International films in Hong Kong? Yes. International concerts in Hong Kong? No, not for a while yet as the city continues its lengthy COVID precautions (best to carry the LeaveHomeSafe App with you). Still, there are plenty of homegrown artists willing to thrill crowds – and often in innovative ways.

Here’s a quick look at the main entertainment events taking place across the city!

Live Music

WHO: Hins
WHERE: Hong Kong Coliseum, Kowloon
WHEN: January 1st-3rd

It takes a brave guy to climb 246 meters atop the roof of Lee Garden One in order to film promotional materials for his celebratory concert series, but Hins Cheung is that kind of guy.

Just imagine how innovative his 20th anniversary shows will be. By the time this set of shows rolls around, Hins will have already been performing for a week – so just imagine how well oiled these final performances will be in what should be a Cantopop bonanza.

Tickets: HK$980.00 / HK$680.00 / HK$480.00 get them here.

WHAT: Disney In Concert: A Dream Is A Wish
WHERE: KITEC, Kowloon Bay
WHEN: January 1st and 2nd at 3pm and 7:30pm

It’s the stories of “The Little Mermaid”, “The Lion King”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Frozen”, “Aladdin” and more, as told through the talents of four singers, original Disney footage and orchestral scores perfomed by the HKSW Symphony Orchestra. The show gets its premiere in the city over the course of four live dates which are sure to thrill those who want a live action Disney fix.

Tickets: HK$580.00 / HK$480.00 / HK$380.00 / HK$280.00 (Wheelchair), get them here

WHO: RubberBand and the Hong Kong Festival Orchestra
WHERE: West Kowloon Cultural District
WHEN: January 7th-9th, 8pm

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One of Hong Kong’s longest running rock quartets teams up with the Hong Kong Festival Orchestra for a special series of shows by the water on the Kowloon side. If you’re thinking Metallica meeting the San Francisco Orchestra, you’d be in the right ballpark. Sort of.

Tickets: HK$488.00 / HK$688.00 /HK$988.00, get them here

WHO: Mr. Koo
WHEN: January 6th at 9pm
WHERE: Salon No. 10, 10 Arbuthnot Road, Central

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Mr. Koo is an indie-rock band with international members headed by lead singer and guitarist Ollie Rodgers. If a combination of surf rock, psychedelia, dream pop and blues floats the boat, dig in…

Tickets: HK$180.00 (advance), HK$200.00 (at door), get them here

WHAT: Battle Of The Bands
WHEN: January 10th-13th, 8pm
WHERE: The Aftermath, L/G, 57-59 Wyndham Street, Central

16 bands will rock out before judges over the course of four nights at The Aftermath in Central. The ultimate goal? Become one of the four finalists who will perform with a series of well known local acts on February 12th in a bid to become known as “the ultimate indie band of the year”.

Tickets: HK$280.00 (advance)/ HK$380.00 (at door), get them here

WHAT: Ear Up Music Festival
WHEN: January 14th-15th, 7pm
WHERE: MacPherson Stadium, 38 Nelson Street, Mongkok

Kolor, Beat Friday, Chor, Bedroom Party, Dawn and more head up this list of local indie acts who want your ear. Based on the early demand for tickets, they already have it.

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Tickets: Free admission

WHAT: Happy Birthday, Mr. Sakamoto
WHERE: Livehouse, Freespace, West Kowloon
WHEN: January 17th and 19th, 8:30pm

Influential Japanese musician Ryuichi Sakamoto has had to postpone recent Hong Kong appearances due to health issues, so this may be the next best thing as pianists Jenny Ng and Julie Kwok perform his piano pieces in honor of his 70th birthday. The 17th features solo pieces by Kuok. The 19th boasts ensemble pieces by Romer Quartet and Jenny Ng. Both performances will feature well known Sakamoto classics selected by the musician himself.

Tickets: HK$250.00 / HK$300.00, get them here

WHAT: Freespace Ensemble Reimagines Kraftwerk
WHEN: January 28th and 29th, 8pm.
WHERE: The Box, Freespace, Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District.

Local artists Blue Kwok, hirsk, Daniel Chu, Jonathan Yang and more team up to create their contemporary take on the music of pioneering electronic act Kraftwerk. In other words, she’s a model and she’s looking…like she had a facelift.

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Tickets: HK$350.00, get them here

Theatre, Musicals and Opera

WHAT: One Last Gift
WHEN: January 7th onwards, various performances
WHERE: In Cantonese

Ouyang Qing and Ouyang Xi are a pair of brothers who are forced to come together for their father’s funeral after years spent apart. But they’re not friends. Far from it. Their meeting sets up an explosive encounter filled with residue from their collective past. See the anticipated stage drama which will play well into February. In Cantonese.

