Of dragons and unicorns
Intangible Cultural Heritage Mart returns to the harborfront at Tsim Sha Tsui for the second year running. Hosted by Hong Kong Culture Festival, this two-day showcasing of Hong Kong’s very own unique cultures through workshops, interactive activities and comprehensive displays was a huge hit with the locals and tourists alike, hence the revival.
For performance arts enthusiasts there is Cantonese opera and puppetry. Festive routines include fire-dragon dance, Hakka unicorn dance and dragon boat water parade. Those into martial arts would probably have something to check out at the Kung Fu Carnival section.
Local delicacies will be served at the party, including the treacly-sweet Hong Kong-style milk tea. Guided tours through an exhibition of the city’s intangible cultural heritage will be on offer as well.
The organizers hope to conjure up good vibes and community spirit by reconnecting citizens with stories about mythical creatures which are a part of the local folklore.
If you go
Dates: Oct 21 and 22
Venue: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza, 10, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsuihkculturefestival.com/en/activitiy?id=661
Confucius makes a choice
Confucius: 63 Revisited — the show that sparked a lively discussion in 2016 — is back. This time Chung Ying Theatre Company has given the storyline a fresh spin and generally jazzed up the production. The play imagines the legendary Chinese wise man who lived between 551 to 479 BC as a flesh-and-blood entity, prone to human doubts and vulnerabilities. A visit from a student makes Confucius recall his toughest year, when at age 63 he was faced with the dilemma of having to choose between sticking to his beliefs or death.
Dates: Oct 13 - 22
Venue: Auditorium, Kwai Tsing Theatre, No.12 Hing Ning Road, Kwai Chung
The queens rule the stage
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, a musical much-loved around the world, has rolled into Hong Kong. Adapted from Australian writer-director Stephan Elliott’s 1994 film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of Desert, the show is about a transgender woman and two drag queens and their journey of self-discovery. Featuring a dazzling array of over 500 costumes, 200 headdresses, 23 tons of scenery, and a 10 meter-long customized bus, this is a gorgeous spectacle that already has the Olivier and Tony awards in its kitty. Mark it on your must-see list!
Dates: Through Oct 22
Venue: Academy Lyric Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Way back into Hong Kong heritage
Fifteen historic buildings have been made free to public access as part of the Heritage Fiesta 2017. These include 1881 Heritage in Tsim Sha Tsui, Law Ting Pong Scout Centre in New Territories East, the Man Mo Temple compound on Hollywood Road and the Ping Shan Tang Clan Gallery cum Heritage Trail Visitors Centre in Yuen Long among others.
Visitors can join free guided tours on a first-come, first- served basis during specific hours and also get to collect special commemorative stamps at each of these buildings.
Dates: Through Nov 30
Re-inventing ink art
The Weight of Lightness: Ink Art show at M+, which opens today, will feature works by more than 40 artists from across Asia and beyond.
Through painting, drawing, calligraphy, photographs, installations, and video works from the M+ collection, the show takes a retrospective look at ink’s many manifestations since the 1950s. The show’s multimedia playlist includes music, dance and a screening program. The idea is to delineate the reach of ink aesthetic and its dialogues with other disciplines in a contemporary context.
Talks and guided tours will be held on the side of the main show.
Dates: Oct 13 - Jan 14
Venue: M+ Pavilion, West Kowloon Cultural District, Tsim Sha Tsui
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