What’s on in Southside, February 2018

KidsFest 2018

This kids extravaganza continues into its final month for this year. February offers the prehistoric spectacle Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo, the heartwarming Lost and Found, upbeat and colourful What the Ladybird Heard and Michael Morpurgo’s I Believe in Unicorns. The festival’s productions mainly feature energetic casts from the UK, and also involve an Australian cast and crew.

Tickets cost from $195 to $435, shows are held at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Available at hkticketing.com or call 3128 8288.

Free Fitness Fun

The November Project is a fitness movement born in Boston, the idea is to provide free, regular workout meetups. On Mondays at 6:30am, participants meet at the fountain in Sun Yat Sun Memorial Park for a 6km run. On Wednesdays at 7am at the same venue, the group leads a full body workout. Fridays offer a 7am stair workout on Tai Ping Shan Street. All you have to do is show up!

Their Facebook group November Project Hong Kong has gained over 1200 members. Join the group at facebook.com/NovemberProjectHongKong and shoot them a message for more info.

Let the Children Bloom Charity Concert

Pour un Sourire d’Enfant (PSE) and Mayaa Hong Kong, two child-focused organisations, are joining hands to produce a charity concert, following the success of their first show last year. PSE works to provide healthcare, education and vocational training for Cambodian children. Similarly, Mayaa Hong Kong sponsors students in Nepal, and sets up monthly health camps in deprived Kathmandu districts. Let the Children Bloom will feature choral music as well as instrumental duos.

Doors open at 7pm. St. Margaret’s Concert Hall, 2A Broadwood Road, Leighton Hill, Happy Valley. Tickets are priced at $280 on ticketflap.com

FEB 2-4
Ballet Classics for Children: Swan Lake

This rendition of the ballet classic was specially re-created just for children and lasts for just an hour. The Hong Kong Ballet will dance out and narrate this famous love story, while also introducing basic ballet concepts to the audience to maximise its educational value. Shows are narrated in either English or Chinese so be sure to choose a showtime in your preferred language. Suitable for children aged 5 years and over.

Tickets are priced at $200 or $300. Hong Kong Cultural Centre Studio Theatre, 10 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui East. For more info or to buy tickets visit hkballet.com

FEB 2-9
India by the Bay

For one week, India’s rich, diverse culture will be shared with the public. Events include a talk with Victoria and Abdul author Shrabani Basu, a Parsi wedding dinner paired with a history talk on the community’s legacy in Hong Kong, and a “Family Day” event aimed at parents and children. Music, art and theatre are on offer at this vibrant week-long event.

Most activities held at Asia Society, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty. For bookings and more info visit indiabythebay.com

Malvern College Pre-School Hong Kong Open House

This recently opened pre-school in South West Kowloon is the latest campus of what was originally British Malvern College. This preschool provides different curriculums for children aged from 2 to 5 years and follows the Reggio Emilia educational method, which focuses on giving autonomy to children during the learning process. During the open day prospective parents are invited to meet with the founding principal, Jacqueline McNalty.

Registration is based on a first-come, first-serve basis. RSVP at malvernpreschool.hk/open-house

Cold Half Swim

The 15km winter marathon charity swim returns to Hong Kong. Participants will start at Stanley Main Beach and swim over to Deep Water Bay Beach. This is a solo or two-person relay race with two categories – with wetsuit and buoyant, and no wetsuit. Registrations have now closed but head down to cheer on the brave and daring swimmers.

Stick around after the race for a barbecue and awards presentation at Victoria Recreation Club in Deep Water Bay. For more information visit openwaterasia.com

FEB 8-11
A Midsummer Night’s Dream performance

Faust International is presenting a jazz-scored reimagining of one of Shakespeare’s finest comedies. Follow the adventures of four lovers in a forest chase, two fairy royals in a battle of wills, and one playful sprite up to no good. 7:30pm from Thursday to Saturday, matinee showings at 2:30pm on Saturday, 11am and 2:30pm on Sunday.

$275 for standard tickets, $225 for students. Tickets are available for purchase on urbtix.hk. Shouson Theatre, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai. faustworld.com

FEB 9-11
Longines Masters of Hong Kong

Photo by Marcio Rodrigo Machado / Power Sport Images

The world’s “Grand slam indoor of showjumping” returns for its sixth year bringing the best and brightest in the equestrian world to Hong Kong. Asia World Expo is the second stop in this three-part masters series, after Paris and before New York.

Standard seats from $250, or enhance the experience by purchasing New York Lounge or Paris Suite tickets which include free flow champagne, a three course dinner buffet and a premium viewing experience. Asia World Expo. Tickets available at venue.cityline.com

Mademoiselle Privé

Chanel is hosting a four week exhibition in PMQ. Classic Chanel pieces will be on display including Karl Lagerfeld’s Haute Couture, the Chanel No. 5 fragrance and a re-edition of Gabrielle Chanel’s 1932 Bijoux de Diamants jewellery collection. The exhibition will showcase the history of Chanel with a technological twist, incorporating tube lights, glowing lettering and futuristic display cases.

