From Shakespeare and Voltaire to flamenco and comedy, there’s plenty to keep culture buffs stimulated this month

1. Movie Movie Life is Art

When: Until September 30

Where: Movie Movie Cityplaza

What: The annual art and film festival returns with documentaries on Whitney Houston, Eric Clapton, Vivienne Westwood, Vincent Van Gogh and more. 

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2. Beyond the Barricade

When: Until September 9

Where: Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts

What: Past principal performers from some of the world's most celebrated musicals come together in this two-hour spectacular, where they perform hits from Hamilton, The Phantom of the Opera, Evita, Miss Saigon, West Side Story and more. 

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3. Rossini’s Semiramide

When: September 8

Where: Bethanie Theatre

What: Based on Voltaire’s tragedy Semiramis, this rarely performed opera about guilt and revenge, starring soprano Angela Meade in the title role of the murderous Queen of Babylon, is part of The Met: Live series.

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4. Carnival of the Animals

When: Until September 16

Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre

What: The Hong Kong Ballet presents a family-friendly interactive programme of Ballet Classics for Children inspired by Alexei Ratmansky’s Carnival of the Animals.

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5. Jimmy Carr

When: September 16

Where: KITEC

What: The British comedian serves up some of his best jokes along with a load of new material on his Greatest Hits World Tour.

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6. The Killers

When: September 19

Where: AsiaWorld-Expo

What: The American rock band will perform classics like Mr Brightside, Somebody Told Me and Human as well as tunes from its latest album, Wonderful Wonderful.

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7. Zaguán & Alento

When: September 21

Where: Sha Tin Town Hall

What: The Madrid-based National Ballet of Spain showcases its new aesthetic and stylistic approach to folkloric tradition and Spanish dance styles.

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8. Jessie J

When: September 22

Where: AsiaWorld-Expo

What: Fresh from her victory on the Chinese talent show Singer 2018, the powerhouse British songstress makes her Hong Kong debut with hits such as "Bang Bang" and "Price Tag". 

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9. Shakespeare’s Globe

When: Until September 30

Where: Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts

What: The prestigious company returns with three of the Bard’s most popular plays: Twelfth Night, The Merchant of Venice, and The Taming of the Shrew.

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10. Die Erbschaft Viennese Classical Music Concert

When: September 25

Where: Hong Kong City Hall

What: Local non-profit musical group Ponte Orchestra & Singers performs Johannes Brahms’ Nänie, a setting of a poem by Friedrich Schiller, and Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4.

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11. Above & Beyond

When: September 29

Where: AsiaWorld-Expo

What: The British electronic music group performs its hit remixes, to be broadcast live on the 300th episode of its cult radio show, Group Therapy.

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