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On the Agenda: What to Do This October

Breathtaking digital art, gadgets and wheels and a sensory journey through Italy—mark your calendars with our round-up of October’s must-see cultural delights.

By Cherry Lai and Natasha Tang
October 8, 2021

Photo: Aston Martin


(30 September-29 October)

To commemorate Daniel Craig's last James Bond movie No Time To Die, Aston Martin Hong Kong and MF Jebsen International are displaying the Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger continuation car, along with an Aston Martin photography exhibition of the many James Bond cars, at The Peninsula Hong Kong. The car is an exact replica of the one seen in the movie and is part of the limited global production of 25 cars, this one being the only one in Hong Kong. The car also showcases gadgets such as revolving number plates, a retractable bullet proof rear shield, pop out machine guns and more. And to celebrate Bollinger Champagne, the champagne that has appeared in every James Bond movie, visitors can enjoy the hotel's popular afternoon tea in the lobby or the seafood platter on ice in The Verandah Cafe paired with Bollinger Special Cuvée NV.
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Photo: Digital Art Fair Asia


(October 3–17)  

Taking over 20,000sqft across two floors of Central’s Asia Standard Tower, the inaugural Digital Art Fair Asia is a pioneer in the art-tech evolution that brings together cutting-edge technologies like blockchains and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) with 360-degree immersive art installations, augmented reality, virtual reality, and new-media art. This culminates in a total of 200 works under one roof – and it’s viewable via VR goggles from all over the world. On the exciting line-up is 40 international and local digital artists, including Refik Anadol, who showcases his iconic 3D immersive art; Krista Kim, who created the first “NFT digital house”; Victor Wong, who created A.I. Gemini, the world’s first artificial-intelligence ink artist; and a performance or two by NFT sound artist and rapper MC Yan.
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Photo: Standard Chartered


(October 24) 

Ready, set, go! Hong Kong’s most popular marathon returns after last year’s hiatus with an innovative physical-virtual hybrid format. The city’s first major mass participatory sporting event since the start of the pandemic will see 18,500 runners (all vaccinated and tested) across the marathon, half-marathon, and 10km categories as they conquer routes from Nathan Road and the Western Harbour Crossing to the finish line at Victoria Park. From October 25 to November 14, runners can even partake virtually by completing the designated distances and uploading their records.
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Photo: Eight Kwai Fong


(9 - 10 October 2021, 16 - 17 October 2021 and 23 - 24 October)

EIGHT KWAI FONG Happy Valley bridges fashion, art and taste in its recent collaboration with five different art galleries. Together, 13A New Street Art Gallery, INFECTMENT, KEF Hong Kong, PERKS SOUVENIR STORE and SHOUT Art Hub & Gallery transformed the luxurious residential space into an art exhibition, with some galleries showcasing their work in Hong Kong for the very first time.
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Photo: Italia Mia Festival


(October 4–December 19) 

Get a taste of la dolce vita at the third edition of Italia Mia, the dazzling annual celebration of Italian culture and lifestyle jointly presented by the Consulate General of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Hong Kong. From scrumptious wine tastings to cooking classes, opera and film to visual arts, there’s much to savour across the jam-packed 40-strong programme. Our must-sees? Dinner with Dante, a culinary journey through the Italian cities where Dante Alighieri lived, worked, and travelled; Italia all’Opera, where soprano Louise Kwong and tenor Chen Chen perform world-famous arias by Puccini, Rossini, and Donizetti; and Vino Condiviso, a sit-down tasting of curated wines from the Campania and Basilicata regions.
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