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What's On In Hong Kong In September
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What's On In Hong Kong In September

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Updated: 18 October 2016
The peak of summer has passed but Hong Kong is not ready to shut down just yet. September brings a host of new shows, performances and cultural events to the city, from stand-up comedy to documentary screenings to ballet performances and more. Find out here what this great city has to offer.


Stephen K. Amos/Courtesy Punchline Comedy | Violin/Loreen Liberty/Flickr | Movie Theatre/Matthew Berggren/Flickr | Foodie Market/Courtesy of Foodie World
Stephen K. Amos/Courtesy Punchline Comedy | Violin/© Loreen Liberty/Flickr | Movie Theatre/© Matthew Berggren/Flickr | Foodie Market/Courtesy of Foodie World

ART | Solo Exhibition by Pure Evil

📅 Thursday, September 1 – Tuesday, September 30

Acclaimed British street artist Charles Uzzell Edwards, better known by his alias Pure Evil, exhibits his Nightmare Series at the Above Second Gallery this September. The Wharhol-esque images were created using a stencil and brightly-colored spray paint, and each features the face of a celebrity with an emblematic tear running down their face.

📍 Above Second Gallery, Sai Ying Pun

COMEDY | Stephen K. Amos LIVE

📅 Thursday, September 1

Comedian and television personality Stephen K. Amos is one of British television’s most charming personalities. This September, he’s bringing his exuberant stand-up to Hong Kong, with a supporting performance from comedian Maff Brown.

Tickets: $350

📍 Sun Hung Kai Centre, Wan Chai

MUSIC | Roman Kim Violin Recital

📅 Friday, September 2

Roman Kim first became known when he uploaded a performance of his own transcription of Bach’s Air on a G String on Youtube. Since then, the 24-year-old virtuoso, who is known for his energy and showmanship, has performed in concert halls around the world.

Tickets: $400 (Regular) / $200 (Student)

📍 Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Wan Chai

FILM | 6th Annual Amnesty International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

📅 Friday, September 2 – Thursday, September 15

A showcase of award-winning, human rights documentaries from around the world. Highlights of this year’s festival include Frame by Frame, which explores the photography revolution that appeared in Afghanistan following the fall of the Taliban in 2001, and Under the Sun, which follows the life of 8-year-old Zin-mi as she prepares to join the Korean Children’s Union.

Tickets: $85 (Regular) / $65 (Students/Children/Senior Citizens)

📍 Broadway Cinemathique, Yau Ma Tei

FOOD | Foodie Market

📅 Sunday, September 4

Back for a second year, Foodie Market 2016 features food and drinks from 30 different vendors, as well as live music and workshops. The first 100 people to arrive will be gifted a free glass of Prosecco.

Tickets: Free entry

📍 hmv Bar and Restaurant, Causeway Bay


Yo-Yo Ma/© music2020/Flickr | Merchant of Venice/© Manuel Harlan/Courtesy ABA Media | The Tiger Lillies Perform Hamlet/Courtesy Hong Kong Leisure and Cultural Services Department | Shibori/CC BY-SA 3.0/Wikimedia Commons
Yo-Yo Ma/© music2020/Flickr | Merchant of Venice/© Manuel Harlan/Courtesy ABA Media | The Tiger Lillies Perform Hamlet/Courtesy Hong Kong Leisure and Cultural Services Department | Shibori/© Saimon2000bd/Wikimedia Commons

WORKSHOP | Surface Stories: Shibori

📅 Tuesday, September 6

Learn about the Japanese art of shibori, which creates beautiful and intricate patterns on textiles. Be sure to bring some fabrics (such as napkins or T-shirts) made of natural fibres to upcycle.

Tickets: $800

📍 MakerHive, Kennedy Town

THEATER | The Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare’s Globe

📅 Wednesday, September 7 – Sunday, September 11

Shakespeare’s Globe is bringing one of the Bard’s richest romantic-comedies to Hong Kong. Directed by Jonathan Munby, the production stars Olivier and Tony Award–winner Jonathan Pryce as a complex and sympathetic Shylock, who is both villain and victim in this story.

Tickets: $495-$795 (Regular) / $395-$595 (Students & People with Disabilities)

📍 Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Wan Chai

MUSIC | Yo-Yo Ma Concert

📅 Friday, September 9 – Saturday, September 10

The 18-time Grammy Award-winning cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, is set to open the 2016-17 season at the Hong Kong Philharmonic. In this concert he will perform a new, East-meets-West concerto, Zhao Lin’s Duo, with sheng virtuoso, Wu Tong.

Tickets: $680-$1980

📍 Hong Kong Cultural Centre, TST

THEATER | The Tiger Lillies Perform Hamlet by Theatre Republique (Denmark)

📅 Friday, September 9 – Sunday, September 11

A collaboration between British, cult-punk band, The Tiger Lillies, and Denmark’s Theatre Republique. This novel take on Shakespeare’s classic play brings together music, dance and performance to create a riveting two-hour vaudevillian circus unlike any production of Hamlet you’ve ever seen before.

Tickets: $180-$420

📍 Kwai Tsing Theatre, Kwai Fong

FILM | 8th Chinese Documentary Film Festival

📅 Friday, September 9 – Friday, September 30

Founded in 2008, this Chinese Documentary Film Festival showcases documentaries from mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. This year’s highlights include Cheung King-wai’s The Taste of Youth, a bleak depiction of the unhappiness and pressures experienced by Hong Kong’s youth, and Xu Tong’s Cut Out The Eyes, which centers around a blind street performer from Inner Mongolia who lost his eyes in a brutal attack decades before.

