What to do in Hong Kong: 15–30 September

Updated on September 13 2017

There’s never a dull moment to be had in Hong Kong, and believe it or not, we’re already halfway through September. Here’s round two of our fortnightly comprehensive guide for what to do in Hong Kong this month, with everything from Broadway plays to concerts and arts festivals to fill out your calendar.

Hong Kong Ballet Choreographer’s Showcase

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When: 15–16 September, 8pm; 17 September, 3pm

Price: HK$200–$300 from Urbtix

Now in its third year, the annual Hong Kong Ballet’s Choreographer’s Showcase presents the best original pieces by some of the company’s most enigmatic dancers. Themes in this year’s showcase include exploring emotions of fear and loss, stories of estranged love, and the fight between humans and demons. Held in a much more intimate space than the HK Ballet’s regularly scheduled spectacles, this showcase will give you an opportunity to witness the dancers’ technique and athleticism up close.

Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2734 2009

Road to Ultra Hong Kong

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When: 16 September

Price: HK$1,190 advance from here; HK$1,480 at the door

Ultra’s known worldwide as the ultimate three-day pilgrimage for all electronic dance music junkies, and the Hong Kong edition is set to bring the music, thrills and lights of the festival to West Kowloon’s foliage-filled Nursery Park. With international DJs Hardwell, Kygo and Zedd headlining the festival, it’s sure to whet the appetite for UMF’s upcoming event dates all across the globe.

Nursery Park, West Kowloon, Hong Kong

L’Ecole Van Cleef & Arpels

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When: 16 September–1 October

Price: Free entry, courses range from HK$500 to HK$2,000; register at L’Ecole Van Cleef & Arpels

Parisian high jewellers Van Cleef & Arpels brings its esteemed L’Ecole back to Hong Kong, after first debuting its pop-up school here in 2014. You’ll get to check out the space on its open days, or take part in a range of 10 courses covering the world of gemstones to the savoir faire of jewellery-making, including a foray into the making of Japanese lacquer arts. Classes are filling up quickly, so if you want a close-up experience with the experts led by President Marie Vallanet Delhom herself, you’ll want to book fast.

The Qube, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong

An Invitation to Travel: Blue Hour, Hong Kong

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When: 15–16 September, 10am–8pm

In celebration of the release of new references in Vacheron Constantin’s iconic Overseas Collection, the Genevan watchmaker has been working with Hong Kong-based French photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze to shoot a collection of works that illustrate the spirit of travel — a new artist collaboration following in the footsteps of its partnership with Steve McCurry last year.

This year’s series is expressed through what Jacquet-Lagrèze knows best: the Hong Kong twilight. Moving beyond the photographer’s ongoing ‘Blue Moment’ series capturing captivating views of Hong Kong, this pop-up exhibition features never-before-seen works catching the city in rare moments during the magic hour, from vantage points including Devil’s Peak in East Kowloon, the lighthouse at Cape D’Aguilar, Peel Street in SoHo, Shing Mun Reservoir, and other scenic locales in Hong Kong’s backyard.

KONG Art Space, 3 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong

The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)

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When: 19–23 September, 8pm; 23 September, 3pm; 24 September, 2pm & 7pm

Price: HK$295–$595 from HKTicketing.com

Ever wanted to watch all of Shakespeare’s great plays but reluctant to invest three hours to stand in a pit per viewing? For the time-strapped and Shakespeare lovers or haters alike, The Reduced Shakespeare Company takes you on an epic rollercoaster ride that promises to thrill all — through the bard’s 37 plays in 97 minutes, acted out by a three-man troupe. That’s an average of under three minutes per tale, meaning more killings and romances than the entirety of Game of Thrones. We’re in.

Drama Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 3128 8288

The Play that Goes Wrong

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When: 19–24 September (Tues–Fri, 7:45pm; Sat, 2pm & 7:45pm; Sun, 1pm & 6pm)

Price: HK$495–$795 from HKTicketing.com

If Shakespeare doesn’t float your boat, perhaps this Olivier-award-winning comedic spectacle will. Bringing the chaos to Hong Kong straight from a fresh Tony award win for its set design — a unique setup which crumbles to the ground as the calamitous play goes on — the story centres on a group of accident-prone actors of the ‘The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society’ who are attempting to put on a 1920s-style murder mystery… and as you can guess, it won’t end well.

Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 3128 8288

Ariana Grande: Dangerous Woman Tour

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When: 21 September, 8pm

Price: HK$888–$4,888 (meet and greet access) from HKTicketing.com

The ponytailed songstress arrives in Hong Kong this September for the long-awaited Asian tour of her chart-topping Dangerous Woman studio album, so expect plenty of hits from the eponymous single to “Side to Side,” “Into You,” and “Problem.” With tragedy striking at Ariana Grande’s earlier Manchester concert, expect that stricter security controls will be implemented for her Asian tour — it’s a small nuisance in order for all concert-goers to have peace of mind.

