Our what's on guide this December in Hong Kong from Christmas markets and festive yoga in the park to wild underground parties.
How is it already December? Not only is it still so hot, is it just me, or has 2017 been the fastest year yet?! Hong Kong may not be covered in snow but one obvious factor that Christmas is looming is my fully booked calendar! Do you somehow have space in your calendar before the January resolutions kick in and you plan to be under healthy home arrest? Well you have come to the right place – here's some things to finish the year off with.
LOCATION: 218 Hollywood Rd, Sheung Wan
WHEN: Friday 1st – Sunday 17th December (Monday – Sunday 11am – 6pm)
Welcome the Festive Season and join the Project Pop- Up for a co-curated, multi-brand fashion & lifestyle pop-up shop and fashion workshop hub in the heart of Hong Kong’s cultural hive; Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan. Shop brand new Fall/Winter ‘17 collections including high fashion pieces & casual wear with exclusive items. Accessorise with a handpicked selection of fine & costume jewellery, bags & shoes from contemporary & classic to luxe street-wear. Dress your home for the festive season with a collection of handpicked homewares and browse a luxurious assortment of indie skin care & cosmetics brands. Project Pop-Up brings together Hong Kong’s finest independent fashion, accessories & lifestyle brands all under one roof. Brands including - A.C.F, Cafuné, TwS, Unfold, Ika Butoni, Gamarrow, Adruzy, DoodLe Felting, French Allure, Mary & Marie, Osea, Teresa's Turkish Towels, Kben & Hol, What the Frock, Lhamour, Jadeite Atelier, Geneveive Collection, Loiz Cashmere, Kben & Hol.
deTour 2017 Creative Festival
WHEN: Friday 1st - Sunday 10th December
With “Harmonious Chaos” as the theme, this year’s deTour 2017 focuses on the creating process of design. deTour would like to provide a chance, and a platform for audiences to explore the creation process of every design, top off installations and exhibitions, a variety of workshops and talks which are led by local creatives.
Mahka 1st Anniversary
LOCATION: 4, Wa Lane, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
WHEN: Various events throughout December
Mahka fashion gallery is turning 1! This year has been a fantastic journey in terms of Fashion, Art & Music for the brand so expect one full month of celebrations & gratitude! To thank you for your support and to show you love, Mahka will offer a special -10% off on all their items for the whole month of December. The program for this special month includes showcases from fashion brands including Angry Lane, La Boheme, Mahka Vietnam and art from Barney Mccann, Jeremy Tow (Calligrapher) Hall for Black (Tattoo artist) Ryck One (Street Artist) and music from the highly anticipated Fauve Radio plus more to be announced soon!
Luxury meets sustainability in Luxarity’s Made in Love fashion pop-up
LOCATION: St Francis Street, Wan Chai
WHEN: Ends Saturday 2nd December
Sustainability seems to be the word of the year. This time around it’s a sustainability-focused pop-up shop “Made In Love” – selling a curated collection of cut-price luxury fashion clothes donated by the community to fund fashion design graduates – visit asap as it ends its two-week Hong Kong stay this Saturday. The pop-up at is also offering four stunning designer capsule collections of 100 limited-edition items. These collections have been created using upcycled textiles by young Hong Kong designers, Loom Loop, Cynthia & Xiao, Ffixxed Studios and Yeung Chin. The social venture behind the pop-up, LUXARITY – formed by international fashion industry experts, textile and garment makers, schools, universities and other organisations – aims to sell vintage luxury goods and upcycled capsule collections to help build a community that is focused on sustainability and innovation.
The Weight of Lightness
LOCATION: West Kowloon Cultural District ,West Kowloon, Hong Kong
WHEN: Until 14th January.
We have got another year until Hong Kong’s leading art museum M+ opens officially. But the curation team has been working hard to bring another exciting exhibition this month at the M+ Pavillion. Presenting an impressive collection of ink art between the 1960s and present day, discover the various practices and concepts of ink art and how traditional ink art has evolved based on influences from the artist’s environments, personal experiences and culture. Showcasing the works of 42 international artists, explore the vast spectrum of this often under appreciated medium. Take a stroll around the park afterward and view how much the space has changed since your last visit - most probably during the Clockenflap days on Kowloon.
