Wish upon a star

World December 23, 2017 01:00

By The Nation

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Hong Kong always celebrates New Year in style and this year will be no exception with the “Countdown Celebrations 2018” lighting up Victoria Harbour.

The 10-minute Musical Fireworks, which will be broadcast to the entire world via a satellite feed, will be presented at an unprecedented scale, spanning a 35-per-cent wider display area, and incorporating a fascinating collection of pyrotechnics, fireworks, sound and lighting effects. 

The numerals “2018” will be displayed on the facade of the featured landmark Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, when palettes of pyrotechnics and fireworks will be launched from barges at the Victoria Harbour, and rooftops of buildings on the Hong Kong Island. 

Launched at various elevations above sea level, the stunning fireworks display will turn the skyline into a variety of vibrant colours. It will also be illuminated with “Magical Star Dusts” by using the fireworks from a European award-winning fireworks maker for the first time. The scene is inspired by dancing fairies scattering magical star dust over the iconic Victoria Harbour, signifying New Year’s blessings to the city.

To steam up the festive mood on New Year’s Eve, the Australian performing arts group Strange Fruit will present a spectacular performance from 10pm at the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier. The award-winning group has made appearances at various events worldwide and they will greet Hong Kong with a global debut of their brand-new performance “Deco-Sphere”. Performers will sway and dance with elegance on gigantic orbs of two-metres in diameter on five-metre poles, delivering an exotic feat incorporating theatrical, choreographical and circus entertainment 

Members of the public will get a chance to “make a wish” upon the pyrotechnic “shooting stars” presented in four different colours, which symbolise love, health, happiness and wealth respectively. The sparkling stars will be launched every 15 minutes from 11pm onwards from the rooftops of five participating buildings on Hong Kong Island.

Find out more by logging on to www.DiscoverHongKong.com/countdown.