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Happenings & Events: Stuff to know in November!

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HLG Kart Race (1)

Head down to Seabird Lane on November 25 to watch the eighth edition of the hugely popular HLG Kart Race and support your favourite DB racers. Participants, aged 7 to 12, race down an 8-foot-high ramp to battle it out for first place in their age group category. While standard karts are provided, kids also have the opportunity to compete in their own kit-made karts. Register to race at www.hlgkartrace.com. [PHOTO COURTESY OF Harvey Law Group.]

The results are in! The finalists of the DB Baking Competition 2023 have been chosen through an online community vote on Facebook/ Instagram @Around DB running October 1 to 15. The three top teams have won cash coupons to spend at Peony: winning team Stanley and Tim Clark, HK$3,000; 1st runner-up Elaine and Joseph Huang, HK$2,000; and 2nd runner-up Liza Avelino and Daisy Eugenio, HK$1,000. You can turn to page 28 to try out their prizewinning recipes.

inter island festival

Myriem Alnet, Chun-Kit Chan and Kai-Chun Yip are back, bringing the Inter-Island Festival to our shores over four weekends from November 4 to 26. Through the festival, the Peng Chau-based trio aims to celebrate and help preserve the unique character of the outlying islands, specifically Lantau, Cheung Chau and Peng Chau, by introducing festivalgoers to their vibrant art forms and traditions.

“We want islanders (and visitors) to experience and appreciate island life from a different perspective. People jump on the Inter-Island Ferry and make their way between Cheung Chau, Mui Wo, Chi Ma Wan and Peng Chau to take part in the festival. We bring together local performers, experts and artists, with activities going on at the four locations concurrently, and scheduled to match ferry times,” Myriem explains.

The first Inter-Island Festival took place in March 2021 with around 10,000 people attending over three days. The organisers worked with more than 50 collaborators, all islanders. Workshops included tofu-skin making, dried-leaf ink making and foraging. Festivalgoers were given the opportunity to take part in a Taiko performance and a workshop tour of Chi Ma Wan.

“We tell people to expect a whole bunch of activities but not to expect anything big and loud. We are planning activities that will blend with the insular island life and hope festivalgoers will embrace their subtlety with us,” Myriem says. “This year, we are inviting scholars from different universities to collaborate with local artists, designers and musicians. A collective music installation and performance by students at the School of English at HKU promises to be a highlight.” To find out more, email [email protected] or visit interislandfestival.live. [PHOTO COURTESY OF Chun-Kit Chan.]

proverse autumn reception

Longtime DB residents Dr Gillian Bickley and Dr Verner Bickley, MBE are hosting the Proverse Autumn Reception on November 21 from 7pm at 35 Garden Road, Central. You are invited to join them for cocktail-style mixing and mingling, canapés buffet, cash bar, book-table, literary prize announcements and awards, and writers’ talks. Find full details and registration form at proversepublishing.com/2023– proverse-autumn-reception.

lamma fun day

At the Lamma Fun Day Beach Music Festival on November 18, you can expect live music and performances on two stages from some of Hong Kong’s best bands. Child Welfare Scheme Hong Kong’s flagship fundraising event is held at Tai Wan To Beach, Lamma with market stalls, beach volleyball, kids’ games and activities, a live auction, licensed bar, food and free water. CWS HK invites festivalgoers to have fun, while raising funds for trusted NGOs working on anti-human-trafficking projects in Nepal. [PHOTO COURTESY OF CWS HK.]

lantau yacht club

Hop aboard the Lantau Yacht Club Boat Show, Festa Nautica, from November 3 to 5. At the DB club’s first premium boat show, you can expect to see some of the world’s most beautiful and cutting-edge yachts and superyachts, plus exhibits by leading luxury lifestyle brands like Mercedes-Benz, De Beers and No. 3 Gin. [PHOTO COURTESY OF HKRCL.]

scent sense

Scent Sense Candle Studio is hosting a workshop on November 11 where participants can handcraft beautiful bouquet candles and herbariums. The workshop runs from 10.30am to 12.30pm at DB Community Green Square, and the enrolment fee is just HK$420. To find out more and book your spot, call 2238 3601 or visit Facebook @DynamicDB.

One World Spirit Association has arranged for St Nicholas, the third-century Catholic saint who inspired the modern version of Santa Claus, to pay a visit to DB homes on December 3. Families with children aged two to six years can sign up for a visit, and then prepare a small gift for St Nicholas to deliver when he knocks on their door. Scan the QR code to enrol by November 23. [PHOTO COURTESY OF OWS.]

cafe 8

As part of its 30th anniversary celebrations, The Nesbitt Centre, a leading organisation dedicated to empowering young adults with disabilities, is presenting an autumn music series in association with What The Folk at Museum Café 8, Pier 8 in Central. Be sure to catch Rob & Chris and BenziNe on November 11 at 7pm. To find out more and book tickets, call Mark Rawson on 9873 3934 or email [email protected].

prestige fairs

Prestige Fairs is holding Christmas Gift and Lifestyle Fairs on November 29 and December 12 at the Grand Ballroom, Conrad Hong Kong, Admiralty. You can expect over 120 vendors selling an exciting range of products that you won’t find in department stores or shopping malls. Take your pick from eclectic clothing, jewellery, homeware, beauty products, food and wine, pet products and just about everything for kids. To learn more, visit www.prestigefairs.hk. [PHOTO COURTESY OF Prestige Fairs.]

the chippy

The Chippy, now open right on the waterfront in DB Plaza, is already establishing itself as the new village local. A traditional British fish and chip shop meets traditional British pub, it’s a comfortable and welcoming place to hang out with family and friends, whether over a meal or just for a few drinks.

