After a quiet January it’s time to get back to business. February may be the shortest month of the year but it’s a BIG month for Hong Kong. Welcome in the Year of the Dog with CNY festivities, gigs and a romantic date on Valentine’s Day. Follow our guide on the lowdown of the best going ons in Hong Kong (and Shenzhen) this month.
LOCATION: Asia World Expo
WHEN: Thursday 1st February, 7.30pm
YourMum presents the phenomenal UK trio The XX (RL's Band of The Month January 2017), live in Hong Kong on 1st February. Do not miss this rare opportunity to catch one of the world’s most sought-after acts and check out our artist of the month Jamie XX while you're at it.
WHEN: Friday 2nd February, 10pm
Yas! Our prayers have been answered, and by prayers we mean leaving ‘please come to Hong Kong!’ comments on our style muse Peggy’s Instagram monthly. Thanks to PUSH, Peggy will be having her local debut at Afterdarkandbeyond, where she’ll be supported by resident Frankie Lam and special guests. Afterdarkandbeyond is the new club on the block and a good one at that. Incredible space, sound system, cocktails and staff, plus, by the looks of things, top quality bookings!
LOCATION: Oil Club Shenzhen
WHEN: Saturday 3rd February, 10pm
Aiya…just when you thought you would have a quiet Saturday night, you see that Jacques Green will be playing in our neighbouring Shenzhen. The young house producer from Montreal will be debuting in Oil Club, which gives a great opportunity to check out the new venue. Hop on the bus or train to the Mainland and book yourself into a 24 hour spa post party because if you’re planning on attending all three gigs, you’re going to need that massage.
LOCATION: Culture Club Gallery WHEN: Saturday 3rd February, 3pm – 7pm
Head down to the Culture Club in Soho this Saturday for our friends at Vintage Vinyl’s monthly pop-up vintage record sale. Dig some crates, quench your thirst and groove to some tunes!
LOCATION: GOD PMQ
WHEN: Thursday 8th February, 6pm – 8pm
Join G.O.D. for their Year of the Dog party and G.O.D. x Moonzen 'Money God Beer' launch. Check out Chanel’s Mademoiselle Privé Hong Kong before or after while you are in the area.
WHEN: Until 9th February
After its success in London and Seoul, Chanel’s Mademoiselle Privé has made its way to Hong Kong. Learn all about the origins and sources of the luxury French brand’s creations. Make sure you book an appointment online or via the app before you go.
LOCATION: Maker Hive WHEN: Friday 9th February, 7pm - 10pm
After an array of successful exhibitions, Print Gone Wild is MakerHive’s newest exhibition night that will be dedicated to highlighting and showcasing local Hong Kong graphic designers and illustrators.
LOCATION: ODD ONE OUT WHEN: Saturday 10th February, Doors open 10:30am and the talk begins 11:00am
For their fourth salon event, Odd One Out have invited illustrator & artist Charlene Man 萬蒨衡, member of London-based studio Day Job, to give a talk about her experiences working between Asia/UK, as well as the inspiration behind the group exhibition in the space, titled ‘Dog Show.’
LOCATION: West Kowloon Cultural District
WHEN: Sunday 11th February, 2pm – 8pm
Freespace Happening is back with it's February edition. Join this lovely monthly grassroots music and arts festival at the West Kowloon Cultural District. For this edition, catch a selection of music performances including Hong Kong’s Argentinian Tango band, Cafe 852, math rock band, Milos, markets, poetry music jam, family and pet-friendly activities, literature programmes, as well as park tours. Cross your fingers for a sunny day and take a picnic and be sure to check out the M+ gallery while you are there.
LOCATION: Victoria Park WHEN: Saturday 10th February - Friday 16th February
A visit to the Chinese New Year Flower Market during this time of the year is a great way to get into the spirit of the festivities. One of the most popular Markets is held annually in Victoria Park at Causeway Bay. PSA, there are normally extremely large crowds so try to get there before peak hours.
LOCATION: Dr Fern
WHEN: Saturday 10th February
Join Dr. Paul and Dr. Fern’s team of doctors for an exclusive Valentine’s gin masterclass. Tickets for the class will include 4 gins, their tonic pairings and Dr. Fern’s infamous garnish garden.
LOCATION: Three Keys Craft Space
WHEN: Tuesday 13th February
Join our friends at Make & Do Hong Kong for an embroidery class this February. This is not the kind of cross stitch your Grandma has hanging on the wall in her downstairs loo - instead it's a cheeky spin on the traditional handmade craft. Gain some insight into the world of embroidery and learn a number of embroidery techniques which can be used on your final master piece.
LOCATION: Various Venues WHEN: Friday 23rd February - Saturday 24th March
The city’s biggest art and culture festival returns for its 46th year with mesmerising experimental dance pieces, exciting Cantonese opera, royal classical works and beautiful stage performances. Highlights include the Olivier Award-winning Play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Anna Karenina by Ballet Zürich.