Under the theme of “Design Renegade,” Detour 2012 will take place from November 30 to December 16 at three locations around town. The event features an international team of artists and designers, who aim to explore and activate public life and public space through their various works and collaborations.
Detour, founded in 2006 as the annual flagship program of Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design (AoD), returns for its anticipated 2012 edition. Penny Zhou takes a sneak peek at this year’s program.
Earlier this month, sold-out concerts featuring Chinese superstar pianist Yundi Li opened the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2012/13 season. The orchestra’s advance subscription campaign has yielded outstanding results, with the number of tickets sold per concert increasing 22 percent over the last season, breaking all previous records—it’s an exciting time to be a classical music fan in Hong Kong.
Having bid farewell to music director and chief conductor Maestro Edo de Waart after eight successful seasons, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) welcomes a new conductor and a thrilling new season starting from September. Penny Zhou takes a look at this year’s program highlights, which aim to bring the Philharmonic to a wider audience with immersive, interactive concert experiences.
Hi blessed beings, I’m back after my little sabbatical! My first column this year is dedicated to Gaga. You saw this coming a lightyear away!
Ever wish that Hong Kong had a world-class museum like the Met or the Tate, or that auction previews weren’t often limited to prospective buyers? Us too. Once a year, though, there’s a much-anticipated chance to view top-shelf art right here in the city.
Now in its fifth year, this month’s ART HK (also known as the Hong Kong International Art Fair) will fill up the Convention and Exhibition Centre with contemporary art from 266 participating galleries hailing from 38 different countries.
As ART HK rolls into town, Leanne Mirandilla explains what to expect at the city’s biggest art fair.
The Deep Blue Sea
(UK, 2011) Writer-director Terence Davies adapts Terence Rattigan’s tragically romantic play, retelling a heartbreaking love triangle. A young woman (Rachel Weisz) is happily married to an older, professionally stable High Court judge. But her life is flipped upside down when she falls for a young ex-RAF pilot (Tom Hiddleston).
Mar 29, 9:45pm; Apr 4, 12:30pm.
Hong Kong’s most beloved movie showcase, the annual Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) returns this year for its 36th edition. From Mar 21 to Apr 5, over 280 films from all over the world will be screened around town— a carnival for local cinephiles.
Before the 36th HKIFF opens on Mar 21, Penny Zhou takes a look at this year’s exciting program and talks to the mastermind behind it.
For $150 a head you can watch the games live on Linguini Fini’s flat screen on Sevens Saturday and Sunday. The deal gets you a pitcher of Peroni or Bloody Mary, plus a platter of fried chicken wings or a thin-crust pizza. Drinks are also two-for-one all day from 11am to 7pm.
1/F, The L Place, 139 Queen's Rd. Central, 2857-1333.
No ticket? No problem! Grace Brown rounds up the best places to catch the game with comfy seats, good food and slightly fewer drunk people.
Love it or loathe it, it can’t be denied that the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens is one of the biggest events on the city’s social calendar. On the last weekend in March, 40,000 fans will descend upon Hong Kong Stadium to dress up in silly costumes, throw back beer, and—of course—watch some rugby.
Your guide to the wildest sporting weekend of the year.
Flanked by artisanal cafes, boutiques and old-school printing shops, Haji Gallery is a modest little space along Tai Ping Shan Street. Though not as well-known as its neighbor Input/Output Gallery, this gallery-slash-boutique was among the first ripple of lifestyle stores that made the street the quiet yet quirky haven it is today. Haji Gallery has successfully held 17 exhibitions since its opening in 2010, showing artists from the fresh to the famous, from works by musician and Berlin Film Festival award winner Peter Kam to those of 17-year-old high school senior Jill VC.
This gallery seamlessly pairs art appreciation with one of Hong Kong’s favorite pastimes. Photos by South Ho.
Hidden away from the bustling markets, bargain boutiques and suffocating crowds typically associated with Mong Kok, Luen Wan Street would be just another unremarkable pedestrian-only lane, save for its phantasmagoric murals. Known as a “wall of fame” amongst local graffiti artists, the little remaining available space was covered by new contributions from 12 different artists for an all-day street art show held at the end of December last year. The completed street paintings were accompanied by a live band performance and a slew of enthusiastic visitors.
A new group transforms the city’s public spaces into a makeshift gallery of its own. Photos courtesy of Street Art Movement.