What’s On in the Southside, Aug 2017

There’s no shortage of great outdoor fun in the Southside and beyond. Beach water polo, SUP yoga and two music festivals are in full swing this August.

Hong Kong Beach Water Polo

Beat the heat this summer with Hong Kong Beach Water Polo. Founded by Doug Woo in 2010, the volunteer-led club is made up of men and women of different sporting abilities.

The group trains twice a week: once at Island School and once at different local beaches. The club run the annual International Hong Kong Beach Water Polo Tournament which is scheduled to take place on October 28 and 29 this year.

The price per session is $50 for adults and $20 for students. Thursdays 7.30-9pm (Island School); Saturdays 3pm-5pm (beaches). Further details on facebook.com/HongKongBeachWaterPolo.

AUG 9-11
Woodland Pre-School programmes

Repulse Bay Montessori, Beachside Repulse Bay, Woodlands Pokfulam, and Woodlands Kennedy Town are all hosting summer camps this month. Enroll your child in the Summer Fun programme, a comprehensive and diverse programme featuring musical, culinary, arts, drama and sports activities. Alternatively, boost kids’ fitness in the Summer Sports & Games programme.

Visit woodlandschools.com for full details.

AUG 12
Food’s Future Summit

Culinary change-makers and conscious consumers come together to discuss fine dining, sustainable eating, and the latest food innovations. A series of panels and plenaries will unravel the most pressing challenges currently facing the food industry.

9.30am-7.30pm, Eaton House, 5F, Champion Tower, 3 Garden Road, Central. Tickets and program details available at foods-future.com.

AUG 12, 15, 24
Shrewsbury International School Open House

Founded in 1552, the Shrewsbury School originated from the UK is set to open a new international school near LOHAS Park in August 2018. Applications are open for kids between the ages of 3 and 11.

After a series of full house open house sessions this year, the school will be organising four more sessions this month. If you’d like to know more about the school’s philosophy and curriculum, be sure to register in advance.

The schedule is as followed:

  • Saturday, 12 August – 11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
    General overview covering all year groups
  • Tuesday, 15 August – 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    Primary years curriculum at Shrewsbury (aged 5 – 11)
  • Thursday, 24 August – 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    General overview covering all year groups

For more information, visit shrewsbury.hk. Register at shrewsbury.hk/open-house-august-2017

AUG 11-13
Wow and Flutter presents THE WEEKEND

The 3-day festival comprising of local music, art installation, unique local foods, craft market, and family festivities is back for its second year! The truly local festival gathers bands from around Hong Kong to perform on four different stages – aptly named Hong Kong, Kowloon, New Territories, The Islands.

Get ready to discover your next favourite local acts.

Adult and Student Weekend Passes at $900 and $800; Day Passes at $450 and $350 are available here. West Kowloon Cultural District, Tsim Sha Tsui.

AUG 12-13
Salsa Summer Party

Enjoy live performances by professional dancers from the World Salsa Championship and learn some beginners’ steps in their free workshops. Free Admission. Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong. Visit leetungavenue.com for full details or contact the Lee Tung Avenue Customer Service Hotline, 3790 2304.

AUG 13
Dog Adoption Sunday

Kirsten’s Zoo Charity is hosting another adoption day at The Peak Cafe after their previous success. Be ready for a day of cool drinks, great food and furry company.

Free, running from 1:30-4:30 pm at the Peak Cafe Bar, 9-13 Shelley Street, Soho, Central. For more information, visit Kirsten’s Zoo Charity’s event page, email kirstenszoo@gmail.com or call 5595-1933.

AUG 13
Southern District X-Country Race

8.30am, Aberdeen Country Park. The registration deadline has now passed but you can go and watch.

AUG 14
Back to school

Autumn term begins at ESF schools.

AUG 17-21
HKTDC Beauty and Wellness Expo

This is part of three expos running concurrently at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre this month, another being the Home Delights Expo.

Ticket prices range from $10-$40.

AUG 19
Conscious Cinema 005

In this collaboration with Pololi Hong Kong and Ovolo Southside, the New Zeland-originated Vibe Tribe will be hosting a screening of Plastic Oceans.

‘A Plastic Ocean’ is a documentary that follows a team of experts on their 4-year global odyssey to see how our oceans are polluted by an upsurge of plastics in our oceans and its effect on marine ecosystems and human health, including endocrine disruption.

Craig Leeson, director of “A plastic Ocean” will be joining the screening and introducing the film for the evening.

Tickets at $125 are available here with 10% of proceeds donated to The Plastic Oceans Foundation.

AUG 19
World Humanitarian Day

Recognizing the aid workers who risk their lives to provide humanitarian relief.

AUG 19
Kenny Sebastian Live in Hong Kong

The rising Indian comedian, Kenny Sebastian, is bringing his ‘KENNY SEBASTIAN LIVE’ tour to Hong Kong for the first time on 19 Aug, 2017 at HK Jockey Club Amphitheatre.

Known for his humorous & creative takes on banal everyday situations, Sebastian’s keen sense of observation of culture, people and stereotypes, have all found its way into his comedy.

Tickets starting at $388 are available at hkticketing.com

AUG 20
SUP Yoga


Express your love for the water by doing yoga while stand up paddle surfing. Certified instructors Nadine Bubner and Diana Cheung will be on hand to help you keep afloat.

2.30pm-4pm on the 5th, 10-11.30am on the 20th. Stanley Bay. Email supyogahongkong@gmail.com to book your session.

