Around town

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 17 March, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 17 March, 2011, 12:00am

Around town

The HK International Literary Festival 2011

Literary extravaganza with talks and panel discussions featuring writers from around the world such as Qiu Xiaolong and Hilary Spurling. Ends Mar 18, various times and locations, HK$130-HK$500 Cityline. Inquiries:

Bonsai, Rockery, Stone and Root Carving Show

Showcase of ornamental horticulture. Mar 17-27, 9am-6pm, Yuen Yuen Institute, Sam Dip Tam, Tsuen Wan, free. Inquiries: 2492 2220

HK Flower Show 2011

Event featuring floral arrangements and stalls selling flowers. Until Mar 20, 9am-9pm, Victoria Park, Causeway Bay, HK$14. Inquiries: 2601 8260

Shung Shui Ho, Sheung Heung Temple Fair

Community event celebrating the centenary of the New Territories village's celebration of Taoist god Hung Shing's birthday, until Mar 20. Events include a ceremonial piu sik (floating colours) procession, Mar 17, 9.30am-1pm, from Sheung Shui town centre to Hung Shing Temple; and a fa pau competition. Entry free for most events. Inquiries:

It's Au Revoir Hong Kong - But Never Goodbye

Cathay Pacific CEO Tony Tyler discusses his life and times in Hong Kong. In English. Mar 17, 1.15pm (lunch, 12.45pm), Foreign Correspondents' Club, 2 Lower Albert Rd, Central, HK$180 (members HK$150), includes lunch, booking required. Inquiries: 2521 1511

Passion Speak 4: Holga and Polaroid Changed Two Lives

Polaroid collector TM Wong and toy camera enthusiast Tony Lim discuss how Holga and Polaroid cameras have impacted their lives; Patrick Suen moderates. In Cantonese. Mar 17, 7.30pm, Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Rd, Central, reservation recommended. Inquiries: 2521 7251

Yemen: Then & Now

Traveller-writer Tim Mackintosh-Smith talks about the Middle Eastern nation. In English. Mar 17, 7.30pm (reception, 6.30pm), 1/F Duke of Windsor Building, 15 Hennessy Rd, Wan Chai, HK$150 (Royal Geographical Society members HK$100). Inquiries: 2583 9700

The Battle for Female Power in China and India

Centre for Work-Life Policy vice president-director of research Laura Sherbin talks about new strategies for cultivating, engaging and retaining female workforce talent in China and India. In English. Mar 18, 1.10pm (lunch, 12.30pm), Foreign Correspondents' Club, 2 Lower Albert Rd, Central, HK$550 (HK$450 Asia Society members), booking required. Inquiries: 2103 9502

Trekking the South-West Lantau Ridge

HK Baptist University geography professor Bernie Owen leads a field trip across the main ridge line of southwest Lantau. In English. Mar 20, 10am meet outside City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, HK$250 (HK$200 Royal Geographical Society members), booking required. Inquiries:

Malaysia's Economic Transformation - Is It For Real?

Minister in Prime Minister's Office/Pemandu chief executive officer Idris Jala discusses his role as head of a unit tasked with transforming Malaysia into an advanced, united, and just society with a US$15,000 per capita gross national income by 2020. In English. Mar 21, 7.30pm, Foreign Correspondents' Club, 2 Lower Albert Rd, Central, HK$250 (members HK$175), includes dinner, booking required. Inquiries: 2521 1511

Living Food and Asana Yoga Workshop

Moises Mehl leads a combined Asana yoga and vegan living food workshop. In English. Mar 23, 10.30am-2.15pm, Oriental Spa, 5/F Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen's Rd Central, HK$800, registration required. Inquiries: 2132 0011

Classical Music for Babies

Jason Lai presents (in English) and conducts the HK Sinfonietta performing works by composers including Grieg, Bizet, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and Mozart. Mar 19-20, 4.30pm, also Mar 19, 7.30pm, Mar 20, 2.30pm, Yuen Long Theatre, 9 Yuen Long Tai Yuk Rd, Yuen Long, HK$150, HK$220 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2836 3336

Ugly Duckling's Moonlight

Ming Ri Institute For Arts Education's puppet show about an ugly duckling's desire to become a beautiful white swan. In Cantonese. Mar 19, 26, 7.45pm, also Mar 20, 27, 2.30pm, Tsuen Wan Town Hall, 72 Tai Ho Rd, Tsuen Wan, HK$110 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2742 2966

When You Were Small - Journey Through Your Childhood Days with Purple Lee

Chan Chiu-yin and Tse Kim-fei conduct singer Purple Lee (who also narrates in Cantonese) and the HK YWCA Chinese Orchestra performing works by composers, including Joseph Koo Ka-fai and Joe Hisaishi. Mar 20, 3pm, Tai Po Civic Centre, 12 On Pong Rd, Tai Po, HK$100 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2268 7321