What’s On in the Southside, May 2017

Labour Day
Public holiday.

Buddha Birthday Celebrations
Public holiday.


Running up that bun mountain ,until MAY 4

Cheung Chau Bun Festival
A colourful and unique Hong Kong festival featuring bun towers, performances and lion dances. Don’t miss the Bun Scrambling Contest at midnight on the last day of the festival. Pak Tai Temple, Cheung Chau, www.cheungchau.org.

For the ferry timetable, visit www.nwff.com.hk.

MAY 4-7
Geronimo Stilton, Live in the Kingdom of Fantasy
Mouse adventurer Geronimo Stilton embarks on his biggest adventure yet as he attempts to rescue the Queen of the Fairies. To succeed, he must walk through seven doors that transport him from kingdom to kingdom, bringing him face to face with witches, mermaids, dragons, pixies, gnomes, fairies and a giant. Tickets start from $295 from www.hkticketing.com or call 3128 8288.

School bookings are available on May 4 and 5. For more information, email yvonne.mak@mei-worldwide.com or call 3929 9453. Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai

MAY 5-7 & 12-14
Cookieboy pop-up
A pop-up stall specializing in cookies – what could be better? Flavours range from perennial favourites like chocolate chunk and peanut butter to the more outlandish hojicha (charcoal roasted Japanese green tea and crispy rice). Grab a six-pack for $100. You can also order online at www.cookieboy.com.hk. 11am-8pm, Level 3, Stanley Plaza (next to Chung’s Cuisine)

Fit Flow Yoga at Maggie & Rose
Try out a complimentary yoga class with Kelsea Bangora. 9:30-10:30am, adults only, members and non-members welcome. Activities will be set up for children while yoga is in session so you can take little ones with you. Thereafter, classes take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9am ($300 per class).

To reserve your space, call 2638 7191 or email info@maggieandrose.com.hk. 301 the pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay.

Parents and kids – fun family fencing with an Olympic fencer
Join an olympic fencer for a fun and inspirational fencing day for the family. Tickets from $350-600 at www.eventbrite.hk. Shek Tong Tsui Sports Centre, 470 Queen’s Road West, www.hkfencingmaster.com

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Malvern Meet & Pre-school Meet
Malvern College Hong Kong regularly holds small group sessions for prospective parents to learn more about the school, expected to open in September, 2018. Teachers and senior management will be there to answer any questions you may have.

The next one is from 9:30-11am (pre-school) 11:30am-1pm (primary and secondary), Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel, Bauhinia Room, 4/F, 3 Canton Road, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. Sign up at www.malverncollege.org.hk/infosession

Blood wine or honey
Plastic Pagan invites you to celebrate the release of the first EP from Blood Wine or Honey, following the latter’s debut at Sónar Hong Kong. The evening will kick off with a DJ set from Preservation and continue late into the night with DJ Fei Pao!

Blood Wine or Honey has honed its “mantric afro-bitten electro-psychedelia” in the industrial warehouses of Hong Kong, surrounded by the smell of dried fish, the throb of heavy machinery, and the humidity of the South China Sea. Tempted? Tickets are $140 from www.ticketflap.com

Studio 9, 9/F, Union Industrial Building, 48 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang.

Moms Who Code – Mobile Apps Development Workshop
Moms Who Code workshops are designed to encourage and inspire mums to learn the basics of coding. At this workshop, get a gentle Introduction to App Inventor, a beginner friendly programming language for making mobile apps, and learn how to program colours, how Instagram filters work, plus make your first app.

You will need a laptop (PC/Mac) with charger and a Google account to access and save AppInventor projects. Price is $680, book online at www.eventbrite.hk. 4-6pm, First Code Academy, Unit 302-305, 3/F, Hollywood Centre, 233 Hollywood Road

Mother’s Day Celebration at Indigo Living
Booth games, a big screen cinema, seminars, goodie bags (for the first 30 kids), a magician, face painting, storytime and 20% off at Indigo Living Kids. Free entry. 1-6pm, Indigo Living Kids, Ocean View Court, The Arcade, Cyberport.

MAY 6-14
Serve-a-thon Hong Kong
In its inaugural year, this event aims to bring together NGOs, corporates, government, media and the public to highlight the importance of community engagement in helping address social issues. Over nine days, the city will unite through hundreds of volunteer activities taking place across Hong Kong. Whether you are an individual, family, school or corporation, find out how you can join in at www.serveathonhk.org.hk

How to transform your life on outer, inner and secret levels
A book signing, Tibetan Buddhist Ceremony and teaching with Tibetan Buddhist Master Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche – hosted by a new gallery in Wong Chuk Hang. 6:30pm, SIN SIN Atelier, 4A, Kin Teck Industrial Building, 26 Wong Chuk Hang Road.

