Your Weekly Guide to Asia

Art Jakarta opens tomorrow while Adidas conquers Hong Kong. Here are the biggest events happening around the Asia-Pacific region.

Jakarta

Art Jakarta 2017

To Jakartans, there’s a weekend special that you definitely don’t want to miss—Art Jakarta at the Ritz Carlton Jakarta, Pacific Place. Previously known as Bazaar Art Jakarta and back for its ninth year, the annual fair will be featuring artworks from more than 50 different galleries from all over Asia. Expect to see artworks from renowned galleries such as Albert Art Gallery from Indonesia, Element Art Space from Singapore, and Artemis Art from Malaysia. Starting from July 27 until 30, each day will be filled with an array of events and activities that include wayang performances, live paintings, and an art auction for charity on the last day. Whether you’re an art connoisseur or not, this buzzing art affair is a trip you want to make this weekend!

"Lucky Jade" by artist Zi Peng from Element Art Space.

“Lucky Jade” by artist Zi Peng from Element Art Space.

"Fruits of Fortune by the Lagoon" by Richard Wrinkler.

“Fruits of Fortune by the Lagoon” by Richard Wrinkler.

"Transfusi Hati" by Roby Dwi Antono.

“Transfusi Hati” by Roby Dwi Antono.

BrideStory Market

Back for its second year, BrideStory has returned—and with 600 vendors from five countries, no less. Whether you’re a bride or groom-to-be, a visit to this event is sure to bring a smile to your face. Expect to find the best vendors such as event organizers, photographers, and caterers from all over Asia. The exhibition has also collaborated with Market Museum in order to provide sumptuous food choices for you to enjoy while browsing. Drop by ICE BSD from July 27 to 30 where you can soak the atmosphere until midnight.

The BrideStory Fair will be held in ICE BSD.

The BrideStory Fair will be held in ICE BSD.

Hong Kong

Adidas Sports Base

It’s time to break a sweat! To kick off the week, head over to Central Harbourfront, where giant sportswear brand Adidas has set-up an exciting multi-sports venue until August 10. Expect to find all sorts of sports activities that include football, street ball challenges, rock climbing, yoga classes, fitness boot camps, and nighttime running marathons. Strap on your sneakers and prepare to sweat your hearts out!

 

On Sharks and Humanity

In collaboration with Parkview Arts Action, the Hong Kong Maritime Museum has launched an exhibition educating the public about the role that sharks play in our ecosystem. Happening from now until September 29, this exhibition will feature the works of 34 renowned artists such as paintings, sculptures, films, and photographs. The show aims to encourage people not to contribute to the senseless killing of these marine animals by showcasing the danger caused by consuming sharks’ fin soup.   

A peek into the exhibition.

A peek into the “On Sharks and Humanity.”

Singapore

Orchid Extravaganza 2017

In celebration of the country’s upcoming 52nd birthday on August 9, Gardens by the Bay has launched a special flower exhibition that will focus on orchids, the country’s national flower. You’ll get the chance to see a number of different orchids that include Vanda, Dendrobium, and Phalaepnosis, among many others. The floral exhibition will last until August 30.

The stunning array of orchids at the Orchids Extravaganza.

The stunning array of orchids at the Orchids Extravaganza.

 

Look out for the Vanda orchids, as pictured here.

Look out for the Vanda orchids, or otherwise known as “Miss Joaquim” as pictured here.

So Singapore

Happening now until August 27, this month-long festival features an array of events and performances that are open to the public. One of the key events is the Heritage Carnival on August 4 to 13, where you’ll get a chance to take a trip down memory lane and learn more about the country’s history, interact with villagers, and take pictures of retro exhibits. There will also be a number of mouthwatering traditional delicacies such as cendol and peranakan kueh that will be served in the food stalls. You can also witness the Magic Merlion Lights show every night, where the half-fish, half-lion statue will be bathed in hypnotizing lights and projections.

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Bangkok

Soil and Stones, Souls and Songs

Presented by the Kadist, Para Site, and the French Embassy in Thailand, this exhibition was curated by Cosmin Costinas and Inti Guerrero. Featuring more than 30 local and international artists, the exhibition will be displaying works of art that aims to present contemporary Asian ideas. Occurring until October 31 at Jim Thompson Art Centre (one of the organizers), the show has been staged at Manila’s Museum of Contemporary Art and Design and Hong Kong’s Para Site.

A peek into the exhibition.

A peek into the exhibition.

Freedom Farming by Li Binyuan. 2014.

Freedom Farming by Li Binyuan. 2014.

Sublimation

French artist Myrtille Tibayrenc has launched her first ever-solo exhibition at Serindia Gallery on Charoen Krung Soi 36. The exhibition will feature a series of oil paintings that explore various contemporary topics. The exhibition will happen until August 20.

The exhibition by Myrtle

The exhibition by Myrtille Tibayrenc is held until August 20.

 

Tokyo

TeamLab Jungle & Learn and Play! Future Park

Set in Shibuya’s Hikarie Hall and happening until September 10, the arts and lights festival will bring joy to visitors of all ages. Make sure to explore the “Jungle,” where you’ll get an interactive, audiovisual experience that requires the audience to touch beams of light. There will also be an array of activities for the young ones that include patterned slides and a mesmerizing lights show.

The kid's slides

The kid’s patterned slides.

 

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