Humour, satire, events, cartoons and other light relief from HKFP.

Event: Hong Kong Pride Parade hosts 2021 ‘Rainbow Market’ in Nov

Hong Kong’s annual pride parade will return in 2021 as an indoor bazaar at The Wave in Kwun Tong on November 13. HKFP is a media sponsor. This year’s Rainbow Market celebrates the theme of “Stay in Love,” to shed light on the alienation and loneliness that afflict LGBTQ+ members of the community, who are…

Meet the Japanese diplomat sharing daily paper crane messages of peace and health

The Consul General of Japan in Seattle has been creating daily Instagram paper crane videos, wishing his viewers peace. Hisao Inagaki is set to post his 365th clip next week – marking a year of videos. Each clip is almost identical and is accompanied by a message saying he is “praying for everyone’s health and…

‘You Only Live Once’: latest Hong Kong police anti-drug campaign prompts confusion

“You Only Live Once” (YOLO) has become the Hong Kong Police Force’s latest attempt to get youngsters not to take drugs. As part of their Anti-Drugs Month campaign, the force sent a virtual reality promotional truck around the city so Hongkongers can “experience the harmful hallucinations of drug abuse.” “If you want to find out…

Event: Art Basel and Art Central return to Hong Kong, showcasing over 100 galleries

Art Basel Hong Kong and Art Central 2021 are underway at the Convention & Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai. Both exhibitions were cancelled in 2020 owing to the Covid-19 outbreak, but they returned with smaller scale events this year. Across two halls, the events showcase dozens of local and international galleries. Art Basel involves over…

Poetry in motion: New site allows people to create poems using Hong Kong novelty car plates

An online art project has been launched to let people create “poems” using the novelty car licence plates which are ubiquitous in Hong Kong. Visitors to the site “HKVANIT1ES” can choose from a collection of 2,500 plates to piece together quirky, unexpected sentences. “Poems” on social media with the hashtag “#HKVANIT1ES” are shared on the…

‘Most dangerous place on Earth’: Taiwan Twitter derides The Economist’s latest cover story

The Economist’s cover story this week labelling Taiwan as “the most dangerous place on Earth” has received pushback from Taiwanese Twitter users, who criticised the article as being alarmist. The article raised concerns over a potential conflict between the US and mainland China over the self-ruled island, calling on both superpowers to avoid war. Some…

In Pictures: Australian artist creates miniature Hong Kong Mahjong shop

Following his popular model of a Temple Street building, Australian artist Joshua Smith has once again drawn inspiration from Hong Kong and created a model of a Mahjong shop. The shop, Biu Kee Mah-jong, which creates handcrafted Mahjong tiles, is on Jordan Road in Yau Ma Tei. Smith told HKFP that these particular premises were…

Hong Kong’s Clockenflap music festival releases tickets for this year, says ‘confident’ event will resume

Organisers of the annual Clockenflap Music & Arts Festival have released discounted tickets for the November event despite lingering pandemic concerns. As the city begins to roll out Covid-19 vaccines, co-founders of the festival Mike Hill and Justin Sweeting told HKFP there were “good indications” the festival will be able to take place. “Clockenflap is…

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