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Hong Kong's 10 Unmissable Events in Summer 2014: Food and Festivals

Hong Kong's 10 Unmissable Events in Summer 2014: Food and Festivals

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Updated: 9 February 2017
The steamy Hong Kong summer has arrived but there’s plenty to occupy both locals and visitors throughout the hot season. With events representing cultures the world over from Japanese animation to Croatian dancing, this list outlines the top ten arts and cultures events in the city this summer.

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Design | Studio Ghibli Layout Designs: Understanding the Secrets of Takahata and Miyazaki Animation

14 May – 31 August

The Hong Kong Heritage Museum plays host to a unique animation exhibition that uncovers the trade secrets of this integral and much-celebrated aspect of Asian culture. A showcase of original drawings by two acclaimed animation directors, Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki, the exhibition reveals the intricacy and sophistication of producing such films without the aid of digital technology, something the two men have built their careers on. As well as an appreciation of the handiwork of Takahata and Hayao, the display hopes to arouse intrigue in the uniqueness of Japanese culture and to encourage visitors to view the layouts as masterpieces in themselves.

Hong Kong Heritage Museum, 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin, Hong Kong, +852 2180 8188


Music | Chinese Opera Festival

20 June – 30 August

Opera like you’ve probably never seen it before; the Chinese Opera Festival takes up residence in Hong Kong annually to impart its rich history on the masses. A story-telling art form, the Chinese Opera Festival tells the captivating tales of China’s mystical past through a combination of stage performance, film screenings and exhibitions. Pay particular attention to the body language and movements of the Chinese operatic performers as these seemingly inconsequential actions are meticulously planned and are crucial to perfecting the craft. As well as artists from the mainland, the festival showcases a taster of local Cantonese opera too.

Various locations around Hong Kong


Sichuan Opera, Hong Kong

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Culture | International Arts Carnival

11 July – 17 August

The International Arts Carnival plans to stimulate the minds of the city and its younger generation throughout the summer months. A cultural melting pot, the carnival welcomes performers and artists from every corner of the world to share their local customs and methods of entertainment. A diverse host of entertainers have been booked for the event, including the National Folk Dance Ensemble of Croatia, who don traditional attire to act out scenes set in their homeland through song and dance. Acrobatics, operatic performances, comedians and film showings are all scheduled for this 5 week-long party.

Various locations around Hong Kong


Art | The Funeral Portraits of Cities

12 July – 24 July

The Funeral Portraits of Cities is a celebration of mourning. This exhibition is a collection of photographs taken in cities from Hong Kong to Prague which paint a picture of stories untold. Whilst changes occur to our most treasured urban landscapes, a little bit of history and tradition is lost each time. Each image tells a different tale right before the very essence of the photo was destroyed and lost forever. Free of charge this exhibition will take you back to a forgotten era on a journey through time and continents.

Anita Chan Lai-Ling Gallery, The Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2521 7251


Food | LKF Beer and Music Fest

19 July – 20 July

Lan Kwai Fong is a warren of cobbled streets which attracts primarily expats and tourists with its lively nightlife. The LKF Beer and Music Festival is a two day extravaganza that shows the area in a different light: the daylight. Taste over one hundred branded beers available in the partaking bars and restaurants, as well as from the makeshift street booths drafted in for the weekend. A carnival atmosphere can be felt on the streets with competitions, games and fancy-dress. From lunch until the early hours listen to the varied programme of live music from rock to R&B.

Lan Kwai Fong, Central District, Hong Kong

LKF Beer and Music Festival

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Literature | Hong Kong Book Fair

16 July – 22 July

A harmonious marriage of booksellers, book publishers and bookworms, the Hong Kong Book Fair is a lot more than just a bookshop on a large scale. The fair is organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and includes exhibits by hundreds of publishers and writers, some local but many who come from further afield for the occasion. Soak up the wisdom of some of the world’s most acclaimed best-sellers by attending a seminar, or visit one of the countless zones including Children’s Paradise, English Avenue or the Multimedia zone. For those who prefer to keep things old-school you can buy hundreds of titles at a cut price throughout the week, particularly on the final day of the fair.

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2582 8888


Hong Kong Book Fair

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Art | Snoopy Art Exhibition

16 July – 12 August

Hailing from Japan, Yoshiteru Otani is known for masterminding artwork inspired by the Peanuts series of comic strips, which enjoyed a record-breaking stint in newspapers globally for 50 years. Ahead of the 2015 film release based on Charlie Brown and friends, Yoshiteru Otani brings snoopy to life in Hong Kong.The exhibition incorporates a make-believe Snoopy world that visitors can wander through whilst marvelling at the life size installations, sculptures and traditional Japanese crafts. As if this wasn’t peculiar enough, world-class doggy designers are showcasing some of their bespoke dog houses.

Harbour City, Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2118 8666


Snoopy Exhibition

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Culture | Hong Kong-Shenzhen Creative Arts Festival

18 July – 12 August

Bringing these neighbouring cities together in unison, the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Creative Arts Festival is a joint effort on both parts. The event encourages an amicable relationship between these two competing trade hubs all in the name of the creativity. A performance entitled the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Night of Symphony v2.0 is where proceedings begin, binding together the angelic tones of the Hong Kong Children’s Choir and the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra Chorus. Throughout the festival visitors will be kept entertained with Cantonese opera and appearances from the stars of Chinese drama, as well as the pleasure of viewing exhibitions including displays from local ink artists.

Various locations around Hong Kong


Art & Culture | 1600 Pandas World Tour in Hong Kong: Creativity Meets Conservation

25 June – 17 July

Last year Victoria Harbour played host to the infamous 50ft high rubber duck that had spent years making appearances in big cities around the globe. Now Hong Kong has some new, non-human residents in the form of 1600 pandas, the number of pandas left in the world. The panda world tour has 1600 participants of the little black, white and papier-mâché kind which are wreaking havoc around the city in organised flash mobs. This may all seem bizarre however the stunt is a joint effort between the World Wildlife Federation and Paulo Grangeon, an artist, to raise awareness of conservation issues. After taking a tour of the tram system and getting cosy in Victoria Park, the embarrassment of pandas (yes that is the collective term) will be settling down at the PMQ night market until 17 July.

PMQ Night Market, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2851 3220

Food | Hong Kong Food Expo 2014

14 August – 18 August

The Hong Kong Food Expo is one of the most anticipated events in this gastronomically obsessed city. For the foodies of the general public there’s a dedicated Public Hall where punters get a chance to sample a taste of the east and the west. This area allows visitors to sample a diverse array of cuisines whilst companies get to optimise their brand awareness to the mass market. For a taste of the good life head to the Gourmet Zone which specialises in fine dining dishes even if you do only get to sample a mere morsel. To accompany the canapés there will be a continuous stream of interactive events, cooking demonstrations, games and seminars for a holistic food experience.

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2582 8888