New York Times Square New Year’s Eve Celebration: Fusion, Motion, Inspirations - Hong Kong Rocks!
New York Times Square New Year’s Eve (Dec 31, 2022) shone a spotlight on Hong Kong, with contemporary dance group TS Crew, world champion harmonica player CY Leo and erhu virtuoso Chan Pik-sum kicking off the countdown celebration with their captivating performance. This dance and music extravaganza was staged against a medley of Chinese and Western classics newly arranged by legendary jazz pianist and composer Ted Lo, under the theme “Fusion, Motion, Inspirations - Hong Kong Rocks!”
Apart from the revellers at Times Square, an estimated audience of over one billion people worldwide enjoyed this spectacular performance through live television broadcast and webcast.
In addition, Hong Kong fashion icon Vivienne Tam has designed a limited-edition scarf that incorporates elements of Hong Kong and New Year to mark this special occasion.
Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York, Candy Nip, said Hong Kong was thrilled to be part of this iconic event. “This was a great way to show the world that Hong Kong is back on the international stage, and the city is ready to welcome global visitors,” she added.
Nip also praised the artists for being the ambassadors for Hong Kong, showcasing the flair and artistry of Hong Kong people while building friendships across cultures.
Joining Ms Nip at the opening ceremony were the President of Times Square Alliance, Tom Harris; the President of the Sino-American Friendship Association, Peter Zhang; the Consul-General of the People's Republic of China in New York, Ambassador Huang Ping; Executive Director of Citywide Event Coordination and Management and Street Activity Permit Office under New York Mayor's Office, Dawn Tolson; and Director of Asian Affairs of New York State Governor's Office, Elaine Fan.
Prior to the opening performance, over 100 guests and dignitaries from the government, diplomatic, business and academic circles and travel communities of New York joined a Hong Kong promotional event to learn more about the latest developments of Hong Kong, and also had a taste of Hong Kong such as dim sum, milk tea and cookies. Hong Kong artists also talked about the creative process of this spectacular performance.