What’s On in the Southside, November 2017

Discover the best things to do in Southside and beyond this November!

UNTIL NOV 10
Tale of the Wonderland

This group exhibition uses Carroll’s much-loved Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland as a basis to construct a narrative spanning 20 years in post-colonial Hong Kong.
Blindspot Gallery, 15/F, Po Chai Industrial Building, 28 Wong Chuk Hang Road. blindspotgallery.com


UNTIL NOV 5
Freespace at Taikoo Place

Freespace brings together local, regional and international artists to showcase art programmes ranging from shadow puppetry, contemporary dance, and immersive theatre productions. Presented in multiple spaces at different times of the day, the range of 29 performances seek to change spectators’ perceptions of art.

The event has already been running from October 26, so don’t miss the rest. Buy tickets at ticketflap.com/taikooplace. 979 King’s Road, Quarry Bay.


UNTIL NOV 25
Hong Kong International Comedy Festival 2017

This year’s lineup features Ahmed Ahmed and Paul Ogata. The festival also includes a Comedy Competition, the finals of which will be on November 4. Tickets start at $250 each.

Most of the events will be held at The TakeOut Comedy Club HK, 34 Elgin Street, Soho. For more details, visit hkcomedyfestival.com


UNTIL NOV 30
Heritage Fiesta 2017

15 historic buildings related to the city’s law and order will be open to the public this month during specific hours. Free guided tours through these historic buildings will be offered on a first come first served basis. Visitors can collect special stamps at participating buildings to mark as they work their way through this heritage exploration. Free admission to all buildings.

For further information, visit heritage.gov.hk


NOV 1-30
Crablicious

Restaurant booking platform FeedMe Guru has teamed up with 60+ top restaurants and 5-star hotels to offer themed tasting menus throughout November featuring the delicious crustacean. Participating outlets include the Island Shangri-La, Hanabi, Yan To Heen and many more.

Visit feedmeguru.com/crabalicious for more information.


NOV 2-5
Mothercare Baby Expo

Leading British retailer of products for mothers-to-be, babies and children Mothercare introduces the Mothercare 1st Baby Expo. Visit over 90 booths consisting of famous brands in the baby and children industry providing innovative products.

$10 admission, free for children under 12. 3/F, Star Hall, KITEC, Kowloon Bay.


NOV 3-12
Hong Kong International Literary Festival

This year’s festival features a diverse lineup of writers, encompassing fiction, thrillers, poetry and live storytelling among others. There will be events with literary stars such as Carol Ann Duffy, Amy Tan and Ian Rankin. Hong Kong writers and themes, including the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China, will also be specially showcased to promote local talent on an international scale. Full-time students are entitled to 50 per cent off most festival events.

Various locations, get your tickets at festival.org.hk


NOV 4
Hong Kong Spartan Race

One of the world’s most famous obstacle course races, a Spartan Race is designed to push contestants to their limits. We have been assured that “there will be fire, mud, water, barbed wire, and occasionally Hell on Earth”. The race will be split into the 13km Spartan Super with up to 29 obstacles and the 6km Spartan Sprint with up to 23 obstacles; there will also be kids’ race categories with distances split by age group.

Tickets range from $480 for the Open Junior Race to $1180 for the Elite Spartan Super; spectator only tickets are also available at $50 with limited spots.

Kam Tin Country Club, Shui Tau Road, Yuen Long. For more information and ticketing, visit spartanrace.hk


NOV 4
Sandy Bay Charity Fair

Hosted by The Society for the Relief of Disabled Children, all net proceeds of the fair will be donated to purchase new hospital equipment for The Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital at Sandy Bay. Other than stalls with great bargains and food, there will also be talent performances at the fair.

Free, 10am-5pm, The Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital, 12 Sandy Bay Road, Sandy Bay, srdc.org.hk, 2819 3050


NOV 4
Dalton School Hong Kong info session

DSHK welcomes prospective parents to visit their new campus in an info session event. Principal Larry Leaven will share an overview of the school’s mission, visions and values, and parents can learn about its dual-language curriculum and admission procedures. Afterwards the brand new campus and learner-centred facilities will be available to tour.

10am-noon for DSHK Primary School, 11:15am-12:30pm for Little Dalton and Mini Dalton. Sign up at dshk.edu.hk


NOV 4-5
Pedal Kart 24-Hour Grand Prix 2017

The Pedal Kart 24-Hour Grand Prix races back into Victoria Park for its 31st anniversary. Watch as more than 20 teams from Cathay Pacific, Haesl, MTR, KGV, South Island School and more compete it out for a range of prizes. The event is organised by Round Table and money raised will go towards charities in Hong Kong and across Asia. Expect a DJ and music, games for kids, and food and drinks on the day.