Arena, AsiaWorld-Expo, Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong

Asia Contemporary Art Show

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When: 21–24 September (21 September by invitation only)

Price: HK$240 for two-for-one tickets from here, includes one drink for HK Liquor Store Art Night on Friday, 22 September

It’s that time of the year again for one of Hong Kong’s most unique art fairs. The autumn edition of the biannual ACAS will once again deck out four floors of the Conrad Hong Kong where you’ll be able to discover emerging and established artists in an intimate setting. It’s all the better for you to imagine how a painting could look in your own home, and it also serves as a friendlier space to chat with gallerists and artists over a glass of wine. This latest edition also brings two new sections to the fair: Intersections: Japan, the inaugural part of a new series that focuses on the crossing of artistic thought; and Artist Dialogues, which dedicates an entire floor to solo and joint artist presentations.

40-43/F, Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong

Sundance Film Festival: Hong Kong

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When: 21 September–1 October

Price: HK$90 from HK.Sundance.org

The Sundance picks for its 4th annual Hong Kong edition are as quirky and darling as ever, with films such as David Lowery’s “A Ghost Story” starring a white-sheet-donning spectre that is Casey Affleck, back to watch over his mourning girlfriend (Rooney Mara); as well as “Gook,” a black and white film featuring Justin Chon and David So as Korean American brothers in 1992 Los Angeles, where a neighbourhood dispute collides with the looming danger of the LA riots.

The Metroplex, G/F, E-Max, Kowloon Bay International Trade and Exhibition Center (KITEC), 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong

Superar Apéro Chic Wine Tasting

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When: 22 September, 6–9pm

Price: MOP198 per person

Planning a weekend in our sister SAR? The Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16 is hosting a wine tasting evening starring a fine selection of grapes from Italy, France and Portugal — the latter of which you’ll learn is the native home to most of the world’s grapes as well as to unique varietals that you won’t find elsewhere. To really round out the boozy evening you’ll also get to enjoy unlimited Masumi Karakuchi-kiichipon sake, known for its complex flavour profile which earned it a “black label” gong of quality. Wash it all down with some hearty kambing guling (spit-roasted lamb) and chicken shawarma prepared by the Sofitel chefs.

1/F, RendezVous Lobby Bar, Sofitel Macau At Ponte 16, Rua do Visconde Paco de Arcos, Macau, +853 8861 7213

Pinky Fest

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When: 23–24 September

Price: HK$90–$280; HK$380 for yoga pass from CityLine

Central Harbourfront is blushing pink this month with two themed events taking over the event space (see Barbie Run below) — an apt colour as the city gets ready for Pink Season in October, the largest LGBT celebration of the year. Pinky Fest combines wellness, shopping and a love of pink in a two-day festival where participants can take part in a range of yoga and aerial lessons from the likes of model-turned-yoga-teachers Rosemary Vandenbroucke, Elva Ni and Almen Wong. A yoga class pass also gets you a free yoga bag and mat, amongst other pink goodies. Part of the proceeds go towards the Hong Kong Hereditary Breast Cancer Family Registry.

Central Harbourfront, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central, Hong Kong

Barbie Run

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When: 24 September (sign-up deadline 18 September)

Price: HK$380–$880 from here; More information from Facebook

Want to kickstart your fall running schedule and do it for a good cause? Beginners and veterans alike can sign up for the Barbie Run — an easy 1.5K or 3K race along the Central Harbourfront themed all in Barbie pink that raises funds for the Hong Kong Hereditary Breast Cancer Family Registry. Yes, the race is open to ladies and gents, and there are separate categories for families and corporate groups too, though the individual category for 3K is already fully subscribed. Race bags also include beauty goodies from Benefit, Amika, MoYou London and more.

Central Harbourfront, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central, Hong Kong

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, The Musical

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When: 29 September–22 October (Tues–Fri, 7:45pm; Sat, 2pm & 7:45pm; Sun, 1pm & 6pm)

Price: HK$445-995 (VIP) from HKTicketing.com

While the Hong Kong Lesbian & Gay Film Festival has set our hearts aflutter with all of its fabulous offerings (and equally fabulous festival opening and closing parties), nothing else can bring drama and glamour quite like a couple of drag queens venturing across the Australian outback on a bus named Priscilla. Based on the 1994 Aussie comedy-drama starring Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce, the story is brought to life on a very glittery stage, equipped with some legendary pop song numbers.

Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 3128 8288

E.T. in Concert

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When: 29–30 September, 8pm

Price: HK$220–$480 from Urbtix

Steven Spielberg’s 1982 movie about the friendship between an extraterrestrial and a human boy quite possibly wouldn’t be the masterpiece it became without its enchanting score by John Williams. One of the philharmonic’s more playful and popular concert formats, the HKPhil will be capturing the film in all its grandeur at this live concert played against a full length screening of the cinematic beast.

Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 3761 6661

Save Water Drink Champagne at Cabana

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When: 16–17, 23–24, 30 September, 2pm onwards

Price: HK$580 per person from Cabana, includes a bottle of GH Mumm (private cabana packages available)

GH Mumm’s summer rooftop party series at Cabana is going strong into September, so if you enjoy bubbly and views of the beach from above, you’ll know where to be every Saturday and Sunday of the month.

Cabana, Rooftop, Lobby A, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong