From the return of Hong Kong International Literary Festival to Clockenflap, there’s plenty of exciting happenings in the 852 to keep you and your little ones amused. While you’re here, don’t miss out our handy guide to November’s best bazaars!
UNTIL NOV 6
ART & DESIGN MARKET on Tour
Art provider Xiko Art has curated a collection of Swedish designers for a week-long ‘pop-up’ in NoHo (North of Hollywood Road). Includes interior design, fashion, jewellery and homewares. The event was developed as a platform for small designers to reach new audiences and this is the first time the concept has travelled overseas.
1/F 10 Shin Hing Street, Central, artdesignmarketontour.com
UNTIL NOV 25
Hong Kong International Comedy Festival 2017
This year’s lineup features Ahmed Ahmed and Paul Ogata. The festival also includes a Comedy Competition, the finals of which will be on November 4. Tickets start at $250 each.
Most of the events will be held at The TakeOut Comedy Club HK, 34 Elgin Street, Soho. For more details, visit hkcomedyfestival.com
UNTIL NOV 30
Heritage Fiesta 2017
15 historic buildings related to the city’s law and order will be open to the public this month during specific hours. Free guided tours through these historic buildings will be offered on a first come first served basis. Visitors can collect special stamps at participating buildings to mark as they work their way through this heritage exploration. Free admission to all buildings.
For further information, visit heritage.gov.hk
Hong Kong Academy Open Houses
Registration for Hong Kong Academy Open Houses have begun. The day provides parents interested in Hong Kong Academy’s Early Childhood Programme the opportunity to tour the campus and hear from the Primary School Principal and Director of Admissions.
Mothercare Baby Expo
Leading British retailer of products for mothers-to-be, babies and children Mothercare introduces the Mothercare 1st Baby Expo. Visit over 90 booths consisting of famous brands in the baby and children industry providing innovative products.
$10 admission, free for children under 12. 3/F, Star Hall, KITEC, Kowloon Bay.
Hong Kong International Literary Festival
This year’s festival features a diverse lineup of writers, encompassing fiction, thrillers, poetry and live storytelling among others. There will be events with literary stars such as Carol Ann Duffy, Amy Tan and Ian Rankin. Hong Kong writers and themes, including the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China, will also be specially showcased to promote local talent on an international scale. Full-time students are entitled to 50 per cent off most festival events.
Various locations, get your tickets at festival.org.hk
NOV 3 – DEC 10
Secret Theatre Project Mayhem
After a series of sold-out shows last year, the Secret Theatre team is back for another round of immersive storytelling, engaging theatre-goers as part of the set and story.
Early-bird tickets from $850, ticketflap.com
The Big Picnic
Head over to Discover Bay for Hong Kong’s biggest community festival, with Kids Zone, stalls, bars, food stalls and live music. 10am-9.30pm, Tai Pak Beach, Discovery Bay, Lantau, thebigpicnic.com
Lamma Fun Day
Bring the kids for fun and games, plus live music, bars, food stalls, arts and crafts adn a charity auction. Presented by Child Welfare Scheme and raising money for projects in Nepal.
11am-10pm, Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island, cwshk.org
Big Bang BBQ
Maggie & Rose will be hosting a ‘Guy Fawkes’ night in Hong Kong with a special BBQ. Kids and their parents are invited to come along and join in the fun, with fun activities and a rooftop BBQ of rosemary roasted lamb leg, plus British classics bangers and mash, bread and butter pudding and more.
Hong Kong Spartan Race
One of the world’s most famous obstacle course races, a Spartan Race is designed to push contestants to their limits. We have been assured that “there will be fire, mud, water, barbed wire, and occasionally Hell on Earth”. The race will be split into the 13km Spartan Super with up to 29 obstacles and the 6km Spartan Sprint with up to 23 obstacles; there will also be kids’ race categories with distances split by age group.
Tickets range from $480 for the Open Junior Race to $1180 for the Elite Spartan Super; spectator only tickets are also available at $50 with limited spots.