Home Kong Exhibition in YellowKorner

As part of the city’s ongoing celebration of the HKSAR establishment day, YellowKorner is showcasing Hong Kong’s vibrant street life in a photographic tour of both its most famous and most underappreciated spaces.The exhibition presents urban street photography of Hong Kong by internationally acclaimed artists such as Laurent Dequick and Jorg Dickmann, as well as local talent Andy Yeung.

The event is free of charge. Come to 58 Hollywood Road and PMQ at 35 Aberdeen Street to renew your love for the city.

AUG 25-26
‘Les Etoiles du Ballet’ by the Royal Ballet of Cambodia

The Royal Ballet of Cambodia is performing for the first time in Hong Kong. The royal ballet is an official UNESCO Intangible Heritage that has more than 1000 years of history.

Known for its symbolism and delicacy, royal ballet has a historic association with the legends of the Khmer people and is an emblem of Khmer culture. The Hong Kong debut will feature a professional troupe of 14 dancers, 5 musicians, and 3 singers who have been training in the artform since childhood. Her Royal Highness Princess Norodom Buppha Devi and His Royal Highness Prince Sisowath Tesso will be attending both performances.

$200-300. 8pm. Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 0 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui. Tickets available at urbtix.hk.

AUG 25-27
International Design Furniture Fair Hong Kong: Redefining Luxury — A Design Event

IDFF is returning this year at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. IDFF 2017 is an upscale boutique exhibition that aims to inspire designers by celebrating the world’s best brands and design talent.

Tickets available at hkticketing.com. Visit idffhk.com for more details.

AUG 26
Endless Summer Hong Kong International Reggae Ska Festival

The city’s largest celebration of Jamaican music is now in its third year and claims to have the biggest and most diverse line up yet.  

Featuring the biggest Reggae and Ska acts from across Asia, including Japan’s Bagdad Cafe, Korea’s Kingston Rudieska, and Hong Kong’s own Sensi Lion, this is not to be missed by reggae, ska, rocksteady, dub and dancehall junkies.

PMQ, 35 Aberdeen St, Central. Tickets available at ticketflap.com and on the door.  

AUG 26–27
Stanley Plaza Beer and Fitness Party

Link’s Stanley Plaza is bringing the first outdoor beer and fitness party to Hong Kong on 26 and 27 August.  

Take the heat off with a series of fun and relaxing fitness classes, including popular Beer Bottle Yoga and Hong Kong’s first ever juice yoga along Stanley Plaza’s waterfront promenade. Don’t miss the live music and game booths, as well as beer sampling. 2pm-7pm.

Ocean Park Summer Splash

Ocean Park’s annual summer celebration returns as the theme park transforms into a beachy wonderland.

This year the park is showcasing Guinness World record-holder Ray Villafane’s giant sand sculptures. Families can take photos with the artist and his team. Kids can build their own sand sculptures in the sand play zone or cool down in the Super Spray Tunnel in the Applause Pavilion. Whiskers Harbour is hosting a giant Duckie Family with over 6500 rubber LT Ducks ready for your photo-taking needs. Kids can direct oversized remote-control duckies at Duckie Swim-a-Long.

For more details visit oceanpark.com.hk or call 3923 2323. The Park is open 10am-6pm and tickets available at the entrance, online, or at any 7-Eleven store in Hong Kong.

UNTIL Aug 28
Sketch Town

IFC mall is collaborating with Japanese art collective teamLab to present an interactive digital installation that promises to offer visitors one-of-a-kind spectacle.

Watch your drawings instantly come to life from 2D sketches to movable 3D digital installations in this groundbreaking artistic project. Visitors can co-create their own fantasy town and physically interact with their created townscapes. Shoppers who have spent over a certain amount can redeem two admissions tickets.

Suitable for all ages. Sessions have to be reserved at the Sketch Town ticket counter. Further details on ifc.com.hk/sketchtown

AUG 28
Seven Sisters Festival

Sometimes informally referred to as ‘Chinese Valentine’s Day’, the Seven Sisters Festivals originates in a Chinese legend about the stars Altair and Vega.

It is said that they are really two lovers, a mortal and a goddess, who were tragically separated on either side of the Milky Way. Legend has it that on this day each year the world’s magpies form a bridge to temporarily unite the star-crossed lovers.

Young romantics in Hong Kong are known to make offerings to the lovesick couple at Lover’s Rock (Bowen Road, Wan Chai).

Endless Summer Ice Cream Festival

Come try out various flavours of ice-creams and a series of family-friendly and dog-friendly ice-cream related activities. There will be interactive workshops, a rooftop cinema, and a live Turkish ice-cream performance. Free admission. Every Saturday and Sunday, 12pm-7pm. Level 2, the pulse, 28, Beach Road.

Free admission. Every Saturday and Sunday, 12pm-7pm. Level 2, the pulse, 28, Beach Road.

AUG 31 – SEPT 1
Natural & Organic Products Asia 

Since 2014, Natural & Organic Products Asia (NOPA) has been the leading trade platform for all things natural and organic. After last year’s success, NOPA 2017 is expanding its show floor by 20% with over 200 exhibitors.

Featured speakers from various industries will be joining NOPA’s live theatre and natural business forum to talk about business strategy, products introductions and much more.

For more information and registration detail, visit naturalproducts.com.hk, Hall 1DE, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Dr, Wan Chai.