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The Weekender: Save the Sharks, The Hong Kong Jazz Festival and More!

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There’s SO much on this weekend – from a Plank Mob in Mong Kok, to the start of the Hong Kong Jazz Festival, to a new public art installation at Quarry Bay Park… Read on for your Weekender!

Plank Mob to Save the Sharks
It’s never too early to get kids involved in a great cause — The Hong Kong Shark Foundation is organizing a Plank Mob to raise awareness of the the cruel practice of Shark Finning. Never heard of a Plank Mob? Well, it’s like a Flash Mob, except everyone lies on the ground instead of dancing! Strap a fin on your back and meet in Mong Kok Playground to learn the secret location of the Plank Mob.

Where: Mong Kok Road Playground, 659 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok
When: Sunday 25 September 2pm-3.30pm
How Much:
Free. Check out the Hong Kong Shark Foundation‘s website for more details.

Little Luxe Launch Party
Little Steps and LUXE Guides have teamed up to create a fab range of City Guides aimed at families – you can snap them up at numerous locations around town. Join them for the Launch Party this Saturday. The fun includes mini mani’s for kids, an art corner, cupcakes from Sift, goodie bags, and an amazing lucky draw!

Where: Bookazine, 3/F Prince’s Building, Central
When: Saturday 24 September 12pm-3pm
How Much: Free to attend! RSVP to [email protected] to let them know you’ll be joining the fun! All info here.

All that Jazz…
Don’t miss the free open-air concert on Sunday that kicks off this year’s Hong Kong International Jazz Festival. Bring the kids and enjoy the flavour of New Orleans in West Kowloon’s Cultural District, featuring marching bands, workshops, competitions and performances. The week-long program of events means there’s something for everyone (well, if you like jazz!) with 300 acclaimed international artists heading our way.

Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza, TST, Hong Kong City Hall, Square Stage in West Kowloon Cultural District and The Mira
When: 25 September until 2 October. See website for more information
How Much: Opening concert, Free. City Hall concerts $150-900, www.urbtix.hk, 2111 5999. WKCD concerts Free-$1000, www.cityline.com, 2111 5333. Late night shows $250, concierge counter, The Mira, 2368 1111

The Help
We’re so curious to see whether all the buzz around this Disney-adaptation of the much-loved novel stands up to the hype… And it’s finally out in Hong Kong so we can! If you aren’t already familiar with the book, we’d highly recommend picking up a copy before you see it on screen…

Where: Cinemas around Hong Kong, including ifc Palace Cinema and AMC Pacific Place
When: Now!

Quarry Bay Park
Hong Kong parks are usually not hugely kid-friendly, so we’re always thrilled to hear about any new innovations that make them a bit more, well, fun. Hong Kong-based architect, Douglas Ho of SHLO, created this super-cool outdoor furniture and play system that’s being tested for Public Art HK in Quarry Bay Park. Made for playing on and around, as well as sitting on, these tube-like structures are safe as well as locally handcrafted… Head to the East-side to check out these huge wriggly worms! Read more about the project here...

Where: Quarry Bay Park, Near Hoi Tai Street, Quarry Bay
When: 6am – 11pm
How Much: Free!

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