The pick of the bunch
March 16, HK$450, various locations. Inquiries: www.hongkongartwalk.com
Filipino-Australian artist Alwin Reamillo is ArtWalk 2011's artist-in-residence as part of Artwalk Extra, which encourages working artists to infiltrate the crowds and galleries throughout the night. A performance, installation and visual artist, Reamillo will visit each gallery posing as a vendor of balut (a Filipino delicacy consisting of a fertilised duck egg). His work, such as the Thuringowa Helicopter Project, which toured Australia in 2009, is steeped in social commentary.
Hong Kong Arts Festival
February 17-March 27, various venues. Inquiries: www.hk.artsfestival.org
Executive director Tisa Ho says: 'In recent years, partly in response to the limited range of available venues, HKAF has been investigating unconventional spaces and ways to bring the artist and public together.' Sketches of Utopia, a 3-D installation, will bring the music of Bach, accompanying animated evolving architectural forms, to the Hong Kong Cultural Centre foyer.
Hong Kong International Film Festival
March 20-April 5, various cinemas. Inquiries: www.hkiff.org.hk
Animation is the strong suit of this year's festival, with the Oscar-nominated The Illusionist from France and a tribute to the work of Japanese stop-frame puppet animation master Kihachiro Kawamoto, who died last year. His models are exquisite and his movies are marvellous. HKIFF has compiled a selection of Kawamoto's work that spans his career and will screen two of his last major works.
Hong Kong International Literary Festival
March 8-18, various venues. Inquiries: http://www.festival.org.hk
'In Conversation With Hilary Spurling' offers a chance to speak with the prize-winning biographer and journalist at Grappa's Cellar on March 14 about her new book, Burying the Bones: Pearl Buck in China, a biography of Pearl Buck, the American writer who won the Nobel Prize for Literature for her novels about Chinese peasants.