Ex-Croall; McEwen by Antonio Stradivari

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Ahead of it’s auction at Sotheby’s Galleries London in March, the Ex-Croall; McEwen violin crafted by Antonio Stradivari in 1684 is being showcased around the world.

One of only about 500 surviving Stradivaris and valued at over $12million local violinist Vincent Chua demonstrated the Stradivari’s beautiful sound by performing God Save the Queen variation by Paganini

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Dragonland: 24-26 February, 2017

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In what’s likely to be an increasing trend, with the massive costs of building a stage and installing a sound system, a one night Leon’s Penguins concert has morphed into Dragonland, a three day music festival.

Dragonland will take place on the Central Harbourfront from the 24-26 February 2017. The mixed line up features a local superstar, international dj’s and a mix of well known bands headlined by the Black Eyed Peas.

One of the four ‘heavenly kings’ of Canto-Pop Leon Lai returns to the Central Harbourfront on the 24 February, with a hopefully fire-proof marque, for a one night gig Leon’s Penguins.

Day two of Dragonland is a ‘Night of Dance’ headlined by international DJs Zedd and Steve Aoki with Redfoo, Tom Swoon, Vinai, Infected Mushroom and Seiho performing throughout the day.

Dance segues into a ‘Night of Pop’ headlined by the returning Black Eyed Peas, Iggy AzaleaCarly Rae JepsenMike PosnerHalf the Animal.

Leon is a consummate performer and will doubtless put on another great show, but the thought of a full lineup Black Eyed Peas, with even a passingly good sound-system, outdoors and backdropped by Victoria Harbour… Wicked!

Dragonland 2017

Dragonland
When:
 24-26 February, 2017
Where: Central Harbourfront
How much: $1,680, $1,380, $880, $780 per day – tickets onsale 30 November, 2016 from Hotdogtix
More info:
24 Feb – Leon’s Penguins
25 Feb – Dragonland – One Night Dance: Zedd, Steve Aoki, Redfoo, Tom Swoon, Vinai, Infected Mushroom, Seiho
26 Feb – Dragonland – One Night Pop: Black Eyed Peas, Iggy Azalea, Carly Rae Jepsen, Mike Posner, Half the Animal

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Belgium Week Brings Vibrant Culture to Hong Kong

belgium-hkAn eclectic introduction to modern Belgium culture is perhaps the best description for Belgium Week which runs from the 12-19 November and showcases a diverse range of artists including Filip Jordens, Jacques Brel, Peter Lenaerts, DJ Maxime Firket, Yves Ullens de Schooten, Harold Ancart, Sophie Whettnall, Belgian comics and gastronomy.

The weeks events launch with DJ Maxime Firket at Kee Club on the 12 November. On Sunday one of the more interesting performances is Filip Jordens Homage a Brel where he performs a repetoire of the legendary singer-songwriter and actor Jacques Brel songs at Ping Pong Gintonería in Sai Ying Pun, tickets are $500.

The most unusual event is sound artist Peter Lenaerts MicroSleepDub ‘residency’ at Wing in Chai Wan from the 17-27 November. MicroSleepDub is about micro sound, architecture and urbanism. It’s a durational performance built around a sound composition for dub plates where Lenaerts listens and looks for sounds that are too quiet, too vague, or too low to be heard normally. Using a microphone as a microscope, he zooms in and amplifies these neglected, underexposed and discarded sounds. MicroSleepDub is an all night performance, where listening and sleeping are both encouraged. Entry is free, but registration is required.

andy-wauman-gutterdust-8-580x433A series of art exhibitions at the Kee Club and Artone will showcase established and new artists from Belgium whose artworks reflect Belgium as a country; rich in culture and artistic expression. Exhibition curator Emilie Rolin Jacquemyns commented that “I wanted to showcase a wide spectrum of artists that could really give a deeper feeling of Belgium. Each time I look at their artwork, there is a part of our culture, history and way of life that I see. Light is at the core of all their work, everything is subtle, minimalist and perfect. To me, there is a calming sense that unite all these pieces, and a sense of brightness, an expression of colour, that brings Belgium closer to home for me here in Hong Kong.”