Cheung Chau Wave Art Festival
LOCATION: Cheung Chau Fisheries Association School, Tung Wan Road, Cheung Chau
WHEN: Whole weekend 1st – 2nd December
Cheung Chau is hosting a weekend-long art and culture showcasing a wide range of artworks by Island-based artists. Hop on a ferry and head over to Cheung Chau for a weekend-long art festival! Taking place all over the outlying island, discover a wide range of art across different mediums including photography, painting and street performance, within the theme of life by water. Delving into issues from island and water ecology, to fishing culture, plastic contaminated oceans and human births. Works from local and Cheung Chau-based artists. Prices range from $80-$160.
Taschen Bookstore, Pops Up!
LOCATION: Duddell’s, 3/F, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central District, Hong Kong
WHEN: All December
For one month, TASCHEN, the leading art book publisher known for its dazzling and audacious world of eye-catching coffee table books will take over and transform ‘The Chamber’ into a beautiful bookstore. Not only does this seek to explore the relationship between the restaurant and retail, it’s a cool collaboration designed to provide discerning Hong Kong shoppers a previously unavailable opportunity to explore a collection of titles spanning architecture, aphrodisiac, art, design, fashion, photography, pop culture, style, and travel. What’s more, the timing is oh so right to treat others (or yourself) this festive season with a gift that will stand the test of time. Those exploring TASCHEN at Duddell’s can look forward to titles falling under the pillars of film, photography, fashion, architecture and art - many of which are exclusive to the pop up. A similar pop up will take place simultaneously at Potato Head Hong Kong.
KTown Christmas Market
LOCATION: The Hive Studios, 8/F Cheung Hing Industrial Building 12P Smithfield Road, Kennedy
WHEN: Friday 1st December 11AM to 8PM.
The Hive Kennedy Town, the Hive Studios and MakerHive are happy to present their first ever Christmas Market! Bringing together local brands and collaborators, they are hoping to spread some early Christmas festivities in time for the holidays. Vendors include: Miss Fong in Hong Kong, Studdedheartz, BeCandle, Little P, MAN CHA, Claude Dia (Handmade Crafts) CRAFT BREW & CO., Lorna Jane Hong Kong, LimeSoda, The Glass Formula, WINE MOMENTS HK, Memeraki, The Mauve Hour, 9TO6 LIFE, Partymakers, Bonum Trees and more... Free entry for all.
Hong Kong Zine & Print Fest 2017
LOCATION: Hong Kong Open Print Shop, Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre30 Pak Tin Street, Shek Kip Mei
WHEN: Until 6th December.
Visit the Hong Kong Zine & Print Fest 2017 an exhibition and pop up zineshop, including various workshops hosted by Hkzpf2017.
LOCATION: 18 Wo On Lane, 852 Central District
WHEN: Saturday 2nd December
This Saturday night Baby Buddha is all about a darker, harder sound. Be prepared for a night of harder tech-house and techno with 10-12 - Mr. Wu Hu (one of our favourite Hong Kong DJs), 12-2 – Kouro., 2-end - Jo.D. Expect a night of quality music with lots of happy faces and friendly vibes. Free entry all night long.
The Living Room by HULA
LOCATION: KONG Art Space, 3 Staunton St, Central, HK
WHEN: November 28th - December 3rd
After hosting a string of private events on the upper level, The Living Room by HULA will move to the ground level for the last two days of their sale (Dec 2 & 3) for public attendance. On the ground level, a campaign exhibition by writer and sustainable fashion advocate Gloria Yu titled 'Choose Well' will be showcased. The work pays homage to the phrase first coined by designer Vivienne Westwood ‘Buy less, choose well, make it last’, honouring legacy designer houses and the importance of prioritising clothing quality over quantity in this day and age of fast consumerism. It is conceptualised, shot by and modelled by Yu. All their charity donations during this event will benefit REDRESS.
