The festival scene takes in music, wellness and beer this month, with plenty of dance, opera, pop and comedy in between

Le French May

When: May 1-June 30 

Where: Various locations

What: From fine French cuisine to riveting performances, films and exhibitions, it's that time of year again where Hong Kong celebrates all things francaise. This year's festival will feature performances by the likes of Jazz sensation Samy Thiébault, while its standalone food-focused programme, Le French GourMay, showcases food and wine from the Loire Valley. 

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JAAP|Khatia Buniatishvili

When: May 3-4

Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre

What: Praised by the BBC Magazine as the “leading interpreter of Bruckner’s symphonies”, Hong Kong Philharmonic music director Jaap van Zweden presents Bruckner’s Symphony no. 7. The concert will open with Mozart’s tempestuous Piano Concerto no. 20, played by the 2016 ECHO Klassik prize-winner, Khatia Buniatishvili.

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See also: Hong Kong Philharmonic’s Jaap van Zweden Takes New York

Winterreise & The Rite Of Spring

When: May 3-5

Where: Kwai Tsing Theatre

What: The City Contemporary Dance Company performs a piece inspired by Franz Schubert’s Winterreise, an update of choreographer Helen Lai’s 1982 version, and a homecoming production of Lai’s interpretation of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, accompanied by pianists Helen Cha and Colleen Lee.

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Ladies Open

When: May 10-12

Where: Hong Kong Golf Club

What: Homegrown golfing stars Tiffany Chan and Stephanie Ho (pictured) go head-to-head in the EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open.

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Gluestick Fest

When: May 12

Where: Kitec

What: Spearheaded by Gluestick, a local music events and promotions agency, this festival’s line-up of up-and-coming local and international artists includes Kero Kero Bonito, Thai singersongwriter Phum Viphurit, Taiwanese band Sunset Rollercoaster and Taiwanese rapper Øzi.

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Andy Parsons

When: May 16-18

Where: Grappa's Cellar

What: A night of laughs with one of the UK’s funniest comedians. Parsons has won a string of awards in Britain and elsewhere for his TV, radio and live performances.

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Jason Mraz: Good Vibes Tour

When: May 17-18

Where: HKCEC

What: The Grammy Awardwinning singer-songwriter returns to our shores with his feel-good folk-pop tunes, from I’m Yours to I Won’t Give Up.

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Don Giovanni

When: May 17-19

Where: Cultural Centre

What: Opera Hong Kong performs Mozart’s two-act opera based on the legend of the infamous Spanish womaniser Don Juan, accompanied by the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. 

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Interpretation of Dream

When: May 20

Where: Tai Kwun

What: Under the umbrella of the Hong Kong Philharmonic x Tai Kwun: Chamber Music Series, a mixed ensemble performs pieces by the likes of Tan Dun, Debussy and George Crumb. 

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Young Master Invitational Beer Festival

When: May 25-26

Where: House 1881, Tsim Sha Tsui

What: The second edition of local craft brewery Young Master’s festival presents more than 160 beers by leading craft labels and up-and-comers, including Mikkeller, Stone, Magpie, Great Leap and Lervig.

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See also: 10 Hong Kong Art Exhibitions To See In May

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