Free spectator admission. The 24-hour event starts at noon. For more information visit roundtablehongkong.org


NOV 5
Kayaking lesson & brunch in Stanley

Spend a couple of Sunday hours kayaking around Tai Tam Bay with Mozaic, a social club for Hong Kong residents over 40. Single- and double-seater crafts will both be available, and there will also be an instructor on hand to help. After working up an appetite, the group will have a semi-buffet style brunch at Ocean Rock in Murray House.

$550 normal fare, $450 member’s price. Mozaic has kindly extended the member’s price to Southside readers for this event, RSVP jacqueline@mozaiclub.com.hk to receive payment methods.

10:30am-3pm. Aqua Bound Centre, Stanley Beach (next to Hong Kong Sea School).


NOV 7
Melbourne Cup Charity Long Lunch

To coincide with one of the most anticipated dates in horse racing, Farmer’s Market is teaming up with local charity Angels for Orphans to host a long lunch at the Aberdeen Marina Club. There will be free-flow drinks and canapés, a three-course meal, followed by transport to The Butcher’s Club Secret Kitchen for an after-party.

Items in the charity auction include a week at a luxury villa in Bali. Funds raised will go directly to Angels for Orphans to support their work with underprivileged children.

10am-2pm, and 2:30-10pm for the after party. Group tickets are also available at farmersmarket.com.hk


NOV 7, 16, 21
Shrewsbury Info Session

Join Shrewsbury’s November Information Sessions on 7, 16 and 21 November. School Principal, Ben Keeling, will talk about the school ethos, facilities, curriculum and more. The Shrewsbury Admissions team will also be available throughout to speak with you and answer any questions you may have.

Please register your seat at shrewsbury.hk/open-house-november-2017


NOV 7, 14
Malvern Pre-School Meet

Looking for a school for your littlies? Prospective parents can learn more about Malvern College Pre-School Hong Kong and Malvern College Hong Kong by talking to their principal and senior management of the school.

5:30-7 pm on Nov 7 at G09-G12, Coronation Circle, 1 Yau Cheung Road and 6:30-8pm on Nov 14 at 14th Floor, Club Lusitano Building, 16 Ice House Street. Register at malvernpreschool.hk/


NOV 8
“Creative Play the Waldorf Way”: An evening with Janni Nicol

A free talk and discussion for parents and teachers of young children. Janni Nicol is the UK early childhood representative for Steiner Waldorf schools and kindergartens. She writes, consults and lectures on the Steiner early childhood education model in the UK and internationally.  

Wine, cheese and refreshments will be provided. Free admission, RSVP at creativeplayhighgate.eventbrite.hk

7-8:30pm, Highgate House School, 2/F, 100 Peak Road, The Peak.


NOV 9
Taking care of yourself for Movember

Eco-friendly paint producer eicó is hosting a special party to celebrate the start of Movember. Guests are promised the chance to meet “an interesting and eclectic bunch of people” revolving around the topic of how to better look after oneself. Learn about hair grooming, hats, making positive life changes, and the power of kung fu, among others. Food, drinks, and music will be provided.

7pm start. eicó studio, 2B Evergreen Industrial Mansion, 12 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang. For further enquiries email info@eico.hk.


NOV 11
The Free Clinic

The Free Clinic is a joint project between the Chinese International School’s Service Programme, Stanley Wellness Centre and Dr Lauren Bramley & Partners. It brings together GPs, nurses, osteopaths, OBGYNs, and other professionals to provide free medical care to hundreds of refugees and the underprivileged in Hong Kong.

This time, the clinic will also be adding a new dentistry sector to its standard services. Help inspire more healthcare professionals to get involved in this impactful project by spreading the word. Visit facebook.com/cisfreeclinic for more details.

120 Stanley Main Street, Stanley Market, and 9/F, Pacific House, 20 Queen’s Road, Central.


NOV 11 and 18
The Rhythm of Life concert

The Hong Kong Welsh Male Voice Choir returns for its annual collaboration with HKAPA students. This year, the choir is joined by soprano Hedy Chan and baritone Irwin Chan, the Academy Brass Ensemble, as well as students from Hong Kong Gifted Education and Talent Development Association.

Tickets range from $200 to $300, available through Hong Kong Ticketing. 7:30pm start.

Concert Hall, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.


