What to see and where to be seen this month

An art fair, a doyen of fashion and an American choir add variety to a month dominated by Le French May. Click through below to see what’s on in Hong Kong this May.

The Royal Concert of the Night: The Birth of the Sun King

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Photo: Courtesy of Le French May

When: May 6

Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre

What: The Ensemble Correspondances travel back in time to the reign of King Louis XIV with this mixed media concert, which opens the silver jubilee edition of Le French May Arts Festival.


The American Boychoir


Photo: Courtesy of City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong

When: May 6-7

Where: Hong Kong City Hall

What: Recognised as one of the finest vocal ensembles in America, the choir and its young soloists present an eclectic repertoire of classics and global hits with the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong.


Iris Apfel at Landmark


 Photo: Courtesy of David x Prutting

When: May 10-21

Where: Landmark Atrium

What: The free-spirited 95-year-old New York fashionista arrives in Hong Kong for the first time, visiting Landmark for a special pop-up exhibition of pieces from her personal archive. Don’t miss the chance to meet the legend in person as she participates in two special panel discussions.


Paris Ballet Legends: A Night with the Stars

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Photo: Courtesy of Le French May

When: May 11-12

Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre

What: Stars of the Paris Opera Ballet join international dancers and pianist Henri Banda for a tribute to the City of Light, performing enchanting duets of different styles and tatler_stories: from the romantic Giselle to the contemporary Non je ne regrette rien to the daring Carmen Toujours!.


Live Jazz Series


Photo: Courtesy of Le French May

When: May 12-14

Where: Hong Kong City Hall

What: Three concerts over three nights—by the Geraldine Laurent Quartet, Paul Lay and Stephane Belmondo—serve up a feast of jazz.


IRIS: Your Escape

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Photo: Courtesy of IRIS

When: May 13-14

Where: Nursery Park, West Kowloon

What: Calling all yogis and health aficionados—Hong Kong's largest health and wellness festival returns for its fifth edition this May. Delight in a packed two-day programme of yoga, meditation, music and arts, as well as an array of new events and a wellness marketplace set to leave you feeling refreshed, revitalised and full of positivity.


West Side Story

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Photo: Courtesy of Johan Pearson/West Side Story

When: May 18-June 11

Where: Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

What: Following wide acclaim and sold-out seasons around the world in London, Tokyo and Sydney, the beloved classic musical opens in Hong Kong for the first time with a vibrant new production. Experience the Romeo and Juliet-inspired tale starring Kevin Hack and Jenna Burns.


Affordable Art Fair


Photo: Courtesy of Affordable Art Fair

When: May 19-21

Where: Hong Kong Cultural and Exhibition Centre

What: Set to showcase a diverse range of contemporary works from over 110 galleries, as well as a brand new Creative Hub, the fifth edition of the annual fair delights art enthusiasts of every taste and budget.


Roméo et Juliette


Photo: Courtesy of Le French May

 When: May 20

Where: Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

What: German soprano Diana Damrau and Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo are the stars of Shakespeare’s tragedy in this live cinema screening of the New York Met production.


Carmen and More


Photo: Courtesy of Hong Kong Ballet

When: May 26-28

Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre

What: For its 2016-17 season finale, The Hong Kong Ballet stages a collection of ballet gems—one-act performances varying in style, origin and mood, including the world première of an original Carmen featuring music by Bizet/Shchedrin.


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