AsiaWorld-Expo Management Ltd., which operates the AsiaWorld-Expo convention and exhibition center in Hong Kong, has announced that two color-themed events that were due to be held at the venue have been abandoned following the tragic ‘party power’ accident in Taiwan last month.
Organizers of “Life in Color”, a music party that had been scheduled for July 25, have put off the event in response to public sentiment following the deadly Taiwan incident, it said.
Also, “The Color Run”, a separate event scheduled in December, has been cancelled, according to the announcement Tuesday.
On June 27, an explosion at a water park in New Taipei City killed three people and left more than 500 injured. The blast happened as some colored powder ignited after being discharged onto a party crowd.
“Life in Color: World’s Largest Paint Party 2015″, a US event going on a world tour, may now hold its Hong Kong event next summer.
For the July 25 show that has been scrapped, the organizer is said to have already sold more than six thousand tickets.
An announcement regarding a refund and replacement program will be made shortly.
Jim Wong, a spokesperson for the organizer, assured the public that the “Life in Color” event and the color paint to be used during the show are safe. However, the company decided to put off the show due to the deadly explosion in Taiwan, TVB news reported.
Meanwhile, another event has been planned to replace the abandoned July 25 show.
A charity concert “Hope Festival” will be hosted on the same day at the same venue. It will feature the same guests as those taking part in the original “Life in Color” event, except that they won’t use any color paint.
The money raised through the show will be donated to six Hong Kong victims of the Taiwan tragedy.
Wong told Ming Pao Daily that “Life in Color” ticket holders can attend the Hope Festival concert or opt for 100 percent ticket refund.
Lai Man-hin, director of the Fire Services Department, said the government laboratory is conducting a series of tests on the color paint that was proposed to be used in the “Life in Color” event.
The paint will be tested for corrosiveness, inflammability and any possible adverse reactions on the human body, he said.
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