From electronic music to heritage Asian art, horse races to an eagerly anticipated rugby tournament, it’s a variegated line-up of entertainment this month. Click through below to see what's on in Hong Kong this April.
Asian Art Hong Kong
When: April 1-9
Where: Various locations
What: The fourth edition of the show returns with a week-long programme of events, talks, tours and exhibitions that highlight the heritage of Asian art. In addition, participating artists will showcase special exhibitions in their space. Featuring a wide array of artefacts, all showings will be open to the public, free of charge.
When: April 1-2
Where: Hong Kong Science Park
What: Famed around the world for pushing the electronic music genre to new limits, the Barcelona festival launches its first Hong Kong offshoot with an eclectic mix of electronica, live sets and tech-driven performances.
When: April 7-8
Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre
What: The Hong Kong Philharmonic violinist Akiko Suwanai—the youngest winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition—perform Tchaikovsky’s First Symphony.
Hong Kong Sevens
When: April 7-9
Where: Hong Kong Stadium
What: Fancy dress, raucous parties and world-class rugby converge for this three-day tournament, which is firmly established as one of the most popular sporting events in Asia.
When: April 17
Where: Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre
What: The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter is coming to Hong Kong for one night only. See the American folk-pop artist singing well-known hits like Bubbly and Realize, along with more recent songs from her acoustic Malibu Sessions album.
When: April 22
Where: Kam Tin Country Club
What: The last Spartan Race back in November was so popular, the organisers brought it back for a second edition. Hong Kong's strongest will turn out for a 6km race through a series of 20 obstacles, including mud pits, monkey bars and rope climbs. If you don't fancy taking part, it can be great fun to just watch your nearest and dearest sweating it out all the way to the finish line.
Ce La Vi Sky High Brunch
When: April 23
Where: Ce La Vi
What: This is more than just a brunch: it's a full-on party. The first ever Sky High Brunch is Hawaiian-themed, and guests can enjoy free-flow fizz and plenty of delicious dishes while dancing to the sound of DJ Fudge and Bennie Blanco.
Audemars Piguet QEII Cup
When: April 24
Where: Sha Tin Racecourse
What: One of the world’s great races, established in 1975 to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to Hong Kong, its HK$20m purse lures some of the world’s finest horses.
When: April 25
Where: Hong Kong City Hall
What: The classical pianist, who is greatly admired by aficionados as a master of improvisation, performs works by Schubert and Schumann. In the second half of the recital, she improvises on audience suggestions.
Ramón Ortega Quero
When: April 27
Where: Hong Kong City Hall
What: The Spanish oboist is one of the most promising musicians of his generation. He plays Mozart and Bach adapted for oboe with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.
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