Damien Hirst's "Visual Candy and Natural History" Exhibition
LOCATION: Gagosian Gallery Hong Kong, 7/F Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong
WHEN: Saturday 2nd December until January 13, 2018
Damien Hirst's "Visual Candy and Natural History" Exhibition Opens in Hong Kong this Saturday. Since his debut in Hong Kong, six years ago, he’s back. Focused and funny with his pickled sharks, also pickled calves, pickled sheep, a pickled dove and a pickled oven-ready turkey. On top of that there’s a cow’s head laying in a puddle of fly-blown blood which adds to the show’s shock value. There’s also a series of wildly exuberant paintings collectively called Visual Candy. Gagosian Gallery is showcasing a selection of paintings and sculptures by renowned artist Damien Hirst from the early to mid-1990s. Having famously dealt with topics and complex relationships between art, beauty, religion, science, life and death, this collection features paintings that allude to movements such as Impressionism, Abstract Expressionism, and Pop Art. Damien Hirst’s “Visual Candy and Natural History” will be on display at the Gagosian in Hong Kong until January 13, 2018.
Fauve Radio Opening
LOCATION: 4, Wa Lane, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
WHEN: Saturday 2nd December
The rumours are true, a new funky radio station is opening in Hong Kong! Fauve Radio proudly invites you to the grand opening day which will be taking place in its new home, Mahka 1pm – 10.30pm. For this special day, they have prepared a very special schedule of exhibition and live painting session by artist Philippine Vidart aka Finu, projection and light show by in-house audio-visual artist Yunus, makeover sessions offered by Emmanuel F hair salon & spa and art and dance performances throughout the heat of the day and moon howling sessions at night. Live streams of some of the best selectors of Hong Kong which will carry on throughout the whole week, every day, until 10th of December. The first free issue of the "Fauzine", the radio's personal zine to tell you everything about music, art, venues and other silly quacks happening around town will be available. The Artist custom designed beers and food will be available for sale next door, at La Cantoche. And of course, all kinds of goodies available for sale or for free if you arrive early! DJ line up: 1-2PM: Romain Fx / 2-3PM: JayMe / 3-4PM: K-Melo /4-6PM: FuFu crew /6-7PM: Roy Malig /7-8PM: Fei Pao /8-10PM: Sweet Talk. Let your inner animal free and join the After Party at Salon 10. It’s going to be a long and wild day!
Sónar Hong Kong 2018 Warm Up Pt. 1 at Social Room
LOCATION: Social Room - 3/F, Won Hing Building, 74-78 Stanley street, Central District, Hong Kong
WHEN: Saturday 2nd December
This Saturday is the Sónar Hong Kong 2018 Official Warm Up - Part 1. With special guest Quan Live (Savage, Hanoi) Supporting DJs including M. Ros (Bcn) and Ocean Lam (Social Room, HK). Social room are offering a limited offer to get Sónar festival tickets at a discounted price if you attend this warm up event! Tickets are also available now on Sónar HK official website. Door fee entry for the night is HKD150 with one drink.
Christmas Street Party
LOCATION: G/F, 15 Lung On Street, Wanchai
WHEN: Saturday 2nd December 3 PM - 8 PM
Celebrate Christmas early this Saturday with a Street Party. Expect lots of food, drinks, live music and art. Art Space by Marcel Heijnen and live music by DJ Roger ReFlex De Leon. Food stalls from BiteUnite Chefs, Eatery, Fat, Tizzy, Saucy Platter. Brooklyn Bakery by Y.C., Little Creatures Brewing Hong Kong and Question Therefore.
Sofar Hong Kong
LOCATION: Secret location! Address revealed the day before event.
WHEN: Sunday 2nd December
It's a Sofar Sunday! Celebrate on the first Sunday of December with some soothing live music with Sofar Sounds. Featuring three live acts, the venue is kept a secret until the day before, so sign up now for tickets here for your chance to get on the exclusive guest list. The event will start from start from 6pm.