Tickets: HK$880.00 / HK$680.00/ HK$480.00, get them here

WHAT: Gongs And Drums
WHERE: Rita Tong Liu Drama Theater, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Wan Chai
WHEN: January 14th and 15th at 7:30pm

Students from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts get their Cantonese opera game on as they present four classical Cantonese opera excerpts. Well known Peking opera master Lau Shun will guest direct two of them.

Tickets: $90/60, $45 for disabled, get them here

WHAT: Tabby McTat
WHERE: Rita Tong Liu Drama Theater, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Wan Chai
WHEN: January 21st-30th, various performances throughout the day

Fred and Tabby McTat love to sing songs together, until the two get separated. Heartbroken, the duo search for each other in order to perform their rhyming musical renditions. The hour long performance is part of KidsFest.

Tickets: HK$435.00 / HK$385.00/ HK$335.00 / HK$225.00, HK$225.00 (disabled), get them here

Comedy shows

WHAT: Manner Standup Comedy: First Night
WHEN: January 7th-11th, various times
WHERE: Music ZoneMusic Zone@E-Max, KITEC, Kowloon Bay

Dee, Yelo and the rest of the Hong Kong comic collective riff on subjects far and wide, including Korean boy bands, food, local TV shows and more. Expect plenty of zaniness and for their sake, laughs. In Cantonese.

Tickets: HK$567.00 / HK$467.00, get them here


WHAT: Ink Global
WHERE: Hong Kong Central Library
WHEN: Until January 21st

Housed in the gallery of the Hong Kong Central Library, Ink Global features 500 of the world’s best ink paintings.

WHAT: Savoir-Faire: The Mastery of Craft in Fashion
WHERE: K11 Musea, K11 Art and Cultural Center, Tsim Sha Tsui
WHEN: Ongoing, from 12-8pm.

Efforts to preserve Chinese traditional craftsmanship are showcased alongside well known contemporary design houses in this East meets West exhibition. Ongoing through February.

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Tickets: HK$70.00, get them here

Films opening in January

WHAT: West Side Story
WHERE: At theaters across Hong Kong
WHEN: Opens January 6th

There was some head scratching when film director Steven Spielberg announced he was going to remake the original 1957 Broadway show (and subsequent film) “West Side Story”. Not anymore. With a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner, the director has received raves for his reimagining of young love vying for a place amidst a fierce gang rivalry.

View trailer here.

WHAT: Titane
WHERE: At theaters across Hong Kong
WHEN: Opens January 6th

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Following a series of unexpected crimes, a father is reunited with the son who has been missing for a decade. See the film that electrified audiences and picked up the Palm D’or at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. Directed by Julia Ducournau (In French, with Chinese and English Subtitles)

View trailer here.

WHAT: Scream
WHEN: Opens January 13th
WHERE: In theaters across the city

Twenty-five years after a streak of brutal murders shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro, a new killer has donned the Ghostface mask and begins targeting a group of teenagers to resurrect secrets from the town’s deadly past. Much of the original cast is back in this highly anticipated reboot/sequel/something.

View trailer here.

WHAT: Special Delivery
WHEN: Opens January 13th
WHERE: In theaters across Hong Kong

Eun-ha secretly works as a delivery clerk handling special requests. When she meets a client’s son who has a security key to a bank account that holds 30 million dollars, Eun-ha knows she’s in over her head. The question is: what is she up against? Directed by Park Dae-Min. In Korean with English subtitles.

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View trailer here.

WHAT: Are You Lonesome Tonight?
WHEN: January 20th onwards
WHERE: In theaters across the city

Well known mainland director Ning Hao tapped first time director Shipei Wen to make this neo-noir thriller about an air conditioning repairman who accidentally runs over a pedestrian. Subsequently, he develops a relationship with the man’s widow, during which plenty of complications ensue.

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View trailer here.

WHAT: The 355
WHEN: Opens January 20th
WHERE: In theaters across Hong Kong

When a top secret weapon falls into the wrong hands, it’s up to Jessica Chastain, Diane Kruger, Lupita Nyong’o and Penelope Cruz to find it. But they have to watch out for Fan Bingbing, who is watching all their moves…

View trailer here.

WHAT: Morbius
WHERE: In theaters across the city
WHEN: Opens January 26th

It’s a new year, which means, another big screen rendition of a Marvel comic book character. This time out, Jared Leto is Michael Morbius, an antihero with a rare blood disorder. Directed by Daniel Espinosa.

View trailer here.

WHAT: Sing 2
WHERE: In theaters across the city
WHEN: January 29th

Matthew McConnaughey, Scarlett Johansson and Reese Witherspoon lend their voices to the sequel of the hit animated film which features plenty of music by the likes of U2 and more. Directed by Garth Jennings.

View trailer here.

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