Art and culture

4 things you need to know about this month

The art, the travel and the events that tick our boxes this month

1. Affordable Art Fair, Hong Kong

Singaporean Artist Andre Tan’s calling card is his Asian-flavoured pop art, like this papercut-style painting of actor Zhang Ziyi, known for roles in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and 2046. See this piece at the Affordable Art Fair taking place this month at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Better yet, take it home – all the pieces at this fair come at a wallet-friendly price.

19-21 May, affordableartfair.com

Credit: Andre Tan / In the Mood for Love

2. Iris Apfel, Hong Kong

The motto of 95-year-old fashion icon Iris Apfel is ‘more is more and less is a bore’. Quite. The New Yorker brings her eccentric style to Hong Kong for the first time this month for a series of events at The Landmark mall. On the bill is a style forum with local artists, brand collaborations and an exhibition of her own designs.

8-19 May, landmark.hk

Credit: Snapper Media

3. Sardine Run, South Africa

From mid-May to mid-June, Indian Ocean predators gather off South Africa’s Eastern Cape for the biggest feast of the year: the Sardine Run. Millions of sardine arriving from the cold waters further south are snapped up by divebombing gannets, swordfish, sharks and dolphins – who work together to round up their supper into ‘baitball’ buffets. Head to beach towns like Port St Johns to watch from the shore, or charter a boat for a closer look. Better still: get in the water with Apex Shark Expeditions’ cage-diving experience. apexpredators.com

4. The old city, Jerusalem

When you’ve exhausted yourself seeing Jerusalem’s holiest sites up close, head to the rooftop terrace of Villa Brown Jerusalem to see them from above – with a cold drink in hand. In a remodelled 19th century villa that was the former home of a prominent Jewish doctor, this new boutique property also has a basement drinking hole: a subterranean cave bar carved out of the building’s old water well.

brownhotels.com/villabrown

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