It’s all about taste in March 2019 – both the aesthetic and the digestible kinds.
Let’s begin with art: From Abba to Zappa (until 10 March) exhibits 1970s musical legends shot by photographer Gijsbert Hanekroot at Sheung Wan’s Blue Lotus Gallery; while German painter Neo Rauch’s surreal figurative paintings go on show at David Zwirner gallery in H Queen’s (26 March-4 May). Then swing by three blockbuster events: Art Basel (29-31 March), Asia Contemporary Art Show (29 March-1 April) and Art Central (27-31 March).
As you’re transiting from show to show, keep an eye out for the MTR’s special ‘art train,’ which is zipping along the Island Line from 7 to 27 March. Divided into five ‘galleries’ – portraits, porcelain, neon, Cantonese opera and street art – each train car features tongue-in-cheek works which can be brought to life by scanning special codes beside the works with an app.
Across the harbour in Kowloon, Eaton HK puts on a three-day programme of edgy art and music. Check out video installations by Adrian Yu and Ian Glover, set to dreamlike soundscapes created by Danny L Harle in the hotel’s music room, Terrible Baby (28 March); film screenings and a female-empowered DJ workshop with Sagg Napoli, Shanghai-based DJ Amber Akilla and cultural provocateur Lhaga Koondhor, aka Asian Eyez (29 March); and a big closing party with local DJ collective Yeti Out (31 March).
Not to your taste? How about a chorus of musicians from around the region performing at the Hong Kong Asian-Pop Music Festival (22 March). Or catch a critically acclaimed film at the Hong Kong International Film Festival (18 March onwards).
You can’t talk about taste without mentioning food. Head to Taste of Hong Kong (21-24 March) at Central Harbourfront for tasty morsels from the city’s top chefs and restaurants. Or swing by new openings like Soho’s Hotal Colombo (classic Sri Lankan flavours with modern flair); Homeslice (cool vibes and Neapolitan pizza in Sai Ying Pun); contemporary Chinese cuisine at IFC’s Shè (honey-glazed char siu – roast pork – and harbour views, anyone?); or Japanese noodle import Ramen Cubism in Central. Art and food combine at Sevva, where Belgian interior designer Gert Voorjans has temporarily transformed the restaurant’s lounge with his signature vibrant patterns.
We’re also gearing up for the Hong Kong Sevens (5-7 April) with art installations (23 March-7 April) and fun rugby-themed games at the Sevens booth (29 March-7 April) in Causeway Bay’s Lee Gardens area; and tasty egglettes, arty activities, installations and live music at Lee Gardens Eggssentially Art! 2019 (30-31 March). Fanwalk at Lee Gardens (5-7 April) also has live broadcasts of games, fun challenges and food stalls.
Still not had your fill? Try the electrifying Formula E Hong Kong ePrix (10 March); the blooming brilliant Flower Show in Victoria Park (15-24 March); or the St Patrick’s Day Central Harbourfront parade and the Irish Village in Cyberport (17 March).