Monthly Archives: January 2016

Event: Comedy drag circus show ‘BRIEFS’ scandalises HK at UdderBelly Festival

Following sell-out runs in London and Edinburgh, the BRIEFS boys have arrived in Hong Kong.

Briefs Hong Kong.

Briefs Hong Kong. Photo: UdderBelly Festival.

“Glamorous host Shivannah guides audiences through a jaw-dropping, eye-popping evening of “extravagant birdbath boylesque, too-close-for-comfort yo-yo tricks, valiant aerial acrobatics, irreverent interludes, and show-stopping drag artistes. Expect circus skills, disorder and burlesque… with balls!

Tickets range from HK$355 to HK$443 and are available on HK Ticketing.

Briefs Hong Kong

Briefs Hong Kong. Photo: UdderBelly Festival.

Shows start at 9pm on Thursday and 9:15pm on Friday and Saturday.

Event: The Vagina Monologues returns to HK on Feb 12th and 14th

The 7th annual charity performance of the Vagina Monologues is to take place next month in Hong Kong.

The play, originally written and performed by Eve Ensler, has been hailed by The New York Times as “funny” and “poignant” and the Daily News as “intelligent” and “courageous”. It has been performed all over the world, from London to Seattle.

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The Vagina Monologues Photo: VDAY

VDAY is hosting the performance in Hong Kong. VDAY is a global activist movement formed to end violence against women and girls, raising funds through benefit productions of playwright and founder Eve Ensler’s award winning play. It has raised over US$120 million and has opened shelters and provided education on the prevention of violence against women all over the world.

HKFP History: Happy Birthday Hong Kong – 175 years old today

It is an event that neither Hong Kong, China nor Britain are likely to be celebrating. Nevertheless, on this day (January 26th) in 1841, the British flag was first unfurled at Possession Point by Royal Navy sailors.

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Photo: Chris Needos.

At the time, Hong Kong was a sleepy backwater, though it would prove to be a handy trading outpost. “Albert is so amused at my having got the island of Hong Kong”, wrote Queen Victoria in 1841.

First Opium War, via Wikicommons

First Opium War, via Wikicommons

The Convention of Chuenpee ceded Hong Kong to the British after the First Opium War in which 600 Chinese soldiers died.

‘The struggle is real’: Total chaos as epic Siberian polar ice blast whips Hong Kongers

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Hong Kong remained in an icy grip on Sunday night as the city ground to a complete and total standstill. Schools, roads, the MTR, airport and all organs of government and enterprise came to a halt with temperatures sinking to lows of 3 degrees Celsius.

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Photo: HKFP/ Sherman Sham remix.

“#PrayForHongKong” was trending on Twitter as leaders across the region urged citizens to donate fan heaters and insulation to bewildered Hong Kongers.

Many took respite in the city’s malls and cinemas which, during winter, remain air-conditioned to a relatively toasty 10 degrees Celsius.

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Why 689 is the magic number

Many Hongkongers know 689 to be the nickname of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.

In 2012, Leung was elected to his post with just 689 votes from an election committee.

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Leung is often heckled in the legislature by pan-democratic lawmakers – most notoriously by Wong Yuk-man – who enjoyed reminding him of the number.

It is commonly seen at protests….

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Photo: HKFP.

Liaoning man reconstructs banknotes after father shreds 140,000 yuan into pieces

A man in Liaoning province, China, has spent three months reconstructing 140,000 yuan (HK$165,646) worth of banknotes after his father shredded the notes to make his children “forget about money”, according to People’s Daily.

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His son and daughter-in-law worked from 7am till midnight every day from October last year until January gluing 1,080 banknotes back together. Of the 200,000 yuan which the father destroyed, 140,000 yuan was retrieved.

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The man, surnamed Chen, exchanged the reconstructed notes at a bank and deposited them.

Event: Close Up by CIRCA coming to town January 19

Four extraordinary circus artists are set to stun audiences in Hong Kong with acrobatic mastery at its most extreme.

Circa, the company behind five-star productions Beyond and multi award-winning Wunderkammer, challenge everything you think about circus as they wrench back the curtain to bring you the glorious, multimedia abstraction of Close Up. The Asian premiere is the first work commissioned by Udderbelly Festival.

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“Nothing’s off-limits in Circa’s most intimate show yet. Be prepared for moments of raw beauty, unbearable tension and savage physical intensity accompanied by an interactive video and powerful music.”

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Photo: UdderBelly.