Free admission. PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central.

FEB 10
South Island Art Discovery Walk

Hong Kong has a surprising amount of art to offer, and if you have no idea where to find it, this tour might be a good place to start. This two and a half hour walk, led by Accidental Art, centres around Wong Chuk Hang and takes place on a monthly basis. Visitors are taken to art galleries, artist studios and sites of notable street art.

Note that there are two time slots every month; the 2pm session is usually in English. Discovery Walk tickets priced at $400. To learn more visit accidentalart.co or book at eventbrite.hk

FEB 10
Forest therapy walk for resilience and trust

To take a break from urban living you can try out forest therapy. The practice, which originated in Japan, can have positive effects on both mental and physical health. Kembali organises therapy walks once or twice a month. This month, the walk places emphasis on trust-building and will finish with a tea ceremony, complete with tea picked straight from the wild.

8:30am-12pm. Tickets priced at $364. The meeting point is at Wong Chuk Hang MTR Station Exit A1 (Next to Circle K). Purchase tickets at eventbrite.hk

MOViE MOViE Life is Art Festival

Hong Kong’s one and only international art house movie channel is hosting its third ‘Life is Art’ film festival. During the month, MOViE MOViE will be screening 12 films focusing on those who have devoted their lives to the arts. Films include ballet prodigy Sergei Polunin in Dancer, urban planning activist Jane Jacobs in Citizen Jane and a screening of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s modern day revival of Titus Andronicus.

Tickets $95, Cityplaza, 5/F, 18 Taikoo Shing Road, Taikoo Shing. To purchase and for more information click the long yellow tab to the right of the webpage at moviemovie.com.hk and look for the ‘Life is Art’ labelled films.

FEB 12-23
ATOM Academy CNY Camp

Wong Chuk Hang based children’s learning centre ATOM Academy will be running camps during Chinese New Year for children aged from 2 to 8. There will be a broad array of activities to choose from, including gymnastics, taekwondo, art & design, jazz, Chinese dance and more. Each session lasts for two days.

Fees are $900 per session for the 2.5-3.5 age group and $1260 for 3.5 to 8 year olds. For more information or to enroll call ATOM at 2295 6066 or email them at knock@atomacademy.com.hk

FEB 14
Valentine’s Day

Forgotten to book a restaurant? See our picks of romantic restaurants, or check out our gift guide for him & her.

FEB 16
Chinese New Year

Public holiday

FEB 19
Third Day of Chinese New Year

Public Holiday

René Magritte: The Revealing Image

For the first time, the work of famed 20th century surrealist René Magritte will be exhibited in Hong Kong. The collection of 132 photographs and eight films shows the behind-the-scenes footage of Magritte’s method and also includes his own photography which were the inspiration for many of his paintings.

10am-8pm. Free admission. New ArtisTree, 1/F Cambridge House, Taikoo Place, 979 King’s Road, Quarry Bay. More information at taikooplace.com

FEB 20-25
Hong Kong Race Week

Get ready for a week of high-octane sailing organised by the Hong Kong Sailing Federation and the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. Sailors of all ages, from Hong Kong and abroad, will be racing around Deep Water Bay, Repulse Bay, Stanley Bay and Tai Tam Bay.

The event is currently looking for volunteers, so if you have a passion for water sports and you’re interested in helping out, fill out the registration form at hongkongraceweek.com

The 46th HK Arts Festival

This year’s Arts Festival features 1,700 local and international artists from the worlds of dance, opera, theatre, music and more. Highlights include the National Theatre of Great Britain’s performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Ballet Zürich’s Anna Karenina and the famous Cantonese opera piece Farewell My Concubine. As usual, the festival calendar is brimming with exciting performances from all around the world.

Tickets priced from $140. Held at various locations including Hong Kong City Hall and Hong Kong Cultural Hall. Browse through the eclectic mix of events at hk.artsfestival.org

FEB 24
15 Minute Fat Pig Challenge

Pork lovers’ eatery The Salted Pig is promoting its brunch menu with quite the challenge – any guest who can wolf down their signature ‘Fat Pig Breakfast for 2’ within fifteen minutes gets the meal, usually priced at $298, for free. If you try but fail, no worries: you’ll still get a $50 cash coupon for your bravery. The breakfast set comes with 12 items including bone marrow, pork belly, bacon and black pudding.

Give it a go if you dare at Soho East G/F, 45 Tai Hong Street, Lei King Wan or G/F No.1 Knutsford Terrace, Tsim Sha Tsui.

Run for Survival

This fun marathon aims to raise funds for Asian wildlife conservation while also educating participants on ocean-friendly behaviour. The event offers a 10km Time Challenge and the more family-friendly 3km Fun Run. During the run, participants must also complete educational tasks presented to them at obstacle checkpoints. The routes loop around Hong Kong Science Park and Tai Po Waterfront by Tolo Harbour.

9am-2pm. Race starts at Hong Kong Science Park and Pak Shek Kok Promenade Sha Tin. Visit fringebacker.com to confirm prices and register or call. More information at opcf.org.hk