Starring local performers, The Hong Kong Arts Development Council is showcasing unique live performances from now until the end of the year. The four plays will take viewers of all ages on a journey through music, dance and storytelling and showcase the creativity of local actors and dancers – some of them still in secondary school. The play The Big Happy Dying, which has been performed in Shanghai and South Korea, will artistically explore the notions of life and death. L’Orphelin will tell the old Chinese folk story of The Orphan of Zhao, an orphan who avenged his family’s death after growing up, without the use of a set or any props. So Low will illustrate life’s hardships through choreographed dance and music. JunGo! will keep the young ones entertained with its talented group saxophone players who put their spin on classical, jazz and pop music while pretending to be different animals. The musical is joined by children’s entertainer Harry Wong, whose magic tricks will captivate audience members.
Dates and times: From September - December, refer to the website for show dates and time schedules
Venue: Cultural Activities Hall, Sha Tin Town Hall (The Big Happy Dying and L’Orphelin), Multi-media Theatre, HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity (So Low), Sheung Wan Civic Centre, Cultural Activities Hall, Tsuen Wan Town Hall and Theatre, Ngau Chi Wan Civic Centre (JunGo!)
Price: From HK$200
The green way
Hong Kong plant-based establishment MANA! opens its third eatery this month in Wan Chai’s Star Street district. Dubbed MANA! Starstreet, the restaurant’s menu will offer its signature classics burger, made with halloumi cheese, tofu, pickles, portobello mushroom, and its falafel flatbread, made with falafel, fresh tomato, romaine lettuce, picked peppers, parsley and tahini. It also boasts vegan-friendly desserts and gluten-friendly locally-brewed beer. The new branch will have a build-your-own salad bar and plant-powered V-coffee bar, where patrons can enjoy vegan coffee. Going by its zero-waste policy, the restaurant uses recyclable and compostable packaging only, and customers who bring their own container get 10 percent off each meal.
Address: 8-10 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai
Opening hours: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. (Monday - Saturday)
A toast to gin
Gin Festival Hong Kong takes place next month in the city. Attendees will have close to a 100 different gins to choose from, including a selection of a few limited edition bottles. The event will bring together some of Hong Kong’s leading bartenders and gin enthusiasts for a day filled with seminars, tastings, food, music and gin-infused cocktails.
Hosted by the Hong Kong Trade and Development Council, the Food Expo makes it way to the city next month, bringing more than 1,560 suppliers of food and beverage products, and cuisine from countries such as Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Czech Republic, Poland and Canada. The exhibition, now in its 30th edition, will also have a halal food and Chinese medicine zone on display this year and expects over 20,000 trade buyers and half a million visitors to attend. There will be cooking demonstrations from international experts and Michelin-starred chefs.
Dates: 15-19 August
Opening hours: 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., (15-18 August), 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (19 August)
Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Price: From HK$10