By Arthur Tam
Featuring this month’s top deals, events and openings at the Taikoo Place community.
Swire Properties Arts Month 2018 Highlights
For the sixth consecutive year, Swire Properties will be sponsoring and hosting events at Art Basel in Hong Kong. On top of that, exhibitions, art installations, live street art and performances will be held at Taikoo Place for the rest of the art month. Here are the details:
Hong Kong Sinfonietta ArtisTree Residency features Notating Beauty That Moves – Music at an Exhibition: 3-29 Mar
This is an exhibition and performance series curated by two leading Hong Kong artists; Samson Young, the award-winning sound artist, and Yang Yeung, Founding Member and Artistic Director of soundpocket. Exploring the relationship between the motion of the musicians and the notation on the score, the exhibition will showcase 36 artworks ranging from works-on-paper and drawings, to moving images, texts, photography and paintings. Accompanying the exhibition will be a series of concerts featuring members of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and the acclaimed Australian group, Ensemble Offspring. Visit here for details. ArtisTree, 1/F Cambridge House, free admission.
Second image: Samson Young | Landschaft (St. Paul + Peter's Cathedral (side courtyard) Sept 2, 2015, 10:50am) | Ink, pencil, watercolour on paper | 27.5cm x 18.6cm | Courtesy Christopher Oram
Urban Art at Taikoo Park, Taikoo Place: 22 - 24 Mar
Urban Art is Swire Properties’ collaboration with leading architecture and design firm Aedas to celebrate street art at Taikoo Place. Three British artists - Phil Ashcroft (third image), Graeme Brusby (aka Xenz; fourth image) and Duncan Jago (aka Mr Jago; fifth image) will paint murals in Taikoo Park to infuse this space with street art’s vibrant energy while showcasing the art form in to front of audience. The murals will be available for purchase on smaller canvasses to raise funds for the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation’s programme for disadvantaged and underprivileged youth.
Remi Rough at Quarry Bay MTR: from 23 March onwards
British artist Remi Rough (sixth image) is breathing new life into the Taikoo Place exit of Quarry Bay MTR station with a vibrant, site-specific, geometric mural. The work has been commissioned by Swire Properties and MTR, in partnership with Aedas with the intention of creating an artistic, visual experience for everyday commuters. Soon, tenants of Taikoo Place can have an early dose of inspiration to start their mornings.
Swire Properties VIP Lounge & Dialogue Series at Art Basel in Hong Kong: 29 – 31 Mar
Alongside the Art Basel, Swire Properties will once again engage guests at their VIP Lounge. Designed by award-winning Hong Kong architect Stanley Siu and named Cumulus, the lounge is a free-flowing space inspired by the natural beauty and grandeur of clouds in the sky. Cumulus will serve as the venue for the much-anticipated Swire Properties Dialogue Series, a specially curated series of talks and panel discussions by leading art-world figures including: Tim Marlow (Artistic Director, Royal Academy of Arts), Daan Roosegaarde (Dutch artist and innovator), Nicholas Baume (Director and Chief Curator, Public Art Fund) and Conrad Shawcross (British artist), among others. The series will stimulate meaningful dialogues across art, design and architecture, to encourage the exchange of ideas that lead to more enriched and sustainable communities.
For more information on any of the above programming, please visit here.
Lai See Packets Reuse and Recycling Programme: until 19 Mar
Don’t throw away your lai see packets, recycle them! Swire Properties has joined hands with Greeners Action to set up collection points across their office buildings and malls for used, but undamaged lai see packets. They will then be handed over to shelter workshops, to be processed for reuse, instead of ending up in landfill. Just another way Swire Properties is trying to keep the planet green. For the full list of collection points, click here.
Taikoo Place Blood Donation Day: 20-22 Mar (10am - 5pm)
Be selfless, donate blood and save lives. Taikoo Place is putting together a blood drive in Dorset House, so drop in, but just remember a few things you should prepare prior to being pricked. Sleep enough the night before, consume food within four hours before donation, drink sufficient water, wear clothes with loose sleeves, and make sure you have your ID with you. 12/F Dorset House
Return of Swire Properties’ BOOKS for LOVE @ $10: Book drive until 31 Mar
Now in its eighth year, “BOOKS for LOVE @ $10” is back to benefit The Boys’ & Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong (BGCA) and Agency for Volunteer Service (AVS). You can drop off any books that you would like to donate at one of the 39 collection points: at Swire Properties’ commercial developments or at BGCA and AVS service centres. Watch a specially created video featuring supporters from the sports, culture, performing arts and music sectors who are helping to promote the “BOOKS for LOVE @ $10” campaign. From 12 to 15 April all the books collected will be sold at ArtisTree for $10.
