Having made it through the first quarter of 2021, the year continues as it approaches a new season and with that, it’s time to mark your social calendar with the slew of exciting arts and cultural events to see this month of May…
Until 23 May
Arguably one of the most influential ballet choreographers of the 20th century, George Balanchine first made his mark in 1967 in the debut of his gemstone-inspired Jewels. Renowned for its style and glamour, the three-act ballet was initially inspired by Balanchine’s chance visit to the iconic jewellery house of Van Cleef & Arpels on New York’s Fifth Avenue. Now, it returns in a modern revival courtesy of the Hong Kong Ballet.
How Much: From HK$140
Where: The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Wanchai
Until 7 July
The much anticipated Affordable Art Fair has returned to the city, albeit in a digital format yet again, for the second edition of the Affordable Online Art Fair. Partnering with some 50 galleries on a worldwide basis, audiences can browse through thousands of paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures by local and international talents, while also participating in virtual talks, tours and art advisory sessions, with the latter designed to ensure you make better informed purchases from the expansive selection on offer.
How Much: Free entry
Waiting For The Moment
Until 20 Jul
Following the earlier success of its showcase of the works of eminent locally-based photographer James Chung, Tsim Sha Tsui-set photo art gallery F22 is following this up with a new collection of more than 30 of the renowned lensman’s most iconic images of old Hong Kong. Featuring a variety of his finest work from the ’50s and ’60s, the exhibition – Waiting for the Moment – is too good a visual odyssey to miss out on.
How Much: Free
Where: The Peninsula Arcade, Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui.
The Art of Gold: 3000 Years of Chinese treasures
Until 29 Aug
Shining a light on 3,000 years of Chinese treasure and craftsmanship, the French school of jewellery arts, L’Ecole, is presenting its third exhibition at the K11 MUSEA. This time around, it is highlighting a selection of masterpieces from the Mengdiexuan collection, as well as classic examples of the ancient art of Chinese gold-smithing. From now until the end of August, jewellery enthusiasts can enjoy a truly epic hour-long guided tour through centuries of the master craftsmanship once practiced in ancient China.
How Much: Free
Where: K11 MUSEA Victoria Dockside, Tsim Sha Tsui.
Extended Figure: The Art and Inspiration of Lalan
Until 19 Sep
In honour of the iconic abstract painter Xie Jing-lan, the Asia Society Hong Kong Center is exhibiting the artist’s best loved masterworks as part of the venue’s 30th anniversary celebrations. This classic Chinese painter – affectionately known as Lalan – was a pioneering figure in the integrated art world, an achievement that saw her incorporating choreographed brushstrokes alongside the mediums of music and dance. Running until mid-September, this is a unique opportunity to relive the legacy of a truly inspired artist.
How Much: Free
Where: Chantal Miller Gallery, Asia Society Hong Kong
Le French May
Le French May, the annual France-themed arts and culture festival, returns with a slew of visual and performance exhibits, as well as a series of gourmet offerings that celebrate many of the country’s most sophisticated delicacies. Organised, as ever, by the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong & Macau, it’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate French art and culture as part of a month-long cavalcade of gastronomic greatness, the fine arts, opera, music, theatre and cinematic offerings.
How Much: Various prices
Where: Various locations
M+ Cinema, Disrupted
Despite the ongoing renovations to M+, West Kowloon’s visual culture museum, it is opening its doors – virtually at least – to film enthusiasts with an online screening of local and foreign films and a programme that sets out to examine the many different aspects of cinematography and the transformative power of global filmmaking. Comprising a two-part programme, it is said to promote the concept of film as an ever-evolving format and an essential part of modern visual culture.
How much: Free
Cheung Chau Bun Festival
With many of the current pandemic-related restriction in place across Hong Kong set to ease, the ever-popular Cheung Chau Bun Festival, a long standing annual celebration of the Taoist pantheon, is expected to go ahead as planned. By far the city’s most popular Da Jiu celebration, the event always sees thousands heading to Cheung Chau, one of Hong Kong’s outlying islands. This year, any visitors able make the trip on 19 May will get to experience its unique vertical bun-snatching race, as well as a variety of elaborate floating parades and traditional performances.
How Much: Free
Where: Cheung Chau Island