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Top 10 Things to Do in Hong Kong, August 14-22

Film festivals, free-flow brunches and a sob story or two: It's looking like another great week in Hong Kong. 

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 13 August, 2015, 3:54pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 4:47pm

Friday 8/14

The Summer International Film Festival brings Brazil to the shores of Hong Kong with “Seashore,” directed by Filipe Matzembacher and Marcio Reolon. The film explores the complexity of friendship and family through the eyes of teens Tomaz and Martin. 
9:50pm. UA Cine Moko, 4/F, MOKO, 193 Prince Edward Road West, Mongkok, 3918-5888. $75 from

The SIFF wants you (Photo © 2015 “PROPHECY” Film Partners)

Saturday 8/15

Couldn’t score a getaway to Ubud this weekend? Grab brunch at Balinese restaurant Tri with some trendy Balinese bites such as crispy Duck Betutu and 48-hour short rib, at $680 (for free-flow Louis Roederer Brut) or $1,880 (Louis Roederer Cristal) per head.
Brunch sessions start at 11am and 1:30pm. Shop 302, 3/F, The Pulse, 28 Beach Rd., Repulse Bay, 2515-0577.

Sunday 8/16

Lam Chun-wing, the first Hongkonger admitted to the Paris Opera School and Paris Opera Ballet, stars in Don Quixote for the 55th anniversary of the Jean M. Wong School of Ballet.
Aug 15-16, 7:30pm. Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui. $200-500 from

Monday 8/17

Five-piece funk/soul band Animaviva flies in from London to play this funktastic show. The band performs funked-up multilingual covers and duets of popular and indie songs.
7:30pm. Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Rd., Central, 2521-7251. $120 from

Tuesday 8/18

Get your fill of jet-fresh oysters at Grand Central’s Bi-annual Oyster Festival, with a special focus on bivalves from the southern hemisphere. Fresh oysters start at $19 each, or a half dozen for $114. Classic baked oysters are also available.
Available all day. Shop R001, 3/F, Civic Square, Elements, 1 Austin Rd. West, West Kowloon, 2736-4888.

Wednesday 8/19

Hong Kong Stories hosts a night of true stories told by regular folks. Expect cutting comedy, touching memoirs, embarrassing anecdotes and sob-worthy tales. This month’s stories are themed around “Family Ties.”
8pm. Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Rd., Central, 2521-7251. $120 from or at the door.

Thursday 8/20

Got an extra 20 minutes at lunch? Clean up that frumpy forehead fuzz at Benefit: Thursdays through September 30, get an express brow wax between 11:30am-2:30pm and you’ll get an upper-lip waxing service thrown in. Make sure to book in advance.
$160 at any Benefit Brow Bar, including Lab Concept, Queensway Plaza, 93 Queensway, Admiralty, 2116-9857.

Friday 8/21

Get the D bright and early: Burger joint Double D has launched a new breakfast menu of sandwiches with lots of bacon and cheese inside English muffins, and freshly brewed coffee with free refills.
8-11:30am. 22 Wellington St., Central, 2881-1888.

Saturday 8/22

The Underground’s lining up four acts for Summer of Music @ Backstage, their final event at Backstage Live: Sister Tangyi and the Gang, headed by a reformed but angry accountant; veterans Site Access; psychedelic dance rockers ShumKing Mansion; and Junk! whose audiovisual sorcery will get you dancing.
9:30pm-1am. Backstage Live, 1/F, Somptueux Central, 52-54 Wellington St., Central. $120 from; $150 at the door; both include one drink.

Coming Up

Join fellow hot and hungry Hongkongers at the Ice Cream Fest for two awesome afternoons of gorging on cold creamy delights, hosted by HK Magazine and SOHO east. Show off your speed skills at the Ice Cream Eating Championship, where contestants must eat as fast as possible without using their hands (or their brains freezing), or take part in the Ice Cream Walk, where you can guess ice cream flavours and play mini-games along the route. There’s $20,000 of prizes up for grabs, so get in quick!