When the exhibitions close for the night during Art Week, galleries, museums, collectors and more host a string of exclusive parties around town. Are you invited?

1. Tate International Council Cocktail

When: Monday, March 25 

Art week kicks off with a bang, as Edward Tang and Jonathan Cheung host an intimate cocktail reception for the Tate International Council at The China Club to honour Maria Balshaw, director of Britain's Tate Museums

2. Design Trust Futures Studio

When: Monday, March 25 

Over in Tai Hang, Design Trust Futures Studio will welcome guests for a VIP preview, with a private guided tour of site-specific design prototypes at the historic Haw Par Mansion in the company of leading designers like Marisa Yiu, Roger Wu and Hunter Tura, to name a few.

See also: Design Trust Futures Studio’s Bold Plans For Hong Kong’s Parks

3. Amfar Gala

When: Monday, March 25 

Finally, international celebrities and socialites will be flocking to Rosewood Hong Kong for the annual Amfar Gala to raise funds for HIV/AIDS research. This year’s event honours the philanthropic work of Adrian Cheng, the founder of the K11 Art Foundation and Culture For Tomorrow, as well as a major supporter of several international charities. A-listers including Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Heidi Klum and Pharrell Williams will be attending this year's soirée. 

4. Simon Lee Gallery, Heimo Zobernig Lunch

When: Tuesday, March 26 

Simon Lee Gallery has invited its honourary patrons for an exclusive Art Basel lunch at legendary Hong Kong restaurant, Yung Kee, to celebrate Heimo Zobernig. The Austrian artist will host his first ever solo show in Hong Kong, featuring a never-before-seen series of paintings.  

See also: Simon Lee Gallery’s Cocktail Party for Garth Weiser

5. Art in Resonance at The Peninsula Hong Kong

When: Tuesday, March 26 

Across the harbour, The Peninsula gears up for the launch of Art in Resonance, a new multi-year contemporary art programme across The Peninsula Hotels. The programme kicks off in Hong Kong with installations throughout the hotel by four artists; Janet Echelman, Timothy Paul Myers, Iván Navarro and MINAX.

6. Art Basel VIP Preview

When: Wednesday, March 27

Today’s the day that everyone has been waiting for. At the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Art Basel will throw open its doors at 2pm for its VIP Preview, which runs until 8pm.

Afterwards, leading galleries celebrate the first day of the fair—and any sales they’ve already made—by hosting intimate dinners for some of their top collectors.

See also: 10 Artists To Look Out For At Art Basel Hong Kong 2019

7. Lehmann Maupin x Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

When: Wednesday, March 27

Case in point, canapes and cocktails will be doing the rounds at The Chinese Library in Tai Kwun from 9pm until late, where Lehmann Maupin x Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac will celebrate Korean artist Lee Bul. 

8. Artsy

When: Wednesday, March 27

Down the road, at Ecriture and Picniq in H Queen's, online art magazine and fine art marketplace Artsy will celebrate its new City Guide service in collaboration with BMW. The new feature on the Artsy app allows users to explore exhibitions, art fairs, and museum shows in six art-world centers: New York, London, Hong Kong, Paris, Los Angeles, and Berlin.

See also: Asia's 50 Biggest Art Collectors: 2019 Edition

9. Sharkwater Extinction Private Screening

When: Thursday, March 28

Passionate about conservation? At Palace IFC, HRH Princess Eugenie of York will host a private screening of Sharkwater Extinction, a documentary that exposes the illegal and violent underworld of shark finning by award-winning producer Rob Stewart. A post-screening reception will follow at Mercedes Me

10. LACMA & UCCA Party

When: Thursday, March 28

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) party has been one of the most anticipated events of Hong Kong Art Week ever since it was first hosted in 2017. This year, the event is being taken to even greater heights as it honours not just LACMA but also, for the first time, the UCCA Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, bringing together two of the world's most influential arts institutions for one dusk-till-dawn party that is sure to attract everyone from respected curators and art historians to jet-setting heirs and heiresses.

It was recently revealed that this year's event will be hosted at newly opened The Mills in Tsuen Wan...but that's all we know for now, so stay tuned. 

See also: Inside The Mills: The Centre for Heritage, Arts And Textile In Hong Kong

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