Hong Kong’s annual LGBT festival: where pink means party
Five events party-goers shouldn't miss this September as Hong Kong celebrates sexual diversity
Every September, Hong Kong’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community starts coming out to play at a series of events celebrating sexual and gender diversity. All of the events held as part of or alongside Pink Season are also straight-friendly – here is our pick of the happenings.
The idea behind the Guerrilla events is simple: fill straight venues with non-straight people. And since the first event was held last year, the organisers have brought the concept to very hetero bars such as Tazmania Ballroom, Insomnia and Solas with great success. For the Pink Season edition, Guerrilla is teaming up with the likes of PLUG Magazine and Out in HK for a takeover of the hot Wan Chai bar Mahalo Tiki Lounge.
Mahalo Tiki Lounge, 29/F QRE Plaza, 202 Queen’s Rd East, Wan Chai. September 15, 6pm, free entry, guerrillahk.wix.com/guerrillahongkong
Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
Asia’s longest-running LGBT film festival returns this year for its 26th instalment. This year’s HKLGFF will open on September 19 with screenings of Thai film Yes Or No 2.5 (directed by Kirati Nak-intanon) and Front Cover (directed by Hongkonger Ray Yeung), followed that night by an opening-night party at Zafran in Central. Other highlights of the festival will include screenings of Drown, the winner of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival award for best feature, and The Summer of Sangaile, which won the world cinema directing award for Alanté Kavaïté at Sundance this year.
Various venues, September 19-October 10, hklgff.hk
After last year’s inaugural event, which attracted an estimated 12,000 people, Hong Kong’s biggest LGBT celebration is returning to Tamar Park. This year’s Pink Dot – which carries the theme “Love is Love” – will include a picnic and carnival advocating diversity and relationship equality. The whole shebang winds up with an evening concert featuring well-known performers such as Anthony Wong, Denise Ho, Eman Lam, Ellen Loo and Joyce Cheng.
Tamar Park, Harcourt Rd, Admiralty, September 20, 2pm, free entry, pinkdot.hk
Behind is the brainchild of local DJ Angus Wong, who has long been frustrated by the lack of cool nightlife options open to the local LGBT community. The monthly event was launched last month at the newly renovated Post 97 in Lan Kwai Fong as a response to the generic, stereotypical gay venues that have catered to the scene in the past, and was warmly received by upscale scenesters looking for something a little more sophisticated.
Post 97, UG/F, 9 Lan Kwai Fong, Central, September 26, 10pm, free entry, facebook.com/ClubBehind
In recent years, Floatilla has earned a reputation as the LGBT boat party of the year, as well as one of the hedonistic highlights of each Pink Season. This year organisers are expecting about 15 boats – hosted by separate organisers including PLUG Magazine and Out in HK – to join the flotilla and ferry swimsuit-clad revellers to the rendezvous point where the party will take place on the high seas.
Departure point TBC, October 18, 9.30am, HK$500-HK$700, facebook.com/pages/Floatilla-Hong-Kong/155606987860255