Oct 20, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
As March begins, Hong Kong seem to turn into a city that’s all about art, be it infused into your hotel stay, your dinner menu, your list of ‘things to do’ and of course exhibitions to see. Besides the two obviously unmissable events (Art Basel and Art Central), here are a few other options to fill your schedule.
Wake up at…
If you’re in Hong Kong between 13th to 26th March, check into The Langham in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui to enjoy their Art Retreat package. Apart from a Deluxe Courtyard View room, you will also get two tickets to Art Central, an afternoon tea set and portrait by the talented British illustrator Tanya Bennett.
Have breakfast at…
Before visiting the Asia Contemporary Art Show at The Conrad, pop into Commissary for a quick bite. They’ve got fresh baked pastries as well as hearty dishes like avocado toast and five-minute egg with espelette, Chilaquiles (lightly fried tortillas with cheese and eggs) and more.
For a dose of local art, be sure to hit Wong Chuk Hang and witness HKWalls, Hong Kong’s annual street art festival, in all its glory with live mural paintings, exhibitions and more. There will be an art battle on March 24, but if you can’t make it to the Southside, you can always catch the Art Tram by Swoon running along Hong Kong island.
Visit the first edition of Harbour Art Fair for a dose of Korean contemporary art housed inside Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel. There will also be special art exhibitions from four emerging Korean artists displayed at Harbour City.
Head to ArtisTree to admire the critically acclaimed and largest exhibition to date featuring the late Zaha Hadid’s early paintings. There will also be never-seen-before exhibits and interactive VR experiences. An exhibition not to be missed.
While you’re at Art Central, head to Le Marche, helmed by chef Philippe Orrico of Upper Modern Bistro and the Michelin-starred ON dining. The pop-up restaurant will be serving casual French dishes, wine and cheese, as well as cocktails.
For foodies, don’t miss the annual Taste of Hong Kong, where the crème de la crème of the local dining scene gathers in one location to present festival-exclusive and signature dishes. This year, sample dishes from restaurants like Amber, Kei Restaurant, Okra, Yardbird and more.
One of the biggest local fashion labels in Hong Kong will be having a special collaboration exhibition inside Art Central at booth D19. Apart from an impressive interactive digital installation by Annica Cuppetelli and Cristobal Mendoza, there is also a curated edit of art, vintage furniture and paintings on display as well as their coveted signature ice creams available.
As part of a new lifestyle concept with curated products that encourages people to “live better”, Lane Crawford has launched an edit of products across categories from activewear and beauty to homeware from brands like Kinfolk, P.E Nation, Edible Beauty and Ferm Living. There is also a Kinfolk pop-up in store with an exclusive collaboration collection available.
All the walking and talking will get tiring, so make sure you mark this in notebook and make a stop at Ten Feet Tall’s pop-up booth right inside Art Basel. Located inside the Exhibitor’s Lounge in room N106, this is the place to get a quick and complimentary foot massage to get you back on your feet!
Get dinner at…
Ran by two-Michelin-starred chef Shane Osborn, Arcane is where you can enjoy an intimate atmosphere and impeccably done modern European cuisine surrounded by artworks by the London and New York based Flowers Gallery.
No longer just a nightlife district, Lan Kwai Fong has launched the Savouring Art campaign with 12 restaurants in the neighbourhood, presenting beautiful dishes inspired by art in a number of cuisines. Just to name a few, head to Mercato for Italian, Ce La Vi for a view, Mercedes Me for a stylish night and Westwood Carvery for amazing steak.
Grab a night cap at…
Head to Brickhouse to munch on chips with guac, chat over a few cocktails, and admire watercolour artworks by their artist of the month Sally Walsh, also known as Sillier Than Sally. If you happen to buy a piece too, a percentage will be donated towards OneSky charity and help orphaned children in China.
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