Kam Tin Country Club, Shui Tau Road, Yuen Long. For more information and ticketing, visit spartanrace.hk
Pedal Kart 24-Hour Grand Prix 2017
The Pedal Kart 24-Hour Grand Prix races back into Victoria Park for its 31st anniversary. Watch as more than 20 teams from Cathay Pacific, Haesl, MTR, KGV, South Island School and more compete it out for a range of prizes. The event is organised by Round Table and money raised will go towards charities in Hong Kong and across Asia. Expect a DJ and music, games for kids, and food and drinks on the day.
Free spectator admission. The 24-hour event starts at noon. For more information visit roundtablehongkong.or
Exhibition: Sai Kung and Beyond
Featuring three locally based artists, Elena Klimova, Magi Chen and Gary Yeung. All three have a shared interest in depicting and preserving in art the traditions and heritage unique to Hong Kong. The vibrancy of the city is contrasted with rural dwellings and village life in a colourful portrayal of Sai Kung and beyond.
Opening night will be on November 4, from 6-8:30pm. Wine and cheese will be provided. Gallery hours are from 12-4pm each day apart from Wednesdays.
H Studio Gallery, 1/1 Wan King Path, Sai Kung.
A Plastic Ocean – A Film To Make A Difference
A Plastic Ocean is a feature-length adventure documentary that brings to light the consequences of our global disposable lifestyle. The documentary chronicles journalist Craig Leeson’s discovery of plastic waste in the midst of a search for the elusive blue whale.
Leeson teams up with diver Tanya Streeter and an international team of scientists and researchers as they travel to twenty locations around the world over four years to explore our oceans, the truths about plastic pollution and working solutions.
10:30am-12:15pm, 33 Wai Man Road, Sai Kung. Tickets are available at eventbrite.hk
NOV 7, 16, 21
Shrewsbury Info Session
Join Shrewsbury’s November Information Sessions on 7, 16 and 21 November. School Principal, Ben Keeling, will talk about the school ethos, facilities, curriculum and more. The Shrewsbury Admissions team will also be available throughout to speak with you and answer any questions you may have.
Please register your seat at shrewsbury.hk/open-house-november-2017
NOV 7, 14
Malvern Pre-School Meet
Looking for a school for your littlies? Prospective parents can learn more about Malvern College Pre-School Hong Kong and Malvern College Hong Kong by talking to their principal and senior management of the school.
5:30-7 pm on Nov 7 at G09-G12, Coronation Circle, 1 Yau Cheung Road and 6:30-8pm on Nov 14 at 14th Floor, Club Lusitano Building, 16 Ice House Street. Register at malvernpreschool.hk/
American Women’s Association Charity Bazaar
Over 70 vendors selling jewellery, ladies fashion and accessories, cosmetics, children’s apparel, Christmas decorations, stationery, gifts, toys and wine. Enter the Lucky Lai See for the chance to win holidays, junk boat trips, jewellery, massages and manicures. At the Giving Tree, you can donate to fund a specific need selected by the AWA from applications it receives throughout the year.
11:30am-7:30pm. PMQ, Aberdeen Street, Soho. For enquiries, contact Barbora Mayer at 2527 2961 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Pedal Through Perthes
8-year-old Jack Farmer was diagnosed with Perthes Disease last year. His family has organised a fundraiser for two charities, Perthes Association and Sailability, to raise awareness of the disease. Head over to the RCHK basketball courts and join Jack on your bikes, roller-blades, skateboards, or simply your own two feet for a 3km run.
The deadline to order event t-shirts has passed, but there will be a limited supply to purchase on the day; preordered shirts can be collected on the day as well.
SKIP Open Day
Sai Kung International Pre-School is extending invitations to children under 5 and their parents—it’s an open day for parents and open play for the little ones. Find out more about the playground and kindergarten classes on offer. There will be circle time songs and games for the kids, and a curriculum talk after.
RSVP at email@example.com. 10am-noon. 159 Che Keng Tuk Road, Sai Kung.
