From 11am–6pm every Saturday and Sunday this month through the end of August, House 1881’s lawn and courtyard will play host to an open-air weekend market featuring homegrown vendors. Shops will sell sustainable, stylish and eco-friendly wares, while The Market will also offer trendy eats along live music performances. Expect to find plenty of delicious things, from No Milkshake No Life’s comfort foods, artisanal burgers from Honbo, as well as TCM-approved herbal teas from CheckCheckCin. For Studio Ghibli fans and young families alike, the Ghibli Experiential Zone features ‘grammable floral installations inspired by iconic films such as ‘My Neighbour Totoro’ and ‘Kiki’s Delivery Service.’ To match, House 1881’s Café Parlour is also offering a Ghibli-themed afternoon tea set (HK$650 for two). Round off the evening with a stiff drink and the self-proclaimed best fish and chips in town at Sergeant’s Bar.
House 1881, 2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
When: 21 July
Price: HK$588 from Live Nation
Showcasing prodigal talent and boasting multiple viral hits at the tender age of 21, Lebanese American recording artist Bazzi heads to Hong Kong this July for a full standing concert. You may know him from his track ‘Beautiful’ featuring Camila Cabello, as well as his Billboard Hot 100 debut, ‘Mine’ — an undisputed favourite attaining triple platinum status with over 350 million total plays. Following his successful first album last year, check out his latest dual singles ‘Caught in the Fire’ and ‘Paradise,’ released in April.
Music Zone @ E-Max, KITEC, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong
YourMum presents: Yaeji
When: 23 July
Price: HK$420 from Ticketflap
Rising NYC-based Korean DJ and producer Yaeji set fire to the dance floor during her 2017 Boiler Room set in New York, and she’s been a growing mainstay of the underground electronic music scene ever since. Fans of the likes of Kaytranada and Tokimonsta and their mind- and body-bending sounds will want to dive into Yaeji’s whispery, genre-bending sets. Whether it’s hazy Korean-English raps in ‘raingurl’ or her remix on Drake’s ‘Passionfruit’ — her earworms will definitely make you want to move.
This Town Needs, 1/F, Ocean One, 6 Shung Shun Street, Yau Tong, Hong Kong
40th Anniversary of Woody Allen’s ‘Manhattan’
When: 26–27 July
Price: HK$95 from Broadway Cinemas
Whether to immerse yourself into the romance of New York all over again, or to laugh at Woody Allen’s defining neurotic witticisms, the director’s masterful 1979 work is definitely a must-see on any movie bucket list — some argue, even better than ‘Annie Hall.’ Broadway Cinemas has digitally restored the auteur’s love letter to his hometown, allowing Hong Kong’s young and old cinephiles to appreciate the monochrome charm and beauty of the original cinematography.
Broadway Cinematheque, 3 Public Square Street, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong, +852 2388 0002