While you wait until the West Kowloon Cultural District to get up and running, here's is a selection of Hong Kong's cultural happenings and hotspots:
The world's most prominent modern-art fair makes Hong Kong its third global base every March, luring some of the world's finest exhibitors and collectors. The annual art event and its many satellite events should, if not dispel, then ease criticism that Hong Kong is a cultural desert. For doubters, artist Cao Fei made an in-your-face statement during Art Basel Hong Kong 2015 when she lit up the International Commerce Centre tower — Hong Kong's tallest — in West Kowloon with gigantic images of 1980s video games including Pac Man and Tetris.
The annual late-hours opening of more than 60 galleries, designed to be visited by following a walking tour-map, is an engaging way to visit the city's best galleries in between complimentary drinks and talks. ArtWalk Extra follows the unofficial art pieces cheekily displayed at Hong Kong's historic corners by artists keen to be noticed by Artwalk attendees. This year's dates are yet to be unannounced but information is available at www.hongkongartwalk.com
Hong Kong Cultural Center
The outside design of the imposing cultural center, strategically placed on Tsim Sha Tsui overlooking Victoria Harbour, may be the cause of many heated arguments but the oak-paneled interior has received accolades for its acoustics, hosting the LA Philharmonic, the Bolshoi Theatre and other top performance groups. The center is home to the Hong Kong Arts Festival every year in February and March.