We’re reaching the middle of November, 2023. You know what it means — we have exactly three weeks before vibrant reds and greens (and snow too, if you’re lucky) take over our everyday lives, with sounds of jingle bells chanting in the background. But before all the festivities unfold, check out the below Greater Bay Area event picks to have an artful, fruitful end of year.
Part of the annual Arts and Cultural Festival between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries, the (partially) homonymous Film Festival is a grand showcase of each participating region’s best cinematographic masterpieces in recent years. With screenings of more than a dozen motion pictures by industry veterans and independent talents alike, this festival serves as a platform for two groups of people to communicate their artistic sensibilities and understanding of the world despite the lack of a common spoken language.
Check out the full lineup and grab your tickets here.
When? Until November 24
Where? The Cinematheque・Passion, 9-13 Travessa da Paixão, Macau
Music is truly everywhere in the West Kowloon Cultural District this month, if you know where to look. During every Friday to Sunday night till the end of month, drop by for live music performances and snacks and a drink from neighboring booths, all by the stunning harbour view. Hope you like surprises and spontaneous plans, as the performance lineups and schedules will be refreshed on the official website here a few days before your preferred date(s). But no matter, it’s all good, all chill.
When? Every Friday to Sunday until November 26
Where? West Kowloon Cultural District, Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui
Once you pass a certain age, you’d give anything for a good night’s sleep. Mattress expert Emma totally gets it, and graciously extends an invitation to quality sleep chasers to a first-of-its-kind outdoor bed and movie experience. First, you browse the upcoming screenings and grab tickets here. Then, you head to the picturesque Central Harbourfront area and find your designated bed. Kick back, relax and enjoy the movie — no worries if you fall asleep, we know we would too.
When? Until December 10
Where? Hong Kong Observation Wheel and AIA Vitality Park, 33 Man Kwong Street, Central
Food festivals are automatic must-go’s for us, and we’re stoked that Macau is basing its 2023 edition around Southeast Asian gastronomy. With around a hundred participating international restaurants representing diverse cuisines and their distinct flavor profiles, the affair is meant for gourmands and those who want a break from the traditional sense of dinner — here, walk around and sample bites to your heart’s content. And did we mention it’s free to enter?
When? November 17–December 3
Where? Sai Van Lake Square, Largo da Torre de Macau, Macau
One of Hong Kong’s revitalization pioneers, The Mills has been around five years as a former textile factory that was given a new live as a district landmark and pet-friendly cultural hub. For its fifth anniversary, the celebratory theme “weaving a brighter future” brings together local innovators and entrepreneurs to co-create a uniquely Hong Kong narrative rooted in art, culture, and impact. Look forward to environmentally-conscious workshops and festivals for attendees of all ages.
Stay tuned to event updates at The Mills’ website here.
When? Until the end of December, 2023
Where? The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan
The third instalment of K11 NIGHT is titled “A Memory Palace”, which headlines rising Thai artist Korakrit Arunanondcha and his work of cultural, technological and religious hybridity. Painting with history in a room filled with people with funny names 3, the star of the exhibition, is a video installation of various textures, colors and symbolic imagery, adapted specifically for K11 MUSEA to immerse visitors in the artist’s interpretation of gesamtkunstwerk, a total work of art.
Grab your tickets here from November 15 onward.
When? December 17, 2023–January 14, 2024
Where? 6/F, Kunsthalle, K11 Art & Cultural Centre, K11 MUSEA, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Design is not only theories on books passed on from veterans to beginners. In practice, it’s also about balancing client requirements, design principles and aesthetic. In Han Jiaying’s Design A-Z exhibition, renowned Chinese designer Han Jiaying shares with us his definition of design through an impressive mass of past works, drafts and WIPs. Observe how his clever use of lines, shapes and styles are rendered in paintings, calligraphy and installations, and appreciate simple but important details in day-to-day designs you haven’t noticed before.
When? Until December 17
Where? He Xiangning Art Museum, 9013 Shennan Boulevard, Overseas Chinese Town, Nanshan District, Shenzhen
Romance of the West Chamber is a Yuan-period opera by Wang Shifu outlining the fruition of marriage between a scholar and a daughter of a court minister, two individuals with distinct social statuses during a time period that was fixated on hierarchy and class. Lovers in the World: Cultural Exhibition of The West Chamber takes you back to those days with ancient calligraphy works, paintings and porcelain pieces based on the play, as well as foreign translations from the 19th century.
When? Until February 25, 2024
Where? Guangdong Museum, 2 Zhujiang East Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou
Read about more upcoming events here.