Your Weekly Guide to Asia

From a massive furniture fair to a Japanese dance festival, here are the exciting events happening across the continent.

Hong Kong

International Design Furniture Fair Hong Kong

Hong Kong knows a thing or two about design—a fact made obvious as soon as you step off a plane and into a sea of skyscrapers. From August 25 to 27, the city will host the second International Design Furniture Fair which will showcase products from heritage to premiere brands. The event is expected to attract over 9,000 visitors ranging from architects, interior designers, hoteliers, property developers, and homeowners.

To be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, a must-see is the Design Exhibition, with exhibits like the late Zaha Hadid’s City of Towers, Alan Chan’s Mr Chan’s Tea Room, and the feature installation Das Haus Asia, a nod to the city’s famously cramped apartments.

Another event that’s not to be missed is the fair’s signature Dialogue Speakers Series where award-winning architects and designers like Stefan Krummeck and William Lim share their ideas and perspectives on the design world. Also, don’t forget to stop by the Gallery Showcase featuring hundreds of well-known brands from all over the world.

Passes are available from US$24 to US$50.

Zaha Hadid's City of Towers. Courtesy of Hong Kong International Design Festival

Zaha Hadid’s City of Towers. All photos are courtesy of the events mentioned

Hong Kong Summer International Film Festival

Expect the same sort of movies to grace the silver screen when summer rolls around—big, loud, and dare we say, formulaic. However, the Hong Kong Summer International Film Festival knows that there are other stories worth telling. From now until August 29, the festival will feature up to 40 films that include a combination of new releases and award-winning classics.

Highlights of the event include two master classes led by acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf, who will present his films The Night of Zayandeh-rood and Salaam Cinema. Other events to look forward to during the festival are screenings of the restored print of Hong Kong classic, C’est la Vie, Mon Cheri, the rollicking British classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and local action film Paradox.

A meet and greet session at  Hong Kong Summer Film Festival

A meet and greet session at this year’s Hong Kong Summer International Film Festival.

The Royal Ballet of Cambodia

Here’s your chance to watch a UNESCO-recognized group perform live. The Royal Ballet of Cambodia is set to perform at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre from August 25 to 26. This is the company’s first time to perform in Hong Kong where they’ll showcase their own brand of ballet.

Revived in the 1970s by the Cambodian Princess Norodom Buppha Devi, the 1,000-year-old Royal Ballet is steeped in Cambodian tradition where every movement has a symbolic meaning and tell of ancient legends of the Khmer people.

The performance will be attended by the country’s Prince Sisowath Tesso and Princess Norodom herself.

Tickets are priced between US$26 and US$38.

Hong Kong, this is your chance to see a UNESCO live

Hong Kong, this is your chance to see a UNESCO-recognized group perform live


Super Yosakoi Festival

Here’s something that’s not seen every day: more than 5,000 people dancing at one of the busiest areas in Tokyo. That’s the Harajuku Omotesando Genki Matsuri Super Yosakoi Festival—or Super Yosakoi for short. This August 26 to 27, the lively neighborhoods of Harajuku and Omotesando will become the stages on which teams from all over Japan will duke it out in a battle of dance, costumes, and creativity.

The rules of the event are pretty simple: participants must wear an original costume and incorporate naruko (hand-clappers) into their routines and wow the crowd.

Yosakoi is a modern adaptation of traditional dances, particularly the awa odori. The festival started in the city of Kochi in 1954 in an effort to boost the economy in the wake of war. Today, the festival remains one of the most anticipated events in the Japanese festival calendar and draws crowds from all over. It certainly isn’t something to be missed.

The rules are simple: wear an original costume, incorporate naruko, and wow the crowd

The rules are simple: wear an original costume, incorporate naruko, and wow the crowd


Publika Jazz

Who doesn’t love a little feel-good jazz? The Malaysians certainly do. From August 25 to 26, the country’s largest free indoor and outdoor jazz festival, Publika Jazz, is back with a line-up of over 100 seasoned veterans and up and coming artists. Taking up the Square, Black Box, the Social, and the Bee at Publika Solaris Dutamas, the festival is free for everyone and will showcase everything from the classic swinging jazz of New Orleans to fresh new pieces.

This year’s must-sees include performances by Indonesian bassist Barry Likumahuwa, Malaysian-based Cuban jazz group Havana Jazz Tumbao, and multi-national group Shock and Awe!

Barry Likumahuwa is set to perform at Publika Jazz

Barry Likumahuwa is set to perform at Publika Jazz


Singapore Night Festival

One of Singapore’s most anticipated events is returning to Bugis for its 10th anniversary. Set to take place up until August 26, the Singapore Night Festival will host over 550,000 visitors and showcase myriad art installations, light shows, and dazzling performances.

This year, a couple of events to look forward to are a magical performance by illusionist Ning Cai, a musical-martial arts performance by Lunisolar Vibes, and of course the festival’s signature lightshow on the facade of the National Museum of Singapore. Be sure to catch the more than 10 new dazzling light installations.

Admission is free.

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