Tickets: $70-85 (Regular) / $45 (Students/Senior Citizens/People with Disabilities)

📍 Hong Kong Space Museum, TST and Hong Kong Science Museum, TST


Road to Ultra/Courtesy Road to Ultra Hong Kong | Zen No. 2 by Xi Xi/Courtesy of the Asia Contemporary Art Show | Gay Pride Flag/Pixabay | Jeeves and Wooster/Courtesy Pro Publicity

THEATER | Jeeves & Wooster

📅 Tuesday, September 13 – Sunday, September 25

This theatrical adaptation of P.G. Wodehouse’s Code of the Woosters won Best New Comedy at the 2014 Olivier Awards. At once farcical and endearing, this brilliantly staged show features plenty of mayhem, nonsense and laughter.

Tickets: $450-650

📍 Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Wan Chai

ART | Asia Contemporary Art Show

📅 Friday, September 16 – Sunday, September 18

This year’s Asia Contemporary Art Show features more than 2,500 works of art from over 80 exhibitors and takes place at the 5-star Conrad Hotel. All works displayed are available for sale.

Tickets: $220 (Free for children under 16 if accompanied by an adult)

📍 The Conrad, Admiralty

MUSIC | Road To Ultra: Hong Kong

📅 Saturday, September 17

The world’s most exciting electronic dance music festival, Ultra, is making its debut landing in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District. Get ready for a stellar lineup, including headliners Martin Garrix, Knife Party and Nero.

Tickets: $1180-$2580

📍 West Kowloon Cultural District

CHARITY | Fundraising Night For The HK Gay Games 2022

📅 Saturday, September 17

‘Out in HK’ is hosting a fundraising night to support their bid to host the 2022 Gay Games in Hong Kong. If successful, it will be the first time the LGBT event has been held in Asia. Performances include transqueer poet, Hun Law, and The Harmonics, Hong Kong’s first LGBT choir.

Tickets: $161.50 (Early) / $180 (At the door)

📍 Orange Peel, Central


Screening Room/Rclick-wiki/Wikimedia Commons | 2016 Choreographer’s Showcase/Courtesy HK Ballet | Mairead Nesbitt/Eva Rinaldi/Wikimedia Commons | Pentatonix World Tour 2016/Musicpoplover12/Wikimedia Commons

MUSIC | Hibernia – Máiréad Nesbitt

📅 Tuesday, September 20 – Wednesday, September 21

Celtic, musical sensation, Máiréad Nesbitt, will be performing in Hong Kong with the City Chamber Orchestra, bringing an exhilarating co-mingling of classical and Irish folk music onto the stage.

Tickets: $200-$450

📍 Hong Kong City Hall, Central

MUSIC | Pentatonix World Tour

📅 Thursday, September 22

Award-winning, American acapella group, Pentatonix, is coming to Hong Kong for the first time ever. Performances include tracks from their newest album Pentatonix (2015), which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and is their first to feature predominantly original material.

Tickets: $388-$788

📍 AsiaWorld-Expo

FILM | German Film Forum: Master of the Universe (Screening)

📅 Friday, September 23

Organized by the Goethe-Institut, the 2016 German Film Forum features six films over the course of six months. The last installment in the series is Master of the Universe, a documentary that takes us into the merciless world of investment banking.

Tickets: $60 (Regular) / $30 (Students & Senior Citizens)

📍 Hong Kong Film Archive, Sai Wan Ho

DANCE | Hong Kong Ballet: Choreographers’ Showcase 2016

📅 Friday, September 23 – Sunday, September 25

This annual Hong Kong ballet series displays the creative talent of local choreographers. Following sold-out shows in 2014 and 2015, this year’s lineup includes exciting pieces by six Hong Kong Ballet Company dancers as well as three promising, local choreographers in Hong Kong.

Tickets: $180-$280

📍 Hong Kong Cultural Centre, TST


A Midsummer Night’s Dream/Courtesy of the Dionysus Contemporary Theatre | Lea Salonga/Stephmm25/Wikimedia Commons | QUEEN + Adam Lambert/DianaKat1/Wikimedia Commons | Republican Elephant & Democratic Donkey/© DonkeyHotey/Flickr

CONVERSATION | US Presidential Debate In Hong Kong

📅 Monday, September 26

This year’s U.S. Presidential Election is shaping up to be one of the most unusual and controversial presidential races in history. Listen as representatives of Democrats Abroad and Republicans Overseas debate over this election’s most important issues.

Tickets: Free

📍 Lee Shau Kee Lecture Centre, Hong Kong University

MUSIC | QUEEN + Adam Lambert

📅 Wednesday, September 28

With over 70 sold-out shows worldwide, the immensely successful collaboration between Adam Lambert, runner-up of the eighth American Idol, and British rock band Queen is coming to Asia. Featuring a laser show component and the world’s most powerful low smoke machine, it’s bound to be a spectacular performance.

Tickets: $580 – $2380

📍 AsiaWorld-Expo

MUSIC | Lea Salonga: Disney & Broadway Magic

📅 Friday, September 30 – Saturday, October 1

Lea Salonga is a Tony Award-winning, Broadway star as well as the singing voice of Disney characters Princess Jasmine and Mulan. Watch her team up with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra for a night of classic songs from Disney and Broadway that we all know and love.

Tickets: $280 – 780

📍 Hong Kong Cultural Centre, TST

THEATER | MINI DCT’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

📅 Friday, September 30 – Saturday, October 22

The Dionysus Contemporary Theater (DCT) brings one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies to the stage in the year of the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death. This play will be performed in Cantonese with subtitles in English and Chinese.

Tickets: $180-$1180

📍 Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Wan Chai