Yearly Archives: 2016

Event: Comedian Eddie Izzard to perform live in Hong Kong for the first time

Eddie Izzard will perform in Hong Kong for the first time on 23 February, 2017 at the Academy Community Hall, Hong Kong Baptist University.

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He will bring his record-breaking live comedy show Force Majeure to the city.

Izzard has performed the show in over 30 countries throughout Europe, USA, Africa, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, India and Nepal.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, December 29 at 10am at Standard tickets (Booking fee not included): HK$988, HK$688, HK$788, HK$588, HK$488.

A year in music: Hong Kong’s favourite tracks of 2016 according to Spotify

Ever wonder what your fellow MTR commuters are listening to? Music streaming service Spotify gives HKFP an overview of 2016’s most popular artists and tracks among their Hong Kong fans.

Top 5 Artists (Hong Kong)

  1. Eason Chan
  2. Jay Chou
  3. Justin Bieber
  4. The Chainsmokers
  5. Dear Jane

Top 5 Male (Hong Kong)

  1. Eason Chan
  2. Jay Chou
  3. Justin Bieber
  4. Phil Lam
  5. James Ng

Top 5 Female (Hong Kong)

  1. Ariana Grande
  2. Adele
  3. Sia
  4. Rihanna
  5. Joey Yung

Top 5 Tracks (Hong Kong)

Event: Live music, unlimited bar and Scottish country dancing to see in 2017

As we all know, New Year’s Eve belongs to Scotland. The country is synonymous with the annual knees-up, so how better to honour the Scots than to celebrate Hogmanay eight hours before they do?

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Photo: Wikicommons.

Bid farewell to dreaded 2016 this Saturday with the Hong Kong Highlanders at the South Pacific Hotel.

Expect lots of Atholl Brose, pipes and Scottish Country Dancing to the live music of Fred Moyes.

Fred Moyes was born in Perthshire and emigrated in 1969 to Canada where he worked as a university professor and singer of satirical songs.

Video: How George Michael’s Wham! became the first western pop band to play in communist China

George Michael’s Wham! made history in 1985, after they became the first western pop band to perform in communist China.

It took their manager Simon Napier-Bell 18 months to carefully negotiate the gig with the Chinese authorities.

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Photo: Legacy Recordings.

Wham! were chosen over Freddie Mercury’s Queen, for their wholesome image.

It was during a time when Beijing was keen to welcome foreign investment and open up to the world.

On April 7, a crowd of 12,000 packed the People’s Gymnasium in Beijing, paying the equivalent of HK$13.5 for a ticket. But the atmosphere was subdued as few in the audience had ever seen a live rock show.

In Pictures: Tactical officers take down wild pig on the loose at Hong Kong airport

A wild boar wandered into the Hong Kong International Airport’s apron on Tuesday.

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Photo: Apple Daily.

Airport Security Unit officers pushed the wild boar to the ground with shields, possibly injuring the beast as it was shown bleeding from the nose and mouth.

wild boar

Photo: Apple Daily.

Hong Kong Wild Boar Concern Group’s Roni Wong said the police could have tranquillised the boar without causing injury.

wild boar airport

Photo: Apple Daily.

Wong added that it is possible that the boar swam from Lantau Island to the airport.

Video: Taiwanese animators get Donald Trump, Xi Jinping and Tsai Ing-wen dancing

Taiwanese animators have given a cheesy take on the controversial call US President-elect Donald Trump accepted from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. The clip shows Trump and Tsai dancing with each other with their phones, as an infuriated Chinese President Xi Jinping shows up with a nuclear bomb.

The video has been viewed more than 198,000 times, shared over 2,300 times and has received more than 2,200 reactions on Facebook as of Friday.

The song is an adaptation of Love for the popular Japanese drama Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu.

Event: Eco-friendly arts and music retreat Wonderfruit returns to Thailand in February

Thailand’s pioneering eco-friendly arts and music retreat Wonderfruit is returning for its third year on February 16th-19th, 2017.


Photo: Wonderfruit.

Held at Siam Country Club, Pattaya – two hours drive from Bangkok – the festival is where “barefoot luxury meets awe-inspiring architecture and natural adventures.”

wonderfruit festival

  • Festival-goers can stay on site in luxury “glamping” accommodation, or can shack up at neighboring partner hotels.
  • Four-day passes cost HK$1,190, kids under 12 enter free.

Video: Intense bust-up between lawmaker Ann Chiang and Helena Wong unfolds at legislature

An intense quarrel unfolded between pro-Beijing lawmaker Ann Chiang and the Democratic Party’s lawmaker Helena Wong during Monday’s session of the Panel on Education.

The session was attended by Secretary for Education Eddie Ng Hak-kim. The row started as soon as Wong’s round began, with Chiang, who chaired the meeting, commenting that Wong “likes talking so much” after she invited the pro-democracy lawmaker to raise questions for Ng.

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Helena Wong (R), Ann Chiang (L). Photo: Youtube.

Wong complained about the attitude of Chiang, who then fired back, insisting that she had the right to reply to Wong’s criticism. The Democratic Party’s lawmaker asked Chiang to “shut up” several times, while Chiang stood firm and said she had the power to decide how to run the meeting.

Video: Localist lawmaker and pro-Beijing lawmaker share a moment at LegCo meeting

Localist lawmaker Cheng Chung-tai exchanged an awkward moment with pro-Beijing lawmaker Ann Chiang Lai-wan during Monday’s session of the Panel on Education.

The session was attended by Secretary for Education Eddie Ng Hak-kim and Deputy Secretary Chan Ka-ki. When Cheng sought to raise his last question to the officials about the controversial Territory-wide System Assessment for primary school pupils, Chiang – who chaired the meeting – asked the lawmaker to look at her when he spoke.

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Ann Chiang (L) and Cheng Chung-tai (R). Photo: Youtube.

Baffled, Cheng stopped and looked at Chiang for several seconds before the bell rang, signaling the end of his round.

Video: Taiwanese animators ‘explain’ Trump/Taiwan saga, depicting Xi Jinping as giant crying baby

Taiwanese animators have given their colourful take on the controversial call US President-elect Donald Trump accepted from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen last week. The clip includes a giant, crying Chinese President Xi Jinping and features Trump firing “Twitter birds” at a map of China, as the international media Google “Taiwan.”

taiwan trump