If your 2017 resolution is to flex your cultural muscles then you’re in the right place for a serious workout this January. Hong Kong is brimming with cultural attractions, with something for everyone from art and dance devotees to metal heads.
Quirksome touring exhibit The World of Tim Burton is wowing fans at ArtisTree, Taikoo Place (until 23 Jan / taikooplace.com). A retrospective of the career of the visionary American film director behind Edward Scissorhands, it features over 500 works including models, sketches, paintings and film.
More than 100 studios and 300 artists throw open their doors at art enclave Fo Tan’s annual Fotanian Open Studios, held over two weekends (14-15 and 21-22 Jan / facebook.com). Discover photographers, printmakers, ceramicists and installation whizzes, inhabiting intriguing former industrial warehouses and lofts.
Meet the Fairy Godmother, mean-spirited Stepsisters, handsome prince and pirouetting Cinders in Ballet Classics for Children: Cinderella. HK Ballet performs eight shows of the rags-to-riches tale of a magical makeover at Hong Kong Cultural Centre (20-22 Jan / hkballet.com).
Lovers of virtuoso classical music should make for Great Violin Concertos: Alina Pogostkina Plays Beethoven at Hong Kong Sinfonietta (21 Jan / hksl.org). Part of the Inspired by Brahms series, the programme includes works by Webern, Beethoven and Brahms, played with delicate beauty.
Like your heavy metal emotional? Then shake your locks to LA legends Metallica, who bring their first ever show to Hong Kong on their WorldWired Tour (20 Jan / asiaworld-expo.com). Hot new album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct will get a raucous airing at the AsiaWorld-Expo Arena gig. Rock on!
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