International skateboarding competition Mind The Gap will come to Hong Kong for the first time on July 15. The event will see local professional skaters battle it out from 6pm-8pm at the Wan Chai Temporary Promendade during the Harbour Chill Carnival, a series of weekend harbourside events being held from July 8-August 6.

Mind the Gap will be part of the carnival’s X-Games performances showcase. There will also be demonstrations by BMX bike riders and skateboarders, who will show off their skills on U-shaped ramps and obstacles at the venue. The event, which began in the US, has been held in various other places, such as Taiwan, Egypt, Australia, and Malta.

Several local dance groups will also take the stage to participate in dance battles and competitions at Harbour Chill Carnival. The highlights will be performances by Olympic breakdancing team member BBOY Think, breakdancing troupe Good Job Brother, and Hong Kong’s first children’s street dance troupe Funky Heroes.

Hong Kong’s first children’s street dance troupe Funky Heroes will perform at the Harbour Chill Carnival.
Hong Kong’s first children’s street dance troupe Funky Heroes will perform at the Harbour Chill Carnival (© Hong Kong Tourism Board)

There will also be several street performances that will include walkabout acts from international and Hong Kong artists, jugglers, acrobats, traditional Chinese diabolo players, and stilt walkers. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the unicyclist, Eesha the elephant, and a local Samba band while you stroll through the promenade.

The Harbour Chill Carnival is part of the Happy Hong Kong campaign that aims to give SAR residents and visitors to the city a series of new recreational and leisure experiences. 

Some of the other events that have been held as part of this initiative are Cinema Day, when movie ticket prices at select theatres were priced at HK$30, and Gourmet Marketplaces, which are free-to-enter food festivals at which visitors can sample a variety of Chinese, Asian, and international cuisines.

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From the Middle East to the Far East and a couple of places in between, Anjali has lived in no fewer than seven cities in Asia, and has travelled extensively in the region. She worked as a lifestyle journalist in India before coming to Hong Kong, where her favourite thing to do is island-hopping with her daughter. You can check out her musings on motherhood, courtesy her Instagram profile.

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