NOV 11
Soju Tasting 101—Fundraiser for Pink Dot

In order to raise money for the Rainbow Families of Hong Kong activities tent at Pink Dot festival, a volunteer-led group of LGBTQ+ parents has partnered with Edition to offer an afternoon of soju sampling.

The Korean fusion bar and restaurant is known for its infused soju, and owner Kat Zai will be there to lead participants on a history and tasting of classic soju, followed by Edition’s infused versions. Nibbles will also be provided.

Entry costs $250. 1pm-3pm. 37 Peel Street, Central.


NOV 11
Hong Kong Rugby Union Charity Ball

Enjoy a night of classic rock and help to raise funds for Po Leung Kuk, to support Hong Kong’s underprivileged children via education and rugby training programmes.

$2,488 per person including a gourmet dinner, all-night drinks, and a concert by World Classic Rockers. Black tie dress code. HKCEC, Wan Chai.

Book at ticketflap.com/hkrucharityball


NOV 15-26
Hong Kong Art Week

Returning to our metropolis for the fifth year in a row, over 50 member galleries will support a range of cultural activities centred around the theme ARTROPOLIS.

Highlights include the Gallery Walk for Charity on November 21 where art lovers can hop through 30 galleries and art spaces in Central, Sheung Wan and Sai Ying Pun with live performances and refreshments at each stop, and the Art Symposium on November 17 and 18, a series of talks on the topic Asia: New Frontiers in the Art World.

For full programme and further updates, visit hk-aga.org 


NOV 17-19
Clockenflap

Hong Kong’s biggest music and arts festival is back for its 10th run. Growing rapidly in size since 2007, it has hosted many global names, and this year’s star-studded lineup features Massive Attack, The Prodigy, MØ, Temples and many more.

$1,940 for a three-day pass. Single day passes start from $930, with student tickets starting from $570. Book online at clockenflap.com. Central Harbourfront, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central.


NOV 18
Women’s Five November Run

Women’s Five combines yoga and running to help ladies achieve their fitness goals. Registration has passed for the five-week health and wellness program, but you can still register for the run only.

Prices start at $390, with discounts for teams. Register at womensfive.com


NOV 18
Malvern College coding workshop

In partnership with BSD Code & Design Academy, MCHK will be holding a taster lesson on coding. Coding is considered one of the the most important skills of the future, and MCHK believes it best for children to be introduced to this skill early, in a relaxing and enjoyable environment.

The workshop is open to children aged 5-12, and admission is free; RSVP at malverncollege.org.hk/coding-workshop. Science Park, Sha Tin.


NOV 28
British Boarding Schools Show

The British Boarding Schools Show will be coming to Hong Kong for the first time this year. Families can meet the Heads and representatives of specially selected leading UK boarding schools, as well as talk to boarding school specialists to understand more about this big life choice.

Admission is free, RSVP attendance at eventbrite.hk.

Opening times are 10am-2pm and 5-8pm. Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road.


NOV 29
A Night of Bordeaux Indulgence

Kerry Wines and the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux have teamed up for their annual grand tasting event for wine enthusiasts in Hong Kong. Over 90 esteemed Châteaux owners and representatives will showcase wines from the 2011 and 2014 vintages.

Guests will be able to taste a wide variety including Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Lynch-Bages, Léoville Poyferré, Beychevelle, Branaire-Ducru, and Smith Haut Lafitte. Tickets are $658, or $588 if purchased before November 10. 6:30-9:30pm.

The Ballroom, 1/F, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. For ticketing and further details, visit kerrywines.com/ugc-tasting-2017


NOV 30
Expat Parent Charity Christmas Lunch

What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than a fun lunch with friends for a good cause? All lucky table proceeds and profits will go towards local charity Box of Hope. $550/person or $500/person if you book a table.

Each ticket includes a three-course lunch, bubbly and wine or soft drinks. Seats are limited so book early!

12noon-2:30pm. Mr Wolf, 5/F Crawford House, 70 Queen’s Road, Central. To book, visit hongkongliving.com/shop


DEC 2-3
Hong Kong 24-Hour Race 2017

Every 24 hours, 5,500 people across the globe fall victim to slavery. Anyone can be a part of a youth-led anti-slavery movement by joining this 24-hour run and advocating for freedom. The run will be a relay endurance race, but there will also be a music festival where both local and international musicians will be playing live well into the wee hours.

Regular tickets cost $280, but the first 280 people will get an early bird price of $200, visit 24 Hour Race official website for more details. December 2 (7am) – December 3 (11am). Lugard Road, The Peak.

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