What’s On This Week: Book launch, standup paddleboarding and more!

Bye bye Monday blues. This week, the international comedy trio the FunnyFellas are coming to town and the annual ani-com and games convention is returning for its 19th edition. Or if you feel like trying something new, join the SUP free trial sessions and give standup paddleboarding a go!

JUL 24-25
Hong Kong Book Fair 2017
Hong Kong Book Fair 2017
Food for thought

The annual book fair is ending this week. The fair is divided into eight zones, including English Avenue and Children’s Paradise. Shop, read and enjoy over 300 cultural events and talks featuring high calibre authors and critics. This year, for the first time, the fair is introducing a theme: Chinese Martial Arts Literature. The genre gained continual popularity in Hong Kong during the 50s-60s, when Chinese martial arts novels started to be serialized on newspapers. Some became so popular that they were re-published as printed novels.

Opening hours for each day differs. Tickets are $25 (adult) and $10 (child, morning entry), available at the venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, hkbookfair.com


JUL 26
The FunnyFellas: Live in Hong Kong

The comedy trio FunnyFellas arrive in Hong Kong as part of their world tour. Expect a night of witty jokes, unexpected punchlines and a dose of political satire.

Doors open at 8pm, show starts at 9pm. Advance tickets are $200, available on eventbrite.com; or $300 at the door. Take Out Comedy, 34 Elgin Street, Central, takeoutcomedy.com, 6220 4436.

JUL 26
Penguin Hong Kong Series Launch

An evening celebrating the launch of Penguin’s Hong Kong Series accompanied by Hong Kong beers and pizzas.

This collection of seven books takes the pulse of Hong Kong 20 years after the handover. Local culture, identity, politics, art, urbanism as seen through the lens of some of the city’s most exciting writers.

At Alvy’s this Wednesday, from 6pm onwards, the authors will share a few words and read some brief passages from their books at 7pm, be sure to arrive in advance.

Alvy’s, 8 Holland Street, Kennedy Town. Visit the facebook event page for more detail.

JUL 28 – AUG 1
Ani-Com and Games Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s annual animation and video game convention returns to highlight the newest developments in comics and digital entertainment. Brands present include X-Box, LEGO, Marvel Comics, Sony PS4, and more. As always, there will be events such as comic competitions, cosplay performances, and creative forums.

Tickets are $35. 9am-10pm, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Dr, Wan Chai. ani-com.hk.

JUL 29
SUP Free Trial

Ever wondered how stand up paddling works? This Saturday, the Hong Kong Stand Up Paddle Board Association is organising a trial session for beginners to get a taste of this Hawaii-originated sport.

Free. Starting from 10 am-1 pm, each session of 8 people will last for 40 minutes. Advanced reservation is required. If you are interested in the free trial, click here to register.

Sha Ha Beach, 743-751 Tai Mong Tsai Rd, Sai Kung. For more information, visit facebook.com/HKSUPBA