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.
MONDAY, MAY 1 – SUNDAY, MAY 7
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.
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.
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.
MONDAY, MAY 8 – SUNDAY, MAY 14
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.
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.
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.
MONDAY, MAY 15 – SUNDAY, MAY 21
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.
THEATRE | West Side Story
Thursday, May 18 – Sunday, June 11
Tickets: HK$445 and up
ART | Affordable Art Fair 2017
Friday, May 19 – Sunday, May 21
MONDAY, MAY 22 – WEDNESDAY, MAY 31
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.
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.
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.