10 fun ways to beat the heat this summer in Hong Kong
These events will help you forget the humidity and embrace the sweat-soaked fun of it all
Life in Colour
After wildly successful stints in 30 different countries, the world's wildest paint party arrives in the city for the first time on Saturday, July 25. The cavernous AsiaWorld-Arena will be transformed into a multi-sensory assault of electronic music, light shows and stage performances, all fuelled by an endless supply of water-based, odourless paint sprayed at guests over five fun-filled hours. Guest DJs Danny Avila (Spain), 2 Faced Funks (the Netherlands), Phat & Kit (members of the Hong Kong hip hop group 24 Herbs) and Hiyawatha (Webster Hall NY Residence DJ) will deliver the tunes. If you really want to shine on the night, be sure to wear white. About 8,000 people are expected to attend the event.
Tickets HK$480-HK$780. Inquiries: 2829 7322; facebook.com/browniepltd
Blur in concert
Following the April release of their Hong Kong-flavoured latest release, The Magic Whip, the Brit-pop darlings return to play the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai on July 22.
Tickets HK$480-HK$1,080. Inquiries: 2877 8260, 2712 4268
Lan Kwai Fong Beer & Music Fest
Cynics might suggest that there's a beer fest every night on the streets of Lan Kwai Fong. But with 200 different varieties, including some of the finest craft brews from around the world, this is the real thing. This year's 12th edition, held on the weekend of August 8 and 9, will adopt a "cowboy" theme. Expect plenty of country and western music, line dancing exhibitions, shooting games and Wild West drinking contests, as well as art and fashion. Admission is free.
Free admission. Inquiries: 2523 8010
Slide the City Hong Kong
Kai Tak Cruise Terminal is the venue for the local debut of the globe-trotting fun ride from August 22 to 24. Star of the show, of course, is the 300-metre waterslide that has delighted young and old alike from Melbourne to Milwaukee in recent years. A roster of DJs will stoke the party atmosphere and a wide choice of food and drinks will be available. Charity partner of the event is A Drop of Life, which solves water shortage problems in remote parts of China.
Tickets from HK$150. Inquiries: 2732 0010
Sake is an essential part of Japanese culture. And up until 2009, only those able to speak Japanese could take the kikisake-shi course, considered the most prestigious professional qualification available. The course being conducted by the Sake Service Institute at the Hong Kong Wine Academy from August 2 to 16 is taught in English and Cantonese. Expect to study the history of sake, its ingredients, method of production, as well and serving techniques and a series of tastings.
Course fee: HK$7,800. Inquiries: 2723 0399
New Art Wave Expo in Macau
Architects, interior designers, art collectors and the plain curious will not want to miss this eclectic fair at The Venetian Macao from August 28 to 30. It will feature more than 100 emerging talents and selected artists from some of the world's leading art galleries.
Free admission. Inquiries: 3749 9878, 6151 7285
W Hong Kong's Shock Wave summer pool parties
If you have a head for heights, can dance until the sun comes up and like to take a dip after working hard on the dance floor, you'll be lining to join like-minded revellers on the 76th floor of the Kowloon West hotel. On June 27, the tunes will be provided by Romain (from Cliché Records), Kouro and Morgan Kent. The other three parties (July 18, August 1 and August 22) will feature DJ Ros and Rifain+Hitomi (also from Cliché Records).
Tickets start from HK$400 (early bird). Inquiries: 3717 2222; w-hongkong.com/en/shockwave
Tai O Dragon Boat Water Parade
Head to the charming Lantau fishing village of Tai O on the weekend of June 20 for one of the most colourful festivals on the summer calendar. The ancient ritual involves a cacophonous paddle through the village waterways with deities in tow to pacify the wandering water ghosts, while residents of the stilt houses burn paper offerings as the dragon boats pass.
Free admission. Inquiries: 2985 7229, 2985 7338; tai-o.hk
Open water swimming
With water quality gradually on the improve, the Ocean Swim Series is gaining in popularity and this summer's events promise to be the most fiercely contested on record. The first race is on August 30 in Deepwater Bay, with two more scheduled for September. To warm up for the series, many will be diving into the Chung Hom Kok 5k Challenge on June 13.
For details, go to revolution-asia.com Ocean Swim Series entry fee: HK$300 for adults, HK$200 for children. Inquiries: 2891 1505
100 Self-Portraits of Hongkongese Photo Exhibition and Book Launch
Last August, Hongkongers were asked to submit self-portraits sent to social media sites for an exhibition to be held at PMQ in Central from June 13 to 26. The aim was to create a platform for exchanging experiences about photography, as well as engaging the new generation. Curator Rachel Ip has selected 100 photos based on diversity, creativity and subject matter, which will be also be available as a photo book.
Free admission. Inquiries: [email protected]