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The Hot List: What to Do This Summer

From not-to-be-missed menus to artsy affairs and new ways to work up a sweat,  
beat the heat this summer with these exciting happenings around town.

July 13, 2022


Photo: M+ Cinema

Seek refuge from the blazing sun with a visit to M+ Cinema, which opened June 8 with a formidable inaugural season of some 100 screenings, spanning feature films, video art, restored classics, film courses and more. Cinephiles will want to make a beeline for the remastered 4K version of Wong Kar Wai’s Days of Being Wild (until August 20), Hong Kong: The Establishing Shot (until September 11) featuring nine films that illustrate the city’s rich visual culture, documentary Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema (until August 13) that celebrates leading women filmmakers across 12 decades, among others.
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(July 1) 

Photo: Hong Kong Golf and Tennis Academy

Tennis lovers, ready your serve – because for the first time in Asia, you will get to train under the programmes and coaches behind the legendary champion Rafael Nadal. Launching at the Hong Kong Golf and Tennis Academy this July, the Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre will offer not only rare competition opportunities, sponsorships, and a methodology that aims to maximise each player’s strengths, but an exclusive coaching team dropping in direct from its mother academy in Mallorca, Spain, all set create a wonderful training ground for future tennis champions in Hong Kong.
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(July 14)

Photo: The Peninsula Hotel

Indulge in luxury this Bastille Day with a one-night-only dinner centered around the finest and most extravagant culinary gems: caviar and champagne. The six-course dinner curated by Michelin-starred Chef de Cuisine Albin Gobil will highlight a collection of caviar from French purveyor Kaviari and Champagnes from Maison Louis Roederer along with delicacies such as blue lobster with artichoke and mousseline sauce, Mont Saint Père farm egg with oyster and French peas, and Guanaja chocolate tart. Guests are also in for a treat with the release of the label’s “Collection 241” Brut Champagne Magnum and a pour of the newly released Louis Roederer Cristal 2014.
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Photo: C45

As Hong Kong’s nightlife scene creeps back to full swing – bottoms up! – we’re starting our bar-hopping adventure at C45, which spreads across 10,000sqft on the first and second floors of California Tower. Hong Kong indie rapper Alconaba Wilfredo Jr kicked off the venue’s recent reopening with a bang, and revellers can expect a playlist of trendy hip hop (on Wednesdays), throwback ’90s classics (on Thursdays), plus a star-studded lineup of guest DJs on Fridays and weekends.
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(July 2) 

Photo: Hong Kong Palace Museum

This summer, the city will be treated to the largest trove of invaluable antique works it has ever seen when the Hong Kong Palace Museum, soaring above the West Kowloon harbourfront, opens to public on July 2. In an unprecedented loan from Beijing’s Palace Museum, a collection of 914 treasures – think grade-one artefacts, paintings from the Tang and Sung dynasties, costumes, jewellery and more spanning nearly 5,000 years – will be displayed next to objects on loan from Paris’ Louvre Museum and local museums alike for its opening exhibitions. Grab your tickets online or visit free of charge on Wednesdays.
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RESERVE AND REGALE (August 10 and 11)

Photo: Cultivate

Barely a year old, 22-seater Cultivate, nestled on Elgin Street, has cemented itself as one of the city’s most fascinating fine dining experiences, thanks to chef-owner Leonard Cheung’s ever-changing menus showcasing his daring whimsicality and interactivity with guests. Over two nights this August, it partners up with Maison Mumm to debut an eight-course feast to remember with Reserve and Regale, a champagne pairing concept that sees standout plates like baudroie de noir (blackened monkfish) and rouge (spice crusted Barbarie duck) paired with some of rarest Grand Cru RSRV vintage cuvées, such as the 4.5 Cuvée and Blanc de Noirs 2012. Served alongside live classical music, the evening is a culinary journey for all the senses.
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(August 4 to 7)

Photo: Affordable Art fair (A Summer Study of Curiosity by Shan Jiang)

The 9th edition of the popular art fair returns to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre with contemporary works from 60 galleries – 40 of which are from Hong Kong – and regional talents such as Audrey Lu and Shan Jiang. Look out for the Jonathan Jay Lee-curated Young Talent Hong Kong sector featuring works that strive to offer distinct perspectives of the city we live in, plus art therapy workshops to spotlight art’s role in enhancing wellbeing.
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(September 9 to 11)


The crème de la crème of the region’s designers will lift the curtain on their latest sartorial creations at CENTRESTAGE, the city’s flagship fashion extravaganza to run from September 9 to 11 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Aptly themed “Inclusion and Diversity” with the tagline #MeMyselfAndUs, this year’s guests (and audiences tuning in via live-stream) can keep their eyes peeled for boundary-pushing runway presentations, live performances, and glamorous A-listers decked out in the season’s finest looks.
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