What’s On in the Southside, February 2017

FEB 3-5
Meditation Talks
Guest speaker Lama Ole Nydahl, a Danish Lama in the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, leads a series of talks over three days spanning meditation, The Great Seal, Buddhism in everyday life and working with disturbing emotions. $500 for the full course; $120 for individual talks. Sessions will be held at Bradbury School, 43C Stubbs Road. Get your tickets at www.ticketflap.com/meditation-talks

FEB 10-12
Longines Masters Hong Kong
The third stop of the prestigious equestrian events arrives in Hong Kong spotlighting the best show jumpers in the world. Tickets start from $200 up to $4,000 for premium suite access. Visit www.longinesmaster.com for more information and to purchase tickets.

AIA Christmas Carnival
Roll up, roll up! The AIA Great European Carnival returns to Central Harbourfront. Attracting more than one million visitors last year, the carnival once again plays host to fairground rides, games, dance shows, pantomimes and magicians. More than one million cuddly toys are there to be won! Tickets start at $90 for children and $125 for adults. More information at www.tgec.asia

FEB 12
Music by the Sea
Stanley’s monthly busking event. With a variety of songs, from classic, pop to originals, head over and relax by the sea with some great live music. 2:30-4:30pm, Stanley Plaza.

FEB 12
Standard Chartered Marathon
Hong Kong’s annual marathon is back with full, half and 10km marathons, plus 3km and 10km wheelchair races. Starts on Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. Entries are now closed but you can still go along to support. www.hkmarathon.com

KidsFest 2017
The biggest children’s theatre festival returns for another year of fun-filled performances at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. One production not to miss is Gruffalos, Ladybirds and other Beasts which features Julia Donaldson herself live on stage. Tickets available at www.hkticketing.com or call 3128 8288.

FEB 14
Valentine’s Day
Love is in the air.

FEB 14, 16 & 17
Kundalini Yoga class/concert led by Jai-Jagdeesh
Singer and yogi Jai-Jagdeesh comes to Hong Kong to lead three Kundalini Yoga sessions. Kundalini Yoga is a deep practice involving asana, meditation and a little chanting. Classes will most likely be held in Stanley ($350 per class or $900 for all three). Spaces are limited. To reserve yours, email kirstenzaki@me.com or call 9263 9155. www.jaijagdeesh.com

Feb 14, 7:30pm: The wisdom of the heart

Feb 16, 7:30pm: The gift of inner peace

Feb 17, 6:30pm: Becoming light

FEB 16-Mar 18
Hong Kong Arts Festival
The 45th Hong Kong Arts Festival will showcase over 150 performances and over 250 special activities. This year will showcase two trilogies – HKAF commissioned and produced, A Floating Family and New York’s Public Theatre, The Gabriels. Visit www.hk.artsfestival.org for more information.


FEB 17-25
India by the Bay
A week-long cultural programme of events including music, theatre and guest speakers to celebrate India’s cultural diversity. Visit asiasociety.org/hong-kong for full programme information.

FEB 18
Cold Half Swim
The 15km winter marathon charity swim is back and takes place from Stanley Main Beach to Deep Water Bay Beach. This is a solo or two-person relay only race with two categories: Naturally Ocean (no wetsuit) and Wetsuited & Buoyant. This event is only for advanced swimmers with confidence and dare. If you love open water swimming but mind the extreme distance, sign up for The Cold Challenge – a 1.5km satellite race happening concurrently in Deep Water Bay Beach and the first winter swimming event of its kind in Hong Kong (wetsuits welcome).

Stick around after the race for a barbecue and awards at Victoria Recreation Club in Deep Water Bay.

Registration closes on February 10. For more information and to register, visit www.openwaterasia.com

Cold Half

FEB 19
The Hills X SPCA Dogathon 2017
Hong Kong Disneyland is set to throw the city’s largest dog party of the year. Doggie games and treats await with onstage performances and a goodie bag for every pooch. Tickets from $589 for two adults and one dog. Email dogathon@spca.org.hk or call 2232 5579 for details.

FEB 19
Central & Western Pet Carnival
Hong Kong Dog Rescue partners with the Central & Western District Office to organize a pet- and family-friendly carnival at the Chung Kong Road Dog Park in Sheung Wan (behind the Central Police District Headquarters). Enjoy fun games for children and dogs, prizes, educational talks on responsible dog ownership and entertainment.  Free admission. 11am-5pm.

FEB 20 & 25
Harbour School info sessions & open days
Monday, Feb 20: 6-8:30pm: Information Session about the middle school and high school (G7 to G12), Garden Campus Ap Lei Chau

Saturday, Feb 25, 2-4pm: Open Day for students Grades 1 to 8, Grove Campus Ap Lei Chau

Saturday, Feb 25, 10am-noon: Open Day for students Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten, Main Campus Kennedy Town

Harbour School

FEB 23
Eddie Izzard live
Comedy genius brings his mammoth ‘Force Majeure’ tour to Hong Kong as part of more than 30 stops around the world. Academy Community Hall, Hong Kong Baptist University. Tickets $488-$988 from www.hkticketing.com or call 3128 8288.

FEB 24 – MAR 4
Hansel & Gretel
A living diorama of spectacle, song and puppets, inspired by the classic fairytale opera by Engelbert Humperdinck. The HKU Black Box, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong. Tickets from $150 from www.ticketflap.com

FEB 25-26
Dragonland Music Festival
Hong Kong’s first outdoor concert combining pop and electronic dance music with some of the world’s chart-topping artists like Black Eyed Peas, Zedd, Iggy Azalea and Redfoo. Hong Kong favourite, Leon Lai will be holding a special concert during the festival. Central Harbourfront. Tickets from www.hotdogtix.com

FEB 26
Hike for Hospice
Hike for Hospice raises much-needed funds for the Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care (SPHC). Now in its 25th year, the 2017 route will see hikers walk through Tai Lam Country Park. For registration and fundraising information, visit hike.hospicecare.org.hk

FEB 26
Run For Survival
Take on the role of threatened marine animals and avoid myriad obstacles on your path to survival. The event incorporates a 3km family fun run and a 10km timed challenge at Hong Kong Science Park. Individual registration starts from $350 ($250 for under 12s) and $800 for a family of up to four people. For more information, visit www.opcf.org.hk