The Hong Kong Tourism Board announced that it will hold its first New Year countdown concert this year. The event, which will be held at West Kowloon Cultural District’s Art Park starting at 10pm, will have performances by popular music stars such as MIRROR, AGA, Alfred Hui Ting-hang and Gin Lee, as well as the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

However, Hong Kong’s signature New Year’s Eve fireworks – which were cancelled in 2019 due to social unrest and in 2020 due to the pandemic – will not make a return this year.

Cantopop group Mirror, a local pride, will perform at New Year’s Eve concert (© am730, CC BY 3.0)

Admission to the countdown event is free, with tickets to be given out in a lucky draw. One thousand five hundred winners will receive two tickets each, and registration will be open on the Tourism Board website from November 15 to 24. The event will also be broadcasted worldwide on the same website and for local viewers on ViuTV.

Attendees must comply with several anti-epidemic measures that have been laid out. They should have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine if aged over 18, or at least one dose if between the ages of 12 and 17, before December 13. Concert-goers must also use the LeaveHomeSafe app and wear face masks during the entire show.

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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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