DB-based owners the Barnett family are truly grateful for the support shown by residents since The Chippy’s opening in July and, to show their appreciation, they have a series of special events planned in the lead-up to Christmas and New Year, including Quiz Nights, Ladies Nights, Movie Nights and Big Screen Sports Nights. You can start booking your Christmas parties now, and be sure to drop by for the Grand Opening of Santa’s Grotto and Post Office on December 1.

The Barnetts hope the grotto will be very busy in the run-up to Christmas: ‘Tis the Season to be Merry! To find out more or book a table, call 2987 8688. [PHOTO COURTESY OF The Chippy.]

soap making workshop

Take part in a Save Our Planet Soap-Making Workshop and learn how to craft environmentally friendly soaps using coffee grounds. The workshop is taking place on November 25, from 4pm to 5pm, at Community Green Square. To find out more and enrol, WhatsApp 2238 3601 or visit the Dynamic DB Facebook page.

The TransLantau trail race is back, and Discovery Bay International School (DBIS) is part of the action, hosting the final checkpoint for runners on November 11 and 12. The school’s very own ultra marathoner, Head of Year 9 Neil O’Maonaigh-Lennon, is taking on the ultimate challenge and tackling the 140km “beast”. He is aiming to pass through DBIS between 12 noon and 2pm on November 12 – head on down to the school to cheer him on! For more on the trail race, visit translantau.utmb.world; for more on DBIS, visit www.dbis.edu.hk.

dbrc tennis

Tennis aces are all set to battle it out at the DBRC Tennis Championships every Saturday and Sunday from November 4 to 26 at the DBRC tennis court. There are nine events for adults, including parent/ child doubles (U10 and U14), plus nine junior events (U8 through to U16). If you’re not a club member, you’re welcome to attend with a friend who is. To find out more, call 9779 0747 or visit www.dbrc.hk.

hk jewish film festival

The Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival is scheduled to run from November 11 to 19 at cinemas across Hong Kong. Opening night kicks off at MCL Cyberport with a screening of SHTL by French director Ady Walter. The film takes place in a Jewish village the night before the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, and it was recorded in a single-shot on a set built in a forest outside Kiev. You can expect an in-person introduction and discussion with the director, plus a kosher dessert party. To book tickets, visit www.hkjff.org.

aba productions

Get ready to rumble in the jungle: ABA Productions is presenting Madagascar: The Musical from December 14 to 24 at the Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Wanchai. Join your favourite crack-a-lackin’ animal friends on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar. Audiences of all ages are guaranteed to have a rockin’ good time! Turn to page 22 for a chance to win tickets to opening night, or book your seats at www.aba-productions.com. [PHOTO COURTESY OF ABA Productions.]

dc fashion

Over the past few months, Year 12 and 13 students at Discovery College (DC) have been organising a sustainable fashion show to showcase the designs of students and local brands across the city, all whilst raising money to support the Justice Centre, a Hong Kong-based NGO, which provides pro bono legal services to refugees. Through the show, Verity, the students aim to increase awareness of sustainable fashion and, at the same time, promote the message of self-acceptance and authenticity. You can catch Verity at DC on December 9. For tickets, visit @verity.hongkong on Instagram or on the DC Explorer. [PHOTO BY Laura Paddison.]

musica viva

Brush up on your Tudor history at Musica Viva’s Anna Bolena showing at Hong Kong City Hall, December 8 to 10. Composed by Gaetano Donizetti, the two-act opera is performed in Italian with English and Chinese surtitles. Drawing almost entirely on local talent, Musica Viva aims to promote performing arts of creative originality: Anna Bolena, which culminates in the tragic beheading of King Henry VIII’s second wife, promises to be just that. To find out more and book tickets, visit www.musicavivahk.org. [PHOTO COURTESY OF Musica Viva.]

yhkcc (2)

Save the date for the YHKCC International Fun Fair and Bazaar on December 9. Taking place at the school’s Tung Chung campus, the day-long event is themed Beyond the Stars with the aim to transcend boundaries and create a legacy of unity and cultural appreciation. You can expect a dazzling array of activities, performances and workshops, plus artisan shopping and all the fun of the fair. To find out more, email [email protected]. [PHOTO COURTESY OF YHKCC.]

bayview house of children

Bayview House of Children is celebrating 10 years of activity in DB North Plaza, having sent its 10th cohort of children to primary school in June. With beautiful classrooms facing the bay, the kindergarten provides a rich, ageappropriate early learning experience for children aged three to six years. On top of the academic curriculum, children enjoy gardening activities, sports and a unique outdoor play area. To find out more and enrol your child, call 6114 2436 or visit www.bayview.hk. [PHOTO COURTESY OF Bayview House of Children.]

farmer market

Boosted by new owners Matthew Beldham and Kenly Soloren, Farmer’s Market is expanding its offering to DB with door-to-door deliveries Monday to Saturday. In addition to continuing the excellent meat-based product range Farmer’s Market is renowned for, Matthew and Kenly, who also own Hooked Fish Gallery and Hooked Fish & Chips, are now providing Farmer’s Market shoppers with an exclusive fresh and frozen Hooked seafood selection. To find out more and make an order, visit www.farmersmarket.com.hk. [PHOTO COURTESY OF Farmers Market.]

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