Earth Hour 2018 Let Nature Shine: 24 Mar
Every year, Taikoo Place is a proud supporter of Earth Hour. This time on Saturday, 24 March at 8:30pm, Taikoo Place will be turning off non-essential lights in the office buildings, on external facades, on advertisements and on sky signs for one hour. It may be a small gesture, but Swire Properties is always in for sustainability.
eslite spectrum Flash Sale: 3 Mar
All items from Eslite’s consignment stores will be 15 percent off, so if you were thinking about stocking up on some artisanal goods, now is the time. Shop 074 and 144, eslite spectrum, Cityplaza
Dan Ryan’s and Ice Palace drinks promotion: until 29 Mar
There is more incentive now to go ice-skating at Cityplaza. Redeem a free smoothie or craft beer at Dan Ryan’s Cityplaza upon presenting a receipt of the ice rink. It’s that simple. Dan Ryan’s Chicago Grill, Shop 311, 3/F Cityplaza
Wild Wagyu Wednesday: Every Wed
Every Wednesday, Frites will be serving wagyu burgers with hand-cut fries topped with truffle mayo for just $100. The wagyu burger comprises a juicy wagyu patty, rich cheese, crispy bacon, fresh tomato and leafy greens. Oxford House, tel: 2250 5188; frites.hk
Chef Tomiyama’s Spring Delicacies at NAHA Okinawan Seafood Izakaya: while stocks last
Head chef Yukihito Tomiyama is serving two limited set meals to welcome spring. For lunch, indulge in a Fuji Don ($148), a rice bowl topped with chopped prime tuna, Hokkaido salmon roe and sweet sea urchin from Japan. For dinner try the exclusive Nigiri Sushi set ($268/10pcs), which includes premium fish like fatty tuna, golden eye snapper and horse mackerel. Both sets are limited to 10 orders per day, so get them before they’re gone. Shop G1015, Yiu Sing Mansion, Stage 10, Taikoo Shing, tel: 2186 6969; facebook.com/nahahk
Ginza Bairin’s Deluxe Rare Beef Cutlet Set
Finally, the popular dish from Tokyo is starting to hit Hong Kong. Katsu is traditionally dominated by pork, but beef is becoming a worthy challenger. For a limited time, Ginza Bairin will serve 10 Deluxe Rare Beef Cutlet Sets ($168) per day. The cutlet is thinly coated with homemade batter and then deep-fried. Lightly garnish it with wasabi and salt or dip a piece in Worchester sauce to enhance the flavour. The set comes with unlimited steamed plain rice, miso soup and cabbage salad. Shop G1015, Yiu Sing Mansion, Taikoo Shing, tel: 2505 2266; facebook.com/ginzabairinhk
Seafood Day In Eiffel Bistro: 30 Mar
For all of us salivating for shellfish and craving for crustaceans, Eiffel Bistro is putting together a special seafood meal on 30 March during lunch and dinner. Dig into the succulent flesh of lobsters, crabs, oysters, shrimps and mussels, and savour the briney sweet flavours. An assorted platter for two people (HK$498), or four to five people (HK$988) is available. Stage 5, Shop G514, Tai Yue Ave, Hing On Mansion, Taikoo Shing, tel: 2446 1598; eiffel-bistro.hk
Taikoo Social Exclusive Offers: Indulging March
Don’t miss this month’s prizes found on the Taikoo Social app (App store | Google Play):
Sugar (Bar. Deck. Lounge) – happy hour cocktail: monthly offer on 12-14 Mar
Taikoo Social is giving away 200 drinks to our “Work Hard, Play Hard” happy hour lovers, on a first come first served basis. Reserve yours from 12 to 14 March on the app, then head over to Sugar (Bar. Deck. Lounge) at EAST, Hong Kong and redeem a signature cocktail during 19 and 28 March.
Recharge at BEYORG organic spa: Lucky draw on 22 Mar
Enter to win a relaxing experience at one of Hong Kong’s top spas. Two lucky winners will receive a $2,680 voucher for the facial and massage treatments at BEYORG in Pacific Place. The spa has a range of therapies and products for both men and women. All you have to do is sit back and let all of your tension melt away at this sanctuary.
“MM Moments” VIP House at MOViE MOViE Cityplaza: Lucky draw on 29 Mar
Go on a cinematic adventure with a private screening of your choice with your friends at the “MM Moments” VIP House at MOViE MOViE Cityplaza – the first lifestyle-driven cinema in the city combining, culture, art and movies. Just tap “Enter Competition” between 8am and 8pm on 29 March for a chance to go on this cinematic adventure.
PUBLIC Mobile Coffee Rewards
Instead of stuffing your wallet full of stamp cards, opt for a digital one now offered at the PUBLIC-affiliated restaurants in Taikoo Place and North Point including Ground PUBLIC, REPUBLIC and PUBLIC Deli. Customer will get one stamp for every coffee they purchase. Collect nine stamps to receive one complimentary coffee. The customer just need to visit the sign up page and fill in personal information then a digital card will be generated with their details and can be added to their Apple Wallet or Android Pay.