Pink Season 2014

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Oct 1-Nov 2

Arthur Tam talks to the organisers of Hong Kong’s fourth Pink Season about this year’s arty, sporty, fun-filled lineup

The pecs are pumping, the drag queens are strutting their stuff and the rainbow flags are flying, which means we must be making the steamy transition from the summer season into Hong Kong’s annual Pink Season. From now until November 2, this much-awaited just-over-a-month-long series of events, now in its fourth year, sees a whopping 73 pink parties, LGBTI workshops and classes, gay sports activities, art shows and much more taking place across the SAR.

The tagline this year is ‘Pink Plus Arts and Culture, Pink Plus Sports and Wellness, Pink Plus Social Events’, which basically means there’s a wide array of LGBTI activities on the cards, some being mainstays over the past four years and others being new events on the block. And despite the parties, the focus is being shifted from the clubs to other more sporty and arty venues across town. “This year,” says Pink Season joint co-ordinator Betty Grisoni, “we want to show that the LGBTI community isn’t all about nightlife. We want to show that it also has a strong interest in arts, culture and sports.”

The festival offers activities like a gay open mic night, aerial yoga sessions, a fitness boot camp and an LGBTI comedy night, as well as a new highlight: the Pink Season Art Exhibition, which takes place at Azure on October 16. An unconfirmed lineup of artists are to present gay-themed works at the LKF Hotel bar and restaurant. There’s a chance to get hot and sweaty at the dedicated Sports Weekend on October 25 and 26 at Li Po Chun World College. Plus, heaps of team sports activities like basketball, football and volleyball are healthy new additions to the roster where a few balls are surely going to be felt up.

And the outdoor pursuits don’t end there. Pink Season reached out to Dennis Philipse, founder of sporty gay group Out in HK, to co-ordinate all sorts of activities like rock climbing, kayaking and hiking. Philipse started Out in HK only six weeks ago with the intention of bringing something more ‘fulfilling’ to the community other than just bars and hook-up apps. “I want people to get out of their comfort zones,” he says. “That means out of bars and into new, salutary teambuilding activities, where they can show who they really are. It’s just a great way for people to make new friends in a new environment and to appreciate the beautiful sites that Hong Kong has to offer.” Pink Season’s other joint co-ordinator Abby Lee agrees. “We  feel that these activities illustrate the positive aspects of our well-rounded community and what it means to be LGBTI in HK and Asia today.”

Sports, arts, music and comedy aside, the usual headline Pink Season events are still on the menu, like the Mr Gay Hong Kong contest on October 18 and the big Floatilla ‘party on the water’ on October 19. And this year Pink Season is also offering ‘fab promotions’ with 10 ‘partner vendors’, meaning there are special offers and discounts throughout the season up for grabs. So get off that Grindr app – appreciate some top art, get active with gay friends and show how diverse our interests really are in Hong Kong’s LGBTI community. Get in the pink.

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