Artists exhibiting at the KEE Club include:
Harold Ancart: born in Brussels but now lives and works in New York, he will be presenting an untitled piece. Using space and repetition for his architectural installations and works on paper, his work is often minimalist with recurring motifs of parrots, the jungle and palm trees.

Ann Veronica Janssens: an artist who uses distribution of light, colour, and reflective surfaces to reveal the instability of perception of time and space. She will showcase her art piece named Magic Mirror.

Sophie Whettnall: lives and works in Brussels and focuses on light but also has an eye for its absence, as well as landscape – a frequent theme in her work, uses raw and natural elements to reflect contradictory concepts and perceptions and will be exhibiting Border Lines #26.

Poetic Views
Date: 11am-11pm, 14-18 November, 2016
Venue: KEE Club
Tickets: Free

Photographer Yves Ullens de Schooten who will be showcasing The Theatre of Lights using abstract photography as his medium to express emotion and energy brought by light and colour at ArtOne.

Matières et contrast (Materials and Contrast)
Date: 10am-9pm, 12-19 November, 2016
Venue: Artone
Tickets: Free

In addition to the KEE and ArtOne exhibitions, Michel Mouffe has a solo show at the Axel Vervoordt Gallery and Andy Wauman, a solo show at Art Statements, Wong Chuk Hang. There is also an exhibition of photography, by Jean-Pierre RuelleHong Kong and Islands at the Lightstage Gallery, Sheung Wan.

For a full program of events see www.belgiumhk.com

Belgium Week
Date: 12-19 November, 2016
Venue: Various
Tickets: See individual events
More info: www.BelgiumHK.com

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Korean Music Festival @ HK Coliseum – 5 November, 2016

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Korean Music Festival at the HK Coliseum on 5 November 2016 featuring Korean idol group Infinite, reggae singers Ha Dong Hoon (HAHA) and Skull, Park Myeong-su and hip-hop rap band DJ DOC member Lee Han Seoul.

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Popface – China Revisited

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Embracing beautifully executed atmospheric art-pop Popface is a postrock/shoegaze band from in Stavanger, Norway. For 20 years, the band has perfected the balance between loud and quiet, cascading between walls of electric guitars and the gentle whisper of the acoustic. The band has for many years been looked upon as being one of Norway’s finest live acts and is well known for delivering great live shows.

Popface are Frode Johannessen (vocals), Michael Vince (bass) and Gaute Johannesen (drums), the band have released five albums: Buck (1995), Almost Endless (1998), Michele, I Love You (2002), Eleven Pieces Of A Broken Heart (2006) and most recently Little Dreamer earlier this year.

In August 2015, the band made their debut tour of China that featured 11 gigs, now they return starting in Hong Kong at MOM Livehouse on the 17 November, 2016

Popface – China Revisited
Date: 8pm, 17 November, 2016
Venue: MOM Livehouse
Tickets: $150, $100

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Ssighborggg Live in Hong Kong

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Bringing live transmissions from the future of sound, this time straight from Seoul, South Korea via Sacramento, California. The experimental math-rock/electro-synth two-headed beast, Ssighborggg (Sean Patrick Maylone and DeAnthony Nelson Jr.) are live in Hong Kong at the MOM Livehouse in North Point on the 8 Devember, 2016

Support from The Sinister Left, David Boring

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Support: The Sinister Left, David Boring
Date: 8pm, 8 December, 2016
Venue: MOM Livehouse
Tickets: $250, $200 (advance), $150 (Early Bird) from here

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Metallica Live in Hong Kong

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Metallica will play their first gig in Hong Kong on 20 January 2017 at the Asia World-Expo Arena as part of their World Wired tour. Tickets priced at $1,280, $980, $780, $580 go on sale from 10am on the 27 October through HKTicketing

Metallica – World Wired
When:
 8pm, 20 January, 2017
Where: Asia World-Expo, Arena
How much: $1,280, $980, $780, $580 from HKTicketing (On sale 27 October)

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