What’s On in the Southside March 2017

Art month is officially in full swing! Hong Kong Arts Festival ends on the 18th, but don’t fret — Art Basel and the Asia Contemporary Art Show are just around the corner, along with International Women’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day!

MAR 1-9
Suits for Success
Donate your old suits to charity so that they can be repurposed for great causes. This year’s collection is for a few different channels, including underprivileged youths attending internships and interviews, mothers looking to rejoin the workforce and asylum seekers & refugees attending training workshops. Collection sites are dotted around Hong Kong but the main collection point is through Pure Yoga & Fitness centres. Organised by Women in Finance Asia.

To volunteer your time, email suitsfor-successhk@gmail.com. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/S4SHK

Mums@PLAY Bazaar
Organised for mums, by mums, this event brings together small business vendors who do not have a store presence in Hong Kong for a day of shopping and networking. Food, fashion, handmade crafts and more. Free entry.

11am-7pm, El Charro, Shop 208, Cyberport. www.mums@play.com

MAR 4-17
Science Alive 2017
Science Alive

To encourage students’ participation in STEM education, Science Alive returns to Hong Kong with over 50 educational activities and workshops. The festival explores a range of topics including the earth, energy, dinosaurs, and more. Hong Kong Science Museum. For more information visit www.britishcouncil.hk

MAR 6-17
Hong Kong International Young Readers Festival
Young Readers

Encourage children to discover the joy of reading with a series of workshops, readings and even a chance to meet some of their favourite authors. Visit youngreadersfestival.org for programme details.

International Women’s Day
Head to the Hong Kong Maritime Museum for a series of events to celebrate women’s contribution to one of Hong Kong’s oldest and most important sectors: seafaring. Secondary schools across Hong Kong are invited to participate in interactive careers workshops with women who currently work in the maritime industries. An evening lecture, “Women at Sea: Conversation with Women Seafarers”, is open to the public (6:30-8pm). RSVP required for both events. Interested schools and members of the public should contact education@hkmaritimemuseum.org

MAR 10-19
Hong Kong Flower Show
Hong Kong Flower Show
Roses take centre stage during this year’s show titled ‘Blossoms of Love’. Professional horticulturalists will showcase their blooms and commercial stalls will sell flowers and gardening products. Admission is $14, open from 9am until late.

Victoria Park, Causeway Bay

MAR 11
CWS City Challenge
A fundraising challenge that lets you explore Hong Kong’s hidden gems. In its 5th edition, teams of two to five people must pass through 30 checkpoints across three separate categories in three hours. Funds raised will help towards improving the Government education system in Nepal. Yau Tsim Mong District of Kowloon. 2-5pm, entry fee $300 per person, register before March 7. For more information, visit www.cwshk.org

MAR 11
The Repulse Bay Wellness 360 Fair
Health, fitness and wellness vendors, plus arts & crafts and activities for children. 11am-6pm, free entry.

109 Repulse Bay Road

MAR 15-18
Hong Kong French Theatre Festival
Back for a second year, this festival is organised by Southside residents Sebastien and Beatrice Biessy. Enjoy five shows over four days (in French with English subtitles). All theatre companies are performing for free. Profits go to Pour un Sourire d’Enfant, a charity whose schools educate Cambodian children in need. Book your tickets online at www.thkftf.com

MAR 16-19
Taste of Hong Kong
Taste of Hong Kong
A food lover’s paradise. Sample signature dishes from some of Hong Kong’s top restaurants and artisan producers at the festival. $198 for weekend general admission on the door. Discounts for children, families and advance bookings. VIP tickets also available. For more information, visit hongkong.tastefestivals.com

Central Harbourfront

MAR 17
The Irish Village 2017
Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with a five-piece Irish band, a full troupe of Irish dancers and an Irish comedy show featuring four celebrated Irish comedians. Plus food, drink and lashings of Irish hospitality. Entry is free and open to all. 6pm until late. For further information, contact noelsmyth@delaneyspubs.com

Ocean View Court and adjoining terrace area at The Arcade, Cyberport

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.

MAR 18
Beach Yoga with Becky Fox
Becky Yoga

Yoga teacher, surf instructor and thai masseuse Becky Fox is starting regular morning beach yoga sessions around the Southside, including Repulse Bay. Sessions are an hour long and suitable for all levels, including total beginners. Pop along for a free trial session at 9.30am, Repulse Bay Beach, on the right side of the beach by Club One (look out for blue yoga mats). Mats are limited so bring your own if you have one, plus a towel and water. RSVP to becky@iseethesea.com. Sessions will be rescheduled if it is raining on the day.

