There will be a free Waterfront Carnival in Wan Chai from September 27-October 2 as part of the Night Vibes Hong Kong drive to revive the city’s after-hours economy. The event will be at the Wan Chai Waterfront Water Sports and Recreation Theme Area from 3pm till midnight every day.

Visitors to the carnival will be given the chance to experience typical Hong Kong cultural and culinary delights. Highlights of the event are:

  • Street food: There will be food stalls with traditional Hong Kong street food, such as Chinese pastries, brine, rice, snacks such as grilled squid and chicken cakes, skewers, and craft beer, among others.
  • Drone displays: There will be light shows featuring 800 drones in the night sky over Victoria Harbour. The drones will create images of Hong Kong’s iconic landmarks and its local art and culture.
  • Cultural events: Visitors can experience Hong Kong history and culture through activities such as folk fortune-telling, Feng Shui and numerology demonstrations, sparrow carving, flour doll exhibits, and steamer weaving. 
  • Art displays: There will be artwork by local designers on display, and will include a number of paintings depicting nostalgic Hong Kong imagery of streets, shops, and festivals. 
  • Waterfront mural: There will be a 24-metre-long and 1.8-metre high mural displayed along the waterfront, called ‘Victoria Harbour Sunrise Impression’. 
  • Music and dance performances: Visitors can enjoy a variety of Chinese and Western musical instrument dance, hip-hop and singing performances. 
  • Fringe Club performances: The Fringe Club will have 10 different bands performing classics and original songs for audiences each night of the carnival.
  • Movie screenings: The carnival will also have nightly movie screenings from 8.30pm-10pm. However, the film line-up has not yet been confirmed.
  • Workshops: The event organisers will give visitors the chance to participate in cultural workshops during the carnival. The details of the workshops have not yet been revealed.
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The Night Vibes Hong Kong campaign kicked off on September 15 and will run for about five months, spanning festivals such as Mid-Autumn Festival, Christmas, New Year, and Lunar New Year. During this time, there will be waterfront markets on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, discounted movie tickets for night shows, and extended operating hours at the city’s two main theme parks — Hong Kong Disneyland and Ocean Park Hong Kong.

For more information about the Waterfront Carnival, visit the event website.

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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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