RSVP 2858 5072 or email heather@sinsinheart.com

MAY 10
Mother’s Day & Summer Shopping Event
Shop for mum and your upcoming summer holidays, plus kids, fashion and home. New vendors include She Collective (designer yoga wear and accessories), Surlaplage (sun suits and swimwear for kids), Cosar (fine sterling silver jewelry), Rika Shioya (Japanese inspired clothing and accessories) and Gooseberry Beauty (organic skin care). 10am – 6pm, Vista Ballroom, The American Club, 28 Tai Tam Road.

For information, contact shoppinghongkong@gmail.com


Yoga with a view, May 10 & 24.

MAY 10 & 24
Sky High Yoga
Take a lunch break from city life and soak up the rays on CÉ LA VI’s rooftop with an energizing yoga practice and a 360-degree view of Hong Kong. This month’s yogis are Mindy & Nadine from Yoga for Life (www.yogaforlife.com.hk). There will be one 60-minute session available on each date, at 12:45pm. Classes are $100 (bring your own mat). If you’re feeling peckish, add on a Poke Lunch Trio (Salmon, Tuna and Seasonal Whitefish), served with rice for an extra $188 – opt to take away, redeem within two weeks or dine in after class.

To book, call 3700 2300. 25/F California Tower, 30-36 D’Aguilar Street.

MAY 13
Family Market
Food, fun, family and shopping – plus a kids corner. Note, today is your last chance to get a present before Mother’s Day. Vendors include Merci852, Les Tropeziennes, Mirth, Ditto Ditto and Rendall Wines. 10am-5:30pm, 9/F, 63 Wong Chuk Hang Road. For the program and full list of vendors, visit the Facebook page.


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Wellness escape, May 13 & 14.

MAY 13 & 14
Hong Kong’s largest health and wellness festival is back with fitness, music, yoga, meditation, performances, silent discos, family activities, shopping and more. Over 60 classes take place over two days. Two-day festival entry is $150 for adults (12+), $75 for children (3-11). Prices are $200 and $100 on the door, respectively. Single-day entry also available.

For the full lineup details and class descriptions visit: www.irishkg.com/lineup. West Kowloon Nursery Park

MAY 13 & 14
Shi Fu Miz
This two-day festival was created to offer modern and original cultural activities in Hong Kong, and includes a varied program of global music, electronic music, live performances, DJ sets and art activities and workshops – all based on the idea of well-being and ecology. Tickets from $350 Free for kids under 12, no tickets at the door. Public camping is free (bring your own tent).

You can also book a tent at extra cost. Life Base, Pui O – for details on the lineup, how to get there and to book tickets, visit www.ticketflap.com/shifumiz-may

MAY 13 & 14
International Museum Day Hong Kong 2017
For two days only, most of the city’s public museums, including Hong Kong Museum of History, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Hong Kong Maritime Museum and Hong Kong Space Museum, are open to the public, completely free of charge. With a whole host of educational programmes and activities for visitors to take part in, it’s a great family day out. Find out more at www.museums.gov.hk


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Meet the animals at Ocean Park, May 14.

Ocean Park Animal Discovery Fest 2017
Ocean Park has launched a series of new animal and nature educational experiences for guests to connect with nature and learn fun facts about these animal ambassadors. See the animals up close and hear interesting stories from the keepers in the new Animal Meet & Greet series. More interactive experiences are also available in “Meet the Sea Lion” and “Get Closer to the Animal” programmes. www.oceanpark.com.hk

MAY 14
Mother’s Day
Don’t forget to honour the lady of the house!

MAY 17
Surviving Summer: pregnant and new mumas
Summer in Hong Kong can test even the most patient and composed of women. Throw in pregnancy, a new baby, a body recovering from birth, breastfeeding, multiples, swollen legs or one of the many other challenges…and summer just became real!

Join Sofie Jacobs, Head Midwife at Urban Hatch, for practical advice for surviving a tropical summer while under the influence of a pregnant or postpartum body. Learn exercises to help avoid swelling, foods to eat and avoid, how to keep babies cool outside and more. 9:30-10:30am, at Bumps to Babes, 21/F Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing St, Ap Lei Chau. To RSVP, call 2552 5000 or email hq@bumpstobabes.com


affordable art fair
Art for all, May 19 – 21.

