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What's On in Hong Kong in April

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Updated: 23 March 2017
With April comes another calendar packed with concerts, activities, and cultural events to enjoy in Hong Kong. In the first week of the month, the city officially goes into party mode in the lead up to the Hong Kong Sevens, the biggest sporting event of the year. Other happenings to look forward to include the 41st Hong Kong International Film Festival and some great musical performances.

SATURDAY, APRIL 1 – SUNDAY, APRIL 9

FILM | Revisiting the New Wave

Friday, March 24 – Sunday, May 14

The New Wave movement of the 1970s and ’80s was an important period in Hong Kong cinema history. The Hong Kong Film Archive is screening a series of New Wave films and hosting a series of seminars with critics and industry experts, including acclaimed director Ann Hui.

Tickets: HK$45

Hong Kong Film Archive

MUSIC | Sónar Hong Kong

Saturday, April 1

Electronic music festival Sónar was first launched in Barcelona in 1994. Now, it’s making its Hong Kong debut with a lineup that includes DJ Shadow, Gilles Peterson, Daito Manabe and Lady Leshurr. In addition, Sónar+D, a series of workshops and talks geared toward creative technology, new media, and digital culture, will take place alongside the festival.

Tickets: HK$180 (Sónar+D only), HK$780 (Sónar+D and all music performances)

Hong Kong Science Park

SPORTS | Hong Kong Sevens

Friday, April 7 – Sunday, April 9

The Hong Kong Sevens tournament is part of Rugby Sevens World, and has long been an excuse for the entire city to hold a weeklong party. Apart from the rugby itself, there will be parties and bar specials held all over town, so you can join in on the fun even without snagging a coveted ticket.

Tickets: Visit the Hong Kong Sevens website for more information.

Hong Kong Stadium

MONDAY, APRIL 10 – SUNDAY, APRIL 16

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FILM | Hong Kong International Film Festival

Tuesday, April 11 – Tuesday, April 25

The 41st edition of the Hong Kong International Film Festival opens with the premiere of Love Off the Cuff, a romantic comedy from Hong Kong director Pang Ho-cheung. The festival will screen a range of international arthouse films and restored classics. In addition, this year’s festival includes free special screenings of over 20 important Hong Kong films made after the 1997 handover.

Tickets: Visit the HKIFF website for more information.

Various Locations

MUSIC | Piano Recital by Edmonda Fung Yuen Lam

Tuesday, April 11

Award-winning Hong Kong-born pianist Edmonda Lam will perform a concerto with the Pearl River Cinema Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Professor Yau Tin Fu.

Tickets: HK$300-$700

Hong Kong City Hall

SPORTS | 2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships

Wednesday, April 12 – Sunday, April 16

The 2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships will feature some of the world’s top track cyclists competing in a range of individual and team events at the Hong Kong Velodrome in Tseung Kwan O. This marks only the second time that the championships have been held in Asia.

Tickets: HK$70-$400

Hong Kong Velodrome

MONDAY, APRIL 17 – SUNDAY, APRIL 23

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Muay thai/Pixabay | Wine glass/Pexels | Orchestra/Pixabay

SPORTS | I-1 World MuayThai Grand Extreme 2017

Tuesday, April 17

Muay Thai, the immensely popular combat sport from Thailand, garners more fans every year. Top boxing champions face off against each other in this year’s I-1 World MuayThai Grand Extreme tournament.

Tickets: HK$200-$1000

Kowloon Bay International Trade and Exhibition Centre

FOOD | Asian Wine Festival 2017

Wednesday, April 19

High-quality wines from Asia are on the rise. This festival features 19 award-winning wines from Japan, China, and Indonesia, as well as delicious tapas and a series of masterclasses led by renowned winemakers.

Tickets: HK$240

Hotel ICON

MUSIC | Hong Kong Philharmonic: Mahler’s Sixth Symphony

Saturday, April 22

Gustav Mahler’s Sixth Symphony, the dramatic and emotionally freighted “Tragic Symphony,” features disturbingly dark passages mixed with moments of serene beauty, such as the famous “Alma theme,” believed to be a portrait of the composer’s wife. Also on the program is a new piece by American-Chinese composer Conrad Tao.

Tickets: HK$280-$680

Hong Kong Cultural Centre

MONDAY, APRIL 24 – SUNDAY, APRIL 30

PARTY | Warehouses on West Block Party

Saturday, April 22

This block party takes place in a strip of converted warehouses in Sai Ying Pun, featuring an afternoon of live music, food, drinks, and “hip hop yoga,” combining hip hop music with Vinyasa yoga.

Free

G/F, Kwan Yick Building, Phase III No. 158A Connaught Road West

MUSIC | Amiina Live in Hong Kong

Wednesday, April 26

Icelandic indie pop band Amiina is set to play at the popular underground live house Hidden Agenda. They’ll be performing songs from their 2016 album Fantômas, conceived as the soundtrack to a 1913 silent movie of the same name.

Tickets: HK$280

Hidden Agenda

FOOD | The 25th Great Chefs of Hong Kong

Thursday, April 27

This charity culinary event features some of Hong Kong’s top chefs, including chefs from the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong and the JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong. Savor delicious food, meet the chefs, and try your luck at the lucky draw and tombola. All proceeds will go to the Heep Hong Society, which supports special needs children and their families.

Tickets: HK$880

Grand Hyatt Hong Kong