MAR 18-26
Paws by the Sea
Stanley’s annual doggie event, Paws by the Sea, is back – this time with an artistic spin and another imaginative Guinness World Records challenge: for the longest line of photo cut-out boards. Enjoy doggie art, architecture, seminars on training and nutrition, plus talent shows, games and workshops. www.linkhk.com

MAR 25
Join members of Hong Kong’s French community for a half-day clean up of Hong Kong’s beaches. There are 26 teams taking part across Hong Kong, 16 of which are in the Southside. Open to all. For exact locations and to register, visit souslesdechetslaplage.hk

MAR 26
Mother’s Day (UK)
Arrange some flowers and send her a card!

MAR 26
Children’s Bookfest at The Repulse Bay

Co-hosted with Bookazine. Head down to the Repulse Bay Arcade for a day filled with fun and book-related activities for younger (and older!) book lovers. Enjoy storytelling sessions, arts & crafts, meetings and signings with authors, appearances by popular children’s book characters, an outdoor library, treasure hunt and prizes. Not to mention, a wine and book tasting for the grown-ups. Activities take place at The Palm Court, The Marquee and The Seaview Terrace. Free admission. To register, email enquiries@bookazine.com.hk. 11am to 5pm, 109 Repulse Bay Road. www.facebook.com/bookfestbybookazine

MAR 29
Shopping Hong Kong Spring Event
Featuring new Spring Collections from vendors in every department including women’s, children, men, home accessories, jewelry and more. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to Hong Kong-based charity FOCUS, which promotes public awareness and understanding of AD/HD and SLD. Free admission, 10am-6pm. For information, email shoppinghongkong@gmail.com

The American Club Tai Tam, Vista Ballroom

Celebrate art month

MAR 17-20
Asia Contemporary Art Show: Spring Edition
Asia Contemporary Art Show
In its 10th edition, the show will allow collectors and buyers to browse and buy original paintings, limited edition, sculpture and photography pieces. This year’s event introduces two new features: China Perspectives – a collection of Chinese contemporary art – and Artist Projects – 30 art spaces dedicated to solo or joint artist presentations. General admission begins on Saturday, March 18. Tickets on sale for $220 (admits two if purchased online; admits one if purchased at the door) at www.asiacontemporaryart.com. Free admission for children under 16 accompanied by an adult.

40/F-43/F, Conrad Hong Kong, One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty.

MAR 18
Shi Fu Miz Southside Project
A precursor to the Shi Fu Miz Festival in May. This day and night time costume party will be split between two spaces including an underground warehouse with international guests, artists and local djs. Sat, 4pm – Sun, 2am. Tickets from $300 each at ticketflap.com/shifumiz-march

Ovolo Hotel Southside, Wong Chuk Hang

MAR 18 – 26
HKwalls Street Art Festival 2017
A nine-day celebration of street art and creative collaboration in the industrial district of Wong Chuk Hang. The line-up includes live mural painting, a print exhibition featuring the artists and more. The Closing Block Party takes place at Ovolo Southside on March 26. www.hkwalls.org

MAR 20
Art Gallery Night
Mix and mingle with fellow art lovers and enthusiasts. Participating member galleries of HKAGA will remain open until 8pm, with free special events and exhibitions such as performances and cocktail receptions for the whole community to enjoy. 6-8pm. Free admission. No tickets/registration required.

MAR 20-25
Art Central
Art Central returns to Central Harbourfront for its third edition, featuring over 100 leading international galleries. Large-scale installations, performances, talks and panel discussions await Hong Kong’s growing art community. Tickets start from $230 from www.ticketflap.com

MAR 23
South Island Art Day
South Island Art Day

Galleries and studios in the South Island Cultural District open their doors for the day. Visit exhibition openings, interact with artists, experience contemporary art, dance and music performances and enjoy free food and drink. Special events include HKwalls and a full art talk program organized by the Art World Forum. Open to all, with free admission. 10am-2pm.

MAR 23-25
Art Basel
The premier international art extravaganza returns for its fifth edition. With 242 galleries from 34 countries and territories, the fair includes large-scale sculptural installations and Art Basel Miami Beach’s Kabinett – a specially curated project with thematic group exhibitions, installations, collections of historical art material. Tickets range from $250-$650 and available from hkticketing.com or call 3128 8288.

MAR 24
Art Brunch
Haven’t had enough art for one month yet? Art Brunch extends the fun and invites visitors to a morning of art and cultural events. Around 40 galleries open their doors to early risers. Free, no tickets or registration required. 9am-12pm. To see a full list of participating galleries, visit www.hk-aga.org