The Lunar New Year festivities are unsurprisingly the highlight of the month’s celebrations though beyond the Chinese New Year preparations, the month is also filled with plenty more activities to fill the calendar. From Gentle Yoga for Terrible Times to the Hong Kong Arts Festival and a virtual iteration of the International Fur & Fashion Fair, here’s our round-up of the February events to look out for in Hong Kong.
Gentle Yoga for Terrible Times
A much needed meditative session for the stressed-out city folk, this virtual yoga session (organised by Los Angeles-based yogi instructor, Joyce Wu) could be just what you are looking for. Essentially, it promises that by practising simple and accessible breathing exercises, stretches and guided meditation, your mind and body will re-centre as the stress unwinds. Said to be both easy to access and relaxing, you can top up your inner peace reserves from the safety and comfort of your own living space on any Wednesday this month. Free admission. eventbrite.com
The 101st Hong Kong Wedding Fair
The Hong Kong Asia Exhibition Ltd is gearing up for its 101st wedding fair, the largest such event to be hosted in the city. The first of the organiser’s four annual fairs dedicated to local brides-to-be, the event will comprise more than 400 booths across eight themed zones. This time around, one of the highlights is said to be the Overseas Wedding and Honeymoon section, which will allow couples to plan ahead for a much deserved celebration in the location of their dreams once the pandemic has passed. From HK$20. Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Wan Chai. wedding-show.com.hk
Until 11 Feb
Rhapsody by Brenda Hong
Cheer Bell Gallery is setting great store by Rhapsody, a solo exhibition of the latest works by renowned ink artist Brenda Hong. Said to take its inspiration from a classic Chinese poem describing the creation of the Cosmos, the installation is divided into five individual stages – Rage, Furious, Serenade, Origin and Flourish. Utilising a stunning colour palette and delivered via an array of mixed media, it promises to treat attendees to an unparalleled celebration of the cosmos. Cheer Bell Gallery, 19-21 Wong Chuk Hang Rd, Wong Chuk Hang. cheerbell.com
Chinese New Year Flower Market
All but wholly synonymous with Chinese New Year celebrations, the annual Victoria Park Flower Market has long been an important occasion for Hongkongers as they get ready for the week-long celebration of the Lunar New Year. Promising an array of fresh, colourful flowers and fruits, booth-after-booth of trinkets, local snack and delicacies as well as novelty gifts, the Flower Market may well be the perfect place to prepare for the incoming Year of the Ox. Free entry, Victoria Park, Causeway Bay.
Until 23 Feb
The Stage Movements of Cantonese Opera
Focusing on the particular use of patterns and specific movements in Cantonese opera (including acting, martial arts and dancing), this event consists of two special talks related to the traditional stage movements across a variety of different roles. Among those presenting is Xie Xiaoyu, a specialist in dan (female roles), and Ng Lap-hei, a specialist in sheng (male roles). Both are hugely experienced performers and will introduce attendees to the formulaic movements and facial expressions used to convey stories and impart meaning. Seminar Hall, 2/ Fl, Xiqu Centre, and live-streaming. westkowloon.hk.
Online Masterclasses of 2020 Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival
In order to comply with the prevailing social distancing regulations and safety measurements occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic, the ever-popular Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival was obliged to reinvent itself as a solely online event last year. Following on from that, this year sees it continue to entertain and inform its virtual patrons via more than 30 online masterclasses, all taught by the city’s most prominent chefs / wine and spirits experts, all in the hopes of nurturing a new generation of masterchefs. masterclasses.discoverhongkong.com
Hong Kong International Fur & Fashion Fair
The Hong Kong International Fur & Fashion Fair returns this month, providing an unrivalled platform for fashion-forward fur lovers to source high quality fur, leather garments and accessories. Although the physical iteration of the fair has had to be postponed due to the pandemic, erminophiles will still be able to access its virtual incarnation this month, so there’s no excuse not to digitally dally among your pre-furred choices. hkff.org
27 Feb – 26 Mar
Hong Kong Arts Festival
The 49th Hong Kong Arts Festival kicks off its five-week run this month with the promise of the participation of close to 2,000 international artists, local talents, and performers. One of the biggest art events in the city, this year the festival will include much anticipated performances of the Beethoven 250 & Beyond celebrations, as well as programmes, workshops, and special screenings at the new K11 Art House. Whether classical piano, modern dance or something far more outré is your thing, chances are you’ll find something at the festival to enjoy. From HK$170. hk.artsfestival.org
It’s time to welcome back the Trans Lantau race, as impressive an exercise of endurance and athletic ability as you are likely to find within the +852 area code. Challenging runners to conquer the many hills and valleys of the city’s biggest island, it comprises a 100km race around some of the island’s most scenic spots, while also taking in some of its sharpest inclines, most notably the Lantau Peak. This year, unlike with previous races, organisers are stretching the event from just one intensive day into a more flexible three-month affair to minimise the number of runner participating at any one time. HK$380. Mui Wo, Lantau. translantau.com