Business of Design Week 2017
LOCATION: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai
WHEN: Monday 4th - Saturday 9th December
Hong Kong’s annual event where prominent international design masters and business leaders gather to exchange ideas is back. Dedicated to innovative design, this landmark annual event is where prominent design masters, creatives and business leaders gather to exchange ideas and promote Hong Kong’s creative sectors. Expect a packed line-up of panels, including architects Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksasand, Olympic designer Mario Balich and Mitja Borkert, head designer of Lamborghini, and other exciting guests. Prepare to be inspired! However also prepare yourself for the hefty entrance fee ranging from $1,000 to $4,000.
Daphné Mandel: Hong Kong Vanitas [Still Life Comes to Life]
LOCATION: Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences, 2 Caine Lane, Mid-Levels
WHEN: Thursday 7th - Tuesday 12th December
Mixed media artist Daphné Mandel captures the juxtaposition of nature and urbanity in her insightful artworks. Fascinated with Hong Kong’s unique mash-up environment between an urban jungle and lush greenery, French now locally-based mixed media artist Daphné Mandel captures the juxtaposition of nature and urbanity in her mixed media artworks. With her background and experience as an urban planner and landscape architect, Mandel’s works are quiet yet insight exploration of the city.
ROAM at Potato Head
LOCATION: Potato Head, 100 Third St, Sai Ying Pun
WHEN: Thursday 7th December 8PM - 11PM
Join Jayda G at for an audio adventure of funk, disco and house music, supported by ROAM Selectors. Jayda G is a Canadian DJ that moves back and forth from Vancouver to Berlin. As a music producer, she came out with her first release on the Australian label, Butter Sessions, in May 2015. Jayda G has also recently started a new record label project called Freakout Cult. Limited space in the music room, access only to tickets buyers. Ticket: 60HKD including one beer. Get your ticket here.
Friday Night Lights ~ Christmas Edition
LOCATION: Tamar Park
WHEN: Friday 8th December
Yogi’s it’s Friday Night Lights Christmas Edition... So, don't forget to wear your Santa hat! The class will be a 90-minute practice of Alignment-Based Vinyasa with a Gong Bath held afterwards by Martha from Red Door Studios. Everyone's welcome to this class, as the class will be mixed level with beginner friendly options for all challenging poses. If you would like to give thanks for the practice, please give a donation as all proceeds will be given to the SPCA. The class is BYOM (bring your own mat)
Acadana at Social Room
LOCATION: Social Room, 3/F Won Hing Building, 74 – 78 Stanley Street, Central
WHEN: Friday 8th December
Acadana is crossing the tunnels and harbour, landing at Hong Kong’s beloved Social Room! Classic Acadana "party without a care" style with cutting edge techno, dirty funk and lots of surprises! The Line Up includes JayMe (Acadana) K-Melo (Jazzysprots) Finsent C (Utopia/Fufu). See you on the dance floor with this fresh combination of DJs!
Startup Weekend HK Fashion 2.0
LOCATION: Campfire Creative, 5/F Remex centre, 42 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang
WHEN: Friday 8th - Sunday 10th December
Startup Weekend is a global movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 2,900+ past events in 150 countries around the world to date. The Fashion industry is evolving at such a rapid rate with the rise of technology. How we look, and dress has changed over the centuries and whether you are in fast fashion or high-end, designer and consumers strive to look best to impress. Here's where you come in, join to become a catalyst in the system, anywhere from the design, supply chain, retail and distribution of fashion. Why should you register? 1. Build your network 2. Launch a business 3. Get face time with thought leaders 4. Join a global community. Get your tickets in advance here. Tickets are selling fast!
Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize 2017
LOCATION: Blindspot Gallery, 15/ Po Chai Industrial Bldg, 28 Wong Chuk Hang
WHEN: Until 16th December
Locally-based artists create works that delve into the state of human rights in Hong Kong and around the world. This annual event showcases brilliant artwork by locally-based artists that touch upon the state of human rights both at home and abroad. Organised by non-profit human rights organi