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What's On in Hong Kong in May 2017
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What's On in Hong Kong in May 2017

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Updated: 28 April 2017
We’re officially entering Hong Kong’s hot weather season, but instead of retreating from the heat, the city seems determined to push on with a host of activities, concerts, and shows happening in May. Here, we’ve selected the best events of the month for you to check out.


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Sailing on the Mekong/Pixabay | French Mardi Gras/Pixabay | Joan Cornellà/Vimeo

CULTURE | Le French May 2017

Saturday, May 1 – Friday, June 30

Established in 1993, Le French May is an annual cultural festival that showcases the best of French culture, including art, film, dance, fashion, and cuisine. Check out the festival’s website to find out about all the events taking place throughout May and June.

Various Locations

ART | Mekong – New Mythologies Exhibition

Sunday, May 4 – Wednesday, May 21

This transnational group exhibition, featuring works by 19 Southeast Asian artists, explores the ecological, political, and social issues related to the Mekong River and its surrounding territory, reaching as far as the Pearl River Delta and the Philippines.

Pao Galleries, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

ART | Joan Cornellà: A Hong Kong-Themed Solo Exhibition

Saturday, May 6 – Sunday, May 21

Joan Cornellà, a Spanish cartoonist famous for his bizarre and often unsettling illustrations, spent a month in Hong Kong in January 2017. This exhibition presents works inspired by his stay.

10/F, Block A/B, Tung Chong Factory Building, 653-659 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong

Tickets: HK$50


Bass guitar/Pixabay | Camera/Pixabay | Concert/Pixabay
Bass guitar/Pixabay | Camera/Pixabay | Concert/Pixabay

FILM | Art of Commercials 2017

Saturday, May 13 – Saturday, May 27

Interested in the art of the ad? The Hong Kong Arts Centre’s “Art of Commercials” program features over 100 award-winning commercials in five screenings.

Hong Kong Arts Centre Cinema, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Tickets: HK$65

MUSIC | Hidden Agenda Rooftop Sessions Kickoff Party

Saturday, May 13

Underground live house Hidden Agenda is kicking off the summer season with a rooftop party. The lineup includes local talents like Sensi Lion, Phoon, and NI.NE.MO.

9/F, Hung To Centre, 94-96 How Ming Street, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong

Tickets: HK$150

MUSIC | Outlook Festival Hong Kong Launch Party

Saturday, May 13

Proudly calling itself the “only underground Bass Music festival in Hong Kong,” the Outlook Festival takes place in 10,000 sq. ft. of open space by Tolo Harbour in Ma On Shan.

Whitehead BBQ, No.1950, Whitehead, Ma On Shan, New Territories, Hong Kong

Tickets: HK$300


West Side Story billboard/© Randy Lemoine/Flickr | Chair onstage/© Hernán Piñera/Flickr | Art for sale/© Herry Lawford/Flickr
West Side Story billboard/ © Randy Lemoine/Flickr | Chair onstage/© Hernán Piñera/Flickr | Art for sale/© Herry Lawford/Flickr

THEATRE | All in the Timing by David Ives and A Minor Case of Murder by Paul Johnson

Wednesday, May 17 – Saturday, May 20

In this double bill, the CSR Theatre Company presents All in the Timing, the 1994 David Ives show composed of six comedy shorts, as well as the Hong Kong debut of Paul Johnson’s A Minor Case of Murder.

The Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Rd, Central, Hong Kong

Tickets: HK$200

THEATRE | West Side Story

Thursday, May 18 – Sunday, June 11

West Side Story, the popular Broadway musical based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, is coming to Hong Kong following sold-out shows in London, Sydney, and Tokyo.

The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Lyric Theatre, 1 Gloucester Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Tickets: HK$445 and up

ART | Affordable Art Fair 2017

Friday, May 19 – Sunday, May 21

Who says that only moneyed art collectors can enjoy and afford art? At the Affordable Art Fair, browse works by over 1,000 artists, including painting, sculpture, and photography.

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Dr, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Tickets: HK$160


BALLET | Hong Kong Ballet: Carmen and More

Friday, May 26 – Sunday, May 28

Hong Kong Ballet ends the 2016/17 season with an eclectic program in four parts, featuring stunning choreography and blending local rock music with classical pieces.

Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Tickets: HK$140-$1,000

COMEDY | Russell Howard Live in Hong Kong

Saturday, May 27

English comedian Russell Howard is bringing his cheeky, energetic brand of comedy to Hong Kong as part of his “Round the World” tour.

Hong Kong Baptist University, Academic Community Hall, 224 Waterloo Rd, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong

Tickets: HK$488-$888

MUSIC | PITBULL: Climate Change Tour Live in Hong Kong

Monday, May 29

Cuban-American rapper Armando Christian Pérez — commonly known as Pitbull — will be in Hong Kong to perform hits from his tenth studio album, Climate Change.

AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong

Tickets: HK$688-$1288