This month’s eclectic calendar spans classical Russian ballet, football, pop sensations and even an urban exploration race

1. Swan Lake

When: May 1-6

Where: The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

What: The prestigious St Petersburg Ballet Theatre flutters into town for the first time with the Tchaikovsky classic.

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2. Harry Styles

When: May 5

Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

What: The former One Direction frontman stops by on a world tour to promote his eponymous debut solo album. American indie rock band Warpaint is the opening act. 

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3. Evita

When: May 11-June 10

Where: The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

What: Directed by Broadway legend Hal Prince, the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical will draw tears for Eva Peron, once heralded by the Argentinian people as their “spiritual leader.”

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4. Cirque de la Symphonie

When: May 11-12

Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre

What: Expect aerial artists, acrobats, contortionists and jugglers of the Georgia-based troupe to fly over the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in this circus-meets-symphony spectacle.

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5. Bruno Mars

When: May 12-13

Where: Asia World Expo

What: The king of pop brings his trademark brand of finesse—and hits like 24K Magic, That’s What I Like, Versace On The Floor and more—to Hong Kong as part of his 24K Magic World Tour. Don't miss the after party at Dragon-i.

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6. District Race

When: May 13

Where: Central Harbourfront

What: In this two-hour race of urban exploration, participants compete to collect points via 80 virtual checkpoints and challenges à la Pokemon Go spread out across the city—with no set course or distance. 

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7. Margaret Cho

When: May 13

Where: KITEC

What: Laugh until it hurts with the powerhouse Emmy-nominated comedian as she returns to the city with her latest show “Fresh Off The Bloat”—politically-incorrect jibes and razor-sharp wit in tow.

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8. Soccer Sevens

When: May 18-20

Where: Hong Kong Football Club

What: Reigning champs Leicester City will defend their title against the likes of Aston Villa and Newcastle United in the seven-a-side tournament. 

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9. Macey & Sons Official Viewing and May Auction

When: Auction viewing: May 25-29; auction: May 30

Where: Lot88 Gallery, 7/F Winsome House, 73 Wyndham Street, Central

What: A selection of fine diamond, period jades, opal jewellery and handcrafted accessories—including a rare English marquetry 17th century long case clock—will go under the hammer to benefit the Hong Kong Cancer Fund.

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10. L’Elisir d’Amore

When: May 27

Where: The Grand Cinema at Elements

What: South African soprano Pretty Yende and American tenor Matthew Polenzani star in Donizetti’s comedic opera screened as part of the Met: Live in HD series.

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