Hong Kong’s largest annual art exhibition Art Basel will be back for the seventh year in a row, covering art such as paintings, sculptures, photography, as well as film and video. Artwork from 242 galleries will be on display, with 21 of them at the fair for the first time. The artists are expected to display their art in seven categories – Galleries, will have some of the world’s leading modern and contemporary art, Discoveries, will showcase art by young artists, Insights, will focus on art from Asia and the Asia-Pacific Region, Encounters, will showcase large-scale art, Kabinett, will display art in a delineated space within booths, Film, will feature short films and screenings by and about artists and Magazines, a booth dedicated to art publications from around the world. This year, a new sector called Conversations will include talks and panel discussions from artists, gallerists, curators, collectors, architects, art lawyers and critics.
Dates: 29-31 March 2019
Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai
Ticket prices: From HK$250
Turning up the heat in Hong Kong is Sichuan Lab. This restaurant specializes in Sichuan cuisine, famed for its spicy, aromatic and often intense flavours. Essential ingredients such as chillies, peppers, peppercorns combined with ginger, garlic and scallions fuse together with various cuts of meat and fresh vegetables to construct the establishment’s dishes. Expect wonders such as braised spicy chicken with 33 herbs and spices, spicy mandarin fish slices with crispy soybean crumbs, and pork wontons in chili oil and garlic sauce. Patrons can also order non-spicy options as pan-friend Chilean sea bass with preserved vegetables and slow-cooked smoked duck breast.
Address: G/F, Lodgewood by L’hotel Wan Chai, 28 Tai Wo Street, Wan Chai
Opening hours: From 12:00 p.m. (Monday to Friday), 11:00 p.m. (Saturday, Sunday and public holiday)
Phone number: 3126-6633
Pet Shop Boys live
British synth-pop duo Pet Shop Boys will be playing live in Hong Kong. The duo, made of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, will be bringing their electrifying show to the city for one night only. Dubbed The Super Tour, the duo will be playing a mixture of new tracks from their latest album Super, released in 2016, as well as classic tunes.
Date and time: 28 March, 8:00 p.m.
Venue: AsiaWorld-Expo, Hall 10
Ticket prices: HK$588, HK$888, HK$1,088, HK$1,288
Full speed ahead
The world’s first all-electric motor racing series, The FIA Formula E Championship, is returning to Hong Kong. The 2-km racecourse is a 10-turn circuit which will use the existing roads with drivers racing past instantly recognizable landmarks, such as the Central Star Ferry Pier and City Hall. In addition to racing, there will be international music acts, live action big screens, games, simulators, a kids’ area, food and beverages, and merchandise set up along Lung Wo Road and Tamar Park.
Date: 10 March
Venue: Hong Kong Central Harbourfront area
Prices: HK$1,440, HK$2,880