March is the month of art in Hong Kong. The city is scheduled to hold various art events and has launched new destinations that bring art closer to people as part of its campaign for Hong Kong Arts Month 2019. Here are some ways to enjoy art during your visit:
Attend Art Basel
Held for three days from March 29-31, Art Basel is among the must-visit art fairs in Hong Kong. Taking place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, it will feature artworks from 242 modern and contemporary galleries from 36 countries around the Asia Pacific region.
Visit Art Central
From March 27-31, the fifth edition of Art Central will feature 107 galleries from 22 countries. The fair will present art performances, large scale art installations and discussions with renowned figures in the contemporary art scene. Located at Central Harbour front, visitors will also be able to feast their eyes on the bustling Victoria Harbour with its picturesque waterfront scenery and popular nighttime lights.
Watch a performance and enjoy dim sum
The Xiqu Centre in the West Kowloon Cultural District is dedicated to preserving Cantonese theatre. Opened in January, the Xiqu Center is a unique building that merges modern and traditional elements. Aside from visiting the photography exhibition Constructing the Xiqu Centre, which will end on March 31, people can also watch the Tea House Theatre program that presents traditional Chinese theater. Dim sum and traditional tea will be served during the 90-minute performance.
Learn about Hong Kong’s textile industry
The Mills in Tsuen Wan, formerly the Nan Fung cotton-spinning factory, has undergone a process of revitalisation since 2014. The non-profit Center for Heritage, Arts and Textile (CHAT) is also part of The Mills’ conservation project. CHAT, which opens on March 16, will feature different types of weaving and art from the heritage to the contemporary. Unfolding: Fabric Of Our Life is one of the exhibitions that will be held here, featuring 17 contemporary artists from 12 countries, including Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Australia and India.
See how art merges with daily life at the Harbour Art Fair
Among Hong Kong’s plethora of art events in March is the Harbour Art Fair 2019. Held from March 30 to April 1, its uniqueness lies in how it transforms rooms at the Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel into art spaces.
Marvel at Hong Kong’s street art
In addition to attending art events, it is also recommended to take a look at the city’s urban arts, including ArtLane, an urban project where visitors can discover attractive murals, and the HK Urban Canvas 2019 that focuses on community art projects including commissioned shutter artworks inspired by local stories and traditions. There is also Draw HK, which comprises workshops and exhibitions, and the HKwalls Street Art Festival from March 23 to 31 that will feature street art from international and local artists. – The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network