What better way to immerse yourself in the latest cultural and industry happenings than an exhibition, fair or convention? Hong Kong is a bustling hub for culture, art, business and tech. From inspiring business fairs to art exhibitions, there are plenty of upcoming events to add to your schedule and stimulate your creativity.
We’ve rounded up 4 of the most exciting fairs and exhibitions in Hong Kong this month. Remember that you may have to book in advance to visit due to ongoing social distancing restrictions.
Digital Art Fair Asia
As one of the most anticipated upcoming events, the very first Digital Art Fair Asia (DAFA) launched in Hong Kong in late September. The fair includes the artworks of “more than 200 pieces of NFT art of different forms,” and also showcases “digital masterpieces by Andy Warhol and Beeple.”
In case you are unfamiliar, an NFT, or “non-fungible token,” is basically a collectible digital asset. “NFTs use the same blockchain technology that is used in traditional cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin or Ethereum. However, unlike Bitcoin and Ethereum, in which every coin is identical, each NFT is entirely unique and cannot be counterfeited. This means that each NFT gains or loses value as an independent entity, rather than as an entire network.”
If you were lucky enough to score tickets to the exhibition, public days are available October 3-22 with an RSVP on the website. However, don’t worry if you missed out this year. Although tickets are sold out, DAFA has commented that they “have some plans for 2022, probably having the fair in other countries and cities of Asia.”
Eco Expo Asia
Beginning the last week of October, Eco Expo Asia is “Asia’s top trade fair for the recovering green industry.” Co-organized by the Environment Bureau and the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), the fair provides an opportunity for businesses and customers to interact with one another and strengthen the green industry. Having 15 years of experience, the fair hosts both conferences and startup zones – collaborating with environmental experts as well as entrepreneurs and potential customers freely.
Catering to the ongoing pandemic, the Eco Expo Asia will be held both online and offline this year. The theme of 2021 is “Promoting Green Recovery for Carbon Neutrality,” aiming for a balance between the carbon emissions emitted with the carbon emissions that are absorbed in our world. There’s free admission to people 18 and above, so go green at the Eco Expo Asia by learning from climate experts and buying eco-friendly products.
Art Next Expo
Filled with projects to observe and art to purchase, Art Next Expo 2021 will be presenting the artworks of over 70 artists in three series – Art Next Artist Series, Diversity Series and Special Project Series: Next+. These series feature the developing contemporary art of Hong Kong, local embroidery art and art toys, with artworks from City University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Baptist University students.
Focused on connecting “independent artists with art professionals and collectors,” and also giving “collectors the opportunity to access top quality works at affordable prices,” Art Next Expo brings art lovers the best experience they can offer all in one exhibition. All admissions are free, but make sure to register in advance online. This exhibition runs from October 7-10 in Causeway Bay.
With various online and in-person exhibitions, the Hong Kong Museum of Arts (HKMoA) is the museum for old and new art in Hong Kong. Established in 1962, HKMoA is the first public art museum in Hong Kong and aims to make “art relevant for everyone” through its curated exhibitions. Diverse in both nationality and era, HKMoA represents the “unique cultural legacy of Hong Kong’s connection across the globe.”
This month, HKMoA is featuring a total of five exhibitions and a festival as well as an online showcase of collections. The exhibitions present timeless pieces of Chinese landscapes as well as featuring modern and contemporary artworks. Furthermore, the upcoming music festival Must Fest HK 2021 reinvigorates the charms of Cantopop and is said to “bring you to the realm of cultural heritage.”
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