Poppies can be obtained on the streets of Hong Kong Island, 9am-12.15pm on Saturday Nov 11. There will also be a charity booth inside Pacific Place opposite the walkway to Queensway.
Proceeds to the Royal British Legion Hong Kong & China Branch.
Lest we forget. A Remembrance Day Ceremony will be held at 11am, Cenotaph, Statue Square, Central.
SwimRun #1: Ma On Shan
First of its kind in Hong Kong, SwimRun is a Swedish originated multiple-stage race which involves racers swimming and running across over a cross-country race course. The 7.5 kilometre race will start at Sai Kung BBQ #5 at 8:30 am and end at Li Po Chun International School.
Hong Kong’s biggest music and arts festival is back for its 10th run. Growing rapidly in size since 2007, it has hosted many global names, and this year’s star-studded lineup features Massive Attack, The Prodigy, MØ, Temples and many more.
$1,940 for a three-day pass. Single day passes start from $930, with student tickets starting from $570. Book online at clockenflap.com. Central Harbourfront, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central.
Women’s Five November Run
Women’s Five combines yoga and running to help ladies achieve their fitness goals. Registration has passed for the five-week health and wellness program, but you can still register for the run only.
Prices start at $390, with discounts for teams. Register at womensfive.com
Malvern College coding workshop
In partnership with BSD Code & Design Academy, MCHK will be holding a taster lesson on coding. Coding is considered one of the the most important skills of the future, and MCHK believes it best for children to be introduced to this skill early, in a relaxing and enjoyable environment.
The workshop is open to children aged 5-12, and admission is free; RSVP at malverncollege.org.hk/coding-workshop. Science Park, Sha Tin.
Hong Kong KIDS+BOUTIQUES
Curated shopping and art party for families. Shop kidswear from birth to ten years, plus free art workshops and storytime hosted by artist-in-residence Serena Segadelli. The event is sponsored by Catch and KidsFest2018.
Storytimes at 10am, 1pm and 4pm, 10am-6pm, Lighthouse Artists, 20B Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan, facebook.com/kids+boutiques
Exhibition: Jade Jungle, Crimson City
Sai Kung local Sammy Jane Freeman is holding a solo photography exhibition. Despite only being 21, Freeman has trained in New York and has since travelled extensively while focusing on surfing photography in areas such as California, South Africa, Bali, and Australia. This new exhibition however is entirely based around Hong Kong, with plenty of shots of Sai Kung.
Opening night will be 6-8:30pm on November 25, and refreshments will be provided. Exhibition hours thereafter will run noon-4pm daily, with gallery closure on Wednesdays.
H Studio Gallery, 1/1 Wan King Path, Sai Kung.
Expat Parent Charity Christmas Lunch
What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than a fun lunch with friends for a good cause? All lucky table proceeds and profits will go towards local charity Box of Hope. $550/person or $500/person if you book a table.
Each ticket includes a three-course lunch, bubbly and wine or soft drinks. Seats are limited so book early!
12noon-2:30pm. Mr Wolf, 5/F Crawford House, 70 Queen’s Road, Central. To book, visit hongkongliving.com/shop
The Art of Giving
Children’s art exhibition featuring paintings by kids in Vietnam and Mongolia. Come and support the charity and enjoy canapes and holiday cheer. This event is sponsored by Hong Kong Art Space, little miss macarons, Christina Noble Foundation and Ganymede Ltd.
5-8pm, 3 Staunton Street, Central, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hong Kong 24-Hour Race 2017
Every 24 hours, 5,500 people across the globe fall victim to slavery. Anyone can be a part of a youth-led anti-slavery movement by joining this 24-hour run and advocating for freedom. The run will be a relay endurance race, but there will also be a music festival where both local and international musicians will be playing live well into the wee hours.
Regular tickets cost $280, but the first 280 people will get an early bird price of $200, visit 24 Hour Race official website for more details. December 2 (7am) – December 3 (11am). Lugard Road, The Peak.