What To Look Out For At Hong Kong’s First Women’s Festival

What To Look Out For At Hong Kong’s First Women’s Festival

The first ever Women’s Festival in Hong Kong is launching this September, with nine days of refreshing and empowering panel-discussions, skincare workshops, film screenings, live music, holistic wellness offerings and more. 

A collaborative effort from Eaton Hong Kong’s Director of Culture Chantal Wong, Sally Coco founder Vera Liu, and Reel Women Hong Kong founder Sonia Wong, this groundbreaking celebration of all things women will be hosted at Eaton Hong Kong from September 1-9. With an emphasis on providing a platform for local women in Hong Kong, the programme is predominantly in Cantonese, including a screening of the internationally acclaimed Vagina Monologues in Cantonese-only.

With opportunities to explore and grow through the expert panels and restorative activities including yoga and self-defense workshops, the festival also showcases social awareness programmes and discussions on issues of womanhood including relationships, communication, motherhood, sensuality and more. Compare Retreats takes a look at the schedule highlights for the nine-day festival.

29+1 poster | Image courtesy of Women’s Festival Hong Kong


29+1 a Hong Kong drama directed by Kearen Pang. Based on Pang’s one-woman-show, the story follows the crossing paths of two women approaching their thirtieth birthday | September 9th, 8-10pm

Small Talk, directed by Hui-Chen Huang from Taiwan, was awarded Berlin International Film Festival’s Best Documentary Film in 2017, and focuses on a mother and daughter finally opening up lines of communication | September 2nd, 8-10pm

Faces Places – Visages Et Villages directed by Agnès Varda and JR, takes the audience on an adventure through rural France with these two unlikely companions to meet people, explore villages and take photographs | September 2nd, 8-10pm

The Helper directed by Joanna Bowers follows the everyday stories and experiences of migrant domestic helpers in Hong Kong | September 5th, 8-10pm

Private Violence from the USA-based director Cynthia Hill, it tells the story of Deanna Walters, a domestic abuse survivor who embarked on a journey for justice | September 7, 8-10pm


Aesop Anti-Oxidants Skincare Workshop, led by an Aesop Specialist | September 3, 6 – 7pm

Stay Healthy & Slow the Aging Day, led by Claire Cheung Hiu Ling, a registered Chinese Medicine Practitioner | September 4, 2:30 – 4pm

Panel Discussions

Seminar on Diversity and Inclusion, led by Dr. Brenda Rodriguez Alegre, a psychologist and social advocate | September 2nd, 2 – 3:30pm

The Future of Hong Kong Education Reform, including discussion from Julia Sun, the founder of Sticky Rice Love; Principle Chu, an innovative teacher; art educator Ricky Yeung; and Sonia Wong, the Founder of Reel Women HK | September 5th , 3 – 4:30pm

Women in Protest is an exciting talk led by Willis Ho a journalist, Proffessor Petula Ho from the Department of Social Work and Social Administration in HKU, Tiffany Yuen a social activist and Kitty Hung, writer and poet | September 7, 3:30 – 5:30pm

Girl Boss in HK Sharing, a panel discussion of Hong Kong’s best #GirlBosses including Basics for Basics founder Kayla, entrepreneur  and doll artist Ning Lau, co-founders of Taboocha Lisa and Patricia, and Vera Lui, founder of Sally Coco | September 7, 6 – 7:30pm

Wellness and Fitness

Love My Belly: Belly Dancing Class is sure to get you warmed up, led by theatre educator Winnie Yip | September 3, 1 – 2pm

Nia Mindful Dancing Workshop offers an alternative approach to both dancing and mindfulness, led by yoga, pilates and nia teacher Jill Marshall, the founder and director of Pause Wellness & Pilates | September 6, 12 – 1pm

Getting into “Fights” Nonviolently: a workshop on Conflict Transformation for Couples is one to take your other half to. Led by Dr. Joseph Cho, a lecturer at CUHK, it’s sure to strengthen your relationship | September 2, 4 – 5:30pm

Women’s Health & Protection

Once a Mama, Always a Mama, led by Babie Li founder of OAMA, co-founder Marina Watt and Bobo assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and Psychology in HKSYU on healing after miscarriages | September 5th, 1 – 2pm

Self-defence Class led by Terry Hui a female Taekwondo instructor, is both a physical workout and a useful life skill to make you feel a little safer on the streets | September 7, 11:30 – 12:30 pm

0480 Anti Sexual Violence Workshop led by Local Anti-sexual Violence Support Group Rainlily, who support survivors of sexual and domestic abuse | September 7, 1:30 – 3 pm

Discover Self – Love in the Flower Bud: Essential Oils & Massage Workshop led by writer and poet Kitty Hung, will hone your sense of touch and smell for more holistic healing | September 9, 2:30 – 4 pm

Check out the full schedule here. For further information please find tickets and other events on the website here. You can also find tickets on their ticketflap page

Lois Orekoya

Learner, adventurer and free spirit, Lois has travelled across continents and grew up among the streets of Chengdu, Sichuan. After subsequently moving to Suriname, South America and then to Hong Kong she has packed a bunch of experiences and ideas that she loves to share with the world.

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