Hong Kong This April: Film Festival, Street Food, and Bun Festival
April is geared up to be a month filled with exciting events and cultural festivals for those who are looking for fun in the bustling city! From a star-spotting red carpet event to the yummy-licious food festival, Hong Kong is the place to be in this month!
April 9 | 36th Hong Kong Film Awards
Have you always wanted to ‘star-gaze’ and hopefully score a selfie with some of the hottest actors and actresses in the film industry? Widely known as the ‘Oscars’ of Hong Kong, the 36th Hong Kong Film Awards will see a slew of celebrities dressed in their finest gowns as they strut down the red carpet! While the red carpet event is free, you will have to be there a couple of hours early to score a good spot at this glitzy affair! You can check out the nominees for this year's event here.
April 11-25 | 41st Hong Kong International Film Festival
Screening over 250 titles by both local and international directors, the 41st Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF41) is one of the most reputable platforms for filmmakers and filmgoers from all around the world. A full listing of the films that will be screened at the festival can be found here, along with the ticketing prices and details. The festival will also be screening three movies -- Made in Hong Kong, Love in a Puff, and Love in the Buff -- for free, and you can reserve the tickets here.
April 16 | Da-Bangg The Tour
Bollywood fans, this is your chance to get up-close with your idols! Da-Bangg the Tour is one of the biggest Bollywood concerts and it will be coming to Hong Kong for the first time this April. Headlining the concert is international superstar Salman Khan, also known as the Sultan of Bollywood, as he embarks on his first international concert tour. The show will see these Bollywood celebrities sing and dance to the hottest tunes from the movies, interacting with their fans through a series of performances, and not forgetting their opulent costumes that will leave you wanting more! Get your tickets here.
April 29 | Lan Kwai Fong Street Food Festival 2017
Nothing beats knowing a country through its delicious street food and drinks. After a successful debut run in 2016, the Lan Kwai Fong Street Food Festival is back for a one-day event at one of Hong Kong’s most eye-catching landmarks and the event's namesake, Lan Kwai Fong! A paradise for all foodies at heart, the festival presents an exciting mix of over 50 local and international street food and beverage stalls, serving up dishes and cocktails at affordable prices! There will also be live performances to complete the foodilicious experience! For a full list of stalls available, check out their official homepage here.
April 30 - May 4 | Cheung Chau Bun Festival
Tourists around the world flock to Hong Kong to participate in the annual Cheung Chau Bun Festival, a colourful traditional event where handmade buns are offered to the Pak Tai, the God of the Sea, to thank him for protecting the island and to ward off the evil spirits. For the first-timers, this lively festival promises to be an eye-opener which involves parades, dance performances, prayers and rituals. Everybody on the island goes vegetarian three days before the festival and tourists are highly encouraged to do so as well. Do not miss the highlight of the event -- Bun Towers -- where three huge bamboo towers are covered with steamed buns. Buns from these towers are distributed to the locals after the festival as they are considered to be lucky. More information about the festival can be found here.