MAY 19-21
Affordable Art Fair
Shop high-quality yet affordable art. Tickets $160 for adults, $90 for full-time students and senior citizens. Children under 16 may enter for free. Purchase online at www.hkticketing.com before May 17 for 25 per cent off. Hall 3DE, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, www.affordableartfair.com



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May 26
VSA Scholarship Introductory Session & PYP Exhibition
Victoria Shanghai Academy (VSA) invites prospective parents to its Scholarship Introductory Session (for Y6-11) at its Sham Wan Campus to learn about VSA’s Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme curricula and scholarship opportunities. Parents may also visit the annual Primary Years Programme (PYP) exhibition held in the same morning to witness how VSA’s through-train IB programme prepares PYP students for the transition into MYP. Register for free online at portal.vsa.edu.hk/oasis/booking. 8.50–10.30am, Victoria Shanghai Academy, 19 Shum Wan Road, Aberdeen.

For inquiries, contact the Admissions Office at admissions@vsa.edu.hk or call 3402 1046.


Aston Villa vs Wellington Phoenix during the Main tournament of the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens on 22 May 2016 in the Hong Kong Footbal Club, Hong Kong, China. Photo by Lim Weixiang / Power Sport Images
Football frenzy, May 26 – 28.

MAY 26-28
HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens
The 18th edition of the tournament takes place, as usual, at the Hong Kong Football Club. Featuring youth and academy teams from top clubs in Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and Europe including Leicester City, West Ham United and Aston Villa. Tickets $160-300 from www.ticketflap.com/hkscocer7s.

Free entry for HKFC members via the main entrance and children under 16 all weekend. Free entry for all on Friday May 26. Hong Kong Football Club, 3 Sports Road, Happy Valley.


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MAY 26-28
China New Economy Fund/Stingrays Invitational Swim Meet
Hosted by the Hong Kong Island Stingrays Swim Club and the highlight of their swim season. Watch over 400 high school swimmers from twelve Clubs from Hong Kong and overseas battle it out in this competitive swim meet. May 26 (afternoon, 27 (all day) and 28 (morning). Hong Kong International School High School Swimming Pool, One Red Hill Road, Tai Tam. For enquiries, contact dchan.coach@hkstingrays.com.


MAY 27
Round the World: Russell Howard live in Hong Kong
UK comedian Russell Howard takes the stage at Hong Kong Baptist University’s Academic Community Hall. Best known as the writer and star of Russell Howard’s Good News, he is currently on a tour of 30 cities across the globe. Tickets from $488 at www.hkticketing.com or call 3128 8288 to speak to an agent.

MAY 27
Rosé Revolution 2017
Viva la Rosé Revolution! Kick off summer by tasting a curated selection of over 20 rosé pours. This year’s edition takes place at The Repulse Bay, 109 Repulse Bay Road. 2-7pm (starts at 1pm for VIP ticket holders). Tickets start at $350 ($250 for early bird). Guests are encouraged to dress in pink. Book online at www.ticketflap.com

MAY 29
Pitbull – Climate Change Tour Live in Hong Kong
Music sensation Armando Christian Perez, aka Pitbull, presents his latest album, Global Warming: Meltdown featuring hit singles such as “Feel This Moment” with Christina Aguilera, “Don’t Stop The Party”, “Back In Time” from the action-comedy “Men in Black 3”, along with his second #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart “Timber” featuring Ke$ha. Tickets from $688 at www.hkticketing.com. Hall 10, AsiaWorld-Expo, Cheong Wing Road, Chek Lap Kok.


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May 30
Sun Life Stanley International Dragon Boat Championship
Don’t miss one of the most competitive and exciting dragon boat races this year! 8am-5pm, Stanley Main Beach. (Warm-up races on May 6), www.dragonboat.org.hk.


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MAY 30
High School Hits
In celebration of Tuen Ng Festival, Stanley Plaza hosts “High School Hits” – a music event complete with campus-themed photo booths, dance and singing performances and on-stage games. Noon to 6pm.

Kids Yoga
Back by popular demand at Flex Studio. Suitable for ages 6 and up. Tuesdays from 4:15-5:15pm at the Island South Studio, Shops 308-310, One Island South 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, 2813 2212, info@flexhk.com

Le French May Arts Festival
The annual festival celebrating all things French returns once again to Hong Kong with over 150 programmes which run until the end of June, covering art, dance, cinema, music, gastronomy and more. Highlights include an exhibition on the Musée du Louvre, a performance by dancers from the Paris Opera Ballet, European ballets and Hong Kong Ballet and a live jazz series. Every year Le French GourMay honors a different wine and gastronomy region of France. This year, it celebrates Champagne.

For more information, visit hfrenchmay.com.