What’s Up: Your Guide to Everything Going on in Asia

 

Hong Kong

Within the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong lies an exciting array of events to look forward to every single day. The city serves as the first stop of Louis Vuitton’s “Time Capsule”, a visual presentation of the most important events in the company’s history. Witness French craftsmen who will demonstrate their traditional leatherwork skills that remain relevant until this day. Happening at Statue Square Gardens, it is open to all members of the public until May 14.

The Hong Kong Heritage Museum is organizing an exhibit titled “Inventing le Louvre: From Palace to Museum over 800 years”. It will feature an impressive number of masterpieces from Paris’ Louvre Museum such as paintings, sculptures, and tapestries. The exhibit will run until July 24.    

Horse Head (fragment of a statue) by Daniel  Lebée and Carine Déambrosis.

Horse Head (fragment of a statue) by Daniel Lebée and Carine Déambrosis.

Tokyo

This week, Tokyo’s been buzzing with quite a few exciting events. One to note is the 30-year-old Image Forum Festival which will screen films from renowned filmmakers as well as indie directors. Held annually by the Shibuya Theatre Image Forum, the film festival runs until May 7.

Head over to the Higashi izu Cross Country Course and find the Rainbow Disco Club playing for 55 hours straight this weekend. You can expect a colorful lineup of house and techno music, featuring DJs Nobu, Fatima Yamaha, Soichi Terada, and other exciting artists. The last show is on May 5.    

Seoul

Always filled with buzzing energy, mouth-watering food, and warm hospitality, this city is always full of surprises. Seoul is celebrating Beer Week Festival, where craft beer company the Booth Brewing  and other breweries will present their new concoctions as well as some old time favourites. The festival will be at the Common Grounds until Sunday, May 7.

 Bangkok

Bangkok’s always been a beautifully cultured city, especially so recently. Visit Number 1 Gallery to see AYATANA (6), a contemporary art exhibition by Thanutcha Leelangkura. The show presents artworks that explain how humans have become lost in their desires and the negative impact of scientific progress. Open until May 20.

One of Thanutcha  Leelangkura artworks called 'Passion'

One of Thanutcha Leelangkura artworks called “Passion”

Meanwhile, Soy Sauce Bar in the Yaowarat district is organizing Abstract in Contrast, which presents the works of painters Kampirada Sukkwan (color) and Harry Naylor (black and white). Event is on May 6.    

Singapore

For those in Singapore this week, don’t fret! There’s quite an array of things to do this weekend. You can catch Dutch DJs Willem van Hanegem and Ward van der Harst (known as W&W) at Zouk nightclub on May 6.   

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As for all the Star Wars enthusiasts, head over to the Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay for an intergalactic experience in the May the 4th Be With You Festival. There will be a special appearance of Chewbacca and Kylo Ren as well as a screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The festival ends on May 6.

For those of you coming next week, there’s the Singapore Heritage Festival (SHF) where you can participate in heritage tours, trails, and open houses to understand the history of the country. SHF ends on May 14.

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