December 9 HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL RACES
Hong Kong’s favourite sport stages its biggest day of the year with the Longines Hong Kong International Races. The four races – the 2,000-metre Cup, 1,600m Mile, 1,200m Sprint and 2,400m Vase – offer a combined purse of HK$93 million and are the centrepiece of an event that attracts topclass international fields as well as providing a sporting spectacle second to none.
Until December 11 FRENCH CINEPORAMA
The city’s oldest film festival, pioneered by Alliance Française in 1953, is back with a selection illustrating the energising diversity of films from the birthplace of cinema. Apart from recent releases such as Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno by Blue Is the Warmest Colour director Abdellatif Kechiche, the festival is screening a retrospective of films by “the French Hitchcock”, master of suspense Henri-Georges Clouzot, including L’Enfer (1964) and Le Salaire de la Peur (1953).
December 15-16 CREAMFIELDS
Topping the bill at AsiaWorld-Expo for this Hong Kong leg of the Creamfields dance music festival series is Martin Garrix, ranked the world’s number-one DJ by DJ Mag in 2016, 2017 and 2018. The impressive 14-act line-up also includes trance legend Armin van Buuren and the wide-ranging musical taste maker, the eclectic Diplo.