Art Basel Hong Kong 2016: Beyond the fair

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The annual art extravaganza that is Art Basel Hong Kong is back. This year the fair features more than 4,000 artists and 239 international galleries. Read on for our pick of the best satellite events happening around this year's fair.

If the numerous exhibitors at Art Basel have whet your appetite for all things art, Marie Wolf and Olivia Lai have scouted a host of other creative events happening during art month to satiate your culture cravings


Art Gallery Night

For one night only, 43 of the Hong Kong Art Gallery Association’s member galleries are hosting events to celebrate the city’s buzzing art scene. There’s a variety of events to get involved in, including exhibition openings, talks, performances and more. Across HKAGA’s participating member galleries; Mar 21, 6pm-8pm. Free; hk-aga.org.


Asia Art Archive: Open Platform

As in previous years, Asia Art Archive (AAA) is holding a series of ‘meetings without walls’ in partnership with Art Basel to encourage creative discussion and analytical thinking. In addition to the standard programme, AAA is also hosting a live events platform for local artists. AAA booth P9, Art Basel, HKCEC, 1 Expo Dr, Wan Chai; Mar 22-26 . Free with Art Basel ticket; aaa.org.hk.


Hong Kong Arts Centre Open House
Hong Kong’s go-to for arts and culture is opening its doors to the public for a jam-packed day of activities. See the artistic side of Wan Chai on a guided tour, join in a flash mob, or catch solo dance and theatre performances  – they’ve plenty of opportunities to connect with the arts over this exciting weekend. There are also plenty of kid-friendly workshops on offer, like learning to create art from onion dye, which are perfect for the whole family. HKAC, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai; Mar 25-26, midday-10pm. Free; hkac.org.hk.


HK Walls

It’s going to be hard to walk around Sham Shui Po this month and miss the art and energy of HK Walls. The non-profit event encompasses multiple mini-events, each pushing conventional artistic boundaries in Hong Kong. Find limited prints at the print exhibition from past and present participating artists and check out The House of Vans pop-up where artists create their work on unconventional canvases. Fans of Banksy’s guerrilla methods meanwhile should look out for a repeat of last year’s popular street art and graffiti project around town. Mar 18-Apr 3, 124 Cheung Sha Wan Rd; midday-8pm, hkwalls.org.


Intelligence Squared Debate

Is art today becoming less accessible and more a trophy for the one percent? With art show tickets getting higher and prices for art becoming unattainable for most, a panel of artists and industry experts will debate if art has sold out to the market. Moderated by Tim Marlow, artistic director of London Academy of Arts, this debate is one not to be missed for anyone interested in the state of the art world today.  Rm N101, HKCEC; Thu Mar 24, 6.30pm-8pm. Tickets: $300; hkticketing.com.


Papay Gyro Nights Festival

Returning for its fifth year, this Scottish festival is a global tour where video art, sound art, experimental music and new media all come together. Celebrating the themes of architecture, nomadism and borders, the event showcases anything from art installations to poetry reading by artists from all over the world. Don’t miss the special screening of a film that will be produced during the festival by Icelandic artist Katrin Olafsdottir. Apr 8-May 8, various locations, papaygyronights.papawestray.org
 

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